Skyzoo & Raheem DeVaughn Hit The Bakery To Slice Some Devil’s Pie (Video)
If you haven’t listened to Skyzoo’s new album, In Celebration of Us, this first music video may be just the nudge you need. Both his 2017 projects, Peddler Themes and The Easy Truth with Apollo Brown, raised the lyrical bar in a time when it often seems to have been lowered. S-K-Y is so consistent that it can be easy for some to just take him for granted. However, with the release of his magnum opus last week, it’s about time to celebrate this rock-solid MC.
“Baker’s Dozen” reunites Skyzoo with past LP partner, Apollo Brown. As if that wasn’t enough, Sky’ brings Raheem Devaughn through for a souled out hook. “Bake the cake, bake the cake, bake the cake, cut a piece, woohoo,” he laments. The song appears to take a strong page from the concept and metaphor of D’Angelo’s “Devil’s Pie,” as produced by Skyzoo collaborator, DJ Premier. In the video, it’s only right that Skyzoo and Raheem hit a bakery, where an assortment of metaphoric sweets are shown.
Lyrically, Sky illustrates how building wealth in America is a vicious cycle for many. Instead of selling rock, the protagonist of the vid (besides the performers), hustles books. He also sticks up his local bodega for a stack of classics that includes Malcolm X: The FBI Files by Clayborne Carson, Eldridge Cleaver’s Soul On Ice, and William Goyen’s The House of Breath. The symbolism shows that knowledge is power, not money or drugs.
In Celebration Of Us is available on Sky’s First Generation Rich imprint.