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"In Celebration of Us"

by Matthew Wilson - 89.1 The Point
Tue, Feb 27th 2018 10:00 pm

The industry seems to be flooded with “mumble” or “trap” hip hop right now.  It’s difficult to tell modern day hip hop artists apart because so much of it sounds the same. This is why Skyzoo’s fourth solo album, “In Celebration Of Us,” stands out like that one burnt potato chip in the bag.  In the era of hook-based hip hop with simple lyrics, Skyzoo breaks from the norm with deep lyrical content and flows.  

He has done this with his previous albums as well, but “In Celebration Of Us” reflects on the issues and hardships that we deal with in today’s world.  

All of his previous albums dealt with his childhood and upbringing. He told a story that seemed to reflect on growing up in an environment that was somewhere in-between hood and almost suburban.  

Skyzoo is trying to let the world know how he became the man he is today through his earlier works.

Skyzoo takes us to a different place on “In Celebration Of Us.” The Brooklyn-based MC does still touch on how he was raised, but this album mostly dives into social topics that young black men face like police brutality, insufficient housing, how black culture is being lost and stolen,  and much more.  Some of the tracks are so gritty and rough you may feel the need to flip over a table.

“Baker’s Dozen,” which is the lead single of the album, is one of those tracks that does just that. It features Raheem DeVaughn. The piano hook by Apollo Brown, as well as the hook provided by DeVaughn, reflects rugged street life and street corner dealings and hustles. This track is all beef and no sides.

 “Crown Holder,” has a jazzier feel to it and “Black Sambo” is a song that describes to his son what it means to grow up black.  

Overall, this album is artistic and sends a message.  This music addresses: racism, fear, hope and disappointment.  Get ready to experience a rollercoaster of emotions when listening to this album.

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