UPDATE: KayCyy shared the visual to “HOWWWWW” on Wednesday (Sept. 21), three months after the release of his debut YZY Sound project, “Get Used To It” (June 3).
“This is the beginning of a new era. This wasn’t supposed to happen,” KayCyy echoes in the opening lines of the Get Used To It trailer — advocating for the “new air” and “new age” the Kenya-born enigma is leading.
Bringing “goosebumps from the tunes I contribute to the youth” on his eclectic 9-track mixtape, KayCyy’s underground star has evidently reached stratospheric levels. Amid constantly teasing the project over the past few months — acting as an appetizer for his long-awaited debut album Who Is KayCyy? — the 24-year-old singer-rapper truly isn’t settling for anywhere but “the top.”
Prematurely released on Thursday (June 2), KayCyy’s latest record Get Used To It is the epitome of his range as both a refined vocalist and innovative rapper. Featuring frequent collaborators in Lancey Foux and 070 Shake as well as Daniel Caesar and Annahstasia, the first full-length project of KayCyy’s YZY Sound era showcases his undeniable range and vocal prowess as one of the next generation’s next to blow.
Stemming from his EP TW20 50 with French producer Gaseffelstein, KayCyy has kept momentum by linking up with Fivio Foreign and Chlöe for the visual to “Hello” as well as lending his vocals to the opening track of Johan Lenox’s debut album. Similarly, GUTI’s lead track “Borrow” strongly reasserts KayCyy’s knack for ethereally-driven melodies over booming, cinematic beats.
The Minnesota-raised, Kenya-born emcee spits with both poise and potency — ripping off a barrage of bars touting his aerated flow that proves he’s here to stay. “If I’m late, save my seat at the table,” he raps, jumping from roof to roof in the track’s coinciding visual as orange hues litter the beautiful Paris cityscape. Meanwhile, KayCyy expertly flows about his peers biting his clothes, swag and sauce — crafting yet another bold and braggadocios banger that fans will have on repeat.
Much of the mixtape emanates “Borrow’s” mix of dark and light auras — which KayCyy has quickly become known for. Tracks like “Look What I Found” with Lancey Foux and “Replay” embody KayCyy’s knack for making off-kilter soundscapes work to his advantage. On meditative, somber cuts like the Annahstasia-assisted “Hold You Up” and “Rain” with Daniel Caesar and 070 Shake, KayCyy is as hypnotic as ever — impressing once more with his awe-inspiring vocals that leaves plenty of room for the imagination.
Already looking towards his next effort, GUTI is just the first step of many in KayCyy’s fast-rising career. Previously speaking with Our Generation Music about what fans can expect when WIKC does finally arrive, he’s still striving for “perfection” — and on GUTI, he implores fans to get used to his reign as hip-hop’s new wave king.
Listen to KayCyy’s ‘GUTI’ below!