There has been an uptick in hip hop artists teaming with brass bands lately, and we're all in for it. The latest is Skyzoo who brought in Hypnotic Brass Ensemble for his latest single, "Bed-Stuy is Burning." The song is a lament about the gentrification of the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn. It's a mournful song that also implores other cities to fight gentrification. The horns of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble add just the right feeling of loss and sadness. It's an interesting technique since brass bands are usually used for a celebratory feeling. "Bed-Stuy is Burning" captures what the neighborhood truly lost as it became just another corporate American neighborhood.
You can watch the video for "Bed-Stuy is Burning" below. All the Brilliant Things is due out June 11 on Mello Music Group. You can pre-order the album via Bandcamp. For more on Skyzoo, check out the artist's website.