WAKE UP!...TO THESE BARS.
The Wake Up Show has enjoyed a legendary sort of notoriety throughout the Hip-Hop world for their classic mixtapes over the last few decades. Sway and Tech are known for breaking some of the illest emcees to ever tough a mic on their show. But instead of stopping there, they took that same energy and put it into presenting those artists in the form of compilation mixtapes for the masses.
It’s no secret that emcees around the globe have grown up listening to these mixes and trying to emulate their formulas for dopeness. However, it came to everyone’s surprise to see their protégé Skyyhook releasing a series that seems to be in the same vein as the dynamic duo of whom she has been studying under for the last five years.
We spoke to Skyyhook of the The World Famous Wake Up Show to see what what the project is about and how it came to fruition.
According to Skyy, “This project is what we’re calling, “a labor of love for the culture.” It was a concept that kind of came about by accident at SXSW this year. I was speaking to Pro from Create Digital Music about being on crutches after a recent surgery and the subject of me needing something else to occupy my time sort of came up through that conversation. I never thought in a million years this would be the project! (laughter) But here we are! I was approached about doing something Wake Up Show related and I immediately went to King Tech for his thoughts on the matter. He said he was in my corner and it was time for me to show the people what I can do. So, I rocked with the idea! Having the blessing of both him and Sway makes this project feel legit. I know they wouldn’t ok it and pass me the torch if they didn’t think I could do it! And that’s an amazing thing. Truly.
So, I took to the roster of artists that I’ve broken over the last five years on the show and just sort of curated voices at first. I wanted to make sure they sounded right together. They absolutely complement one another in the way they flow and what they’re talking about. It was hard though because I like all of the artists that I’ve broken! Their work excites me in different ways. But I think this was the right grouping for the first Volume in the series. They just make sense together.
King Tech and I had a lot of fun working on the skits! That was one of my favorite parts of the project for sure! It occurred to me that if people listening to the project have only ever heard the old mixtapes or have never heard The Wake Up Show on anything but terrestrial radio in California or if they simply don’t have Sirius XM, then they have no earthly idea who the heck I even am! I’m still the new jack on the show compared to the 3 wisemen veterans! So, if all they know is King Tech, Sway and DJ Revolution then I needed to kind of introduce myself to that audience as well. I’m the girl who breaks new artists every week and not some chick they trucked in for the sake of having a “woman’s voice” on the mixtape! (laughter) So, there is a decent amount of introduction to me through the extra pieces of it. Actually, it kind of tells a story. I like that aspect to it. It’s different. And Dony5ive produced the hell out of all of the interludes and skits across the board. I was beyond impressed with what he did with his own tracks. However, he’s an amazing producer so I wasn’t shocked! So, now it’s done and ready for all to hear! It’s Wake Up Show quality and I’m ecstatic for everyone to get it and vibe out to it!”
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