Chicago Hip-Hop artist Sycosis or S.Y. for short, is one step to the left of the line for “ordinary rappers.” Combining “Conscious Rap” elements with aggressive delivery and hard hitting punch lines, Sycosis has a style that varies but a message that stays consistent. Sycosis (psychosis) literally means a to be detached from reality and to hear and see things in your own mind, in their own way. At age 4 his father went to prison, a traumatic experience which later became the emotional fuel he would need to write music starting at age 12. Nine years later he became the one of the first members of his family to graduate college. He returned to Chicago and continued working on new music while teaching and mentoring troubled youth from Chicago’s inner city schools and teaching adult education inside of the Cook County jail for the last for the last 10 years.
With two official Mixtapes in the “Think Twice” series, Sycosis set to establish himself as a legitimate professional with the 2010 release of the ”Mostly Me” album. A fitting title that he used to define who he wanted to be as an artist, bold, lyrical, diverse, and passionate. His second album entitled “Tri-Polar” aimed to take that goal to the next level with the release of 6 videos for tracks such as “My City”, “Black Whip”, and “Over Everything″. Sycosis proclaimed “On this album you got to see all different sides of me as an artist, aggressive, intellectual, and easy going which is why I called it Tri-Polar.” Since officially releasing Tri-Polar on Halloween 2011 its tracks and videos have been featured on several blogs, global websites, internet and college radio stations. In addition Sycosis has opened up for major artist such as Twista, Ying Yang Twins, Crooked I, MC Light, Crucial Conflict and more.
After being nominated as “Artist To Watch” in the 2012 Underground Music Awards NYC, Sycosis has been setting his own standards high. He followed that success with being nominated for “Hip-Hop Artist Of The Year” by the Midwest Urban Music Awards. In 2013 Sycosis was ranked the #1 Hip-Hop artist for Chicago from May-August on Reverbnation . Today his music is being streamed globally in over 40 countries around the world. In January of 2015 Sycosis launched Gr8er Than Self Entertainment company with his partner LDorado Jonez. By the summer of Sycosis and LDorado Jonez embarked on a new journey founding the “How The Midwest Was 1 Tour” uniting over 50 independent artist form across the region at major venues. From The Abbey In Chicago to the Roxy Theater in Denver they built a bond and a brand simultaneously.
In 2016 Sycosis expanded his reach on the music scene landing several major placements on television. Songs like “Against The Wall” and “My City” have landed in spots like Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Law & Order SVU, Dude Perfect, Chozen, and Sunny Delight to name a few. With plans to only move forward from here we can only wait and see what the future holds!