Skyzoo, Landon Wordswell, E-Man Jones, Earl Grae

May 23, 2018 - 9:00pm

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 guest E-Man Jones and tour DJ Earl Grae.

In Celebration of Us, Skyzoo’s fourth studio album and seventh overall, is an unapologetically black album. The 15-track proj- ect 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 dedica- tion 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.

That message he’s sending remains strong, as you hear a voice shouting “they don’t want us to win” throughout the proj- ect. That voice belongs to Carmelo Anthony who, in a viral video, celebrated Syracuse’s win over Gonzaga in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, saying those exact words. Skyzoo used that sound bite as a representation of what it means to be black in America, and it couldn’t have been used any better.

LANDON WORDSWELL

Landon Wordswell is a 30-year-old Phoenix, AZ resident by way of St. Louis and Eugene. Those cities combined have influ- enced 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. He has mastered his stage perfor- mance over the years by perform- ing nights with audiences enjoy- ing intimate settings as well as honing his skill in state of the art venues mounting in as many as 10,000+ heads in attendance.

The Indianapolis, IN born emcee was immediately moved to Brooklyn, IL (St Louis Area) where his single mother taught him honor, resilience and how to hustle day to day by living as an example of it. Seeing these qualities pay off led to his family relocating to a much safer, well- established area in his late child- hood.

Wordswell’s vast experiences have shaped him into a lyricist who effortlessly relates to fans from all walks of life. From col- lege student to military vet, the emcee’s worldview seems to evolve annually. Traveling inter- nationally on tours has encour- aged 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.

Along with touring the United States with his frequent tour partner, Gift of Gab (Blackalicious), Landon has also completed a full European tour with the Artifacts and a national tour with the legendary Talib Kweli.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00. 

Door Time: 
May 23, 2018 - 8:00pm
Cost: 
$10 Advance, $12 Day of Show