This Blu and Nottz album is shaping up to be one hell of a project. The latest leak finds Blu and Nottz employing the services of Bishop Lamont, Torae, Skyzoo & DJ Revolution for “Giant Steps.”
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Jay Z’s seminal debut Reasonable Doubt, Skyzoo was approached by Genius to add a revenge chapter to Jay’s “Friend Or Foe.” Let Skyzoo tell it and then hit play.
So last week, the good folks at Genius came to me with an idea to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Jay-Z’s classic debut “Reasonable Doubt.” The seminal piece by one of our generation’s most important and heralded emcees, it’s celebration is nothing short of well deserved. In light of that, Genius.com approached me with a concept based on the project:
“Hey Sky, what would happen if you wrote a song based on ‘Friend or Foe,’ where you’re the son of the hustler who Jay-Z killed in the story? What if the out-of-town hustler who was killed in the hotel room had an infant son back home, and now after 20 years he’s seeking vengeance on his father’s murderer: Jay-Z. What if you told the story, not as Skyzoo, but as the 20 year old son”?
I thought it was brilliant. Needless to say, I picked up the pen and got right to it. And thus, here’s “Friend or Foe pt 3”. For the record, this is not a Jay-Z diss by any means. We all know Jay is one of my favorite emcees of all time. This is a creative take on a fictional story told from the point of view of a fictional character. Enjoy it in the essence of what it is. And happy anni’ to “Reasonable Doubt,” a timeless piece for the ages.
Brooklyn’s Ace Clark makes his presence felt alongside Blu and Skyzoo for “Reality” off of his upcoming Life is Good album.
Skyzoo shows up on Dr. Dre’s “The Pharmacy” and demolishes a Pete Rock instrumental.
CL Smooth and Skyzoo’s 2008 joint “Perfect Timing” gets a refresher as Sweden’s Max I Million.
Skyzoo and Westside Gunn trade bars over a wicked Statik Selektah production for “50 Inch Zenith.”
Skyzoo is next to bat in the VHS-inspired freestyle series “Off Top.”
South African producers Mizi Mtshali and Inyambo “Nyambz” and Zambian emcee Zubz have been hard at work putting together a Nina Simone tribute project titled Last Letter to Nina: A Tribute To The High Priestess of Soul. Here’s a single that features Pharoah Monch and Skyzoo joining Zubz with a sample of Nina’s “Funkier Than A Mosquito’s Tweeter” titled “Doctor Goodlungs.”
Skyzoo plays the lover boy role in the video for the !llmind produced “Playing Favorites” off of his “Music For My Friends” album.
Apollo Brown provides the beat and the Barrel Brothers lyrically disembody it. Here’s the video for “Neva Eva” off of Apollo Brown’s Grandeur.