In a Facebook post earlier today, Bronx MC and activist YC The Cynic announced that he is shedding the moniker he’s been using since he was “12 years old.” Citing a desire to grow as an artist, the man formerly known as YC will now be known as Kemba.
I was 12 years old when I got the name YC. I grew up with it, made mistakes, and starting making a name as a teenager. The further I got into adulthood, the more I felt suffocated by it. This change will allow me to be the artist I’m becoming, unapologetically. I’ve learned a lot about the industry since the release of my last album. Thanks for showing me love throughout the first chapter of my career. Hopefully you continue to rock with me. ” —Kemba (formerly known as YC The Cynic)
Along with the name change, Kemba announced he will be releasing a compilation of never-before released singles he recorded as YC the Cynic with guest spots by King Mez, Homeboy Sandman, Mick Jenkins, Big Pooh, Milo, and more. Produced by Steel Tipped Dove, with artwork by Ivan Merlin, The Farewell Tape will be released on Thursday, April 21. You can stream “Pretty Bodies” featuring Mr. MFN eXquire below.