So far, the up-and-coming rapper has played 2011’s Lovebox festival and the Olympic and Paralympic games this summer. Recently, we invited him and his session band, The Street Orchestra, to come and play a session for us. Watch part one and part two.
But we wanted to know where his deeply personal songwriting comes from. So watch and listen below as Cynikal shares with us how hip-hop, and in particular Tupac, spoke to him, and how his songwriting style evolved from dark to light.