Skyzoo, Landon Wordswell, E-Man Jones, Earl Grae
May 23 • 8:00 pm• $10 - $12
On Wednesday, May 23, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and University of Oregon Campus Radio 88.1 FM KWVA proudly welcome Skyzoo and Landon Wordswell to the WOW Hall along with special guests E-Man Jones and Earl Grae.
In Celebration of Us, Skyzoo’s fourth studio album (7th overall) is an unapologetically black album. The 15-track project is an exploration into the black community and a look at its place in society and who they are, as a people. As the rapper puts it, In Celebration of Us is the hip-hop version of Solange Knowles’ A Seat at the Table. Skyzoo touches on topics from cultural appropriation to the power of the black dollar, providing the sharp and intricate lyrics that the Brooklyn-born MC is known for. The album features guest appearances by Raheem Devaughn, WordsNCurves, Kay Cola, Saba Abraha, and Jake & Papa. As for production, !llmind, Apollo Brown, Raheem Devaughn, Daringer and more contributed to this interesting piece of art. You won’t find any rap features on the album, as Skyzoo tells Billboard: “I feel like I had so much to say that I didn’t need anyone to say it with me. If I could sing there wouldn’t be any singers on the album.” Aside from being a black album, it also serves as a dedication to Skyzoo’s newborn son. “It’s kind of like a guidebook or an advisory tale for him. It’s for him to look at years later and understand the message I was sending,” Skyzoo explains.
Landon Wordswell is a 30-year-old Phoenix, AZ resident by way of St. Louis and Eugene. Those cities combined have influenced and crafted the emcee’s tenacity, perspective and insight. Landon specializes in utilizing intricate rhyme schemes often being coupled with tightly knitted personal lyrics and a bold truth. Traveling internationally on tours has encouraged him to expand more as both an artist and human being. Such a growth can be heard as time lapses through each album, from his first solo effort in The Mourning After Pill to his last in Prayer & Whiskey.