UPDATE: Sky & Apollo are back at it again with a swelling new track. “A Couple Dollars” is Skyzoo dropping jewels about the outside motivations to his grind alongside a solid guest verse from Joell Ortiz. Check out the single below.
Skyzoo and Apollo Brown have lived in each other’s respective artistic orbits for several years now, appearing on several songs and touring together in Europe. But now the lyricist from Brooklyn and the Detroit producer are adding to their growing list of MC/producer collaboration albums. Apollo has been the singular producer behind projects with OC (Trophies) Rapper Big Pooh, (Words Paint Pictures) Ras Kass, (Blasphemy,) Guilty Simpson, (Dice Game) and more. Skyzoo has projects with producers 9th Wonder, Illmind and Antman Wonder in his extensive catalogue. Now the two have finally linked for a tandem project called The Easy Truth being released on September 30th by Mello Music Group.
“Apollo’s ear is what makes him special as a producer,” Skyzoo told WatchLOUD in a 2015 profile of the producer. “Being able to find certain loops and chops, rare and abstract digging, and being able to turn anything into grit. Regardless of the loop, he can make it sound like pure gritty hip hop. It’s a true science within itself.”
Take a listen to their first single “One In The Same,” plus three more Skyzoo and Apollo Brown songs you should know.
“One In The Same”
“This joint is easily one of my favorite songs I’ve ever produced,” says Apollo. “Skyzoo and Patty Crash brought the music to life, then laid it to rest at the same time.”
“It felt like everything I wanted to speak on in terms of the content,” says Skyzoo. “Not just this particular song but the entire LP: my neighborhood, unbridled but misguided ambition, police brutality, gentrification, the dichotomy that exists in life, everything.”
Barrel Brothers “Never Ever”
For his latest compilation Grandeur, Skyzoo and his partner Torae constructed an imaginary bridge between Brooklyn and Detroit made out of dirt, the soles of scuffed Timbs and the TK sounds of industrial decay.
“Things I Should’ve Told My Friends”
In a departure from his usually unyielding drum programing Apollo drops the bottom out of this cut from Sky’s Music For My Friends, letting the piano take prime position as the conduit for Skyzoo’s dreamy confessional.
Barrel Brothers “Got It From here”
This bonus track from Skyzoo and Torae’s Barrel Brothers album was a relaxed yet precise display of collar-popping marked by a sedated horn sample, shy piano plucks and drums that sound like stomping your boots clean when you come in from the snow.