Brooklyn emcees Skyzoo and Torae go well together. Trading bars of liquid flows over rugged East Coast beats, the two have comparable sensibilities as they charge through their power packed collaboration with confidence and swagger. A number of producers (Illmind, Oh-No, DJ Premier, Praise, Black Milk, The Stuyvesants, Jahlil Beats, Antman Wonder, MarcNfinit, Khrysis and Cyrus The Great) have created a grouping of upright bangers that are sample laden at times and sit well next to one another under the same ceiling. They help to support the lyrics, which are a reminder of the survivalist New York state of mind. Skyzoo and Torae have come together to express their whatever-it-takes attitude, and because of a conservative offering of guest features, the duo are able to drive home their point that much easier. In short, Barrel Brothers is a gift of great beats and obvious lyrical skills.
May 27, 2014