MP3: Main Attrakionz x Tynethys – “Alphabet City”

Cloud Rap Pioneers Team Up for Spaced Out Single, Premiering via Entertainment Weekly

06.26. 2014

 Critical Praise for Tynethys:

“…a new wave of pillowy-soft West Coast tunes.” – Pitchfork

“…proves that math is for losers and rap is awesome.” – Noisey

“…an airy, narcotic project that floats along and passes in a blur.” –The FADER 

“Tynethys, aka Nicky Samuel, carries on the mantle of where that ‘cloud rap’ hype is headed, mixing analogue tricks seen and heard on old televisions and VCRs that brings out the ghosts from yesterday’s machines for the new synth terrains of today’s sonic atmospheres and introspective verses” – Impose Mag

“There’s the frazzled electro of ‘Stress’, a Prince impression on ‘Trackstar’s and a few forays into gauzy, grayscale R&B — something for all moods and all highs.”FACT Mag

“…it seems only a matter of time before Tynethys blows up.” – ACCLAIM Mag 

The Song:

Following the release of their collaborative self-titled mixtape, Main Attrakionz x Tynethys, Tynethys has teamed up with Main Attrakionz for a loose single, “Alphabet City,” premiering via Entertainment Weekly. The rapper first met the Oakland, California duo while they were on tour, “I really fucked with these dudes. They came to Sacramento, and I showed up at their hotel room,” Tynethys states.

The new track showcases the cloud-rap pioneers at their best, spitting over fluctuating saw-synth and 808 drums. Main Attrakionz’ Mondre M.A.N. opens the track harmonizing over the Gucci Mane sampled refrain “I’m the shit” while rhyming confidently over the first couple bars: “slices of mozzarella as I’m earning this cheese/ highest ni**as with chedda burning through as we please.”

This matched with fellow M.A. rapper Squadda B, and Tynethys’ laid back flow and spaced-out rhymes add to the overall flavor of the track. “I don’t pay for shit, I wonder why/ Mack game on a bitch, only the strong survive,” raps Tynethys, the “Sacramento weirdo” as labeled by FACT Mag, before admitting he’s lifted “off three blunts” and “on dab four.”

Earlier this year, Okayplayer debuted Tynethys’ Thyluxe album, which at the time was featured as one ofFACT Mag’s Mixtapes of the Week. The project was produced by Tynethys in full with the exception of the Friendzone-produced single “TFZ,” which premiered with SPIN.

Listen to “Alphabet City”:

Check out the Entertainment Weekly premiere:

Listen to Thyluxe

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Tynethys Background:

To hear him tell it, Sacramento’s Tynethys’ (pronounced “Teen-theez”) musical style is like “selling crack in a Sub-Zero outfit.” For the MC/producer, Mortal Kombat is just one of his inspirations, along with rap heroes Mac Dre, Kid Cudi, and T-Nutty. Producing and writing his songs in the hours between midnight and sunrise, Tynethys is a jovial, pensive creator with a stoner’s laugh and street vernacular. Tyne’s style is a fuzzy free-form that speaks not only to his worldview from his bedroom, but many like him. With Thyluxe, a follow-up to last year’s Lost Angeles album, Tynethys believes he’s hitting his best stride. “I feel like it is the truest representation of me. I did it without trying too hard.” Besides his own work, Tynethys appeals to many collaborators. On October 22, he released a project with Oakland duo Main Attrakionz. “I really fucked with these dudes. They came to Sacramento, and I showed up at their hotel room,” recalls Tyne, who arrived with a portable studio. Having opened for Kendrick Lamar, Raekwon and Evidence, it’s only a matter of time until Tynethys transports his sound around the globe.


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“Alphabet City” ft. Main Attrakionz:




“Made For Me”:



“Strawberry Letter 316”:

Main Attrakionz x Tynethys Mixtape:





Lost Angeles

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