Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:14 am  |  17 responses

Allow Me to Introduce Myself

Skyzoo joins the SLAMonline family.

words Skyzoo | photo Rob Mayer

Wassup yall, this is Skyzoo. Brooklyn lyricist/Knicks fan/sneaker head. I recently linked up with Tzvi and Adam and the good folks here at SLAM to bring you “Chain Link Champions”—my personal blog on everything NBA related. Throughout the course of my career thus far, I’ve been known as a lyricist, a “rapper’s rapper”, etc. All are titles that I hold with pride and gratitude, and I don’t take any of them lightly. But aside from the music, I’ve always been a huge basketball fan. Growing up in NYC in the ’80s and ’90s, there’s no way you can “not” be a basketball fanatic. For me coming up, everything was rap and ball. The Lox and the Knicks. Purple tape and Penny Hardaway. I wrote rhymes and played point guard, modeling Nas and Penny as much as I could. To me, nothing meant more than the two.

As someone who yells at the TV when Paul Pierce gets his Broadway on when Melo boxes him out on Boston’s home court, or debates with Skip Bayless via DVR every time he calls LBJ “LeBrick” on ESPN First Take, or puts endless NBA references in their rhymes (the only one with more than me is Cormega. See “The Great Debater” on June 7th for proof), I felt it made perfect sense to start NBA blogging for the dopest basketball mag and site out. Tzvi and Adam agreed and pushed the button. And here we have “Chain Link Champions.” The breaking down of the pressures bestowed upon the kids who put their lives on the lines on the chain link courts of urban america, to become the DWades, Kobes, CP3s, Durants, Derrick Rose’s, and more, and all that comes with those becomings.

Every week throughout these 2011 Playoffs, I’ll be chiming in with my views, takes and insight on what occurs on the nightly. Strictly the League, nothing more, nothing less. Forewarning: I’m an avid Melo and New York Knick  fan, as well as a heavy LBJ supporter, so expect to see me riding with them in my rants, respectively, when they play, but know that if ever there’s a NYK vs MIA series, I’m NYK 100 percent, but non-biased when discussing the previous night’s matchups, be it NYK related or otherwise.

This year is easily the NBA’s biggest and best season, bar none. The intensity, the trades, the upsets, the expectations, its all at heights unseen in years prior to. Why not have it documented by someone from the same chain links as our new champions? So here’s to 2.5 months of NBA coverage from an emcee’s fan driven perspective. See yall next week.

PS: NYK all day (no biases though). Haha. Holla…

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Glad this happened.

  • Maurice Bobb

    Salute! Welcome aboard

  • Maurice Bobb

    Salute! Welcome aboard

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Been a Skyzoo fan for a minute.
    One of the few true MCs left.
    Knows his NBA too.

  • Fat Lever

    Fan of this dude’s music. Has a solid ear for beats. But as far as MC NBA references go, Mega’s got the title. Lines like “lyrically more sweet 16s than Duke Blue Devils” and “talent defines me/like Mark Jackson on the fast break the pass(past) is behind me” are too dope.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    ^get a life bro

  • Fat Lever

    Sure thing c. Thanks for the life advice, bro.

  • hendry

    he got owned by Jin when they battled.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Great stuff. Thanks Skyzoo!

  • bull22

    @enigmatic, kissing butt as usual…. and you say you are a marine, i know some and they sure dont suckup like you do, lol!

  • http://ballislife.com Stephon

    Word Slam got one heck of a pickup ya’ll should check out “Beautiful Decay” and “Better Than You” by Skyzoo dude’s a beast.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    If it’s just about who drops the most NBA references, Joe Budden has Cormega and this dude both beat.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    Its not like Stalley set the bar that high for rapper/bloggers on this site.

  • wasabi steak

    Respect to the due for being a Penny/Nas fan. I can relate.

  • Marcus Beard Jr

    Skyzoo’s music is fire, an animal. Aways to go to catch Cormega for the ball refrences title however. We’ll see what he knows about basketball.

  • stuyfiend

    ok skyzoo.. do you have any credibility in ball? did you play in hs or college? otherwise ya opinion is irrelevant.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Zoo been one of the nicest, been a fan for some time as well