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Skyzoo's 3 Day High On Cloud 9

November 2006

The moment when the chemistry of making music perfectly works, the musicians feel a high. The rhythmic connections of mind, body, and emotion transcend the moment and transfers to the listeners. In the similar dynamic of Eric B. & Rakim and Guru & Premier, a DJ and emcee prove the euphoric effects of musical chemistry. 9th Wonder and Skyzoo created an entire album of 12 songs in only 3 days. "Cloud 9: The 3 Day High" by Skyzoo & 9th Wonder proves multiple facts. The album proves that a single producer can still make an exceptional album. A single emcee does not need any guests. "Cloud 9: The 3 Day High" by Skyzoo & 9th Wonder may not be as well known as "The Minstrel Show" by Little Brother, but the album is a precious find in the hip-hop wilderness.

9th Wonder (of Little Brother) has been earning critical acclaim and opportunities ever since "The Listening" LP was released. Little Brother's "The Minstrel Show" actually lived up to the hype. 9th Wonder's signature production could also be heard on two albums by Murs. Buckshot's "Chemistry" album was totally produced by 9th Wonder. The North Carolina producer created tracks for Jean Grae, Hot Karl, Jay-Z, De La Soul, M.O.P., The Strange Fruit Project, Sean Price, and more.

Straight from New York City, Skyzoo was very fortunate to be blessed with 9th Wonder's assistance. Skyzoo has paid his dues, but "Cloud 9: The 3 Day High" is his very first release. Unknown to many hip-hop fans, Skyzoo has gained some fame with his connection to 9th Wonder. With an album this solid, fans have high expectations of his future work.

MVRemix: Your first release, 'Cloud 9: The 3 Day High' was released on Traffic Entertainment. Tell us about it.

Skyzoo: Well, originally, I was going to release it on my own, but word about the album leaked out and a bidding war started between indie labels. Traffic won the bid.

MVRemix: The whole album, 'Cloud 9: The 3 Day High' was completed in only 3 days with 9th Wonder producing every single song. Was the entire album made together in the studio?

Skyzoo: The album is me and 9th Wonder, collaborating for the entire project. We did 12 songs in 3 days. It all came about because I was bored with music. So, 9th and I started recording. Before we knew it, we were done. The majority of it was done on my own. The final stage of the album had 9th and I, together in the lab.

MVRemix: What song on the 'Cloud 9: The 3 Day High' album took the longest to complete? Why?

Skyzoo: All of them were done in like 30 minutes or so, a piece. None of them took long at all, actually. I'm a fast writer. When you have someone like 9th behind you, it makes it that much easier. Those beats send a rush through me. I write even quicker than before.

MVRemix: How did you hook up with 9th Wonder for this album? What was he like to work with, as opposed to other producers? How is his production style different?

Skyzoo: I met 9th and the whole Justus League through my man, Chaundon. He introduced me to them about a year and a half ago. It's been love ever since. 9th Wonder is an extremely quick worker. That's one thing that we have in common. We're both quick. His beats are 100% soulful and he can make something to cater to anyone, but still have that signature 9th Wonder sound. He's an incredible talent.

MVRemix: Do you have a favorite track on the 'Cloud 9: The 3 Day High' LP? Why?

Skyzoo: I think my favorites are 'The Bodega', 'You & Me', and 'Live & Direct'. They all describe me to the fullest. As far as where I'm from, what I go through, and who I am. They give a good glimpse as to the type of person and artist I am.

MVRemix: When creating a track, do you have a set theme and pre-written lyrics, or do you start with an idea or the music first? Was your creative process different for 'Cloud 9: The 3 Day High' than other times you made music?

Skyzoo: I write everything in the studio, on the spot. I don't go in with pre-written lyrics or anything. Everything I do is inspired by the beat. The beats tell me what to write about. I hear the beat, come up with a concept, and then, I go in. My creative process was the same with this project as any other one.

MVRemix: The album, 'Cloud 9: The 3 Day High' has a myriad of references to hustling and drug-dealing. Do you find that lifestyle difficult to leave that life behind?

Skyzoo: It's not difficult to leave things behind. It's difficult to forget things. I only write about what I know, what I've seen, what I've done, et cetera. I don't glorify anything negative. I have tons of family, friends, and people I care about, who have been affected by drugs and things that go on in urban America. So, I speak on it. That's all.

MVRemix: How did you hook up with Traffic Records?

Skyzoo: They found me when word about the project leaked out and they came to the table.

MVRemix: What other labels were you considering?

Skyzoo: There were like two other indies. I can't really name them, but they were both great labels.

MVRemix: What is the meaning behind your name, Skyzoo?

Skyzoo: My middle name is Skyler, which is what my family calls me. Skyler or Sky for short. There was a disco group named Skyy that had a song called 'Skyyzoo' and it was a big hit. My fam used to sing that to me and that became a nickname. So, I stuck to that when I started rhyming.

MVRemix: What is your favorite part of your live show?

Skyzoo: Watching the crowd recite what I spit onstage. The reaction is great. I love crowd participation.

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"I write everything in the studio, on the spot. I don't go in with pre-written lyrics or anything. Everything I do is inspired by the beat."