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5932On September 25th, Brooklyn-based rapper Skyzoo releases his debut album entitled “The Salvation” through Jamla/Duck Down Records. With the public already buzzing over his latest mixtape, “The Power of Words” hosted by DJ Drama and Statik Selektah and featuring guest appearances by Talib Kweli, Wale, Maino, Reks, EPMD, Big Pooh, and more, Skyzoo is planning to keep that buzz alive with his first album. He explains, “I don’t think there has been a debut album this cohesive and cinematic in years. The lyrics give you the ability to visualize everything being said over the beats.”

Boasting an impressive list of achievements, including being named the “Best Lyricist” in the 2008 Underground Music Awards and landing the number seven spot on Hot 97’s poll of the “Top 10 Emcees Alive” (as the only unsigned artist on the list), Skyzoo’s track record should be a sign that listeners should expect top quality rhymes on “The Salvation”. The album will be assisted with production from 9th Wonder, DJ Premier, Nottz, and Illmind, providing a top-notch musical backdrop for Skyzoo’s proven lyricism.

“The Salvation” will be released on JamLa Records, founded by Grammy-Award winning producer 9th Wonder, which is a sub-label of Duck Down Records. 9th Wonder’s vision behind Jamla is “straight forward, no chaser, SOUL music ranging from hip-hop to R&B. The bottom line … no additives or preservatives. We are Jamla”. According to Skyzoo, “doing the deal with JamLa and Duck Down made sense in more ways than one. As far as JamLa, 9th Wonder was the main person who let me kick in the door to get in this game and build a fan base via our “Cloud 9″ EP, so it made perfect sense to bring it back full circle. Duck Down has always held the flag for dope music – raw hip hop in its purest sense, and I’m glad to be contributing to that.”

9th Wonder feels confident with Skyzoo being the debut project on Jamla/Duck Down Records stating “Skyzoo is established, and a very talented Emcee. We decided for him to be first because of that pure talent, drive and work ethic. He casts words in his rhymes that deserve to be studied by scholars. We believe that Sky has what it takes to make the first steps for Jamla and he believes it as well, which is important for him, for us and for our music.”

Skyzoo’s debut album will join the list of projects he has already completed, including six independent mixtapes, an independent EP, and over 100 songs, which have earned him mentions in publications such as XXL, Scratch, Vibe, The Source, and Spin. He promises nothing but quality, reminding his audience that “whenever people get my mixtapes, they always tell me I’m giving away so much incredible music that’s worth paying for. In response, I tell them ‘this is just the stuff I’m giving out for free, so imagine what I make for my major debut. Imagine what I make you pay $15 for.”

“The Salvation” will be available for purchase September 25th, including various singles such as “The Beautiful Decay”, “Popularity”, “Fly Away”, and “Metal Hearts”. The CD includes tracks such as “Back On The Map” featuring Maino, “Freshfest” featuring Wale, “No Pretending” produced by Khrysis, “Alphabet Soup” produced by J Dilla, and “When I Rhyme” featuring Talib Kweli and Reks, with production by Statik Selektah.

“The Power Of Words” mixtape hosted by DJ Drama and Statik Selektah is available for free download here:

For more information about Skyzoo check out:


01. The Opener
02. Return Of The Real
03. The Beautiful Decay
04. My Interpretation
05. Popularity
06. Like A Marathon
07. The Shooter’s Soundtrack
08. Under Pressure
09. Grape iPods
10. Dear Whoever
11. For What It’s Worth
12. The Necessary Evils
13. Easy To Fly feat. Carlitta Durand
14. Bottom Line
15. Metal Hearts
16. Maintain

The album SkyzooThe Salvation” (Duck Down) is going to be released September 25, 2009.

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