He’d rather you focus on the matchlessness of his talent rather than his name. Cymarshall Law is a England born, New Jersey bred lyricist who has been around the world and back again. His sound resonates in so many ears globally; he should be the Ambassador of Music in at least five different countries. Cy’s had heavy exposure overseas, but fresh off his Freedom Express Line Tour in the States, he knows that Americans are ready for him. His latest album, Freedom Express Line with The Beatnikz has been well received with its reggae inspired beats, swift lyrics and powerful messages. Hip hop needs this departure from the norm.
Hip hop is the type of music that pigeonholes their artists to give listeners a point of reference. Cy’s been labeled as a conscious rapper and the title fits him, but it’s not the perfect fit. He rhymes about life–what it puts us through, what it teaches us and how to live through each day. There’s artists out there now that also rhyme about potent subject matter, but Cy managed to drive the theme all the way home, creating track after track of unadulterated intellect.
Cy’s road to stardom has been a long and hard one, but now he knows it’s more than sending out demos. You have to do it for yourself. So he developed his own label (Freedom Entertainment) and started putting out his own music. Record deal offers followed closely behind. His confidence skyrocketed and Cy had no issue with showing that he’s one of his biggest fans. Don’t confuse his self confidence with cockiness because this man is humble enough to play shows with six people in the audience and still blacks out like he’s sold out Madison Square Garden. How could you not support an artist with passion that surpasses pride?
America certainly is ready for this international hip hop superhero. With spins on Vh1, MTVU, MTV UK and recognition from nearly every hip hop blog out there, Cymarshall Law is proving that not only is he a strong force to be proverbially reckoned with, but his passion, lyricism and musicality are not to be ignored. His mother lovingly nicknamed him, the kid that could and that name defined Cy’s entire life. He’s been “coulding” all over the world and knows exactly where his future is–on top.
I know you just got off your Freedom Express Line Tour. What type of feedback and love have you been getting from your fans?
Excellent feedback so far. Every show has gotten a lot of love from the locals. A few of these places I have never been to. This was my first time performing in New Orleans. I didn’t know what to expect. They definitely showed love. I didn’t know what type of hip hop they were listening to, but the DJ was spinning East Coast hard core hip hop–the type I like. It was different from what I expected and they appreciated the lyricism of my show. All the shows were successful.
For those that aren’t familiar with you from before Freedom Express Line, what can we hear on this that we haven’t heard in the past?
That’s a very good question. On this album, it’s specifically a themed album. I dedicated it to my parents. Both of them were born in Jamaica. They moved to England when they were around eight or nine, they met each other and had me. Anyway, my dad used to be a DJ and a reggae artist. As a little kid, I used to flip through his vinyl records, pick up the covers–they were all Jamaican music. One day I got the idea to sample all Jamaican records, so I went through my dad’s collection and had them make beats out of Jamaican records. I never heard an album before where the pace and tempo of each beat is fast from song one to song thirteen. I asked the producer to make the beats faster so you could dance to it. My flow is fast like the beats and it’s more of my culture infused. The other albums are Americanized hip hop. This is hip hop slash reggae. Flow wise and lyrically, the way I put words together, this is the best I’ve ever been. I grew as an artist with the way I connect my words together. I didn’t curse on this record. On every other CD I put out before, I cursed on one or two, maybe three songs. I used to get into arguments with my mom when she’d listen to my albums. As soon as she would hear, “mother f*cker or sh*t,” she’d press eject. I would tell her that I was just expressing my emotion and that I wasn’t trying to offend her. She was offended. I told her that I wasn’t thinking about her when I would write these things. I was just attempting to express myself and that when I curse, I do it for a reason. She just wasn’t hearing me. I wanted to prove to her that I could make music without cursing. I’m never going to do what anyone tells me to, but I want to prove it to my mom that I can do this. This album is dedicated to her and my dad because everything I am talking about on the album– I got the ideas from my parents. You can hear them on the record.
It’s refreshing to be able to hear an entire album and not hear anything about booties, liquor, the club, shooting or anything like that.
They’re quick to call someone like you a conscious rapper if you aren’t rapping about what others are rapping about. That’s where they want to put you, but that’s a description that fits because you are rapping about things that need to be said and heard. Where do you feel you fit in as far as hip hop is concerned?