Cyffa Leyenda is on the Rise with multiple tracks going crazy. He put himself on our radar with his consistent work ethic that showcases more than just talent. He is difficult to categorize and feels no pressing need to change. In our exclusive interview with Cyffa, he breaks down his music and future ambition.
The Hip-hop generation doesn’t seem to be aware of the rising star yet, but he is a full-time artist who puts his craft before all the gimmicks. The music-first philosophy that runs through Cyffa sound is unmatched. The raw talent and promise he holds are already remarkable enough to get our attention. The qualities and self-awareness traits he has are different from artists you notice on the mainstream music around us.
In our conversation, we cover many varieties of topics to learn more about the outgoing star. His straightforward demeanor and humility both make him extremely easy to understand and see what hope he brings to our music industry.
Check out our interview with Cyffa Leyenda as well as his new project below.
Share a quick story with me about your life?
My life right now is all about my family and saving money that I make of my marketing. I’ve been very serious with my music my whole life but ever since last summer when my baby girl was born I’ve taken it more seriously than I’ve ever had in my lifetime. Networking with celebrities and verified companies and influencers to create huge projects or singles is a consistent thing for me today. But growing up I was adopted never met my real parents ever. I had no siblings just a dog so I had to find something to keep me entertained during the day. During the summer my foster parents would be at work all day till 5:30 pm or 7 pm so I’d play video games or listen to beats on YouTube when I was younger.
In my 20’s living with my foster parents was always arguing about me getting my own place, that I was stressing them out or that having me around was messing with their retirement money so I decided to leave and get out of their way. I refused to live in the same house with people that think I’m a burden. I was never excepted musically in a place that wasn’t even my family, to begin with, which never made any sense in my head how could someone adopt someone for themself and not for the child. I never had sleepovers when I was younger so I can’t relate lol. Some channels were blocked so when I was in high school you mention boyz n da hood I was lost.
My foster parents weren’t really pro-black not that much African knowledge and religion going on in the household. As long as a roof was over my head, clothes on my back, and food on the table they felt like they did their job as parents. Anything extra was on me. After leaving my home I was going house to house tryna find myself in this world and you come to find out that whether it’s at home with your parents or home with a stranger they all look at you the same. Before anyone even meets you they already have a plan for you as to why they want you around them. That’s why I stick myself and stay home. Covid and having kids during this pandemic put me in a meditation mindset.
Every day I’m focused on my sales or my family that’s it. Other than that I’ve performed at SOBs NYC “Where Legends Are Made”, The NORVA w/ Jolley Brothers, Lex Luger, DJ 4B, Big Will the Party King, and more, Opened for Rah Digga at Shakas Live, Opened for Megan the Stallion at Norfolk State University “Spartan Festival”, streamed one million plays on SoundCloud with my newest single “FINETO” featuring Dela West famous tik toker with 400k + followers, which also got reposted by Fat Joe, Dropping a new single soon with verified singer Choyce Cincere and verified Sierra Leonean record producer MB SALONE distribution through Empire. I’ve worked with Alisha “M’Jestie Brooks songwriter of Rihanna “Pon De Replay”, Melonie Fiona, and more. I also worked with Michael Copon for his music video “Walls” with his wife Vickie Jade.
Where did your love for music come from?
My foster Father would listen to 50 cent, Young Joc, Ludacris, and Nelly a lot every time he’d pick me up from school. One day I was listening to Candy Shop and it had me repeating the lyrics made me feel like a rapper myself. A few Pharrell and Snoop Dogg songs inspired me along side Bow Wow, Lloyd and Omarion. I miss the dancing and vibing music in the early 2000’s. To me the 2000’s was a legendary era of music for me. I feel Like music found me. I was into basketball then all of sudden I’m rapping and making beats. A lot of times people like to tell someone yo your not made for this but those that know when they’re chosen know.
One of my favorite songs produced by Kanye west himself is Flashing lights. Kanye’s graduation album helped me get through middle school. Wiz Khalifa’s Cabin Fever’s, Rolling Papers, Kush & Orange Juice and Star Power and Drake’s “Come Back Season”, “Thank Me Later” & more got me through highschool. Back in high school Current Hiphop, Hot New HipHop and some soother sites you’d find some classic tyga songs like Don’t wake me up from “Black Thoughts 2” which people didn’t know that Tyga would put some of his hits on the mixtape first before putting it on the album so if you listened to his mixtapes first you already know the song before it came out lol.
Drake was known for that as the song by Tyga “Still Got it” ft Drake was on current hip-hop then months later came out with a music video. Young Money in my personal opinion especially since I grew up in that era is the reason why we need that real music today. Young Money came out and every song had a feel to it and it was real and unique. It was like every artist had their own shine and popularity. But yea “Still Got it” That’s one of my favorite underrated records that didn’t get marketed correctly like drake should’ve been in the video. But yea I love music man the creativity behind it always. Lloyd was also my favorite artist growing up. “Get it Shawtey” is one of my all-time favorite records alongside “All Over the World” ft Lil Wayne. One of my other all-time favorite records is Pharrell “That Girl” featuring Snoop Dogg. Still till this day on repeat. Another one is Trey Songz’s “Replacement Girl” featuring Drake. I have so many records that brought me inspiration to do music as to why I’m still creating today.
Man big influences are Wiz Khalifa, Tyga, Bow wow, Chris brown, Drake, 50 Cent, Common, Kanye West, Andre 3000, Black Eyed Peas, Paramore, Neon Trees, Les Twins, Jay-z, Young Money, Dj Khalid, Trippie Redd & more.
What have you been up to since the pandemic started?
It’s crazy because when the pandemic started my beautiful daughter was born as EGYPT QUEEN GRANT. I name all my kid’s great names my son’s name is JEHOVA KING GRANT. But during this covid craziness, I then took a step further into the music industry networking with people already in the game. My whole life I’ve been planning for this demonic and God-like industry of Bad and Good. Learning the business side saved me as I connected with over 50+ verified / celebrity influencers which I only worked with 3 so far as the ones I worked with we have more records coming too. I haven’t been outside doing anything but strictly staying home studying how I want to move, how other people I might want to work with the move, and how this business really operates. A lot of scammers and hackers tend to be verified users and at the end of the day you start to realize you don’t have to be on television to be in the music industry the music industry is all around you.
The world is so small you start to notice people around you own these magazines and corporations that mainstream influencers utilize to promote their material. Meaning you can be independent just find something to make you some money and you’re in the game easy. For the past 5-7 months I’ve been promoting for a lot of artists on Instagram, Spotify, SoundCloud, Google News Publications towards building a bigger audience for myself as well. One of my clients just charted #55 on iTunes utilizing my Apple Music campaign service on March 19th this year. Still today he’s growing organically and gradually and hasn’t paid for almost a month now. So yea I’ve been helping artists along with helping myself reach my goals that I was always questioning. Now that I took it upon myself to find my own answers things are starting to look like I’ll never need a label.
What’s your recording process look like?
I always have to listen to a beat first the music has to speak to me in order for me to tell a story. Once I start I keep flowing easy. In the studio some songs might take longer than others like if the song is all about the energy it’ll take me just one hour to record the record cause that’s where I know itMost powerful at. If I have to be a lyrical writer it’ll take me a week to write because of my perfection mindset but in the stu it’s much easier because when I write to something I’m always memorizing my lyrics. If it’s hype I can just write it in the studio and lay it down within minutes easy.
Do you remember that moment in life when you decided to pursue music full time?
Yea my first time I tried pursuing music I wasn’t all the way focused. More focused on and thinking staying around a lot of women was gonna get my music out there independently. I’m a male a whole lot of women posting my music I thought it would go somewhere back in 2015-16. Today I’m taking my music very seriously and what I wanted back then I’m picking up the lost files from the ground now as I know more about how and where to get what I want from this music game. Having more connections for yourself and having knowledge with it is just a bonus.
I Remember last summer in the hospital when my daughter was born thinking how am I going get my name out there more is a memory that’s always in my head as to why I’m grinding every day today. I literally was telling myself Cyffa this our last try and I need to give it my all. If I have to be on time, be available for every phone call or someone needs something marketed I’m always going to be available and ready to give the best customer service or be the best I can be within this career I want to be in.
What inspires you to keep going?
What keeps me going Kazi is accomplishing my own goals and say I did only makes me want to treat my success. There are many success routes that you can take yourself. It feels much better opening up your own doors and the move you made goes smoothly.
Is there anything you want to let your fans?
Not much I have so much music and been so busy trying to perfect my craft as to why I always ghost but I’m working harder than ever from today on regardless of what situation I’m in because we only have one life to live until the afterlife.
What’s next for you, and where do you see yourself within the next decade?
I like to move quietly I have huge huge placements coming soon. My next record is huge “SEE ME” featuring Choyce Cincere (Prod. MB SALONE) Distribution by EMPIRE powered by Stackin Up Entertainment. I’m cooking up a Cyffa Leyenda, Dela West & YUNG Smilez record soon produced by JBanga. I’m literally the next level Dj Khalid but I rap.
I love bringing huge acts together on my records then push them for greatness. In the next decade, I see and know I’ll have a crib, nice whip, cash app lit, bank lit, life lit, kids growing and happy, hopefully, a wife smoking and chilling continuously making hits and helping artist rise for greatness like me.