Skyzoo: Talks Lyricism, Gentrification in BK, And NY Rappers Sounding Southern

Skyzoo Goes In!

Skyzoo’s upcoming album Songs For My Friends is dope -straight up. The album is a dense, authentic quintessential Hip-Hop album that exudes lyrical authority. This could be the Brooklyn native’s finest work as he pulls in some help from friends like Jadakiss, Bilal, Black Thought and others. AllHipHop went into the deep recesses of BK at revered producer Ill Mind’s studio and got Skyzoo’s take on gentrification in New York, Southern sounding East Coast rappers, his new album and even GZA’s comments on lyricism.

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30 thoughts on “Skyzoo: Talks Lyricism, Gentrification in BK, And NY Rappers Sounding Southern”

  1. Pingback: Skyzoo: Talks Lyricism, Gentrification in BK, And NY Rappers Sounding Southern | I Am Mo Better

  2. I enjoyed the beat on the Spike Lee joint I find there’s a problem with some of these “real NY” hip hop heads, though. Instead of making groundbreaking records they’re trying to relive other people’s legacies in the name of “that true NY sound”.

    The fact is before the Premos, Diamond Ds, Ali Shaheeds amd Pete Rocks came along NY had a much different sound. So, there is really no such thing as a NY sound. Your only job as an artist is to make great art – not duplicate the art of others in the name of “realness”. I’d much rather listen to an ASAP Rocky than a Skyzoo. I’ve heard for over a decade all of the kinds of records Skyzoo is trying to make. Why would I want to listen to that again, especially when those records still exist?

    The Skyzoos of the world need to dig deep within themselves and come up with something that creatively speaking is authentically them. I’m not really interested in hearing Golden era beats all over again – that’s just laziness. Taking someone else’s innovative hard work and then reproducing it in the name of realness. When Preemo came on the scene, even his scratches were different. He didn’t scratch like the other DJs out there. He was doing him. Do you and stop doing “real NY”.

  3. it’s a problem here in new york because this generation has had over a decade of nothing but southern hip hop i don’t think they would know how to be a new york rapper and that’s because people like ebro and the local radio stations supporting that style and pushing the ny rap style and sound to the back even with the old school at noon they only go back three years honestly the way things are now the damage is done

  4. why do people keep saying that that is a lie as somebody that grew up in the golden era of east coast hip hop there is a sound and a vocal style on how you delivery your rhymes the problem is they want this generation to do a southern style because it’s easier to sell to the south and mid west because think about it wouldn’t it be easier to sell a young thug to those places then lets say a skyzoo young thug is more relatable skyzoo is not

  5. Im with on what you said with the exception of “The fact is before the Premos, Diamond Ds, Ali Shaheeds amd Pete Rocks came along NY had a much different sound. So, there is really no such thing as a NY sound”.

    New york def had its own sound….

  6. i agree with you on that the s### is so uneven it’s not even funny because if your hometown doesn’t support you who will and the crazy thing there some real spitters here that can’t get any shine

  7. american winter

    You aint making sense fam. You’d rather listen to ASAP who’s style has been done over and over again. He has an Houston influence in his music. That ain’t original either. Did you even listen to Barrel Brothers (Skyzoo’s cd with Torae)? Its modern day boom bap, not that 90’s s### people keep putting Sky in the box for.

    “Real NY” doesn’t mean rapping over “Golden Era” beats. It means being authentic and staying true to the sound of your hood/block/city in NY.

  8. Nonsense. Boot Camp Click sounded nothing like Wu Tang, who sounded nothing like Big Daddy Kane/Marley Marl/Juice Crew who sounded nothing like BDP who sounded nothing like Public Enemy/Bomb Squad who sounded nothing like Herby Luv Bug/Salt N Pepe/Kid N Play who sounded nothing like Prince Paul/De La Soul (Daisy Age sound) and I can go on.

    The thing that united those sounds is the use of the sp1200, sample sources (artists and genres) and use of a lot of the same drums that gave most of them that dirty sound. Even then you had dudes like Teddy Riley who was making records for Kool Moe Dee, Red Head Kingpin from scratch (New Jack Swing) etc…

    The so-called New York sound concept is a myth. Even rhyme styles came in and out of style. So, I don’t know what you’re talking about. The main thing was that New York was the dominant source of hip hop music. So, hip hop was pretty much synonymous with NY.

    The minute other regions started emerging some of the acts were less sample dependent simply because they couldn’t afford to sample as much.

    With the exception of people like the Geto Boys and UGK who made sample based music. A lot of the local acts in the south used synthesizers and beat machines exclusively. However, they really weren’t making music that was that different from the cats in NY who were making synthesizer and beat machine based music like LL Cool J, for example.

    So, again. NY never really had a sound. What happened was NY was dominant in the market and so everything hip hop was associated with NY. Now, there are acts from all over the country and we’re in the era of non-sample based music, for the most part. And people who were introduced to hip hop when NY was the only thing in town and was making a lot of sample based music assume that boom bap sample based music is THE New York sound. It is is not.

    NY artists have always drawn inspiration from diverse sources – many of the artists they sampled weren’t even from NY.

  9. ASAP’s style, musically speaking hasn’t been done over and over again. It has cultural elements that are traceable to Houston like sizzurp, and the pitched down voices sprinkled here and there, but sonically the sound isn’t really Houston based. My basic point is that ASAP Rocky type records (I mean musically) weren’t existent in the 90s – the era that Skyzoo constantly talks about.

  10. Well, rather than just saying so. Explain? After you’ve done so, read my reply to @bklynreprezintah

  11. I’m really not sure why it doesn’t make sense to these other dudes. I think they’ve they’ve heard the thing explained so incorrectly and simplistically so many times, they’ve just come to accept this myth.

  12. wow you really mad about this huh LMFAO and you wrote this long a## paragraph that i’m not even going to read that was a waste of your time make this shorter and i might get back to you

  13. LOOOOL Nah – but your loss, if you don’t read it. It’s actually very interesting. I enjoyed writing it.

  14. That’s your rebuttal? Why respond to someone’s comment if you won’t take the time to read the replies? Some of you dudes on here will say anything to avoid being proven wrong.

    I could’ve ignored your comment, but I took the time to respond to it and your impolite response only speaks of your manners – not mine. Feel free to be proud of it, if you want. I don’t see what you gain from using rudeness as a means of ducking a conversation that you started. If you didn’t want to have the conversation, you should’ve kept it moving.

  15. it’s like this just get to the point people would debate what your saying but your writing pages and nobody is going to sit down & read all of that learn to write shorter

  16. great synopsis Dark Matters, You tell the truth. Its about evolving the art. I think the business of music has deterred quality creative evolution. NY had a sound I think, it was evolving from Sugar Hill, to Run DMC to Tribe to Jay Z etc… When you stop chasing innovation and chase paper, that’s what happens. Anyway, ASAP mob is definitely influenced by the internet; a melding of hip hop influences. A lot of the new rappers’ sound is influenced by areas other than their location (top dawg, fashawn, etc…). By the way, some of these illiterate MF on here need to get their reading skills up.

  17. Thanks for the sensible reply, my guy. I agree in regards to some of the younger guys being more influenced by the net. I still beg to differ on NY having a specific sound, though.

    It’s always been as diverse as the type of artists and producers that were out there. I also think though, that the sound was influenced by the sort of instruments artists had at their disposal.

    Back then all they really had was the vinyl, the far less developed beat machine and the mixer. While some NY artists relied on the beat machine and synths (LL Cool J, Whodini, Slick Rick), others relied on the vinyl and the sampler for their drums and overall sound (Kane, Marley Marl, Boot Camp Click, DITC).

    Others sounds evolved like Cool J who graduated from beat machine style beats to sampled based beats by switching from Rick Rubin to Marley Marl. So, the sound really varied from producer to producer.

  18. My g new york has its own sound we birthed hip hop, a long the line hsrd beats and trash rhymes have taken over. I mean how can i debate with someone who says “ASAP’s style, musically speaking hasn’t been done over and over again” his style is not his nor is it ny.

  19. Ridiculous reply. What makes the mythical “NY sound”? You keep speaking of this NY sound. What does it consist of? Describe this NY sound? There have been multiple sounds that have come out of NY and all of those sounds, at some point were new. So, you’re making a non-point.

  20. Ridiculous reply? Your ridiculous if you know anything about hip hop you know what the ny sound is from production to rhyme structure to flows. You sound ridiculous cant even debate like an adult without coming with an insult.

  21. “What happened was NY was dominant in the market and so everything hip hop was associated with NY”

    New York City birthed hip hop fam anything after NYC is our seeds. #facts

  22. What exactly was the point of this comment? One minute you’re saying NY has a sound. I ask you to explain it and then all you do is copy and paste my comment. You could’ve saved yours and my time and just agreed that I was correct in the first place.

  23. You’re talking nonsense and there’s no reason why I should frustrate myself by pretending there is something arguable in your comment.

  24. You lack reading comprehension i see. And i copied and pasted your comment? Do you need glasses also, i quoted that garbage comment. Look above i have already explained this “mythical” (quoting again) sound to you bruhhhhh…..

  25. Lol your frustrated because your weak comments have been exposed as “ridiculous”…. lmaoooo

  26. LOOOOL Incoherent ignoramuses do frustrate me. It’s like talking to a special needs child.

  27. Funny thats exactly how i view you as a child. Heres some advice forget hip hop go listen to kids bop thats more in tune with your mentality. Losers always resort to insults when there over emotional views are dispelled.

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