Not too many people can say that they beat the odds growing up in the hood. Female rapper Sylk E. Fyne has been checking rhymes on the microphone since her early high school days, as an escape from her rough west-side neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles. Determined to make it real, Sylk E. Fyne beat the odds by earning a college degree and joining forces with some of hip-hop’s biggest names. She dropped lyrics for major artists such as Eazy-E, Too $hort, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur, and toured with Bone Thugs ‘N Harmony. Thanks to such experience, she perfected her skills in order to mastermind her 1998 debut, Raw Sylk, on RCA. Although she was casted as a shadow in the middle of the bad boys of rap, but out of the wood works, Sylk established the fact that she too is as nasty as she wants to be, with sultry and secular vibes.
Interview with the Real One: Sylk E. FYNE
I felt like I was being Schooled about gangster rap and the life living in the west-side of South Central Los Angeles, when I started talking to one of the female OGs of gangster rap……Sylk E Fyne. She gave her pure, sworn testimony about her beginnings, and the enrichment that she gained from her past. Now with this hot single she just dropped titled “I’M A REAL ONE”, literally sends all the fans into a frenzy (including myself), and wants her to make a comeback. The hip hop world definitely needs to get a double dose of Raw Sylk.
Rena Marie: How did you get your start in the rap game?
Sylk E. Fyne: “I got started in the rap game by getting discovered by Eric “Eazy-E” Wright. At the age of 19 years old, I got signed to Ruthless Records”.
Rena Marie: How did Eazy-E discovered your talent?
Sylk E.Fyne: “He wanted to have a girl group, and it was word going on that he was looking for some females to form a female gangster rap group. I personally got a phone number that was an assistant of Eazy-E, and she was Shari Henry. So I called, and kept calling and leaving messages of me free styling. Finally, one day, which was the day we buried my grandmother, I called again……THIS TIME……I was free styling and dissing Eazy-E. I was calling him names and I was like something got to give. I said that “I rap hard core”. Later on that day I checked my messages, and I got a voicemail from Eazy-E saying I heard your messages and I am going to send my producer in a limosine over there to pick you up. That Shari Henry saved all my previous messages, but she played that one freestyle of me going gangsta and dissing Eazy-E. He wanted to work with me, so I was called over to do a live audition (rapping and freestyling), there I met Eazy-E and he said that I was a member of his female gangsta rap group Ganksta Bytch Mentality.
Rena Marie: Before getting signed with Ruthless Records as a member of Gangksta Bytch Mentality, Were you doing battles or shows before?
Sylk E. Fyne: “Yes….basically I was well known as a freestyle rapper. Growing up people used to know me as Peaches. As Peaches, I was known to rap and freestyle in junior high school and high school. In the late 80s and early 90s coming up as a teenager in Los Angeles was like this, you are either going to be a square and stay in them books, or hang with the gang bangers, or you are going to do some music. Since I was 13 years old, I always love literature, music, and journalism. I got into rapping at 13 years old. I prevented a lot of drama growing up by being in rap contests. I won the “Best of the Best” rap contest that was judged by Ice T in 1984 or 1985, I was like 13 years old. When rap came out, I was just a natural. I was destined to make it in the rap game because of the rapping, free styling, battling; I did all this stuff before there was ever a social media”.
Rena Marie: What was it like to be signed to Eazy-E’s label, Ruthless Records?
Sylk E. Fyne: It was AWESOME! It was very brief and short time in my life, as well as being part of Eric Eazy-E Wright’s life. Eric died in 1995 and our group GBM got signed in 1993, so that one year and a half was amazing. That was my first record deal and I loved our relationship. During the times of his last days, I became pregnant. The group members was telling me “man Sylk don’t have the baby because you got a record deal, and you are about to go out on tour”…..Eazy-E told me to have that baby; I am the baby’s God father. Y’all call him the God father rap…..I call him my God brother of rap. He treated me with respect; Eric treated me like a sister. I appeared on his last album, I was a ghostwriter for Eric, he gave me my publishing, he gave me credit….it was such an incredible time with Eric. If Eric was alive right now…many of our lives would have been very different in 2015!
Rena Marie: What is your most memorable song you recorded with Eazy-E?
Sylk E. Fyne: I would say “Coming out the Wood Works”. Our album was really tight for 1994, it just was like popping. If that album had been released people would have seen that we were the female NWA. I would say that Eric was really amped on the single “Coming out the Wood Works”; by far that particular song is the most memorable”.
Rena Marie: Do you think that Eazy-E’s death slowed the progress of your career?
Sylk E. Fyne: I wouldn’t say that Eazy’s death slowed down the progress of my career. After Eric died, I was embraced by another visionary, Tupac Shakur. It was like I can do this, Pac brought me in….He was like sis I believe in you, we gon’ get this album done. It was very ironic that Eazy-E died and then nine months later Tupac died. After being with Ruthless and working with Eazy-E and Tupac, by 1996 I wasn’t ready and felt the need to take a break. I didn’t get to take much of a break that I wanted because I was approached to be a writer for the song “Romeo and Juliet”. I did a few vocals on the song, I wrote Romeo and Juliet, but I ended up being the writer and the artist; I was only supposed to be a writer for the song. When I lost Eazy and then I lost Pac, they were the west coast, and I know that my career would really be successful with the type of background I have. Eric and Tupac believed in me, the both told me that I would make it. Just to make it crystal clear, these two were like my brothers….there were no flirting, or the hanky panky, none of that was going on. Back to Romeo and Juliet, I did some vocals and I wrote the song, so the producers submit it to RCA. All of the sudden the girl who I wrote the song for couldn’t deliver the song. RCA heard my vocals on the song and said that they wanted to meet me. They flew me to Manhattan, New York, and of course being in my early 20s I was really excited. I was like I worked with Eazy and I worked with Tupac, and now I am here. I ended up being the artist and the writer for the platinum selling single “Romeo and Juliet”.
Rena Marie: How did you get the name Sylk E. Fyne?
Sylk E. Fyne: I was in a group called Ganksta Bytch Mentality, and I didn’t want to be in a gangster rap group with a name like Peaches when you got Diamond, Tski, and Big Chan. People also knew me as Sylk when I was about 19. Peaches were cute as a kid, I had an interview with John Salley on Bet Live, and he asked me how I had the name Sylk. I told him because I am like Sylk and I am fine. Eazy called me Sylk E. Fyne.
Rena Marie: Do you keep in touch with the other ladies of GBM?
Sylk E. Fyne: Oh yes! Shout out to my girl Diamond, we have been friends for over 25 years. Diamond and I met in college; we always had that bond, that goofy, homegirl bond, along with Tski who no longer live in California who is doing very well, and Big Chan who now design clothes for the stars Cinderella Contour. We keep in touch through Facebook and such.
Rena Marie: Have you recorded other albums under RCA?
Sylk E. Fyne: No…RCA just dropped me and another artist without incident. The song “Romeo and Juliet” went platinum, I was on time for meetings and other engagements, I never gave them a reason, but they did. I started doing features for Snoop Dogg, Tupac, The Dogg Pound, 2 Short, and touring with Bone Thugs and Harmony.
Sylk E. Fyne spoke highly of Eazy-E, the other women of GBM, Tupac, and all of the other artists that made the West Coast memorable. “I pay homage to everyone who contributed to the movement that flourished from Los Angeles to world-wide”. Sylk is currently working on an album with producer 2 Much Muzik. She has a single that is out and flooding the streets called “I’m a Real One”. Sylk E. Fyne is one of the most noted females in hip hop that has done more features, and built a household name for her. Sylk got a few other endeavors and one is being casted on an upcoming reality TV show call ”The Real LA Girls” that is created by her bestie of over 25 years, Ruthless Records label mate, and a member of GBM, the home girl Diamond. This show will have real life drama, and have women who are born and raised in Los Angeles.
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