Skyzoo’s latest album In Celebration Of Us, is a brilliant piece of work that meshes dope beats with splendid rhymes. The video for “Baker’s Dozen” featuring Raheem Devaughn finds the duo lamenting over what happens when a drug transaction goes left.
Norway producer ChanHays dropped an exceptional project last year with Here that many people probably slept on. But the producer stays at it to get the word out as he drops a video for the Skyzoo assisted song “Of The Essence (Time).”
After hearing Skyzoo pay homage to Fredro Starr’s Bamboo from “Strapped,” the group reached out to the emcee to get him on their song “I’ma F*ckin Rockstar.”
“We linked with Skyzoo after we heard the song ‘Bamboo‘ on his Peddler Themes EP; he was basically paying homage to my character in the movie Strapped,” Starr told XXL. “The next day we reached out, ‘I’ma F*ckin Rockstar’ was a perfect fit for Skyzoo! People can expect boom-bap mixed with guitars, but it’s what people wont expect that makes this album dope!”
Listen to it now.
Prior to the release of Skyzoo’s In Celebration Of Us album, the New York emcee gives us a taste of his forthcoming project with a sampler that premiered on Billboard.
“On this album, I wanted to tap into the present, more so than any other album of mine as far as full projects. Music of the times is the best way to describe it” Skyzoo commented to Billboard. “From cultural appropriation and gentrification to police brutality and the irony of motives behind bigger motives, it’s an album that explores who we are and why we are where we are in society, as a people. What’s been done to us and what we’ve done to ourselves, mainly out of confused necessity, all while celebrating us in the process. Conceptually, this is Ta-nehisi Coates meets Chappelle’s Show, The Autobiography of Malcolm X meets Black-ish, the case of Sandra Bland meets the birth of Air Jordans. It’s intense, and it’s beautiful. I’m honored to be able to give my take on our story”.
Tracklisting For Skyzoo’s ‘In Celebration of Us’:
- Everybody’s Fine
2. Sound Like…
3. Baker’s Dozen f. Raheem Devaughn
- Crown Holder
5. Heirlooms & Accessories
6. Forever In A Day
7. Remembering The Rest (Interlude) f. WordsNCurves
8. The Purpose f. Kay Cola
9. Love is Love
10. Black Sambo
11. Parks & Recreation f. Saba Abraha
12. Collateral f. Jake&Papa
13. The Stick-Up Tape From “Menace”
14. Hoodie SZN
15. Honor Amongst Thieves
Although Skyzoo’s Peddler’s Themes has been out for some time, that hasn’t stopped the New York emcee from dropping videos. The latest is “Long Money” produced by Marc Nfinit.
Nova Scotia producer ChanHays recruits Skyzoo, Elzhi and Uptown XO for “Running” from his debut album Here.
Skyzoo, rocking a “Fight The Power” hat, shows up to Statik Selektah’s Show Off Radio show to drop some bars. If you haven’t copped Peddler Themes, you should.
Coalmine Records announces the Beats, Mines and Life: An Instrumental Journey project which features 14 tracks of instrumentals. First up, Max I Million’s instrumental to the remix of CL Smooth and Skyzoo’s “Perfect Timing.”
Straight off of Peddler Theme comes the video for Skyzoo’s “Bamboo.” If you didn’t know, Sky is referencing the underrated hood flick “Strapped.”
Maffew Ragazino pays homage to the late, great Prodigy by flipping “Survival of the Fittest” into “JSS (Just Survive Somehow)” alongside Skyzoo.