For many artists, the concept of getting a big break on a leading artist’s album seems unfathomable. However, for KayCyy, it’s just another day of being a member of Kanye’s crew. With writing credits on “Hurricane,” “24,” and a feature on “Keep My Spirit Alive” off of Kanye’s 10th LP, “Donda,” KayCyy’s unique singing voice helps define many memorable moments on the album.
KayCyy explained that “Keep My Spirit Alive” was “really just Ye doing his thing.” He said the magic happened when he met fellow feature artists Westside Gunn and Conway The Machine in Wyoming.
The fairy tale could have ended at any moment for KayCyy, though. He recalls his verse was almost taken off “Keep My Spirit Alive,” but it somehow still made it to the final cut, becoming a large part of what makes the track so beloved by fans.
Beyond that, KayCyy’s writing credits on “Hurricane,” the album’s lead single featuring The Weeknd and Lil Baby, nabbed him a title that no other Kenyan-born artist has ever held — the first to be credited with a Top 10 Billboard hit song.
“That actually blew my mind,” he said. “My dad still lives in Kenya, so he’s the one who sent me a screenshot of the newspaper, and it was like, mindblowing to read that. Being the first is always crazy. I didn’t even know that, praise God.”