Brooklyn spitter Skyzoo has made a career of rapping about the nuances of his biography and his Brooklyn roots—but never like this. Sky's upcoming album In Celebration of Us, out Feb. 2, goes into those subjects like never before. However, it also has a very topical slant. "On this album, I wanted to tap into the present, more so than any other album of mine as far as full projects. Music of the times is the best way to describe it," Skyzoo told Complex.
For the lead single on his upcoming album Planet, Tech N9ne took it back—way back. "Tech N9ne (Don't Nobody Want None)," which Complex premieres today, is a remake of Hashim's seminal 1983 electro-funk track "Al-Naafiysh (The Soul). " The video, which you can see above, features plenty of era-appropriate b-boy moves. The homage makes sense, given that Tech's hip-hop career started with him as a dancer, well before rapping entered the picture.
Recently, the producer Zaytoven announced that he, along with his label Familiar Territory Records, had signed a deal with Motown. This partnership came hot on the heels of similar deals for Metro Boomin, who shared word of a joint label with Republic Records this past June; and London on da Track, who signed a deal with RCA as a solo artist in August. This raises the question, why? Why is now a good time for producers to step out from behind the boards to become artists themselves?
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".