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Theo VS. J.J. (Dreams vs. Reality)


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Following up his much-loved mixtape The Great Debater, Brooklyn favorite Skyzoo returns with this eight-song EP, setting the stage for his forthcoming album A Dream Deferred. Produced by Thelonious Martin, 14K, !iimind, Praise, and Hasan Insane, Theo vs. JJ explores the concept of Skyzoo as two classic TV characters: The Cosby Show's Theo Huxtable on the record's first half (Dream), and J.J. Walker from Good Times on the second half (Reality). As expected, Sky's wordplay here is exceptional. Intelligent, witty, intricate, and visual, it rides perfectly over the diverse selection of beats. "Liquor & Sneakers" flips a minimalist, retro-yet-futuristic track, "Ever Loyal" has one of the nicest bass lines we've heard this year, and "#FGR (First Generation Rich)" reanimates a timeless Bob James jam. Torae joins the party on "Know That Cash Rules," while The Faculty's newest artist, Open, impresses on the closer, "By Any Means."

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Cant wait for a dream defered Oct. 2nd!!!

Ive been a Skyzoo fan for years upon years now. Still dont understand why he continues to be an underated MC but I blame people for not knowing what real hip hop is.The radio has ya'll believing the hype. I thank Skyzoo for not changing and continuing to deliver the real. The Great Debater for 7.99 was a steal and now Theo vs. J.J. for 4.99 when he couldve charged more for these classics is a crime.SHouts out to floor general for letting us know where the extra tracks were and hes right there is a Theo side and J.J. side and Sky paints us a picture from both sides like he always does. Skylar than you for not changing and know that there are people that love real hip hop and follow you.Wake up people this man lyrically the best the world just doesnt know it yet...!!

another gem

S-K-Y-Z-O-O does it again. Not only can he clearly rhyme, but his beat selection is always excellent. There's nothing more that I hate then a great lyricist who picks garbage beats.

More heat from info on 4 extra tracks for this project

Yet another great release from the vastly underrated MC known as Skyzoo. You should know by now what to expect out of a release from him: lyrics, lyrics, and more lyrics. He never, ever disappoints, and this is an excellent appetizer to A Dream Deferred, his upcoming album.

One very important thing to note about Theo vs. J.J., is that it is really a 12 track mixtape, not an 8 track EP. Skyzoo has a soundcloud page, which has 6 free tracks (2 that are already located here, plus 4 others) that belong with these tracks. Also on the page, is the correct order the tracks are meant to go in. I'm not sure if iTunes will let me post a link, but I'll try. If it doesn't work, I'll post the important part, or you can just google it:

Go there and you can download the additional 4 tracks (by clicking on the down arrow in the track line. You'll see what I'm talking about. Also, in addition to the correct order of the tracks (important, as I'll explain in a minute), the production credits are there as well, which is nice.

The whole premise of the tape is cool: the first half is the "Theo" side, and the 2nd half is the "J.J." side. Of course, if you've been around for awhile, you know that they are each a character in very important TV shows from years and years ago {Theo from the Cosby Show, and J.J. from Good Times). The way Sky put it together is great, and you can read his words & thoughts about it at the above Soundcloud link.

While I'm a bit biased, being that Sky has been one of my favorite MC's for some years now, this is definitely $5 well spent. If you're just clicking around, thinking about checking out a new artist, or album/mixtape/EP, you can halt your search for a bit, and settle in for some crazy lyrics and wordplay. If you're new to him, he's got plenty of other material that you can check out. Whatever his name is on is worth the listen.


Born: December 24, 1982 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Aside from his rhyming skills and bright prospects, Skyzoo was once known most for his loss to fellow rapper Jin on BET's 106 & Park freestyle contest. Nonetheless, the New York MC launched his career by landing theme tracks for ESPN and Guinness beer, building his own Custom Made Entertainment company, and securing a relationship with North Carolina rap crew the Justus League. The Brooklynite was born Justin Taylor on December 24, 1982, in Crown Heights but spent much of his youth just south...
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Theo VS. J.J. (Dreams vs. Reality), Skyzoo
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  • $4.99
  • Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Music
  • Released: Aug 29, 2012
  • Parental Advisory

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