Premiere: Skyzoo And Pete Rock Pay Homage To Old New York In "It's All Good"

Skyzoo and Pete Rock are dedicating their upcoming album Retropolitan to the old, pre-gentrification New York City, and the video for their single "It's All Good" embodies the nostalgic feeling they love.

The new set of visuals shows Skyzoo spitting around various sites of graffiti, his lyrics painting distinct pictures of Brooklyn memories over a soulful backdrop by Pete Rock.

“The video, directed by Sen Floyd, shows a raw but vibrant scene of the NY that Pete and I know,” Skyzoo told VIBE. “The graffiti, the color schemes, city folk cutting by in between shots, even the industrial feel that peaks its head in the camera at times. All of it, along with the shots of the corners and 22 story buildings that define NY, are what we know of the city. It matches the essence of the song perfectly. One of my favorite videos to date for what it depicts and represents."

Retropolitan is 12 tracks long and features guest appearances by Styles P, Benny The Butcher, Conway, Westside Gunn, Elzhi and Raheem Devaughn. Skyzoo said that he and Pete made the album out of a "feeling of necessity."

“The album is both a love letter and a wakeup call to the city of New York. In an age where hype dominates reality, FOMO supersedes integrity and gentrification has supplanted tradition, this album is screaming for NYC to wake TF up---even as Pete & myself thank the city for all it’s done for us at the same time," Skyzoo explained. "Wake up from accepting your culture being stripped away from you. Wake up from believing that the people who aren’t cut from the cloth you created know your fabric better than you. Wake up from denying the change that’s taken place within you, told to be for your betterment, when it’s solely for theirs; and at your expense and detriment. Wake up from ignoring the identity you once had, the community you once built, the strength you once manifested, all to take on that of one you assumed would expand your reach, when all it’s doing is spreading you comically thin. Dear New York, all five boroughs of you, thank you for all you’ve done. You’re the greatest. Now sit back, listen and wake TF up.”

Skyzoo and Pete Rock's Retropolitan is scheduled for a Sept. 20, 2019 release date under Mello Music Group. Watch the video for "It's All Good" above.

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Premiere: Gerald Walker Releases 'Can't Drive A Parked Car'

Rappers have shown entrepreneurial spirit for as long as many of us can remember, starting or buying into clothing lines, alcohol companies, and more. But Chicago rapper Gerald Walker is looking to pair his music with a different world: fragrances.

"In a noisy world where anxiety and stress run rampant I wanted to do something about it. While in Marseille, France this summer I had a⁣n idea of merging smooth, soothing music with fragrances," Walker told VIBE.

"Today that idea is a reality. I’m thrilled to introduce: the Ayọ Fragrance + Design Studio. 'Ayọ' means 'Joy' in Yoruba and every fragrance seeks to catalyze that very emotion through smell."

“Can’t Drive a Parked Car” is a slinky, synthy record that sees Walker prophesying about pursuing one's goals while avoiding procrastination and excuses. It appears on Ayọ Volume One, which will be released on January 3rd, 2020. To get scents that accompany the music, visit http://ayostudios.com.

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Premiere: Crudo Means Raw And Mabiland Reunite For Jazzy Single "La Titular"

R&B in Español isn't a new exploration, but rapper/producer Crudo Means Raw and vocalist Mabiland's latest collaboration makes it feel scared and fresh. The Colombian artists have joined forces once again for "La Titular," a thoughtful blend of dembow-funk and jazzy chords guaranteed to entice a body roll or two.

Crudo views the track as a moody rap number which makes sense given his inspirations like a Tribe Called Quest, CL Smooth and Sade. In addition to notes of love on "La Titular" it's also one of self-reflection. “La Titular" came at a time when we both found emotional stability and a couple of complicated queens," Mabiland tells VIBE VIVA. "It is also true that it emerged at a time of many changes where in progress; both changing as people, and somehow everything was also in a transition. I always enjoy being able to work with a man I am a fan of and who I call a friend." The two scored a hit last year in the Afro-Colombian fusion space and beyond with “La Mitad De La Mitad,” leading Crudo to collaborate with Juanes and former high school classmate J Balvin.

"All over the city, they were banging that track in nightclubs,” he told Rolling Stone about the track. “It would be the 2 a.m. part of the party where it gets really grimy and ratchet, and they would play my song.” If "La Mitad De La Mitad" is the turn-up, "La Titular" is definitely the futuristic Quiet Storm turn down. Other players on the track include guitarist Byron Sánchez and Las musas (Sandra Moore , Amuna y Alie) on the chorus.

 

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Enjoy "La Titular" below.

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Premiere: Ceraadi Provides A Proper Holiday Turn Up For "Christmas With You" Visuals

Sisterly duo Ceraadi are hilarious and charming so it's no surprise their visuals for "Christmas With You" carry the same energy.

Directed by Eli Sokhn, we find Saiyr and Emaza prepping for a typical ugly Christmas sweater party singing of their prince charmings to walk through the door. We may never see their beaus, but the dup still enjoy the bash and the spirit of the holidays–twerking with the one you love.

Emaza keeps the melodic vibes going as Saiyr drops bars about the joys of the holidays. "Christmas With You" has the makings of a holiday classic with a subtle twist to Ludacris' "What's Your Fantasy" with a groove of "My Boo" by Ghosttown DJs. If the goal was to shake things up this Christmas, the ladies have done their job.

Now available on all streaming platforms, “Christmas With You” continues to prove Ceraadi’s compelling sound and nostalgic style. The ladies of Roc Nation/Island Record have enjoyed success through singles like "Loyal" and "Dumbstruck" but they're ready to dominate 2020 with their EP. Ceraadi are also amped for their upcoming performance at The Mint in Los Angeles on December 12th.

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