Skyzoo “Jansport Strings” (Remix) (feat. Chi-Ali)
In the early-â€™90s, Chi-Ali created a buzz for himself as a child rapper rolling with the Native Tongues family. (He was the voice behind the Jeff character on certain De La Soul b-sides.) By the time of the new millennium though, Chiâ€™s name was better associated with an appearance on Americaâ€™s Most Wanted after he went on the run following the fatal shooting of someone his sister was dating. It was a rise and fall that resonated strongly with another young New Yorker, Skyzoo, who invoked Chi-Aliâ€™s story on his plucky 9th Wonder-produced single â€œJansport Strings.â€
Now Skyâ€™s pulled off a creative coup by getting Chi-Ali, who was recently released from jail, to rhyme on the remix of â€œJansport Strings.â€ The remix showcases Chi-Aliâ€™s first freedom rap since he was locked up and has him declaring how the trackâ€™s â€œgot me feeling myself like itâ€™s a throwback from 9-2,â€ while Sky tailors his own lyrics to welcome home his new guest. MTVHive caught up with Skyzoo to learn how the â€œJansport Stringsâ€ remix went down.