Skyzoo will release his In Celebration Of Us album on February 2, but he’s now offering fans a preview of what’s to come. The veteran MC, whose Peddlers Themes project was named one of HipHopDX’s Best Mixtapes and EPs Of 2017, dropped a 13-minute sampler of his upcoming LP.

“On this album, I wanted to tap into the present, more so than any other album of mine as far as full projects,” Skyzoo told Billboard, which premiered the sampler. “Music of the times is the best way to describe it.

“From cultural appropriation and gentrification to police brutality and the irony of motives behind bigger motives, it’s an album that explores who we are and why we are where we are in society, as a people. What’s been done to us and what we’ve done to ourselves, mainly out of confused necessity, all while celebrating us in the process.”

Listen to the sampler below.

(The original version of this article was published on January 2, 2018 and can found below.)

Skyzoo is beginning the new year with the official rollout of his next album. After releasing Peddlers Theme this past summer, the critically acclaimed MC has announced details for his follow-up, In Celebration Of Us.

In an Instagram post, Skyzoo unveiled the cover art and tracklist for the upcoming LP. The project, which he calls his most important work to date, has a tentative release date of February 2.

“And here we go, the countdown to my 4th solo album,” Skyzoo wrote. “Easily my most complex, most layered, and most important work to date, no debates. My greatest piece thus far: In Celebration of Us. Produced by Illmind, Apollo Brown, Daringer, Marc Nfinit, Cardiak, Tuamie, Ave Prod., Seige Monstracity, and Arte Mitchell. No rap features, I got enough raps. These are stories that, like The Salvation, I preferred to tell on my own. Tracklist and (singer) guest features below. Tentatively scheduled for February 2nd, as I’m still mixing and mastering. I’ve never been this meticulous about an album in my life. Conceptually, this is Ta-nehisi Coates meets Chappelle’s Show meets The Autobiography of Malcolm X meets Blackish meets the case of Sandra Bland meets the birth of Air Jordans. It’s intense. And it’s beautiful. See y’all in February.”

Check out the cover art and tracklist for In Celebration Of Us below.

And here we go, the countdown to my 4th solo album. Easily my most complex, most layered, and most important work to date, no debates. My greatest piece thus far: “In Celebration of Us”. Produced by Illmind, Apollo Brown, Daringer, Marc Nfinit, Cardiak, Tuamie, Ave Prod., Seige Monstracity, and Arte Mitchell. No rap features, I got enough raps. These are stories that, like “The Salvation”, I preferred to tell on my own. Tracklist and (singer) guest features below. Tentatively scheduled for February 2nd, as I’m still mixing and mastering. I’ve never been this meticulous about an album in my life. Conceptually, this is Ta-nehisi Coates meets Chappelle’s Show meets The Autobiography of Malcolm X meets Blackish meets the case of Sandra Bland meets the birth of Air Jordans. It’s intense. And it’s beautiful. See y’all in February. Photo by @photorobnyc #FGR #WrittenBySkyzoo #InCelebrationOfUs ✊🏽 ———————————— 1) Everybody's Fine 2) Sound Like… 3) Baker’s Dozen (feat. Raheem Devaughn) 4) Crown Holder 5) Heirlooms & Accessories 6) Forever In A Day 7) Remembering The Rest (feat. WordsNCurves) (Interlude) 8) The Purpose (feat. Kay Cola) 9) Love is Love 10) Black Sambo 11) Parks & Recreation (feat. Saba Abraha) 12) Collateral (feat. Jake&Papa) 13) The Stick-Up Tape From "Menace" 14) Hoodie SZN 15) Honor Amongst Thieves

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1. Everybody’s Fine
2. Sound Like…
3. Baker’s Dozen f. Raheem Devaughn
4. Crown Holder
5. Heirlooms & Accessories
6. Forever In A Day
7. Remembering The Rest (Interlude) f. WordsNCurves
8. The Purpose f. Kay Cola
9. Love is Love
10. Black Sambo
11. Parks & Recreation f. Saba Abraha
12. Collateral f. Jake&Papa
13. The Stick-Up Tape From “Menace”
14. Hoodie SZN
15. Honor Amongst Thieves