Have you ever listened to a song by a group of artists and wonder why they’re not famous yet? That’s exactly how you’ll feel after you listen to Smokey Robotic. Smokey Robotic is a four-member group featuring singer/songwriters Seer & Father Dude with the production of !llmind and Konrad OldMoney. Just to give you an idea of how insane their beats are, !llmind was behind the production of “The Morning” on G.O.O.D Music’s Cruel Summer compilation album. Their originality and versatility is what really sets them apart, to a genre what they call “Superfuture”. Be sure to listen to one of my favourite tracks, “Schizophrenic DJ”, backed by one of the most creative visuals I’ve seen in a while.
Muneshine just dropped the visuals to the title track off his excellent latest album, There Is Only Today - if you haven't checked the album out yet, I highly recommend you do. On this track, Muneshine enlists !llmind (the man responsible for "The Morning" off Cruel Summer, as well as much of Skyzoo's production) for the upbeat, strings-driven production. Check out the visuals to "There Is Only Today", directed by Dan Jardine, below.
Bedford-Stuyvesant emcee Skyzoo's highly anticipated sophomore album A Dream Deferred is out today, marking the followup to his critically acclaimed debut album, The Salvation. On his sophomore effort, Skyzoo teams up with frequent collaborator !llmind (who serves as co-executive producer) to craft a deeper, bigger sound than the sample-based The Salvation. The album begins with the Fresh-sampling "Dreams In A Basement", produced by !llmind and featuring Jill Scott, who sets the tone for the rest of the album in the chorus: "Sometimes I wonder, will I ever sleep the same? Cause I, I let these dreams keep me awake." The album follows with the lead single, "JanSport Strings", produced by 9th Wonder. Skyzoo then transitions to "Pockets Full", an ode of sorts to Notorious B.I.G., featuring Philadelphia's Freeway. Next up is the dubstep-inspired "Give It Up", the second single off the album. "Glass Ceilings" is next, followed by a personal favourite, "Range Rover Rhythm", produced by Jahlil Beats. The pace of the album slows down for the next two tracks, the smooth, Jessy Wilson-assisted "The Knowing", followed by "Drew & Derwin", featuring an excellent guest performance from Raheem DeVaughn (another highlight from A Dream Deferred). Skyzoo is joined by Jared Evan on the dreamlike "Realization", which is followed by "The Rage Of Roemello". On "Make It Through Hysteria", Skyzoo provides some of the most memorable bars from the album, finishing the song with a spoken word piece: "No handouts used, because none was ever given [...] See, when I said I wrote on the back of light bills, I really meant that [...] I wrote, and I wrote, because no one else spoke. No judge, no jury, just purely how it goes." Next up is "Steel's Apartment", a look into Skyzoo's past, where "it all started at Steel's Apartment". Skyzoo is then joined by none other than Talib Kweli for "Spike Lee Was My Hero", before closing out A Dream Deferred with the introspective "The Cost Of Sleep". Overall, A Dream Deferred is a thoroughly solid album, and a carefully crafted storyline well worth paying attention to. Check out the making of A Dream Deferred below (via Vibe TV). For more on Skyzoo and A Dream Deferred, check out our recent interview with him.
Brooklyn emcee Skyzoo just dropped "Give It Up", the second single leading up to his highly anticipated sophomore album, A Dream Deferred. Produced by !llmind, "Give It Up" mashes vintage dirty hip hop drums and 808s with dubstep grime, creating !llmind's signature 'boom-trap' sound, most recently found on "The Morning", off G.O.O.D. Music's Cruel Summer. Skyzoo's A Dream Deferred is set for release on October 2nd, through Duck Down/The Faculty. For more from the album, check out the lead single, "JanSport Strings". Stream "Give It Up" below.
Skyzoo is back with the visuals for "Rocket Science", a track off the revisited version of his critically acclaimed latest album, The Great Debater. Produced by !llmind, Skyzoo drops yet another set of solid verses for this deluxe album track. The deluxe album is out now, you can cop it on iTunes. If you haven't listened to The Great Debater yet, stream "Written In The Drums" and "We Here" below.