Album: Sylvan LaCue – Far From Familiar

The FADER Premieres the Miami Artist’s Soul-Searching Full-Length Album, His First Since Adopting His Real Name


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 Album:

Sylvan LaCue uses his tongue-twisting lyricism, impressive musicality and ear-catching melodies to plumb emotional depths and fuel spiritual self-discovery. The Florida artist’s new album, Far From Familiar, premiered alongside an interview with The FADER who called the album “heavily layered, introspective, and totally engrossing,” is the culmination of an evolutionary journey that has seen the 25-year-old quit partying, move from California back to his hometown of Miami, fall in love, and reclaim his birth name (he formerly recorded as QuESt). Having abandoned his deal with Visionary Music Group in late 2014, Sylvan has tracked his journey of independence and self-realization through journal entries, and most recently with his Sincerely Sylvan vlog series.

Far From Familiar is as sonically eclectic as it is emotionally revealing. The album finds Sylvan LaCue trying his hand at post-808 & Heartbreaks rap’n’b on “Emeryville,” which recounts the story of Sylvan meeting his love in the titular town. “‘Emeryville’ displays a softer side to Sylvan LaCue,” acknowledged Pigeons & Planes in their premiere. “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.” Last week, he embraced his hometown, the “city of gold teeth and mangos,” in the bombastic-yet-delicate anthem “Back to the City,” which debuted at Okayplayer alongside a revealing interview. Prior to “Back to the City,” LaCue shared the hard-edged, yet spiritual “Heavenly,” which was produced by Fortune and recorded at HotNewHipHop‘s New York City studio, and an operatic visual for “Fall From Grace,” debuted via Mass Appeal. Sylvan LaCue understands that the culmination of one journey is merely the beginning of another one. He offers Far From Familiar as a time capsule, capturing an evolutionary moment in his life and career.

Listen to Far From Familiar

Check out the FADER premiere:

Stream Far From Familiar on Spotify:

Buy Far From Familiar on iTunes:

Far From Familiar tracklist:
1) Loner ft. Linzi Jai
2) Cruel World
3) Heavenly
4) Hollywood Identity Crisis (Skit)
5) Fall From Grace
6) The Uber (Skit)
7) Studio City
8) Lit Off Your Love (Interlude)
9) Emeryville
10) Caravan 04
11) Lisa Bonet
12) (farley’s)
13) Back to the City
14) Crosswinds
15) Give Me The World
16) At What Cost

Please contact Michelle or Rory if interested in talking with Sylvan LaCue.

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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Far From Familiar

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

“Heavenly” (prod. by Fortune):

“Fall From Grace”: //



“Caravan 04”:

Searching Sylvan: