Walking through NYC listening to Fizzyology is like witnessing urban warfare right before it starts and this album is the soundtrack. The raw aggression of Lil Fame from M.O.P. combined with the speedy and nimble lyrics of Termanology makes Fizzyology a perfect example of how you have to see the line between reality and fantasy in hip hop. If you know the style of these two mc's, you know how explicit they are. People unfortunately blind themselves to this version of hip hop that these storytellers portray. Otherwise, this album would be on the top of the charts because the lyrics are far ahead of what's popular in 2012. Instead, underground heads with an affinity for 90's inspired hip hop have another album to hold them over until the next one comes along (that I haven't written about yet.....).
A Dream Deferred doesn't necessarily follow the lines of the Theo vs. JJ EP released this summer with respect to interludes and the overall message, but it always shows up in Skyzoo's lyrics. The album starts off with Jill Scott and doesn't disappoint with guest appearances. Talib Kweli and Freeway are the only featured mc's, but Raheem DeVaughn, Jill Scott, Jessy Wilson and Jared Evan are the featured vocalists. Familiar producers establish Skyzoo's established style, but it doesn't push ahead as much as his lyrics do. Skyzoo is definitely next up in line of the Brooklyn-bred mc's though. It's only a matter of time before everyone knows Skyzoo's name. A funny side note about Skyzoo is that I originally heard that he was dropping this album from him on Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn. I was surprised to see him walking down the street but it happens all the time in NYC.
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Scienze, a mc from Brooklyn, NYC rocked RA-NYC's latest design, "BK!" at the Show and Prove battle presented by Brooklyn Bodega and 2dopeboyz.com. The winner of the competition goes on to open for Q-Tip at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival (underneath the Brooklyn Bridge). Check out the photos from the show, courtesy of Robert Adam Mayer, http://www.robertadammayer.com/.
Previous to the Show and Prove event, I wrote about Scienze on www.boywithstick.com, highlighting an album that has constantly been in my rotation since I first heard of it, Her Favorite Subject. This album was my intro to Scienze's work and since then, I've picked up his other projects, The Phone Tap(e), Ode 2 Dilla, Hall Passand finally, his newest project called Simply Aesthetic. If you check out the links to these albums, you'll see that they are free. Nothing tastes better than free food for thought and if you love hip hop as much as I do, you'll want to pick up all of these albums. Each album is worth your time.
Some artists achieve status and decide to reach out after their stomachs have settled with their personal fortunes. Thinking about the community, the youth and teaching people is an afterthought potentially due to boredom or selfishness through philanthropy. Scienze is a hard working mc and he's teamed up with DJ Kraff Swagger, vocalist j.RENEÉ and Holley Monelle to put together The Hall Pass Tour. Check out the trailer below.
Musical talent, thoughtful outreach to youth teaching a positive message of education and great music to go along with it. You can see why artists like Scienze deserve credit. Make sure to check out his pages and if you like the music, download them and show your support.