Christian Rapper CY returns to original stage name CYclone
Houston, TX – July 13, 2012 – Tweaking a trend of Christian rappers reverting to their birth
names for recordings and stage performances, the MC formerly known as CY will now go by
CYclone – the hip hop identity he assumed shortly after his encounter with Jesus at the age of
“I believe my art is like a furious funnel cloud that packs in a variety of styles and ultimately spins out something unique,” Timothy “CYclone” Gross explained.
As he began to incorporate his faith into hip hop Tim Gross adopted the moniker CYclone but noticed it would often get abbreviated as his music began to receive nationwide attention.
Circuses can be inspiring. Introduce children to one and then
carefully observe their next month on the playground as they re-
create the roles of the clown, the lion tamer, and the trapeze artist.
For Christian rapper CYclone, it launched a fresh phase of his music career
– one marked by a new found creative freedom for his sound, lyrics,
and stage show.
After launching the Circus World Event…The Ringleader album at the
2007 Texas Holy Hip Hop Achievement Awards (where MTV
personality Sway was a presenter) to critical acclaim, CYclone began to
pray about the direction of its much anticipated follow-up.
Whereas The Ringleader’s concept envisioned our world as a circus
with one true ringleader (God) and an imposter (Satan) who plots
and schemes for the same position, Circus World Event…High Wire
Act plays off a tight rope metaphor that represents the narrow road
believers in Christ must walk in order to receive eternal life. The
project also carries other messages about the humility that must be
maintained by those placed in lofty positions.
CY’s High Wire Act employs a gloomier carnival sound, picture-
painting lyrics, and explosive energy. It’s versatile and accessible to
all listeners with tracks produced by himself, Phillip Moore, Tony
Stone, Vohn Beats/Symbolyc One, Jimmy Natural and others. Guest
artists include Young Joshua, Tony Stone, One Dose, Von Won,
FireJaws, Gina V, Tannie, Gifted, Kent & Shellee Coley, MiKalibur,
Titus, D.Steele, and more.
High Wire Act marks CY’s third solo album
(fourth overall.) Previous records have spawned an award winning
video for his “Confession Invasion” single, recognition for the best
New Album and New Artist of the Year (2003 Texas Holy Hip Hop
Awards), and several other nominations and industry honors.
In addition, CY has performed at major events such as SXSW, Rap
Fest, the En Sound Music Awards, the All Eyes On Me Awards, and
Atlanta’s Holy Hip Hop Awards (where he was also honored.)
Through those events and others, he has been honored to share the
stage with music ministers such as Da’ T.R.U.T.H., Deitrick Haddon,
Knowdaverbs, 4th Avenue Jones, Corey Red & Precise, Mark J, Lil
Raskull, Pettidee, Todd Bangz, Everyday Process, and Lecrae.