Press Release: Skyzoo's "A Dream Deferred" Out October 2nd
Courtesy Matt B.
Features Jill Scott, Talib Kweli, Raheem Devaughn, and Freeway.
Production by Jahlil Beats, Black Milk, 9th Wonder, !llmind, Focus and DJ Khalil amongst others.
Most people never come close to achieving their dreams. Fortunately, perpetually underrated Brooklyn MC Skyzoo isn’t one of those people. A model of consistency in a world of rappers with fleeting popularity, Skyzoo will release his sophomore LP entitled, ‘A Dream Deferred,’ on October 2nd. The album will be released on Skyzoo’s recently established label, ‘The Faculty,’ distributed through Duck Down Music Inc. The project contains guest features from Jill Scott, Talib Kweli, Raheem Devaughn and Freeway, among others.
A Dream Deferred picks up right where Skyzoo’s debut album, The Salvation, which peaked at #14 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, left off. He comments, “The theme behind The Salvation was temptation and making decisions. A Dream Deferred explains what happens when those decisions are finally made.” Skyzoo’s production has matured alongside him. A Dream Deferred has a bigger sound than its predecessor, containing lush, bright instruments, 808 drums, and subtle soul samples melding into cohesion. Notably, the album is slightly jazz-themed; paying homage to the genre in which Skyzoo indulges during his downtime. In fact, the title A Dream Deferred is an ode to a Langston Hughes poem of the same name.
The album was co-executive produced by longtime collaborator and beatmaker aficionado Illmind (50 Cent, Ludacris), who oversaw much of the live instrumentation, mixed the entire album and produced four tracks himself. Violinists, pianists, and horn players were recruited to provide organic elements that create a cinematic feel to the songs. To round out the production, Skyzoo enlisted hip-hop heavyweights, Jahlil Beats (Meek Mill, Lil Wayne), Black Milk (Jack White, Random Axe), 9th Wonder (Jay-Z, Destiny’s Child), Focus (Busta Rhymes, Marsha Ambrosius) and Dj Khalil (Dr. Dre, Drake) among others.
Videos will be filmed for the first three singles “Jansport Strings,” produced by 9th Wonder, “Give it Up,” produced by Illmind, and "Range Rover Rhythm", produced by Jahlil Beats. In the past, Skyzoo’s videos have been in rotation on acclaimed media outlets MTV, VH1-Soul and BET. In total, his catalogue of videos has gained over 1 million views on YouTube. Also, he has received licensing placements in the hit TV-show Entourage, NBA 2K11, NBA 2K12, Grand Theft Auto 4: Lost and the Damned, and Kia’s NBA Shootaround.
For Skyzoo, it has always been about constant elevation. He states, “If you’re not better today than you were yesterday, you should’ve stopped yesterday. I’m a firm believer in that analogy.” Surely, the improvement is tangible. A Dream Deferred serves as a portrait of his growth as an artist up to this point and a passionate offering to his dedicated fans.
Shaun Esko a Michigan Native became enthralled with music at an early age motivating him to create his own. He describes his style(s) as a melting pot of hip-hop. Shaun has succeeded in winning high profile music competitions along with being featured on mixtapes with several of hip-hops elite DJ's. His influences are Life, Good music, Liberty, Film and all great artists in every medium.
Video: Stixx "For My Town" - Brooklyn's New Anthem!?
Courtesy Dove @ Tygereye.
Brooklyn lyricist Stixx is preparing for the October 3, 2012 release of his street album Dom P & Cubans, and decided to kick things off with some love for his hometown on the project's first visual!
Dom P & Cubans is a stimulating collection of songs that Stixx has worked on tirelessly for months with Platinum beat crafter Crownbeatz (Young Buck, Collie Budz, Maino) and fresh-faced producers WillSwagger (Soulja Boy) and Belize Da Hype (Lil Cease).
Below is the lively video "For My Town" -- even the police couldn't stop Stixx from putting it down!
MP3: Sean Kingston f/ Busta Rhymes - "How We Survive"
Courtesy Papa Smirf.
DJ ILL WILL, DJ TWIN & PAPA SMIRF PRESENT SEAN KINGSTON FEED THE STREET THURSDAYS. HERE IS THE FIRST LEAK FEATURING BUSTA RHYMES "HOW WE SURVIVE." KEEP IT LOCKED FOR NEW MUSIC EVERY THURSDAY !!!! @SEANKINGSTON
PR: Mr. 44 Nominated as "Lyricist of the Year" in Ohio
Courtesy Yo! PR.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Much buzzed and talented Midwest rhymespitter Mr. 44 has been nominated for the prestigious and popular 2012 Ohio Hip Hop Awards (OHHA) in the category "Lyricist Of The Year". The voting is now open to the public!
The conscious rapper is proud to be nominated in such an important, but often overlooked, category that highlights the lyrical arsenal of a rapper, which is the most important tool for a Hip-Hop artist, according to Mr. 44.
"In today's Hip-Hop game where money, drugs, cars, and women are more important that the true essence of Hip-Hop…the lyrics… it feels great to be acknowledged for my in-depth lyrical work," says the Youngstown, Ohio native.
Vorheez f/ Tone, DJ Rob Swift & Roosta - "Freaks & Weirdos"
As The Problemaddicts gets set to hit Gardner’s Farm in Stephentown, New York this Friday for the four day Bellaterra Music & Arts Festival, group member Vorheez proudly presents "Freaks & Weirdos," the follow-up single to his debut album, Say Anything. Produced by Portugal's Sniper, featuring an additional verse from group member Tone, a hook courtesy of Roosta (of Fear Nuttin) and outro cuts via DJ Rob Swift of the X-Ecutioners' fame, "Freaks & Weirdos" is dedicated to everyone that takes pride in their individuality. A video for the song will be shot live on location at Bellaterra, which should hit the world wide web by early September. Stay tuned for more leaks and videos off Say Anything. For more information on this year's Bellaterra Festival, please refer to the following link: http://bellaterrafestival.com .
When music is powerful and honest, it spreads. Substantial has been making music informed by his DMV upbringing for more than a decade now. His musings-in-rhyme have taken him far beyond the reaches of PG County. Substantial has seen the world over, collaborated with artists from other nations and rocked stages across several continents. Home Is Where The Art Is, his third official solo LP, will further solidify Sub as the indie powerhouse he is.
Four Walls drops this week via Block’s own Disturbia Music Group. The album is available digitally via iTunes and Amazon (purchase links below). Block, who is a member of such noted rhyme-cliques as Brooklyn Academy and Army Of The Pharaohs and producer DJ Waxwork (who formerly laced beats for Snowgoons) have dropped a star-studded emcee fest. Apart from the afore-mentioned Slaine and D.C., other allies on the album include Vinnie Paz, Reef The Lost Cauze, King Syze, Ill Bill, Hasan Salaam, King Magnetic, Thirstin Howl The III and Diabolic. Further making it a family matter, Block’s son Lego The Future and wife Fresh Jones both appear on Four Walls as well.