When rumors spread months ago that Skyzoo had begun working on a collaborative project with the iconic Pete Rock it quickly set social media aflame. While details were scant, Mello Music Group is happy to finally reveal the details and officially announce Skyzoo & Pete Rockâ€™s new album, Retropolitan, with Billboard who premiered the lead single Itâ€™s All Good.
Itâ€™s All Good finds Skyzoo skating over a beat from Peteâ€™s secret â€œSP-1200 stash,â€ and this one in particular was produced in 1994 around the same time as Pete’s Illmatic sessions with Nas.
Retropolitan includes 12-tracks, all produced by Pete Rock, with features from Styles P, Benny The Butcher, Conway, Westside Gunn, Elzhi, and Raheem DeVaughn.
â€œThe idea for Retropolitan came from a feeling of necessity. The album is both a love letter and a wake up 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 â€“ even as Pete & myself thank the city for all itâ€™s done for us at the same time. Wake up from accepting your culture being stripped away from you. Wake up from believing that the people who arenâ€™t cut from the cloth you created know your fabric better than you. Wake up from denying the change thatâ€™s taken place within you, told to be for your betterment, when itâ€™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 itâ€™s doing is spreading you comically thin. Dear New York, all five boroughs of you, thank you for all youâ€™ve done. Youâ€™re the greatest. Now sit back, listen, and wake TF up.”