Skyzoo is one of the great young MCs of the last 5 years. The intricate wordplay, the perfect syllabic fluidity and superior breath control, he always has the potential to make classic work. His newest, A Dream Deferred, is said to have a more “bigger” sound with heavy jazz elements. The producer list is strong with Illmind, 9th Wonder and Black Milk but has some pop trash synthesizers that’ll have to get their game up (i.e. DJ Khalil). While that often relays itself as anti-Boom Bap, the positive anticipation is in his ideas about his albums, “The theme behind The Salvation was temptation and making decisions. A Dream Deferred explains what happens when those decisions are finally made.” The first single off A Dream Deferred due out October 2nd is the 9th Wonder produced “Jansport Strings,” with an ill backstory behind it.
On the track’s making, Skyzoo adds on, “the idea behind Jansport Strings is not based on it being literal, but more so in the figurative sense. As a kid in NY, the strings on your Jansport bag were a sign of power and presence. Kids would steal the strings off of each other’s bags and burn the tips to prevent getting robbed of them once they got them. The song is a 3 minute auto-bio of me as a kid in Brooklyn and seeing more than my friends and I had bargained for. In essence, my Jansport strings tied it all together, seeing what we all saw and what it made us. The ending is a clip from Video Music Box, the legendary NYC video show run by DJ Ralph McDaniels. This episode in particular was the debut of Chi-Ali’s ‘Age Ain’t Nothin But A Number’. Seeing that video that day on this episode of VMB made me start rhyming. This clip was literally the moment that changed my life.”