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Travis Scott - Astroworld Festival 2019

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Continuing the tradition of 2020 exposés, Travis Scott is in the hot seat after rap fans learned one of the biggest hits off ASTROWORLD wasn’t penned from his creative genius. 

Over the weekend, a Twitter user with low follower and tweet counts posted a very rough reference track snippet for “SICKO MODE,” Scott and Drake’s 2018 multi-platinum smash hit.  The caption claimed G.O.O.D. Music artist and songwriter CyHi The Prynce “singlehandedly wrote most of Travis Scott’s hit songs off of Astroworld.” Soon after, another snippet posted for “Coffee Bean.”

HipHop-N-More did a little digging on “SICKO MODE” in Tidal and found 30 artists and composers credited on the song, include CyHi under his real name, Cydel Young. Anyone following the breadcrumbs of the writer would know his pen game has been trusted by Kanye West for years. If you love “Blood on the Leaves,” “Bound 2,” “All Mine,” “Ghost Town,” and “FourFiveSeconds,” then you’re a bigger fan of his than you think.   

Rap artists have a long history of collaborating with writers for their music.  Remember the time OG Maco and Meek Mill outed Drake’s ghostwriter?  Even Jay Z, a 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, was revealed to have written lines for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg for their hit “Still D.R.E.”

Anyway, some Twitter fans digitally hyperventilated over the revelation, even calling CyHi a ghostwriter, which isn’t true since they are not traditionally credited on songs and are allegedly paid to remain anonymous. Other fans familiar with the songwriter’s work came into his defense, because they read album credits, apparently.