For most people, their introduction to music begins with their family, sometimes siblings, sometimes parents. Cico P, who rose to prominence this year due to the online take-off of his 2019 song “Tampa,” grew up watching his uncles freestyle. At the age of 9, Cico decided to do it on his own, alongside his cousin, who transformed into Cico by recording music through the I Am T-Pain app at the age of 13 years. During his high school years, music became more important to him, with his afternoons becoming a mixture of soccer training and recording raps.
The music he recorded back then never saw the light of day, but that changed when he released his first mixtape in 2018, SUA child. The following year, he dropped “Tampa”, featured on his 2019 mixtape, Sweet Union. The haunting song produced by Trench Lord B features Cico’s song stream as he offers his listeners a manual on how to get money and girls. Its southern accent, almost singing flow and solid composition made the track a local hit in 2019 to much more in 2021, when TikTok got wind of it. Cico included “Tampa” in two of his early 2021 plans—Confidential files in January, and SUA files in April, which also helped him reach more ears.
“Damn, little bitch on that coke like Montana / I’m on hydrocodone, I’m gonna float like a ghost, huh / Baby needs protein, work her like a dancer / Got all the hoes and snow like Father Christmas, “he recalls.
In late May, the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 at # 97 and then moved to # 91 a week later. Now, with 36 million Spotify streams and 9 million YouTube views of “Tampa” later, Cico P is heading towards its next release with major momentum. Last month, he dropped the track “Half the Time” assisted by Kevin Gates. Today, his new project, NawfJaxx, named after his hometown of Jacksonville, Texas, arrives.
Displaying a diverse mix of sounds, coupled with his straightforward lyrical talent, Cico P has a lot to look forward to in his career, making him a perfect match for XXL‘s The break.
Hometown: Jacksonville, Texas
I grew up listening to: “I got on all of Texas. UGK, Fucked click, Swishahouse. Too, 50 cents, DMX, Boloss removes, Three 6 Mafia, 8Ball & MJG. R&B, fashion, Jimmy Taylor, Marvin Gaye. 112, Jagged Edge, you know, just a mix. “
My style has been compared to: “They say ‘Tampa’ reminds them of a young Kodak. It’s not, it’s a Texas thing. You can tell if you are from Texas. A lot of people are like they’ve never heard a style like mine before, but when it comes to the picture, a lot of my rapper friends say, ‘Damn, nigga, you look like DaBaby! ‘ I was talking to Maxo [Kream], he was like, “I’m just gonna stay true with you, you look like DaBaby, fam. You all niggas act the same, talk the same. ‘ I’m like ‘Brah … I’ve never met him!’ They like, “Dude, this shit is gonna be funny when you all finally meet.” “
I’m going to explode because: “Just the reactions. I’m mentally prepared for that; hate, love, everything. It’ll always be crazy comments or someone hating, but every time there is one, I guarantee it. , there are ten new fans. Good or bad, it doesn’t matter, as long as they talk I don’t stumble. Right now we’re just gonna get them that shit out of ‘Tampa’. I don’t. I’m not just ‘Tampa’. Making music is like therapy for me. I don’t look at it like, shit, I have to please the fans. You’re gonna love it. You’re gonna love it anyway. This shit is fun for me. “
My most significant records to date have been: “[‘Tampa’] was something they had never heard before, and it’s simple. I was just on this beat, doing simple shit. It’s very easy to get stuck in your head because of the melodies. So the shit I say, a lot of people identify with this shit. But “Gangsta Baby”, “Fort Lauderdale” and “Mixed Signals”. Heard a lot of my fans apart from that Sweet Union [project], they like “Gangsta Baby so hard!” They like ‘Mixed Signals’, I guess, because they’ve never heard a flow like that. “
My highlights so far have been: “I’m gonna keep it like a bean, when I hit that Billboard Hot 100. I was like, ‘That crazy shit.’ I still don’t know how to feel about it. Even me being on this call now, XXL, that shit up there too. It means a lot to me. It is a blessing. I was dreaming about this shit. “
Most people don’t know: “I’m really for myself so much, like an introvert. I can hang on on my own. Shit. It’s not even like that. I can hit the road on my own, I can go eat on my own, go to the cinema on my own. I just enjoy my own company. But I really enjoy it when I have my people around. “
I’ll be next: “The next big superstar, do you understand me? Everyone will know there is only one Cico P.”
Strong points :
“Half the Time” with Kevin Gates
“Prophecy” with Spinabenz
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