Brooklyn-raised emcee Skyzoo is here to remind Hip Hop fans that the music can still be true to life and heartfelt. With numerous Mix CDs on his resume, most recently, The Power of Words with DJ Drama and Statik Selektah, Skyzoo is currently preparing his first national full-length LP, â€œThe Salvation,â€ in stores September 29th, via Jamla Records/Duck Down.
The Salvation will be set apart from Skyzooâ€™s previous Mix CD releases in various ways, however Skyzoo explains that â€œitâ€™s another constant sign of elevation and growth, and itâ€™s the most personal work Iâ€™ve ever done.â€ Although in the past he has released records such as â€œThe Bodega,â€ â€œStop Foolinâ€™ Yourself,â€ and â€œExtreme Measures,â€ which were all true to life, Skyzoo promises that they will not reach the personal extent that the tracks on The Salvation will bring to listeners. Songs such as â€œFor What Itâ€™s Worthâ€ and â€œMetal Heartsâ€ help contribute to the feeling that Skyzoo expects his audience to have; that their $15 was well spent on the album, they could relate to it, and that the project will stand the test of time.
A tactic taken by Skyzoo to emphasize the personal aspect of The Salvation was to not load the album up with features from other rappers. He states, â€œThe moment you pick up a pen or start rhyming as a kid, all you think about is getting an album out. This album isnâ€™t exactly the way I planned it out at 9-years-old, but it tells my story. With that being said, no one can help tell my story better than me. The Salvation is about me.â€
Alongside the extremely personal element of The Salvation comes the conceptual side of the project. Theme was the name of the game for Skyzooâ€™s debut album, and this is evidenced in how the production was handled. According to Skyzoo, â€œit wasnâ€™t really a â€˜whoâ€™s hot, whoâ€™s notâ€™ type of thing. It was more so â€˜just get what sounds right.â€™ I got a lot of big name producers, and I also got a lot of up and comers.â€ Included in the production credits for The Salvation are Washington D.C.-based production team Best Kept Secret (who work in-house for Wale), Seattleâ€™s Eric G (who some may recognize as providing a few beats to Torae), and Cyrus tha Great, as well as 9th Wonder, Nottz (who produced the single â€œPopularityâ€), Just Blaze, Illmind, Needlz and Black Milk.
Fans have seen a sneak peek of Skyzooâ€™s first LP in the form of a video for a track entitled â€œBeautiful Decay,â€ produced by 9th Wonder. The video is directed by Artemus Jenkins, and sets out to reflect life in the various boroughs of New York.
When all is said and done, The Salvation should provide listeners a more intricate view into Skyzooâ€™s life, as well as what has gotten him to where he is today. While telling his story and painting a picture in the audienceâ€™s minds with his words, the diverse range of production and the auto-biographical nature of the album will set it apart from his previous Mix CD releases. By late September the world will get to know a different side of Brooklynâ€™s Skyzoo.
The Opener (produced by Cyrus Tha Great)
Return Of The Real (produced by Just Blaze)
The Beautiful Decay (produced by 9th Wonder)
My Interpretation (produced by Best Kept Secret)
Popularity (produced by Nottz)
Like A Marathon (produced by 9th Wonder)
The Shooterâ€™s Soundtrack (produced by Cyrus Tha Great)
Under Pressure (produced by 9th Wonder)
Penmanship (produced by Black Milk)
Dear Whoever (produced by Illmind)
For What Itâ€™s Worth ((produced by Eric G)
The Necessary Evils (produced by Needlz)
Easy To Fly featuring Carlitta Durand (produced by 9th Wonder)
Bottom Line (produced by Eric G)
Metal Hearts (produced by 9th Wonder)
Maintain (produced by Nottz)
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