Skyzoo – ‘Jansport Strings (One Time For Chi-Ali)’ (Prod. 9th Wonder) | New Music

As we’ve seen countless times in the past, namely on their collaborative EP Cloud 9: The 3 Day High in ’06, and on numerous cuts on the emcee’s ’09 album, Salvation, Skyzoo and 9th Wonder make for one helluva duo. So, to absolutely zero complaints, the two are linking up once more for “Jansport Strings (One Time For Chi-Ali)”, the lead single off the Brooklyn rhymer’s forthcoming LP, A Dream Deferred. Need I point out that this absolutely knocks?

Read the foreword from S-K-Y himself below and stream the track ’til your heart’s content (or ’til your speakers burn out, which they probably will) after the jump. A Dream Deferred drops October 2nd via The Faculty Inc, in conjunction with Duck Down Records.

The idea behind Jansport Strings is not based on it being literal, but more so in the figurative sense. As a kid in NY, the strings on your Jansport bag were a sign of power and presence. Kids would steal the strings off of each other’s bags and burn the tips to prevent getting robbed of them once they got them. The song is a 3 minute auto-bio of me as a kid in Brooklyn and seeing more than my friends and I had bargained for. In essence, my Jansport strings tied it all together, seeing what we all saw and what it made us.

The ending is a clip from Video Music Box, the legendary NYC video show run by DJ Ralph McDaniels. This episode in particular was the debut of Chi-Ali’s ‘Age Ain’t Nothin But A Number’. Seeing that video that day on this episode of VMB made me start rhyming. This clip was literally the moment that changed my life.

Listen: Skyzoo – ‘Jansport Strings (One Time For Chi-Ali)’ (Prod. 9th Wonder)

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