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-- By Dontaira Terrell
Since graduating high school in 2016, King Combs has been making waves on the music scene. As the son of REVOLT TV chairman Sean "Diddy" Combs and the late Kim Porter, possessing musical talent, a solid work ethic and creative spirit have been deeply embedded in his DNA. The recent release of King's nine-track Cyncerely, C3 EP, a follow-up to his 2018 mixtape 90's Baby; fans gain a glimpse into the many facets of his alter ego C3 -- Christian Casey Combs -- fused with a perfect blend of East and West Coast sounds.
The EP boasts production from DJ Mustard and features appearances from artists Ty Dolla $ign, City Girls, Jeremih and members from his crew CYNMOB, which is short for CYN Men of Business. As a mogul in the making, King has learned the importance of diversifying his portfolio. Not only did the young MC A&R his current project, he's modeled for high-end, luxury brand Dolce & Gabbana and has ventured into other pursuits, as well.
He attributes his tenacity to both his parents, but with the tragic loss of his mother, it further amplified his zest for success. In a recent statement, King said, "My mom always wanted me to put out more music and not hold back," and he is doing just that! Taking his mother's advice and honoring her legacy when the EP was released, he proudly stated on Instagram, "Mommy, this is for you!"
With the release of his EP receiving high fanfare, this is just the tip of the iceberg for what is to come. He has already warned us, "King Combs is bringing Bad Boy back." In lieu of his EP release, REVOLT TV breaks down seven ways Cyncerely, C3 is ushering in a new era in hip hop that's lit. Check them out below.
Bad Boy for Life
Let's keep it real. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Bad Boy was a movement. It was the shit. It has also maintained a lasting influence on the genre of hip hop and the music landscape overall. However, with the new age of music, the torch has been passed and it is only right that King continues the legacy. He is bringing the heat with his EP. With major rap production, combined with a few smooth R&B undercurrents, he is stepping outside of his father's shadow by cementing himself as a colossal talent in his own right, and on his own terms. Christian is claiming the throne as part of the next generation of the Bad Boy era. (Take that. Take that).
The proper alchemy is matched with high energy, an effortless flow and compelling wordplay. As a songwriter, producer, and visionary behind his very own project; King's dynamism is setting social media abuzz. A quick search and you'll find a loyal fanbase showing Cyncerely, C3, much love and claiming it as the soundtrack for the summer.
Taking us back to the golden age of hip hop, which is also the 20-year-old's favorite music era, he perfectly captures the essence and uniqueness of this decade. Hip hop in the '90s was unparalleled and further cemented the culture into mainstream with its style and sound variations. Infusing that '90s feel with the opening track and lead single for the project, "Heaven Sent," King samples Foxy Brown's 1996 hit "I'll Be Good" featuring JAY-Z; and references the late, great Notorious B.I.G. on the song "Good to Ya." As King repeatedly mentions on the EP's opener, "It's lit." There is no denying this body of work is definitely that from start to finish.
Real Is Rare
Authenticity shines through on each and every track. During a time when many artists sound the same, it is refreshing to receive a taste of raw talent and originality. King's hunger is felt, his growth is witnessed, and his sense of maturity is heightened. These are all of the necessary elements to make a cohesive record that fans from all walks of life can relate to. The first two tracks, "Heaven Sent," and "Naughty" featuring Jeremih; lock in the listener and stays consistent with a few follow-up tracks such as "Young Roman$e" featuring Smokey MarGielaa and "Birthday Suit." The nine-track EP finishes strong with the record "Basement" featuring Bay Swag, Kash Prez and Trey Livin.
Quality Over Quantity
The collaborative effort with other up-and-coming artists, perfectly curated song sequencing and consistent production makes it worthwhile to play the EP in its entirety, without shuffling through tracks. Each song compliments the next and adds value to the project. This creates a compelling EP narrative that keeps your body rollin', twerkin' and grooving' for a solid 25 minutes.
It's A Vibe
From beginning to end, the EP delivers a diverse range of sounds with jams for every occasion. Delivering sexy tracks such as "Naughty" to hip hop bangers like "On It!" and "Surf," King sets the mood with every tune. On "Surf," he draws inspiration from his birthplace of New York, pays homage to the West Coast and features collabs with Miami and Detroit talents, City Girls and Tee Grizzley. So, despite where you're from, you'll definitely catch a vibe.
CYN is known as King Combs clique from NYC. As an ode to his crew, their presence is widely felt on the aptly titled EP, Cyncerely, C3. The CYNMOB garnered a following with several music performances and song releases such as "Motion Pictures." King is leading the charge for the succession of their musical journey. After all, JAY-Z said it best, success is measured "by how many people are successful next to you." Climbing the ranks within the industry and helping to ensure others within your circle are making moves, too, is a definite boss move. And that's lit.
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