If your earliest hip-hop memories involve Soulja Boy, Skyzoo is about to lay down some serious history. On his new release, Jansport Strings, we get to hear a mini-autobiography that gives us a look into a young Skyzoo’s life as a Brooklyn kid seeing the harsher realities of life while simultaneously falling in love with hip-hop. The legendary 9th Wonder provides the backdrop for Sky’s tale with a horn looped beat that sets a perfect backdrop for Sky’s always vivid wordplay: “Doin numbers, trying to do the summer / dreamin out of control, we tried to cop the Hummers.” Close things off with a clip of hip-hop’s first TV show, Video Music Box, and the Chi-Ali track Age Ain’t Nothin But A Number that first inspired Skyzoo to pursue the art of emceeing, and you’ve got a new joint guaranteed to get heads anticipating the release of Sky’s A Dream Deferred album, due out October 2. In the meantime, fans can cop his previous effort, The Great Debater, right now for free via The DJBooth.
Written by Nathan S. on 09/6/12
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