Skyzoo On Bed-Stuy's Breakfast Options And Supermarkets, Spike Lee, And Not Getting Signed By Jay-Z
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Skyzoo is a Bed-Stuy-raised rapper whose new album, A Dream Deferred, will be released at the start of October via the Brooklyn institution Duck Down. He has more than 25,000 followers and, he claims, more of a level head than his colleagues when it comes to deciding what to share on social media. In accordance with his recent 140-character missives, here are Sky's Bed-Stuy brunch recommendations, his views on Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer, and why you should really be following Wale on Twitter.
@skyzoo Obama just said "a dream deferred" in the middle of this speech. Too late to sample and get on the new album? Lol...— William Grant(@WillEGrant) September 7, 2012
You retweeted a fan asking if you were going to sample Obama saying the phrase "dream deferred" in his recent speech. Will that happen?
Ah, nah, I wish! It would be great to use it, but that would have had to happen months ago. The album had to be turned into the label about a month ago. It would have been really cool though.
Did you watch Obama's speech?
I didn't get to watch it 'cause I was on the road and had a show the night of the speech. But I'm trying to find the best place online to find it in one piece instead of just lots of two minute pieces of it. I've been a huge supporter of his.
If you could play one of your songs for Obama, which one would it be?
It would probably be a song from my new album, "How To Make It Through Hysteria." It breaks down everything as far as I know as far as growing up in Brooklyn, the people in Bed-Stuy, and the influences we had. We all want different things out of life. But the song is two verses then after the last hook it goes into two-and-a-half minutes of spoken word.
You tweeted about eating at Mike's Coffee Shop [on Dekalb Avenue and Hall Street].
That's a place that we grew up on, coming up as kidsI lived like four blocks away from that location. Mike's and Luigi's Pizza around the corner, we grew up going to those places. The picture I posted, that's just a regular Saturday morning breakfast for me.
What would you recommend people order at Mike's?
Definitely the breakfast. Like the picture that I tweeted after that: cheese grits, eggs, turkey sausage.
It's a standard diner, it doesn't serve one specific culture or type of food, but it's real dope and it's got that neighborhood feel. Even if you look at the picture, the outside of it, it's kinda grimy, but inside it's clean and real small. It's packed with people from all sorts of walk of life, like people who grew up there for years and the new transplants. It's the epitome of the neighborhood.
You tweeted about Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer. What did you think of it?
I thought it was great. The twist at the endI don't want to go into it if you haven't seen itbut I knew something was coming, especially the scene where they set it up, I knew there was a twist but it wasn't what I expected. I like how he brought it back to Brooklyn but also showed what Brooklyn has become.
How would you rate Red Hook Summer alongside Spike's other films?
I think it stands up next to them; it stands up as one of his really great works. But I may be biased 'cause I'm probably a bigger Spike Lee fan than Spike Lee himself!
Have you met Spike Lee?
I haven't met him, but I've been dealing with his team at 40 Acres & A Mule a lot lately. There's a record on my album called "Spike Lee Is My Hero." It features Talib Kweli and we were able to get in touch with 40 Acres for the video and they gave us clothes and memorabilia and posters and hats, like stuff coming directly from Spike's office and movie set. We found out Spike has heard the record and wants to see the video. Just that alone really blows me away. Spike knows!
Growing up in Bed-Stuy, were you around when he was shooting Do The Right Thing?
I was young. I think that came out in '89, so they probably shot it in '88, so I was six years old. I didn't see it firsthand. It was one of those movies I saw later on when I was ten years old, and it had such an impact on my life. On the Spike Lee song I talk about how I'm one of the few who can say he has a pops who walked those blocks and how he made me read every script Spike wrote. My father made me watch Spike Lee movies. He took me to watch Malcolm X the day it came out and made me write a report on the movie just for him!