It’s only been a few days since G.O.O.D. Music dropped its anticipated album Cruel Summer, but the LP is already poised to be one of the year’s biggest releases. Now, in a recent interview with XXL, G.O.O.D.’s Atlanta representative CyHi the Pryce spoke on the album’s release.

CyHi said that given the magnitude of the recording process that led up to Cruel Summer, the album almost feels like his own debut. Even though he was one of many members heavily involved in the effort, he said that the project is still a personal labor of love for him.

“It [feels] like my debut album,” he said. “It’s crazy ’cause I was there during most of the album. Like the creative process and you know, we started from scratch until now. So it’s like to see your girlfriend who’s pregnant have your daughter or son. You go through nine months just to see this day you know what I’m saying. People don’t understand that the leak, for us, gives it more anticipation. Our following is really like a cult following so, with ’Ye he does things with the booklets, the artwork on the album and different things that fans want to be able to have.”

CyHi also spoke the criticism he faces from some listeners in not getting the same kind of attention that his labelmates Pusha T and Big Sean receive. He said that he understands that the road to success isn’t instantaneous, citing Big Sean’s five years on the label prior to his debut smash Finally Famous: The Album.

“People don’t know that Sean was signed for five years before he popped. He was there for five years, I’ve been signed for two years. People don’t really get it because I can really rap. So, they expect me to be this, this, this and the third, but at the end of the day it’s not just ‘Ye, it’s Def Jam too, and Def Jam got artists—like, okay, we got 2 Chainz on the roster, we got Pusha T, we got Big Sean—these are guys that have already put out gold, platinum selling albums. Like I said, Kobe didn’t start his first year—Eddie Jones started [laughs] and when they couldn’t win it with Eddie Jones then, you know, Kobe came off the bench and just took over.  This is my second year—this is my sophomore season. Everybody don’t just come in and ball out…as long as I get my ring and my check, I’m good.”

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