How You What? Naptown Delivers With The Sophomore Cypher

How You What Sophomore Cypher
From Left, T.G.I Free, Skypp, TVT The Rapper, DJ Strick, PBT Ace, Jet Santiago (Photo Cred: Kaymakay Designs)


The city of Indianapolis became a hot topic during last month’s All-Star weekend. Not just for basketball, the Hip-Hop world took notice to the first take of the All-Star Naptown Cypher presented by Asia & Co Productions. The consensus was that it was not a representation of the culture in the Circle City. Surely there would be a follow-up, right?

That effort dropped today as the How You What? Sophomore Cypher was released after a teaser was dropped this week via Instagram. Hosted by Naptown’s own Dead Silence, the cypher consisted of 5 MC’s, all of which are from or reside on the far east side. DJ Strick spun the instrumental for Nas’ “Oochie Wally” and the rest is history!!!

How You What Sophomore Cypher
Dead Silence (Photo Cred: Kaymakay Designs)
How You What? Sophomore Cypher
TVT The Rapper (Photo Cred: Kaymakay Designs)

How You What? Sophomore Cypher

Jet Santiago would kick off the first leg with bars that set the tone for the cypher. Going absolutely silly over the track he solves the question about that infamous chicken. “Call me your excellency/evidently I’m a better MC/that chicken crossed the road and ran into me.” Femcee TVT The Rapper took the mic and rode the track while clearly showing that she wasn’t pressed being the only woman in the cypher. She spits “Put me in a box so blind niggas I’ma make ’em see/always the one doing the breakups/call me the referee.”

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PBT Ace (Photo Cred: Kaymakay Designs)
How You What? Sophomore Cypher
Skypp (Photo Cred: Kaymakay Designs)

Leg 3 of the cypher went to PBT Ace. His gritty, lyrical ride included both ties to both love and loyalty over these bitches. The next MC up was Skypp. Stating the obvious he spits “Yeah, took y’all long enough/Y’all know they couldn’t “rap rap” but they songs tough/I’m so NAP like the shit that makes a comb get stuck/what mufuckas ain’t puttin on like us.”

How You What? Sophomore Cypher
T.G.I. Free (Photo Cred: Kaymakay Designs)

T.G.I. Free would take the anchor of the cypher. I had the opportunity to see Free perform during All-Star Weekend for the first time alongside Jet & Skypp. He closed it out like Michael Jordan in Game 6 with powerful punchlines like “Steven Jackson in the stands/bitch I’m smacking shit/and cut me off they know I got it like I’m Kaepernick.”

As a native of Indianapolis and correspondent of Hip-Hop, THIS is how you do a cypher! But please, don’t take my word for it. Check out the official video for How You What? Sophomore Cypher down below. Let us know in the comments what you think.

Special shouts out and appreciation goes out to everyone involved with this outstanding cypher. Coco Michelle (@coco_michelle_ on IG), DarkkUstupiD | Music Production (@darkkustupid_), Craig Allen (@craigallenfilms), June (@june1oth), Kennedy MaKay Weaver (@kaymakaydesigns), Asia Ellis of Asia&Co Productions (@asiacoproductions) and all the artists involved #HowYouWhat?

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Vinal Luciano Brings His “Aquarius” Album To Life

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One of Midwest Hip Hop’s best-kept secrets, Vinal Luciano is back with his new album Aquarius. The album puts Vinal’s exceptional talent and creativity on full display. The album offers a unique blend of lyrical prowess and musical innovation. Short on run time at only 8 tracks, the project is packed with emotionally compelling and thought-provoking content.

VInal Luciano performing

“Aquarius” is more than just a collection of songs. It is a narrative that delves into various themes and deep feelings. From introspective tracks that offer a glimpse into Vinal Luciano’s personal experiences to socially conscious lyrics that address pertinent issues. Aquarius boasts stand-out tracks like “Monday Blues” and the lead single, “MIA” featuring Junior Pasare. Singles like these prove that Vinal has a penchant for creative songwriting and vivid storytelling.

To truly appreciate the Aquarius album, it’s essential to understand Vinal Luciano’s musical journey and the influences that have shaped his artistry. From his early beginnings to the development of his distinctive style, Vinal displays an immense amount of growth and comfortability with his craft that embodies how Hip Hop isn’t just something he creates but is a part of his makeup. Turning some of life’s biggest tragedies into some of his best music, Vinal leaves quite the impression with this first quarter release.

Check out the Aquarius album right here on and drop a line about your favorite song. AQUARIUS by Vinal Luciano on TIDAL.

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