MP3: Sylvan LaCue – “Back to the City” (prod. by Wishlade & Linzi Jai)

With His Far From Familiar Album Set to Release April 8th, Okayplayer Debuts the Artist Formerly Known as QuESt’s New Single With Interview


Critical Praise:

XXL Freshman 2015 Nominee

Searching Sylvan Named Most Underrated Album by Huffington Post and HotNewHipHop

2008 winner of Jermaine Dupri’s Tag Records Survival of the Freshest MC Battle Competition

“…Fortune and [Sylvan] LaCue are able to create a project with such a vulnerable focal point sound appealing to the masses.” – Pigeons & Planes

The Song:

“Back to the City” is the latest single from Sylvan LaCue‘s Far From Familiar album, which releases April 8th. “I’m from the city of gold teeth and mangos,” the 25-year-old Miami artist shouts, as the track delves into his roots in the sunny city while also examining a 2015 decision to escape the spiraling madness of Los Angeles for a return to his hometown. Produced by Wishlade and Linzi Jai, the song debuts alongside an interview via Okayplayer‘s First Look Friday feature. “I have never heard anyone outside of Miami really display a sense of hunger the way that Miami artists do,” Sylvan LaCue tells Okayplayer. “I believe that our authenticity and hunger are what keep us more interesting than anything else. In the next five years, those in Miami will be moving more towards consistency and unity. I see a bunch of artists evolving into their own fully, plus I see us beginning to push our sound even further and redefining that Miami feel.”

Anticipation is nearing its pinnacle for next Friday’s album release, as Sylvan LaCue has unveiled several singles in addition to his Sincerely Sylvan video journal series, engaging fans in the journey. Prior to “Back to the City,” LaCue shared “Heavenly,” which was recorded at HotNewHipHop‘s New York City studio. Preceding “Heavenly” was a painstaking visual for “Fall From Grace,” which debuted via Mass Appeal. One of the best examples of LaCue’s range as an artist came with the R&B-tinged single “Emeryville.” “‘Emeryville’ displays a softer side to Sylvan LaCue,” Pigeons & Planes acknowledged. “The sweet melody wrapped around the chorus can’t help but find its way into your heart and mind—each repetition this song only makes it feel that much sweeter.” Additional promo leading into the album release, Sylvan LaCue was featured in the Footaction’s Family Cypher during SXSW, which debuted via VIBE. Sylvan LaCue’s Far From Familiar release next Friday, April 8th.

Listen to Sylvan LaCue’s “Back to the City” (Prod. by Wishlade & Linzi Jai):

Check out the Okayplayer premiere and interview:

Far From Familiar tracklist:
1.) Loner ft. Linzi Jai
2.) Cruel World
3.) Fall From Grace
4.) Studio City
5.) Emeryville
6.) Lisa Bonet
7.) Farley’s (Interlude)
8.) Back To The City
9.) Give Me The World
10.) At What Cost?

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Sylvan La Cue Background

When you think of Miami hip-hop, chances are very high that Rick Ross instantly comes to mind. You don’t realize that there’s a whole new wave of South Florida artists that have been solidifying their place in the game for a while now and don’t sound anything alike. 25-yr old artist Sylvan LaCue, is one of the leaders seeking to carry on tradition by bringing back pride to his city, and a new identity to go with it.

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“Back to the City” (prod. by Wishlade & Linzi Jai)

“Heavenly” (prod. by Fortune):

“Fall From Grace”: //



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