Brooklyn rap veteran Skyzoo is back with the first single from his upcoming Father’s Day themed project Milestones titled “A Song For Fathers”, a track that puts a positive spin on fatherhood ahead of the nationally recognized holiday. The offering follows his jazz-rooted album The Bluest Note released back in late-April with contributions from renowned Italian jazz band Dumbo Station. For the record, Skyzoo tapped producer !llmind for the instrumental, one that continues that jazz-leaning sonic quality with smooth backing vocals.
“I wanted to make a theme song for fellow dads to celebrate on Father’s Day as well as every day that we may need to hear some encouragement,” Skyzoo said in a recent press statement. “We’ve all grown up to music that celebrates motherhood, which has been beautiful and is always needed, but the songs celebrating fatherhood, although existing, have been few and far between.”
Milestones was named after Skyzoo’s son Miles and focuses on the significance of having a son and growing into the role of being a father. Throughout the EP, Skyzoo aims to shed light on growing up without a fatherhood and his mission to do better. He also explained why he reached out to !llmind specifically to help with “A Song For Fathers”. “Production wise I specifically went to !llmind, who’s been a frequent collaborator of mine throughout my career, for two reasons: one, he’s one of the greatest producers ever, and his specialty is bringing your idea to life larger than you’d imagined, and two: if you know !llmind you know he makes music due to his dad having been a musician in his own right. His dad passed away awhile back and I know he’s hugely influenced by his dad’s legacy, so I knew he’d understand the importance of such a record.”
Late last year, Skyzoo linked with legendary producer Pete Rock for the full-length album Retropolitan, a love letter to his native city and wakeup call to the ever-growing truth that gentrification is replacing each borough’s long-held traditions. The rapper continued to detail his most recent project’s origins:
“The idea for this project came to me from noticing the landscape of how fathers are represented in hip hop. Outside of Will Smith’s classic “Just The Two Of Us” and a handful of others, the majority of the records in hip hop that speak on fatherhood have a negative connotation. I wanted to change that narrative, as it’s not the only one that exists. Myself, being a father, there are a ton of others like me who are engulfed in hip hop and are also 24 hour a day dads, who’s kids mean the world to them. I wanted to showcase that. I started this project in August of 2019 as one song and it grew into an entire project within a week and I’ve been sitting on this idea since the summer/fall, waiting for Father’s Day weekend to come around.”
Listen to Skyzoo’s latest track and stay tuned for his Milestones EP to release Friday, June 19. In more music news, Brooklyn rapper Medhane debuted a new animated music video for his Cold Water track “No Cap”.