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Dream Deferred

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Skyzoo is a skillful MC from Brooklyn, NY who has stayed consistent and relevant for the past several years. Skyzoo began to work with Duck Down Music in 2009, releasing his debut album, 'The Salvation,' which is over 10,000 units scanned. In 2010 he partnered with the producer !llmind to release 'Live From The Tape Deck.' In an effort to feed his fanbase with new material, Skyzoo provided 'The Great Debater' in 2011, which was a free mix CD that has been downloaded over 70,000 times. Skyzoo used much of 2011 to focus on the recording of his next full-length release, 'A Dream Deferred.'

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  • Audio CD (October 2, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Duck Down Music
  • ASIN: B008VFVBR2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,498 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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At times u lose sight of the who's who in hip-hop, then others, like Skyzoo, drop consistent quality that folks rarely chat about. This album is great!! I'm hesitant to go full blown classic because the hooks are a bit repetitive. I wish this guy spent as much time advocating a bridge, or developing a true chorus rather than repeating brief groups of words. Am I being picky? Perhaps, but after listening, you may hear what I mean. It's at those moments of repetition that you yearn for some musical or verbal highlight to really draw your emotions higher. Skyzoo has the lyrical ability & the subject matter. I just believe he needs a few of those finer things & this guy will b one of the most overlooked acts in the genre.
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There is nothing real special about this one, just a decent album with interesting wordplay and a consistent atmosphere. Skyzoo continues his laid back flow and sly but monotone delivery accompanied by average beats. The production is rather soft, taking a page out of Lupe's selection of beats, delivering nothing that stands out but nothing that is terribly awful. Skyzoo performs well with a softer lyrics but the same repetitive wordplay, which I truly enjoy. His flow is on point but along with the delivery, can come off uninteresting and dull. The main downfall is Skyzoo's lack of enthusiasm when it comes to choruses as it kind of blends in with his verses. Decent album but the lack of stand out production and soft feel is a detriment.
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The album production is excellent. Skyzoo is a very talented artist that has above average storytelling skills. From listening to the album, I can tell Skyzoo is heavily influenced by jazz music as the majority of the songs feature quality very jazz oriented beats. This is the type of album i can put in and just ride to or sit back and vibe to. If you're really into finding excellent music that is not on the radio playing several times an hour, this is that type of album.
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Sky is my new favorite rapper.
He deserves more light on his music and career.
Too much light gets shed on artist who can't come close to Skyzoo's lyrical skill.
If you're a fan of Hip Hop then this is a must buy.
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This album is everything I expect from Skyzoo. This is saying a lot because a lot of artist are not anything near consistent. Skyzoo continues to prove why he is one of the best. Not because this is his best album, but because it is another solid addition to his great body of work.
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Brooklyn rapper Skyzoo has been what one could call an artist's artist. He has gained the respect and admiration of his peers, yet not many listeners know who he is. When he made his formal debut in 2006, it was on the song "Speed Racin'" from Little Brother's mixtape "Separate But Equal". Following that was his collaboration EP with Little Brother member 9th Wonder "Cloud 9: The 3 Day High". After a few appearances and being affiliated with 9th Wonder's Jamla Records, he signed with Buckshot's label Duck Down to release his debut album "The Salvation". After being delayed for nearly a year, the album was finally released at the end of September in 2009. The following year, he did another collaboration album- this time with producer Illmind and their project "Live From The Tape Deck". Later on, he released the mixtape "The Great Debater" and another EP "Theo Vs. JJ" while leaving Jamla to establish his own imprint The Faculty. After a three year wait, Skyzoo released his second album "A Dream Deferred"- which is named after the Langston Hughes book of the same name.

On this new album, he experiments with live instrumentation- complete with string and horn sections. Joining him for the execution of "A Dream Deferred" is Illmind- who not only produces the lion's share of the project, but also is the sole recording engineer and mixer. Returning this time around are some familiar names, such as 9th Wonder (who produces the first single "Jansport Strings"), Eric G. and the production team Best Kept Secret. Also, Meek Mill producer Jahlil Beats produces the radio friendly "Range Rover Rhythm", while Detroit native Black Milk oversees the production of "Steel's Apartment". A few R&B singers show up as well- such as Jill Scott on the opening track "Dreams In A Basement".
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Dope beats, Dope rhymes.. what more do you want really?

Well thought out album, no fillers, good top to bottom... shows growth from the salvation to projects such as live from the tape deck and the great debater and most recently theo vs jj mixtape that led up to a dream deferred....
Skyzoo stays consistently delivering potent lyrics over a very nice selection of beats, even going out of his comfort zone and taking on dubstep... no complaints at all... very hard to name standout tracks without basically listing 80% of the album... would have loved a Torae feature and a Premo track but.. honestly, can't complain.. very high replay value as well, on the fifth listen you'll still be catching something new that you missed on the last listen.

definitely worth the purchase

The M.D.
Kingston, Jamaica

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"This ain't R&B smooth, I ain't an R&B dude" -Skyzoo.
Except that's the flaw of Sky's latest A Dream Deferred. Ditch tracks 7-10, which are not terrible songs, but are held down by being too R&B for a dude that supposedly isn't R&B. Without those songs we would have a classic album.
But don't let that keep you from picking up the album. Rest of the tracks are what is to be expected of Sky. He even kicks it up a notch with a variety of horns that aren't simply loops. Be assured, Skyzoo knows music and what sounds demand his voice.
Highlights:
Pockets Full - Solid, classic hip hop beat with a little help from Freeway on the lyrics.
Give it Up - A rare, successful use of the dubstep sound. Put your glow-sticks away. This is still hip-hop.
Steel's Apartment - Vibe that sent me back to the golden era. Love the looped horns in the background of the rhymes.
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