Understanding The Celebration: A Sit Down with Skyzoo & Shawn Setaro (Video)

In Celebration of Us is easily the most complex, most layered and most important work to date, no debates in Skyzoo’s distinguished career. His greatest piece thus far. These are stories that, like The Salvation, he preferred to tell on his own. Sky has never been this meticulous about an album in his life. Conceptually, this is Ta-nehisi Coates meets Chappelle’s Show meets The Autobiography of Malcolm X meets Blackish meets the case of Sandra Bland meets the birth of Air Jordans. It’s intense. And it’s beautiful!!

In Celebration of Us was significantly influenced by the birth of Skyzoo’s new (infant) son. The impending birth drew Skyzoo back to his childhood and to recall his relationship with his own father; an admitted hustler, but a hustler who was always omnipresent in his life (their relationship is a major narrative on the new album). “The most important thing a black boy can have is his father.” “With so many things that are going on in our own country and around the world, looking the way we look and being who we are, I wanted this project to serve as a guidebook — something my son could always go back to.”

After a top 10 debut on the iTunes Hip-Hop chart, Skyzoo sat down with Complex’s (and The Cipher’s) Shawn Setaro at one of his favorite local establishments to break bread, sip coffee and discuss his new project at length.

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