Skyzoo Reflects on Success of "Speakers on Blast"


Skyzoo Reflects on Success of "Speakers on Blast"

03/25/2013 - 4:36pm

Skyzoo explains the recording process of "Speakers on Blast" to HipHopDX and why it's his biggest hit:

That was at !llmind’s old crib before he moved a couple blocks away from me. He was a little deeper in [Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn]. We were working on Live From the Tape Deck. I went to his crib one morning and he had this beat. He said, “I want to play you something. I made it two hours ago.” He was like, “I don’t really know. I was about to delete it.” Nobody knows the story. He was about to delete that beat. He played it and [starts making the beat with his mouth] and I was like, “What? Wait, wait. Bring that back.” We kept playing it and I was like, “Give me an hour. Let me work.”

We knocked it out. I had this idea for the hook. I was like, “Speakers on blast / Speakers, speakers on blast.” I don’t know how you do that with the machine, but whatever little buttons you got to press, do that. I’ll say it once and just hit the button and make it keep [starts repeating the hook].” That was him. The old Black Sheep. That was !llmind. He was like, “Yo, what if we put the Black Sheep joint on there? ‘Here they come, yo, here they come.’” We added that to it and that’s definitely my biggest record, hands down. 

The beat, the hook, all the ingredients that we look at nowadays as far as making a “hit,” whether it’s on radio or TV. I think it was a combination of things. Obviously, the beat. The beat was the star of the show on that one. Lyrically, I did what I did. I got busy but the beat was the star of the show, as it should’ve been. -Skyzoo

Skyzoo also speaks to HipHopDX about his chemistry with !llmind, the misconception of the word "crossover," his Band Practice Series and more. Click here to read the full interview at

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