Apollo Brown & Skyzoo Paint a Vivid Picture With Help From Westside Gunn & Conway (Audio)
Ten days from now, Apollo Brown and Skyzoo will bestow upon Heads a collaborative album, The Easy Truth. The two are arguably some of the best artists in their crafts, each capable of bringing vivid elements to their music through production and MCing, respectively. Arriving courtesy of Mello Music Group, the September 30 LP will be home to collaborations with Joell Ortiz, Patty Crash, Stalley, and as showcased in single dropping today (September 20), Westside Gunn & Conway.
Sampling vocal snippets of celebrated visual artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and infusing lyrical nods to Jay Z, “Basquiat on the Draw” is indeed a marriage of fine art and gritty Hip-Hop, not just in title. Skyzoo’s proclivity for wordplay is deftly applied to Apollo Brown’s canvas, and their two guest collaborators deliver verses that are no less accomplished. In speaking with XXL, Skyzoo said of collaborating with Westside Gunn and Conway “those guys are like family to me. I’ve been rocking with them since about 2014,” adding “I know what to expect when I work with them, which is why I called them up for this one. When I heard the beat I knew they’d be the perfect match as far as the intensity of the song and the lyrical braggadocio.”
Apollo describes Basquiat as being the kind of artist who ” stayed absolutely true to himself” and he finds familiarity in the late artist’s work. “Just like us, he made the type of art he wanted to make, even if it was the less popular choice at the time. Look at the impact of his work now though!”
Heads can ensure that Apollo Brown & Skyzoo’s impact is felt now by pre-ordering The Easy Truth on iTunes.