I just got your
music, and I'm very impressed...give Heads some background info about you so
they know who you are.
I'm Skyzoo from
NYC and I been doin this Hip Hop thing for 13 years now.
What music have
you released so far?
I've released four
mixtapes so far. Each one has done at 5,000 units nationwide.
has moved the most units for you?
Flow on Earth" tape moved 15,000 units to date. So that did best numbers
You got a good
style where you don't rely on corny punchlines to draw in your listener...how
would you describe your style?
I just love making
music that people everywhere can dig. I'm all about this hip hop. I don't worry
about the so called "crazy lines". I'm more about making incredible
Thoughts" is a dope album, and you got a lot of big names on it...9th,
Kanye, JDilla, Rusch, Needlz...how did you get all those names?
All thru association.
J.Rusch is my peoples since way back. Needlz sent me a beat CD a while ago.
He's a beast. I know mad producers who hit me off on the strength of them feeling
my music. No money involved.
What was it
like working with JDilla?
I never got to
work wit Dilla in the lab, but I met him at a show in NYC and we connected rite
away. We switched numbers and kept in touched. I got tons of beats from Della.
What about Kanye,
when did you get at him for the track?
One of my peoples
knows him and played him some stuff. Next thing I know, I got a beat on the
strength. Good looks homey!
How was it working
serious wit his. He got beats for days! And everything is bananas. He's a good
dude personally too.
What kind of
relationship do you have with the Justus League?
That's my family
right there. I actually just got back from NC last week doing an album wit 9th
and Khrysis. In 6 days we did 15 joints and now Khrysis is mastering it and
we're shopping it to indie labels now.
Rusch is one
of my favorite up-and-coming producers, what's it like working with him and
how did you two meet?
I met Rusch at
a radio show that I did a while ago and we clicked automatically. He got crazy
Your press kit
says you turned down a show on MTV2 and Much Music but you turned it down, what
was the show?
It was a countdown
hip hop show that they were starting and they were looking for hosts.
Why'd you turn
My love of making
music made me fall back from it. The money was looking good but I knew that
I wouldn't get taken seriously music wise if I came to the world as a TV star
first. No matter how good the music is, they're gonna always look at me as a
TV star first, so I had to dip that.
How did you
get down with Guinness Stout Beer and what did you do for them?
Thru an old management
company I worked with. They hooked it up and I was able to get a nice check
off of it.
You won Underground
Artist of the Year at the 2004 UMA's, how did that feel?
It was incredible.
It means the most to me because it's from the real fans. Not the ones who can
find your music easily, but the ones who search hard for your tapes and really
love you w/out a deal. It's from them so it's a different level of love.
What has that
done for you so far?
It's gotten me
alotta girls. Nah but it's also helped me as far as exposure and recognition
in the streets and the underground.
up for a lot of big names, what has been your favorite show?
Rocking in VA at
the University of Richmond. It was unbelievable. The venue was expecting 600
people, the capacity was 800, and the turn out was 2200. It was nuts.
What was it
like opening up for 50 Cent?
Crazy. I got to
see them in action right when they signed wit Dre and Em. So it was the club
spots like exit, speed, etc. they always ran their operation real tight. I respect
them a lot.
What's a Skyzoo show like?
Hip Hop 101. I
usually start with an acapella freestyle (but not the type about the so called
drug escapades and killing sprees, just pure rhymes), and then I jump into something
to move the crowd. Something wit a mean bass line. And I always do something
for the females. That's a surefire way to leave wit numbers at the end of the
niter. I like leaving wit numbers.
on a lot of mixtapes, what's been your favorite?
The DJ Boom tape
I was on because that was the first tape that I ever got to be on. Boom really
looked out for me on that one. I wish he still made tapes.
What's the difference
when you make a mixtape track or a song?
On a mixtape, I
give 150%, but on a song I give 200%. Either way you can't lose.
The Knicks are
playing some of your music at the Garden, what's that feel like?
Its dope as hell.
My man tone hooked that up. I did a joint wit his artist and he got it placed
at the garden.
with the Knicks?
I dunno man. We
gonna get it right though. As long as we keep Jamal Crawford and Stephon Marbury
we good though.
have hollered at you so far?
I can't really
say, but it's definitely going down reseal soon!
What does a
label have to have for you?
The money has o
be right but the creative control; is a must. I'll sacrifice a little bread
for more creative control.
Who do you want
to work with in the future as far as MC's and producers?
As far as artists,
I wanna work wit Mos Def, Amerie, T.I., and a new kid named Trey Songz. He's
dope. Producer-wise, I wanna work wit the heads I been working wit; like Needlz,
Kanye, definitely Dilla, and all my up and comers like J.Rusch, Hasan Insane,
Supasonics, Got Beats, etc.
You have a lot
of confidence; do you think you can back it all up?
Definitely. I wanna
make good hip hop, and I wanna bring NYC back...simple as that. I'm ready for
whatever this game throws at me.
up for you?
The album I did
wit the Justus League called "Who is Skyzoo" which should be droppin
soon. We're shopping for the label rite now. Also, this major label deal and
tryna make the music great again.
How can Heads
keep up on you?
Hit me at email@example.com,
or hit my manager Rick Betemit at (917) 9916445 or my website which is www.skyzoo718.com
The whole custom
made, my man NYCE, the whole Justus league, Aerz and Dave, the whole NYC and
everyone who loves good hip hop.