There is a certain amount of pride that Brooklyn, New Yorkers have that is world-renowned. The term “Brooklyn’s In The House” is a real lifestyle for the borough of Kings and BK repper Skyzoo’s latest music video for ‘Bed-Stuy Is Burning’ featuring Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. In it, he speaks to the demise of the ‘Old Brooklyn.’ The song and video is the first single from ‘Zoo’s newest album All the Brilliant Things, dropping on June 11th, through FGR/Mellow Music Group.
Having spoken of this theme of cultural change on previous tracks, Skyzoo flips the narrative to implore other black-centric cities to beware of the gentrification that has happened to his beloved Bed-Stuy neighborhood. This is the area of Brooklyn that gave us Lil’ Kim, Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, and is the home base of Academy Award-winning director legend, Spike Lee.
Skyzoo, even with relocating living spaces, is BK to the heart. So much of who he is as a rapper is through the lineage of growing up in Brooklyn, and now he wants to let his young son know what it means to have that BK pride…even if the place has changed. The energy is still alive through people like ‘Zoo. Here are his words that explain the sentiment:
“My music has always been a combination of a few things: storytelling, motive, and reflection. I tell stories that speak on the motives of those I grew up with and why they’re such, and then reflect on how those things impacted us all, both my inner circle and subconsciously, the lister.
With “All The Brilliant Things”, the idea was truly to try and tackle the realities of gentrification and this new era of cultural appropriation, commonly known as “culture vulturing”.
The way they intertwine with one another, parallel at times, and how us as the residents of our long-standing homes and creators of these cultures have been stripped of it, or at times let it happen, all for what we assumed was our best interest.
The irony of it all is, despite how it all makes us feel in hindsight, one would have to admit that the orchestration of it was truly brilliant. Brutal, and heinous, but somehow pretty brilliant. Hence the title of the album.
The cover art, illustrated by Matt Rockefeller, shows my 3 year-old-son and I on the corner of Fulton St. and Franklin Ave. in Brooklyn, and I’m showing him a condo being built in our neighborhood, a neighborhood that’s rapidly dying, explaining it to him and trying to make sense of it all.”
Be sure to check Skyzoo’s musical discography on streaming platforms everywhere.