CYNE (hip hop group)

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Origin Gainesville, Florida, United States
Genres Alternative hip hop, experimental
Years active 2000-present
Labels Botanica Del Jibaro, Hometapes, City Centre Offices
Associated acts Nujabes, Four Tet
Members Clyde "Cise Starr" Graham
David "Enoch" Newell
Michael "Speck" Gersten
Past members Akin Yai

CYNE ("Cultivating Your New Experience"; pronounced "sign")[1] is an American alternative hip hop group originating from Gainesville, Florida.[2] The group consists of MCs Akin Yai and Clyde "Cise Starr" Graham, and producers David "Enoch" Newell and Michael "Speck" Gersten, and are currently signed to City Centre Offices.[3]


CYNE's 2005 release Evolution Fight was named Album of the Week at Stylus Magazine for the week of August 29 – September 3, 2005.[4] In 2007, CYNE released the Grey Matter EP on their website to be downloaded, free of charge.[5]

Style and influences[edit]

Their often socio-politically charged, culturally introspective, and motivational lyrics find influence rooted in blues, jazz, highlife, activism, humanities and philosophy.[6]


Studio albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Cyne (Collection 1999-2003) (2003)
  • Wasteland Vol. 1: Killmore (2011)


  • Growing (2004)
  • Running Water (2005)
  • Grey Matter (2007)


  • "African Elephants" (2001)
  • "Midas" (2002)
  • "Movements" (2002)
  • "Out of Time" (2003)
  • "Due Progress" (2003)

Guest appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Marston, Jennifer (February 12, 2009). "Podcast 73: CYNE's Hip-Hop Experience". XLR8R. 
  2. ^ Cole, Zach (February 7, 2009). "Album Review: CYNE - Pretty Dark Things (2008)". Potholes in My Blog. 
  3. ^ "Ten Questions with: CYNE". Textura. August 2005. 
  4. ^ Park, Adam (August 25, 2005). "Cyne - Evolution Fight". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved February 19, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Cyne put free online EP out". Caught in the Crossfire. Retrieved February 19, 2008. 
  6. ^ Yates, Steve (August 25, 2005). "cyne 'evolution flight'". BBC. Retrieved February 19, 2008. 
  7. ^

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