One of our favorite artists – and people in general – at the DopeHouse, Skyzoo is putting the finishing touches on his new LP Music For My Friends. Due on June 23rd, the Brooklyn-reared emcee’s album will feature an eclectic array of contributors, including !LLmind, Kay Cola, Jadakiss, Black Thought, Bilal, and many more.
1. All Day, Always (prod. AntMan Wonder)
2. Suicide Doors (prod. MarcNfinit)
3. The Moments That Matter f. Kay Cola (prod. Jahlil Beats, Co-prod. AntMan Wonder)
4. Luxury f. Westside Gunn (prod. Skyzoo)
5. Everything’s For Sale (prod. !llmind)
6. See A Key (Ki’) f. Jadakiss (prod. Thelonious Martin)
7. Money Makes Us Happy f. Black Thought & Bilal (prod. The Rvlt.)
8. Playing Favorites f. Christon Gray (prod. !llmind)
9. Meadow Of Trust f. Saba (prod. Black Metaphor)
10. Women Who Can Cook (prod. Thelonious Martin)
11. Civilized Leisure f. MoZaic (prod. !llmind)
12. The Experience (prod. MarcNfinit)
13. Asking Bodie For A Package f. Skarr Akbar (prod. !llmind)
14. Things I Should’ve Told My Friends (prod. Apollo Brown)
15. Sweet Pursuit f.. Kay Cola (prod. Seige Monstracity)
*iTunes Bonus: Falling Out The Sky (prod. Praise)
*Vinyl/Cassette Bonus: Hands Folded Together f. eLZhi (prod. DJ Prince)
Sky also included a narrative, for fans to get an idea of what to expect from Music For My Friends.
“For us growing up, the motto was All Day, Always. Whatever we stood for or stood on, that was the theme. Wanting and believing in the things we saw early on intrigued us more than they should have at that age. Imagine being 13, 14 years old, falling in love with things like Suicide Doors, not knowing the depths of to which they became, but learning such on the fly, those became The Moments That Matter. It pushed us to zero in on Luxury, in an abundance at that, with only the road as to which we acquire it separating our attempts, but our intents were all parallel.
Being overly observant prematurely taught us that Everything’s For Sale, and depending on how we interpreted that, some of us would go to sleep at night and See A Key, or a Ki’, depending on how you slept. However those eight hours would translate, it only drove home what we overheard right in front of us; Money Makes Us Happy, ‘it’s as simple as that’ we would hear on repeat. So the adoration of those Playing Favorites only enhanced what we wanted and why we wanted so much, so fast. You get the right look on the right day with the right on lookers looking on and you can open up a Meadow Of Trust. A crowd full of Women Who Can Cook, hopefully designed like the women who groomed us at home, but realistically resembling the ones who may have never spoken to us had we not got ahold of what we set out to get. So it’s worth it, right?
Maturing to learn that nothing beats Civilized Leisure, and all the time it took to figure that out? Simply chalk it up to The Experience, one that should never leave us no matter how far we may eventually be removed from it. Times when those closest to you are forced to grow up fast, and you’re forced to grow up faster with them, it eerily mirrors something you see on TV, like Asking Bodie For A Package, how the order comes from home and your day ones are thrown into the fire, and you stand tall with them thinking ‘nah, it can’t just burn forever’. So you sweat it out with them. You relate and understand and join in but feel like you have a guilty, unfair upper hand, because even though it’s never been easy for you, you can still attempt to sleep somewhat decently, saying to yourself ‘my pops ain’t never leave and my moms did every scene’.
A blueprint and some ‘know how, some good cooked food and some awareness leads to you thinking these conflicting, guilt inspired feelings are the Things I Should’ve Told My Friends. When it’s all said and done, when the faces change and the desires become more expensive and the next in line become the next in line, when the bloodied badge unjustly wins and the lights begin to flicker and then dim, you realize maybe it was all just a Sweet Pursuit. All of it, nothing more, nothing less. And the sounds it leaves in the memories it created slowly becomes Music For My Friends.” -Skyler (13 year old lyricist, graffiti writer, playground point guard, quarter water aficionado, and Mortal Kombat champ, preferably the Sega Genesis version).”