Sic Osyrus: Everyday’s A Battle

“Don’t like me? Well, you ain’t the only one buddy, I ain’t tryin to make friends with nothing but money.  Cool with Grant, tight  with Benjamin-root of all evil, damn right ima spend it then…”–Pop Off Freestyle

Artist: Sic Osyrus [pronounced “Sike O-Syrus”]
Location: West Philly/Middleton, Pennsylvania
Styles: Realism, Battle Raps, Aggressive, Combative, Comical, Witty, Insightful, The Streets, The Trap
Albums/Mixtapes On Deck: Sic-O-Nomics Vol. 2.5 Mixtape hosted by DJ Bedtyme, Straight Money (album) release date TBA.

Sic Osyrus  – Pop Off Freestyle

So TheOvun got a chance to sit down and pick Sic Osyrus’ brain for awhile, it proved to be an enlightening experience.  Nowadays, too often, we see rappers and emcees with some kind of gimmick.    And not the cookie-cutter gimmicks you can imagine like backwards pants or a dance but on an underground level, you got MCs proclaiming, “I’m here to bring real Hip Hop Back”, or,  “I’m the underrated underdog”.  It get’s a little redundant.  In steps in a dude like Sic Osyrus, who you really can’t compare with anyone, because–he’s just being himself.  And what is he trying to bring to the game?  Being himself;  it’s so crazy the shit just may work!

I ain’t trying to be nobody–and I catch a lot of flack for who I am….I just keep doing me and you either love me or hate me.  Ain’t no in between.  Cause I’ma get in there, and I’m gonna get in your soul and you either goin to hate me or you gonna love me; it’s one or the other.”  Seems like it’s been working in his favor.  Since he got back from a vacation [wink] up North, he’s been going hardbody, with over 60 mixtape features in the past 11 months.  It’s not such a daunting task considering Osyrus doesn’t sleep much.  Armed with his arsenal of a pen, paper, a tape recorder and the glow of television screen, he writes the truth.  Looking back, it doesn’t seem so surprising that KRS-One’s Love’s Gonna Getcha and Redman’s Whut? Thee Album had a direct influence on him growing up.

Sic Osyrus – That’s My Style [prod. Oz]

Osyrus has released, four original mixtapes in total:  The Down Payment, Sic- O-Nomics, Sic-O-Nomics Vol. 2 and the latest Sic-O-Nomics Vol. 2.5.  His album Straight Money has a pending release date.  Contrary to his album titles, the theme of money doesn’t necessarily have a positive or literal connotation.  Unless you’re a practicing Buddhist, money/wealth is something we all strive to attain.  But there are ways to go about it, and the first one that Osyrus tries to educate us on is Currency Theory.  Stemming from the first installment of Sic-O-Nomics, where he encounters a shop owner who won’t accept credit cards, the properties of money play huge part on all of his tapes.

Sic Osyrus – Everyday’s A Battle [prod. DJ Kep]

The latest, Sic-Onomics 2.5, features a combination of original tracks and freestyles over new and old production. Osyrus holds his own for the majority of the tape, with the only feature spot held by Donny Goines.  Up and coming producers like  Oz and Don Nottz contribute on production along side Buda da FutureDrawzilla, and DJ Kep

Sic Osyrus ft. Donny Goines – Why Lord [Middle Fingers Up]
I was bumpin’ this joint all summer…

Download: Sic Osyrus ft. Donny Goines – Why Lord [Middle Fingers Up]

The Sic-O-Nomics Tapes are just dope and we can’t wait for the album.  Word on the skreets is that an official video will be released for Everyday’s A Battle.  In the meantime–check out a vintage joint:

Sic Osyrus – Killin’ Em
“You might as well toe tag ya self, I mean, I’ll toe tag ya self for you….”