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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.

 



Comments  

 
0 #14 Queens4LIFE 2010-03-05 16:01
dope interview
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0 #13 Turtle Man 2010-03-04 21:00
Very good interview...majors props, and hopefully TC will start going places from here.
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0 #12 jkpny 2010-03-03 15:04
skyzooo is a real dude man def checking for him in the future
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+1 #11 Hip Hop South 2010-03-03 12:08
Great read 1ne. I enjoyed reading skyzoo's answers pertaining what to do to get NY back on top.

He seems to have a right frame of mind so the best of luck to him


and props to him for sitting down and coming through
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+2 #10 ChapterBlack 2010-03-02 22:16
This was a great interview. I like how he responded to the questions about the climate of the industry.
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+2 #9 MM 2010-03-02 18:12
Very very VERY nice.
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+2 #8 Paul Bearer 2010-03-02 17:13
Great interview, i'm gonna have to check for this dude. TC stay winning
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+2 #7 Spud Midnight 2010-03-02 15:20
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?

^^^
That was a great analogy. Skyzoo's music is akin to a mixture of Nyquil and Nightime TheraFlu, but he has some skill.

This interview is definitely a step up though. Tha Corner stays winning.
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+2 #6 A P D 2010-03-02 15:02
"...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."

Now that's wussup ... good interview Angry
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+2 #5 Touche 2010-03-02 15:01
Quoting hk1388:
Dope interview.... I might just start checking for him now



C/S, his responses were intriguing.
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