Skyzoo and Pete Rock have completed their Retropolitan project and give a preview with the single “It’s All Good.” The legendary producer took a beat from his secret 1994 SP-1200 stash to use for Skyzoo’s autobiographical lyrics. The 12-song album has appearances from Conway, Raheem DeVaughn, Styles P, Benny The Butcher, Westside Gunn and Elzhi. Skyzoo made a statement about the album’s purpose in a press release:
“The idea for Retropolitan came from a feeling of necessity. The album is both a love letter and a wake-up call to the city of New York. In an age where hype dominates reality, FOMO supersedes integrity and gentrification has supplanted tradition, this album is screaming for NYC to wake TF up – even as Pete & myself thank the city for all it’s done for us at the same time. Wake up from accepting your culture being stripped away from you. Wake up from believing that the people who aren’t cut from the cloth you created know your fabric better than you. Wake up from denying the change that’s taken place within you, told to be for your betterment, when it’s solely for theirs, and at your expense and detriment. Wake up from ignoring the identity you once had, the community you once built, the strength you once manifested, all to take on that of one you assumed would expand your reach, when all it’s doing is spreading you comically thin. Dear New York, all five boroughs of you, thank you for all you’ve done. You’re the greatest. Now sit back, listen, and wake TF up.”
“It’s All Good” is available as a free download and Retropolitan comes out September 20th.