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.

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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.

 

Apollo Ali feat. Skyzoo – “Give Me Mine” [Music Video]

On the heels of 2015’s Contradiction (which featured appearances from Jadakiss, Dave East, August Alsina & Gourdan Banks) and 2016’s Sundress Season, Apollo Ali is back in the lab and “Give Me Mine” featuring Skyzoo is the first release from his forthcoming Apollo Ali Versus Mute Won EP.  The new visual for “Give Me Mine” was premiered exclusively by Mass Appeal.

“Sky and myself are affiliated with a lot of the same people and run in the same circles; specifically Duck Down and Sean Price who was a mentor, OG, and a friend of mine” Apollo commented to Mass Appeal.  “After P’s passing (Rest In Power P), Sky and I seemed to bump into each other even more often than usual, whether at shows in NYC, or Bernadette’s (Sean’s wife) studio sessions when Imperius Rex was getting mixed down. I asked Sky if he would jump on a record and he was with it—that simple. We got in the studio with Fred Bear and engineer Dan The Man and knocked out “Give Me Mine” on the spot. Once our schedules permitted and aligned, I came to Brooklyn with my team and had Wayne Cambell shoot the visual. We tried to capture a bit of the essence of New York hip-hop. Bernadette Price and my homie Rim from Da Villains pulled up to make the cypher complete. Also my man and very dope producer Mr. Green stopped by for a quick cameo as well. It was all love.”

ChanHays feat. Elzhi, Skyzoo & Uptown XO – “Running”

Canada, similarly to the US, has several cities that are its hip-hop hot spots. While there is not nearly as many, and nor are they nearly as saturated with artists, most music fans can name at least an MC or two from Vancouver, one or two from Montreal, and maybe three or four from Toronto. However, unless you are a Canadian, or are deeply into underground hip hop from the late ‘90s, you are not likely to know that Halifax, Nova Scotia boasts an established scene full of talent.

Yep, you guessed it; we’re mentioning all that because ChanHays is a Halifax native who was a part of that scene with his group Something Good in the early ’00s. He eventually left the group with the goal to spread out and work with heads from all over. And that is exactly what he did. On top of working with some of the best MCs Canada’s East coast has churned out (Saukrates, Ghettosocks, TaiChiChi), he went and got all our favorite true school MCs from across the US for his upcoming album, Here. There are so many dope names, we aren’t even going list them, I am just going to hit you with the impressive tracklist below.

ChanHays had this to say about the variety of sounds and depth of talent on the project: “I wanted a wide range in the sound to showcase my production. I feel I can do it all. That said, there’s a continuity throughout the tracks and the artists featured. These are artists I’ve been a fan of for years and I think I’ve given them backdrops on which they can really flex.”

After premiering the Cool Kids assisted “New Bag” with Mass Appeal a few weeks ago, ChanHays is back with “Running” featuring Elzhi, Skyzoo & Uptown XO (AKA ½ of Diamond District) which was exclusively premiered by Hiphopdx. Spoiler alert—BARS!!!

ChanHays debut album, Here, will be released on 10-20-2017.

 

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Apollo Brown & Skyzoo “On The Stretch & Bob Show Visual

 

Apollo Brown & Skyzoo just returned from South Africa & Mozambique as part of “The Easy Truth” Tour.  They decided to enlist some of Brooklyn’s finest (kids) to play the parts of Apollo, Skyzoo, Stretch, Bobbito and recreate the classic 90s radio show.  The result is a low-key VHS style video session of WKCR’s most classic program. 89.9.

 

Watch Apollo Brown & Skyzoo’s “On The Stretch & Bob Show” video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azsynh_J_KI&feature=youtu.be

Video Directed by Isam Muhammad


 

The Easy Truth” is out now everywhere

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Handles feat. Skyzoo & Charlie Rae – Break Records (Produced by OSYM)

After his 2013 mixtape release, Done Thinking, (which was hosted by DJ Suss-One) Handles has spent the last few years growing as a person, as an artist and perfecting his craft; and fanbase. Spending a considerable amount of time on the road not only helped give him perspective, it also helped him gain recognition as he opened up for artists such as Skyzoo, Talib Kweli, Rapsody, Joe Budden, Beanie Sigel, Havoc and EPMD to name a few.

 

Handles displays that growth on his new album 809060, which stands for; Born in the 80’s, Raised in the 90’s, and Taught by the 60’s. The idealogy demonstrates Handles background growing up, but also represents a relatable concept album to a generation that were born, raised and taught from a similar timeline.  Handles 809060 is a thirteen track LP with collaborations from Skyzoo, Kori Nicole, Rone and more along with stand out productions from OSYM, ArrogantWatcher, T-Rifik & Maskerade.

 

 

 

 

Purchase Handles 809060 at iTunes:

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