New Music: Skyzoo “Jansport Strings”

Music

Datwon Thomas / August 7, 2012

Skyzoo is the kind of rapper that you have to listen too not once but a few times to get all the different gems he throws at you in one verse. So be sure to sit with his new track, “Jansport Strings” a few times before you even attempt to evaluate it. Being from Brooklyn around the 90s will help with the breakdown of some of the terms and details he drops within this 9th Wonder produced track, but it won’t hurt your experience of soaking in the words of a master lyricist. Check the background inspiration for the song from the man himself:

“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”. – @Skyzoo