People say New York hip-hop is dead — which is true, in a sense — but you don’t have to dig deep in the Rotten Apple to find microphone murderers. Brooklyn natives Skyzoo and Torae have proven themselves as two of the underground’s most consistent spitters, and on May 27, will release their very first joint album, Barrell Brothers. Today we’re treated to the project’s first single, “Blue Yankee Fitted,” and it’s everything you’d hope for: brutal bars, grimy production from !llmind and that undeniable essence of New York rap.

Stream after the jump…

Says Skyzoo of the single:

When putting together the first single, we knew we wanted it to be something that checked everything off of the list as far as the album goes. The list consisting of witty lyricism, true to heart NYC production, and most importantly the feel of New York, but the New York that we grew up in and know so well. Whatever the ‘new New York’ may be is up for debate, but the NYC that shaped us is what this album is based on. What better way to set the album up than with a song centered around the face of NY sports and the greatest hat ever. We covered all bases. No pun intended.”

TORAE: “This is bigger than just a song. The Blue Yankee Fitted is a hip-hop mandate. No matter where I am in the world from Germany to Russia to Thailand there’s always a common thread, that Yankees cap. It’s part of the hip-hop uniform. For us as MCs we’re always inventing the new slang, the new fashion statements, the new literature and Blue Yankee Fitted is gonna be like an anthem. It’s most definitely a New York thing for Sky & I, but bigger than that it’s a hip-hop thing. There are folks that don’t care nothing about the Bronx Bombers but they rock a Blue Yankee Fitted on the daily, now they have a theme song to sing along.

[via 2DBZ]

New Music: Jared Evan Feat. Skyzoo “Pulp Fiction” (Prod. by !llmind)
Skyzoo & Antman Wonder Pay Homage to Jay Z with ‘An Ode to Reasonable Doubt’ EP