OneAngryBlackMan sits down with Skyzoo for some real Hip Hop talk.
Even though Skyzoo has over six mixtapes and a full length LP on his resume, this Brooklyn born emcee spits like his ribs are still touching. From Cloud 9: The 3 Day High to The Corner Store Classics, the power of his words leads one to believe that he can provide the salvation that hip hop fans have been praying for.
OneAngryBlackMan: You have one of the most unique monikers in the game. What's the story behind your name?
Skyzoo: Well my middle name is Skyler. That's the name my family, friends, teachers, etc always used my whole life. When I was born in the early 80's, there was a disco group out named "Skyy". They were from Brooklyn and had a big hit called "Skyyzoo". My family used to sing that to me due to the similarities with that name and sky (short for Skyler). So it stuck.
Skyzoo - Brooklyn Renaissance
OABM: Now the name Skyzoo is attached to the hopes of many fans to revive the New York hip hop scene. What do you think this new generation of rappers needs to do in order to put the shine back on the Big Apple?
Skyzoo: I think it’s a combination of things. First is just make great music. Never mind focusing on bringing NY back. Just make great music and NY will come back as a result of that. Unity is definitely big as well, but beyond just the rappers. The DJs have to get in on the new NY scene as well. You definitely see that coming back. Dj Enuff, DJ Self, DJ Quiz, Peter Rosenberg, they all show love on NY's biggest radio stations. That's important.
OABM: Speaking of unity, if you could make a NYC anthem featuring the new class of NY artists, who would you choose? Who would you reach out to for production?
Skyzoo: I'd probably get Torae, Nina B, Stimuli, Fred Da Godson, my homegirl Poca, Loaded Lux, Chaundon, Lexx , 9eleven, there's a whole lot more man. There's a ton of emcees that would make that a dope track. Beat wise, I'm not sure. Someone from NY…probably Pete Rock.
OABM: You've worked with 9th Wonder, Just Blaze, Black Milk, Nottz and countless other producers. Which one do you feel you have the best chemistry with inside the studio?
Skyzoo: Probably 9th because we're in the studio together when we create. I love working with all the producers you named, but I've been in the studio with 9th more. So I have more to go off of.
Skyzoo - Beautiful Decay (produced by 9th Wonder)
OABM: How do you feel about the way technology has changed the process of making a song and hip hop as a whole?
Skyzoo: I think there are pros and cons to everything. The pros of technology are obviously the way an artist can break themselves and not wait for a label, radio, etc to jump on board. The cons however are the fact that you can't control the way music is handled, received, consumed, or cherished anymore. It’s scary man.
OABM: What about it scares you the most?
Skyzoo: People are trained now to take music like breathing. They don't cherish it anymore because it’s so routine for 100 new songs to appear in a day. How do you make someone stick to your quality when they're trained to go "quanity first"? It will eventually kill the industry, beyond hip hop, but music in general. I love blogs and what they represent, but once so much music hits the air everyday, how can you expect people to anticipate more when their plates are never empty?
Skyzoo feat. Torae - Click (produced by DJ Premier)
OABM: How have you managed to navigate through this crazy climate and still have your music stand out amongst the waves of tracks that hip hip fans digest every day?
Skyzoo: I make the music that I feel represents me, and the fans I have see that, so they connect to it. I believe in quality, so at the end of the day, it’s gonna stand out one way or another. You have to know the cards you're up against and go from there. I choose to go with dope music over everything else.
OABM: How would you respond to the claim made by a so called rapper that "Lyrical rappers are broke"?
Skyzoo: Lol well, in the overall sense he has somewhat of a point. The climate has made it where a lot of artists who are lyrical don't do as well financially as the ones who aren't. But that doesn't mean we all aren't. I know I'm doing good, and there's a lot of other lyricists who are doing good financially as well. Tons of them. But the comparison between the 2 worlds is very one sided. He's right about that. It’s a sad truth in certain scenarios, but it doesn't have to be that way.
OABM: If you had the power, what would you do to balance out the inequities between the two?
Skyzoo: Eliminate a lot of the politics, and show the fans that a lot of artists from different worlds do love each other's music. The underground fans and the mainstream fans always seem to clash, when the artists that they support are all fans of one another.
OABM: That's an interesting point because we see wars break on TC's forums everyday between the two factions. Who are your favorite mainstream artists right now?
Skyzoo: Young Jeezy and 50 cent.
OABM: I can't say I saw that one coming...lol.
Skyzoo: Well I saw the whole G-Unit movement first hand and Jeezy is just a great artist.
OABM: What are the chances of a Skyzoo, 50 and Jeezy record for the next album?
Skyzoo: Man I'd love to collab with both of them at some point. I've always said that.
OABM: What can fans expect from Skyzoo in 2010?
Skyzoo: Definitely some touring, overseas, etc, and some new music for sure. Couple crazy projects on the way that I can't get into yet, but trust, they're gonna be big.
OABM: Can you at least give us a rough estimate when we should expect a new project?
Skyzoo: Well there's gonna be videos in the next few weeks and then some new leaks, remixes, etc thru the summer.
Skyzoo & Rhymefest - Crack The Code
OABM: Switching gears before we wrap up...How did you get involved with promoting Stack Bundles' latest EP?
Skyzoo: I was in a group with stack about 8 or 9 years ago when we were real young. We always remained close, and he was actually supposed to be the 4th person on my song "Cop & Go". We always kept up with one another, and when he passed I told his fam and friends that I'm down to help with whatever I can to keep his name alive. So recently his friends and fam came to me wanting some help promoting the project and getting it to the masses, etc, so I of course said absolutely. RIP stack bundles. One of the best to never really get heard. Amazing talent and person.
Skyzoo feat Maino and Stimuli - Cop & Go
OABM: Much respect again for sitting down with me on behalf of ThaCorner.net. Do you have anything you want so say to your fans and our audience that hasn't been covered?
Skyzoo: I just wanna say thanks to all the fans for showing love, supporting my music, and standing up for the music they believe in. And shout to the thacorner.net for representing the real.
Skyzoo - Return of The Real (prod. by Just Blaze)