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Skyzoo & Pete Rock feat. Benny The Butcher, Conway The Machine, Westside Gunn & Elzhi – “Eastern Conference All Stars”

Retropolitan is as New York as ordering a chopped cheese sandwich and a Backwoods while being watched by a bodega cat. It’s a crowded and delayed 4 train clattering into the Crown Heights-Utica Avenue station, a dollar slice, a yellow cab, a killer crossover at The Rucker, a busted fire hydrant in the summer with kids leaping into the water. It is a dozen tracks of elegiac, restore-the-feeling, five boroughs hip-hop from two of the finest to ever incinerate a mic or set an SP-1200 aflame: Skyzoo and Pete Rock. Welcome to the rebirth of the city.

Let Skyzoo tell it: this is a love letter and a wakeup call to New York, all at the same time, as they have witnessed its culture stripped away layer by layer.  The tone on the Mello Music Group album is clarion from the introductory clips of “Men Like Us.” The Brooklyn MC and the Mount Vernon immortal have been tested in the wars; they’re experts trained under fire, fated to make waves and create change. In an industry overrun by clout- chasing amateurs, Retropolitan is testament to mastery of craft, the meticulous story-telling, sample chopping, syllabic intricacy, and drum pattern genius that can only come from a virtuosic pair for whom hip-hop perfection has been a lifelong pursuit.
 
You already know Pete Rock. If you don’t, just check the records shattered in the hip-hop Hall of Fame.  The Chocolate Boy Wonder is on everyone’s production Mount Rushmore. He is arguably the greatest remixer of all-time, behind both classic solo albums (Soul Survivor I and IIPeteStrumentals) and in the group formation with his original partner CL Smooth. In “T.R.O.Y,” he’s responsible for the anthem that defines the golden age of the most important form of musical expression of the last half-century. He made “The World is Yours.” And he crucially became a principal influence on subsequent production visionaries like J Dilla and 9th Wonder.

Today, Sky and Pete are back with Retropolitan’s second single, the dream team posse cut “Eastern Conference All Stars.”  When putting together Retropolitan, one of the first ideas I had was to put together the ultimate posse cut, with everyone who’s on the record being who I always had in mind” Skyzoo recalled.  “Something in the vein of DMX’s “Ni**as Done Started Something,” Jay-Z’s “Reservoir Dogs,” LL’s “4321” etc.  I broke the idea down to Pete and he immediately played this beat.  Pete knew exactly what would work for us to go bar crazy.  When you put 5 top-tier lyricists on the same team at the same time; a blowout game ensues.  Glad to have my peoples, who happen to be some of the best in the biz penmanship wise all in the same starting lineup for this all star game.”

Retropolitan includes 12-tracks, all produced by Pete Rock, with features from Styles P, Benny The Butcher, Conway, Westside Gunn, Elzhi and Raheem Devaughn.  It is more than an album of dope rhymes and dope beats.  It’s two generations of legendary native New Yorkers putting it down and pulling no punches. 

Skyzoo & Pete Rock’s Retropolitan will be released on 9-20-19 via Mello Music Group.

Stream Skyzoo & Pete Rock f/ Benny The Butcher, Conway The Machine, Westside Gunn & Elzhi “Eastern Conference All Stars”: https://mmg-skyzoo.bandcamp.com/track/eastern-conference-all-stars-feat-westside-gunn-conway-benny-the-butcher-and-elzhi

You can now pre-order, add and favorite Skyzoo & Pete Rock’s Retropolitan at your preferred DSP: https://smarturl.it/Retropolitan

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Skyzoo & Pete Rock – “It’s All Good” [Video]

Retropolitan is as New York as ordering a chopped cheese sandwich and a Backwoods while being watched by a bodega cat. It’s a crowded and delayed 4 train clattering into the Crown Heights-Utica Avenue station, a dollar slice, a yellow cab, a killer crossover at The Rucker, a busted fire hydrant in the summer with kids leaping into the water. It is a dozen tracks of elegiac, restore-the-feeling, five boroughs hip-hop from two of the finest to ever incinerate a mic or set an SP-1200 aflame: Skyzoo and Pete Rock. Welcome to the rebirth of the city.

Let Skyzoo tell it: this is a love letter and a wakeup call to New York, all at the same time, as they have witnessed its culture stripped away layer by layer.  The tone on the Mello Music Group album is clarion from the introductory clips of “Men Like Us.” The Brooklyn MC and the Mount Vernon immortal have been tested in the wars; they’re experts trained under fire, fated to make waves and create change. In an industry overrun by clout- chasing amateurs, Retropolitan is a testament to the mastery of craft, the meticulous story-telling, sample chopping, syllabic intricacy, and drum pattern genius that can only come from a virtuosic pair for whom hip-hop perfection has been a lifelong pursuit.
 
You already know Pete Rock. If you don’t, just check the records shattered in the hip-hop Hall of Fame.  The Chocolate Boy Wonder is on everyone’s production Mount Rushmore. He is arguably the greatest remixer of all-time, behind both classic solo albums (Soul Survivor I and IIPeteStrumentals) and in the group formation with his original partner CL Smooth. In “T.R.O.Y,” he’s responsible for the anthem that defines the golden age of the most important form of musical expression of the last half-century. He made “The World is Yours.” And he crucially became a principal influence on subsequent production visionaries like J Dilla and 9th Wonder.

“It’s All Good,” finds Skyzoo skating over a beat from Pete’s secret “SP-1200 stash,” and this one in particular was produced in 1994 around the same time as Pete’s Illmatic sessions with Nas.

Today, Sky and Pete are back with a visual for “It’s All Good,” which was premiered by Vibe.  “The video, directed by Sen Floyd, shows a raw but vibrant scene of the NY that Pete and I know” Skyzoo conveyed to Vibe.  “The graffiti, the color schemes, city folk cutting by in between shots, even the industrial feel that peaks it’s head in the camera at times, all of it, along with the shots of the corners and 22 story buildings that define NY, are what we know of the city. It matches the essence of the song perfectly. One of my favorite videos to date for what it depicts and represents”. 

Retropolitan includes 12-tracks, all produced by Pete Rock, with features from Styles P, Benny The Butcher, Conway, Westside Gunn, Elzhi and Raheem Devaughn.  It is more than an album of dope rhymes and dope beats.  It’s two generations of legendary native New Yorkers putting it down and pulling no punches. 

Skyzoo & Pete Rock’s Retropolitan will be released on 9-20-19 via Mello Music Group.

You can now pre-order, add and favorite Skyzoo & Pete Rock’s Retropolitan at your preferred DSP: https://smarturl.it/Retropolitan

Stream Skyzoo & Pete Rock’s “It’s All Good”: https://soundcloud.com/mellomusicgroup/skyzoo-pete-rock-its-all-good-official-single

Skyzoo & Pete Rock Announce New Album ‘Retropolitan’ & Release Lead-Single “It’s All Good”

When rumors spread months ago that Skyzoo had begun working on a collaborative project with the iconic Pete Rock it quickly set social media aflame. While details were scant, Mello Music Group, is happy to finally reveal the details and officially announce Skyzoo & Pete Rock’s new album, Retropolitan, with Billboard who premiered the lead-single “It’s All Good.”  

 “It’s All Good,” finds Skyzoo skating over a beat from Pete’s secret “SP-1200 stash,” and this one in particular was produced in 1994 around the same time as Pete’s Illmatic sessions with Nas.

Retropolitan includes 12-tracks, all produced by Pete Rock, with features from Styles P, Benny The Butcher, Conway, Westside Gunn, Elzhi and Raheem Devaughn.  It is more than an album of dope rhymes and dope beats.  It’s two generations of legendary native New Yorkers putting it down and pulling no punches.  Skyzoo and Pete Rock use this album to create a love letter and a wakeup call to the city they love, as they have witnessed its culture stripped away layer by layer. 

“The idea for Retropolitan came from a feeling of necessity. The album is both a love letter and a wakeup 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” says Skyzoo. 

Skyzoo & Pete Rock’s Retropolitan will be released on 9-20-19 via Mello Music Group.

Bandcamp: https://mmg-skyzoo.bandcamp.com/album/retropolitan

Checkout the Billboard Premiere: https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/8527112/skyzoo-its-all-good-pete-rock-retropolitan

You can now pre-order, add and favorite Skyzoo & Pete Rock’s Retropolitan at your preferred DSP: https://smarturl.it/Retropolitan

Amsterdam x Skyzoo – “Never Rains” (Produced by TOPE)

Oregon MC Amsterdam returned from a brief hiatus last month with his Celtics inspired theme Danny Ainge. Taking no time off Amsterdam connects with TOPE again on production, but this time also taps the NY Legend Skyzoo for a stand-out feature verse. Recently connecting in Bend, OR the two artists chemistry led them to multiple collaborations both also including the incredible talents of rising vocalist Kourtni. Anthemic keys and a twisting bassline provide the backdrop as these two MC’s get fully in their bag. Nearly stealing the show is the newcomer to the party, Bend-based singer Kourtni, gracing the track with her presence. Be sure to catch up Amsterdam’s previous releases now available via Apple MusicSpotifyTidal, and more plus add “Never Rains” to your summer playlist. Keep your eyes open for one more collab from this team of Amsterdam x Skyzoo x Kourtni x TOPE.
Listen to “Never Rains” below via Spotify, Apple Music, and more! 

ChanHays feat. Skyzoo & Bodegam Bamz – “Thinkin Different”

2017 was a huge year for ChanHays, as the Halifax Nova Scotia producer released his debut project,  Here, a project he released in October that was so chocked with impressive names that it’s too voluminous to list (Cool Kids, Roc Marciano, Conway, Homeboy Sandman, Elzhi, Skyzoo, Pharoahe Monch, Cormega, Masta Ace are just a few of the names).

With 2017 in the rearview, ChanHays is now focused on his new EP, The Creepy, which is now available for purchase and stream at https://chanhays.bandcamp.com/album/the-creepy-ep.

To celebrate the EP’s release, Chan lets go of one last creeper from the project with “Thinkin Different” featuring Skyzoo & Bodega Bamz.

Social Media:

https://twitter.com/TheChanHays

https://twitter.com/skyzoo

https://twitter.com/BodegaBAMZ

ChanHays feat. Joell Ortiz & Skyzoo – “Brooklyn”

2017 was a huge year for ChanHays, as the Halifax Nova Scotia producer released his debut project,  Here, a project he released in October that was so chocked with impressive names that it’s too voluminous to list (Cool Kids, Roc Marciano, Conway, Homeboy Sandman, Elzhi, Skyzoo, Pharoahe Monch, Cormega, Masta Ace are just a few of the names).

With 2017 in the rearview, ChanHays focuses his attention on 2018 by releasing the first single, “Brooklyn,” which features borough loyalty Joell Ortiz and Skyzoo, from the forthcoming The Creepy EP which will be released on 4-13-18.

 

 

 

 

For More Information:

https://twitter.com/TheChanHays

Skyzoo feat. Raheem Devaughn – “Bakers Dozen” (Produced by Apollo Brown)[Video]

In Celebration of Us is easily the most complex, most layered and most important work to date, no debates in Skyzoo’s distinguished career. His greatest piece thus far.  These are stories that, like The Salvation, he preferred to tell on his own. Sky has never been this meticulous about an album in his life. Conceptually, this is Ta-nehisi Coates meets Chappelle’s Show meets The Autobiography of Malcolm X meets Blackish meets the case of Sandra Bland meets the birth of Air Jordans. It’s intense. And it’s beautiful!!

In Celebration of Us was significantly influenced by the birth of Skyzoo’s new (infant) son.  The impending birth drew Skyzoo back to his childhood and to recall his relationship with his own father; an admitted hustler, but a hustler who was always omnipresent in his life (their relationship is a major narrative on the new album). “The most important thing a black boy can have is his father.” “With so many things that are going on in our own country and around the world, looking the way we look and being who we are, I wanted this project to serve as a guidebook — something my son could always go back to.”

“On this album, I wanted to tap into the present, more so than any other album of mine as far as full projects. Music of the times is the best way to describe it” Skyzoo stated. “From cultural appropriation and gentrification to police brutality and the irony of motives behind bigger motives, it’s an album that explores who we are and why we are where we are in society, as a people. What’s been done to us and what we’ve done to ourselves, mainly out of confused necessity, all while celebrating us in the process.  I’m honored to be able to give my take on our story”.

 

After premieres with Complex, Billboard and Beats1/Apple Music and a top 10 debut on the Apple Music Hip-Hop chart, Skyzoo presents the first visual, “Bakers Dozen,” fromIn Celebration of Us.  “Bakers Dozen” features Raheem Devaughn and is produced by Apollo Brown.

Skyzoo’s In Celebration of Us is now available for purchase and streaming at all digital platforms via First Generation Rich/EMPIRE.

ChanHays feat. Skyzoo – “Of The Essence” (Time) [Video]

2017 was a huge year for ChanHays, as the Halifax Nova Scotia producer released his debut project,  Here, a project he released in October that was so chocked with impressive names that it’s too voluminous to list.

With 2017 in the rearview, ChanHays focuses his attention on 2018 by releasing the fist visual from his Here album with the Skyzoo assisted “Of The Essence” (Time).

ChanHays is also prepping a new EP which will be released in March that will feature collaborations with Joell Ortiz, Fashawn, Bodega Bamz and Skyzoo.

Social Media:

https://twitter.com/TheChanHays

https://twitter.com/skyzoo

Skyzoo feat. Raheem Devaughn – “Bakers Dozen” (Prod. by Apollo Brown)

 

In Celebration of Us is easily the most complex, most layered and most important work to date, no debates in Skyzoo’s distinguished career. His greatest piece thus far. Produced by Illmind, Apollo Brown, Daringer, Marc Nfinit, Cardiak, Tuamie, Ave Prod., Seige Monstracity, and Arte Mitchell. No rap features, Skyzoo got enough raps. These are stories that, like The Salvation, he preferred to tell on his own. Sky has never been this meticulous about an album in his life. Conceptually, this is Ta-nehisi Coates meets Chappelle’s Show meets The Autobiography of Malcolm X meets Blackish meets the case of Sandra Bland meets the birth of Air Jordans. It’s intense. And it’s beautiful!!

“On this album, I wanted to tap into the present, more so than any other album of mine as far as full projects. Music of the times is the best way to describe it” Skyzoo stated. “From cultural appropriation and gentrification to police brutality and the irony of motives behind bigger motives, it’s an album that explores who we are and why we are where we are in society, as a people. What’s been done to us and what we’ve done to ourselves, mainly out of confused necessity, all while celebrating us in the process.  I’m honored to be able to give my take on our story”.

Today, via an exclusive premiere with Complex, Skyzoo shares the lead-singe, “Bakers Dozen,” featuring Raheem Devaughn from In Celebration of Us.  “On “Baker’s Dozen”, I wanted to explore the world I know, same as I always have throughout my career, but from the perspective of what once was, currently is, and probably will foreseeably be, by diving into what happens when things like gentrification take place in that world” Skyzoo commented to Complex. “The idea of desire and attainability, by all means; regardless of the changes around you. The muse for the record was D’Angelo’s ‘Devil’s Pie’, which prompted me to bring in my brothers Apollo Brown and Raheem Devaughn, whom I’ve frequently worked with in the past. The energy they brought to the record was flawless. Vision fulfilled indeed!”

Skyzoo’s In Celebration of Us featuring guest spots and production by Raheem Devaughn, !llmind, Apollo Brown and more hits stores and all streaming sites 2-2-18 via First Generation Rich/EMPIRE.  Pre-orders are also now available as well.

Skyzoo – “In Celebration of Us” Album Sampler

​In Celebration of Us is easily the most complex, most layered and most important work to date, no debates in Skyzoo’s distinguished career. His greatest piece thus far.  Produced by Illmind, Apollo Brown, Daringer, Marc Nfinit, Cardiak, Tuamie, Ave Prod., Seige Monstracity, and Arte Mitchell. No rap features, Skyzoo got enough raps. These are stories that, like The Salvation, he preferred to tell on his own. Sky has never been this meticulous about an album in his life. Conceptually, this is Ta-nehisi Coates meets Chappelle’s Show meets The Autobiography of Malcolm X meets Blackish meets the case of Sandra Bland meets the birth of Air Jordans. It’s intense. And it’s beautiful!!

“On this album, I wanted to tap into the present, more so than any other album of mine as far as full projects. Music of the times is the best way to describe it” Skyzoo commented to Billboard. “From cultural appropriation and gentrification to police brutality and the irony of motives behind bigger motives, it’s an album that explores who we are and why we are where we are in society, as a people. What’s been done to us and what we’ve done to ourselves, mainly out of confused necessity, all while celebrating us in the process. Conceptually, this is Ta-nehisi Coates meets Chappelle’s Show, The Autobiography of Malcolm X meets Black-ish, the case of Sandra Bland meets the birth of Air Jordans. It’s intense, and it’s beautiful. I’m honored to be able to give my take on our story”.

 

Skyzoo’s In Celebration of Us featuring guest spots and production by Raheem Devaughn, !llmind, Apollo Brown and more hits stores and all streaming sites 2-2-18 via EMPIRE.  Pre-orders are also now available as well.

 

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