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Skyzoo - conducted by Todd E. Jones  

Skyzoo's 3 Day High On Cloud 9

November 2006

MVRemix: What is the biggest mistake you have made in your career?

Skyzoo: I don't see any mistakes. I think everything is a learning experience. I don't really believe in regrets. Everything I do is a learning experience.

MVRemix: On the song, 'Power, Money And Influence' from Guru's 'Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures' album, Talib Kweli remarks that Pro-Tools made producers lazy. Do you agree?

Skyzoo: Nah. I think good producers are good producers. Regardless of if they use Pro-Tools or not, talent is talent.

MVRemix: Who are some producers you would like to collaborate with in the future?

Skyzoo: Well right now, I have a lot of producers who are big like 9th Wonder, Khrysis, Illmind, and Black Milk. I have already worked closely with them. But, as far as people who I haven't worked with, I'd love to work with Premo, Timbaland, Just Blaze, and Dr. Dre.

MVRemix: Who are some artists you would like to collaborate with in the future?

Skyzoo: I like Jeezy, Clipse, T.I., Guilty Simpson, Elzhi, and 50 Cent. Those are all people I definitely wouldn't mind collaborating with throughout my career.

MVRemix: Although your collaboration with 9th Wonder has created opportunities for you, do you find that people are automatically expecting another 9th Wonder collaboration? Has anyone not accepted your work if 9th Wonder was not involved?

Skyzoo: People are anxious to hear a 'Cloud 9' sequel, but I'm not sure if it's going to happen. People don't turn away from my music if it isn't affiliated with 9th because I had 5 mix-tapes out before I wrote 'Cloud 9'. I had already had beats from producers like Needlz, Khrysis, Illmind, Dame Grease, and Bangladesh. So, I already had a fan base. 9th just gave me an even bigger one.

MVRemix: What LPs have you been listening to during the last couple of days?

Skyzoo: I have been listening to a lot of jazz. I love jazz, like Miles Davis and John Coltrane. I love jazz. As far as hip-hop, nothing is really grabbing me, at the moment. I have been bumping the Lupe album. I'm really looking forward to Jay-Z's new disc and Clipse's new disc.

MVRemix: What was the last incident of racism you experienced?

Skyzoo: Last week, getting on an elevator and having a middle aged white man seem uncomfortable. He looked me up and down. This was bad because I have tons of white friends. One of my best friends, DJ Nyce is white. He's my engineer and he records, mixes, and masters all of my music.

MVRemix: Where were you on the September 11th terrorist attack? How did you handle it?

Skyzoo: I was in college. I had a hard time with it, just like everyone else.

MVRemix: Where did you go to college? Did you graduate? Looking back, what did you think of your college experience?

Skyzoo: Farmingdale in New York. I majored in English. I didn't graduate, but I had a good time in college. Majoring in English helped me, musically. I can write in ways that others in hip-hop can't, because I have a wider range in vocabulary, speech, and thought.

MVRemix: Word association. When I say a name of a name, you say the first word that pops into your head. So, if I said, 'Flava Flav', you may say 'Clock', 'Crack', or 'The Surreal Life'. Okay?

Skyzoo: Cool.

MVRemix: Little Brother.

Skyzoo: Incredible.

MVRemix: Jay-Z.

Skyzoo: Greatest.

MVRemix: Common.

Skyzoo: Intelligent.

MVRemix: Kaze.

Skyzoo: Hot.

MVRemix: Mos Def.

Skyzoo: One of my favorites.

MVRemix: Sadat X.

Skyzoo: Classic.

MVRemix: Atmosphere.

Skyzoo: Not too familiar with his work, but I'd love to hear it. Cool name.

MVRemix: J Dilla.

Skyzoo: The G.O.A.T. Words cannot describe him. My hero, my inspiration.

MVRemix: Eminem.

Skyzoo: Lyrical genius.

MVRemix: George Bush.

Skyzoo: *sshole.

MVRemix: In The Consolation of Philosophy, Boethius writes, 'It's my belief that history is a wheel. Rise up on my spokes if you like but don't complain when you're cast back down into the depths. Good time pass away, but then so do the bad. Mutability is our tragedy, but it's also our hope. The worst of time, like the best, are always passing away.' What works of art, literature, or songs helped you maintain?

Skyzoo: John Coltrane & Miles Davis help me maintain, as far as songs. Literature-wise, it would be novels by Donald Goines and The Bible.

MVRemix: Would you consider yourself a spiritual person?

Skyzoo: Yeah, not religious though. Just spiritual.

MVRemix: What are some major misconceptions do you think people have of you?

Skyzoo: None yet. Because I'm new, people don't have the option to conceive me but in so many ways.

MVRemix: Do you think success and credibility are mutually exclusive?

Skyzoo: I think everyone has the ability to be successful, but it depends on how they go about it. The way the game is now, people can take away that opportunity before you get the chance to exercise it. Credibility is multi-faceted, but the industry tends to only look at it in one form. So, it's a tough battle, but success and credibility aren't too exclusive.

MVRemix: Recently, what is a typical day like for you?

Skyzoo: Wake up, eat, shower, and hit the net! My whole career is growing on the strength of the net, like MySpace, blogs, websites, and mp3's. That's where my 9 to 5 is. And, I hit the studio at night. Then, I promote at clubs, parties, showcases, et cetera. I sleep for about 3 hours a night.

MVRemix: Tell us about your next album.

Skyzoo: My next album will be my official debut, my official major label first album. 'Cloud 9' was just a buzz starter. 'The Salvation' is my official debut. It's going to be real conceptual. It's my life in 70 minutes or so.

MVRemix: Who will be handling the production on 'The Salvation' LP? Will you have any guests?

Skyzoo: Production-wise, it's 9th Wonder, Khrysis, Illmind, Black Milk, Hasan Insane, DJ Mills, and a few big names who I'm linking up with soon. As far as guests, I don't really want any because no one can tell the Skyzoo story better than Skyzoo. I'm a have my Custom Made on there for sure though.

MVRemix: Final words?

Skyzoo: Keep the music authentic. There's no such thing as positive rap or negative rap. As long as it's from the soul and it's real, it's hip-hop. This culture was built on speaking or minds, hearts, and experiences, whether so-called wrong or right. And log on to

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