Apollo Brown and Skyzoo, two of hip-hop’s best, are teaming up for a collaboration that feels like it’s coming out of nowhere but should satisfy their fans nonetheless.
This week, Apollo Brown and Skyzoo announced their collaborative album, The Easy Truth, for a Sept. 30 release. The first single “One In The Same:” a piano-laden, sample-heavy production by Apollo Brown and vivid, fluid rhymes from Skyzoo, along with a cameo from Patty Crash (who appeared on The Roots’ single “Never”). Apollo refers to the record as “easily one of my favorite songs I’ve ever produced,” and Skyzoo said he knew it would be the album intro as soon as he heard it.
“I hadn’t even told him what my approach would be with the album yet and he somehow nailed it blindly. It felt like everything I wanted to speak on in terms of the content of not just this particular song but the entire LP: my neighborhood, unbridled but misguided ambition, police brutality, gentrification, the dichotomy that exists in life, everything,” Skyzoo said in a statement.
“I also knew that I wanted a singer on the record with me, but I knew it had to be a particular voice, one that sorta tugged at the strings so to speak, and as a Roots fan I knew Patty Crash was the perfect songstress for the record. All said and done, I couldn’t have scripted the outcome any better”.“
The duo recorded the album in Apollo’s hometown of Detroit. Both have had their share of MC/producer duos: Apollo has created full albums with Guilty Simpson, O.C., Planet Asia, and Rapper Big Pooh, while Skyzoo has done so with 9th Wonder and Illmind. It’s possible that the idea for The Easy Truth sprouted during the Ugly Heroes and Barrel Brothers tour, when their respective groups (Ugly Heroes is Apollo Brown, Red Pill and Verbal Kent, and Barrel Brothers is Skyzoo and Torae) If “One In The Same” and their respective histories are any sign, this could end up as a highlight in an already fantastic year of music.