Keeping up the critically acclaimed weekly freestyle series “Band Practice”, we present part 2: “Grew Up on Kool-Aid”, by Skyzoo. The track is another freestyle over Jazz production, in honor of the upcoming live concert “The Writings of Skyzoo”, orchestrated by a full 7 piece Jazz band.
The first entry from Skyzoo’s new “Band Practice” series is a display of a superior pengame. And we’re getting joints like these every Tuesday. Dope.
On Tuesday, February 19th, Skyzoo will present his LIVE Jazz concert experience ‘The Writings of Skyzoo’ at Harlem’s new hotspot MIST Harlem. As we lead up to his performance, Sky will be releasing an exclusive freestyle over a Jazz composition every Tuesday as a part of his ‘Band Practice’ series, beginning with today’s installment ‘Phone Calls’.
‘The Writings of Skyzoo’ will occur Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 at MIST Harlem and will be hosted by Power 105.1′s Angela Yee. Skyzoo will be performing select songs from his extensive catalog alongside a 7-piece band, featuring Keyboardist Aaron Hardin (En Vogue, Pusha T, Eric Roberson), Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Jessy Wilson (John Legend, Keyshia Cole, Fantasia, Ledisi), R&B sensation Chris Turner (Esperanza Spalding, Bilal), Drummer Steve Mckie (Bilal, Robert Glasper, Vivian Green) and more.
Tickets are on sale now at www.MISTHarlem.com. Presented by MIST Harlem, The High End Agency, Middle Ground Arts and Steel Magnolia Group.
As the wind reminds my shirtless arms that fall is undeniable upon us, Skyzoo, casually but immaculately color coordinated, emerges from the front door of his Brooklyn crib. Rocking a crisp Carmelo Anthony USA Basketball tee shirt and red, white and navy blue Nike Zooms to match, Skyzoo enthusiastically greets me. The organization in his attire should come as no surprise to anyone who’s followed the Brooklyn MC’s career as they know order and purpose is the theme. Whether it was the way he flawlessly executed last year’s The Great Debater or his Theo vs J.J. (Dreams vs Reality) project, Skyzoo always seems to have a plan. With the Langston Hughes title-inspired A Dream Deferred slated to drop next Tuesday, October 2nd, Skyzoo took some time out from his schedule to chop it up with me. Among the topics we touched on, Sky expressed his excitement about his new album, meeting and working with Jill Scott and his reaction to fellow rapper Torae’s proclamation that, “Skyzoo’s one of the best rapper’s to ryhme of any era.” Continue reading → Post ID 2988
Skyzoo has a deft way with words and on his latest project Theo vs J.J. (Dreams vs Reality), the lyrical wizadry is on full display. This picks up from where the Great Debater left off and sets the stage for his upcoming full length A Dream Deferred which is slated to drop October 2nd. The 8 track mixtape is available on iTunes and four tracks are available for free download HERE. Stream and words from Sky under the cut. Continue reading → Post ID 2906
Over 9th’s horn driven production, Skyzoo ties it all together (and big ups Chi Ali) on the first leak off his highly anticipated album “A Dream Deferred.” I’ll let the man himself break down the science:
“The idea behind Jansport Strings is not based on it being literal, but more so in the figurative sense. As a kid in NY, the strings on your Jansport bag were a sign of power and presence. Kids would steal the strings off of each other’s bags and burn the tips to prevent getting robbed of them once they got them. The song is a 3 minute auto-bio of me as a kid in Brooklyn and seeing more than my friends and I had bargained for. In essence, my Jansport strings tied it all together, seeing what we all saw and what it made us. The ending is a clip from Video Music Box, the legendary NYC video show run by DJ Ralph McDaniels. This episode in particular was the debut of Chi-Ali’s ‘Age Ain’t Nothin But A Number’. Seeing that video that day on this episode of VMB made me start rhyming. This clip was literally the moment that changed my life”. -Skyzoo
When you sit down and talk to Skyzoo it becomes easy to understand why the arrow charting the progress of his career is in the up position. Outstanding projects aside (and there has been quite a few), more importantly you realize the ultra talented Brooklyn based MC has a fully thought plan out before he even puts pen to paper.
So it should come as no surprise that from his debut mixtape Corner Store Classic, to the critically acclaimed The Great Debater (a mixtape so well put together, it played like an album) that his name is already popping up in the conversation about our lyrical greats. Recently I had an opportunity to sit down and chop it up with the former Freestyle Friday participant as we went over several topics including his desire to work with Lupe Fiasco and why he calls The Salvation his Illmatic. Continue reading → Post ID 2134
The 3rd edition in the We Got Now series (Pt. 1,Pt.2) saw me hooking up with the homie DJ Scream for the NY/ATL connection. We dropped this back in 2007 and you’ll see some familiar names like Willie The Kid, Gorilla Zoe, Trae The Truth, Skyzoo, Grafh, Joell Ortiz and more. Shoutout to Scream for the Maybach Music move, congrats!
Skyzoo ran thru a few cuts off The Great Debater mixtape in his performance at Southpaw this past Wednesday night (6/22/11) in Brooklyn. Black Moon and Random Axe also performed in what was a overall dope show. After the cut you can peep Sky doing “Until It All Goes and “Complicated Rhythm.” Continue reading → Post ID 772
The follow-up to Live From the Tape Deck, Skyzoo’s critically-acclaimed collaboration with producer !llmind, the project features 16 fresh cuts from the undergrounds stalwart (and freestyle series alum). Included on the project are reader-acclaimed leaks “Atypical,” “Test Drive,” “Written in the Drums” and “The Definitive Prayer.” Joining Skyzoo throughout Great Debater are Jesse Boykins III, Manhattan and King Mez. Beats come courtesy of 9th Wonder, !llmind, Best Kept Secret, Oh No and Swiff D.