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A Dream Deferred (album)

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Released  October 2, 2012
Artist  Skyzoo
Label  Duck Down Records
Length  65:49
Release date  2 October 2012
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Recorded  2010-2012 Big China Studios Brooklyn, New York
A Dream Deferred (2012)  An Ode to Reasonable Doubt (2013)
Genres  Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop
Producers  9th Wonder, Jahlil Beats, DJ Khalil, Black Milk
Similar  Skyzoo albums, Hip hop music albums

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A Dream Deferred is the second studio album of Brooklyn rapper Skyzoo. The album was released on October 2, 2012. The album met with a largely positive critical response, earning 86/100 from Metacritic. It is one of Skyzoo's best charting albums, reaching No. 7 on the Top Heatseekers chart, No. 191 on the Billboard 200, No. 25 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums , No. 18 on Top Rap Albums, and No. 40 on the Independent Albums chart.


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Production and release

The album was originally scheduled for release on September 18, 2012, but it got pushed back to October 2, 2012.

The album's lead single "Jansport Strings" was produced by 9th Wonder and was released on August 7, 2012. Two more singles "Give It Up" and "Range Rover Rhythm" were released later.

Critical response

A Dream Deferred largely received positive reviews upon its release from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 86, which indicates "universal acclaim", based on 5 reviews. Earning 4/5 stars from HipHopDX, PopMatters gave it 8/10, Okayplayer gave it 9/10, and it earned a positive review from the hip hop publication XXL. It earned a lower score from the Canadian website Exclaim!, which gave it 6/10.


  • "Jansport Strings (One Time for Chi-Ali)" contains a sample from "What Good Is A Castle" by Joe Bataan
  • "Pockets Full" contains a sample from "Synthetic Substitution" by Melvin Bliss
  • "Steel's Apartment" contains a sample from "Jupiter" by Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
  • "Spike Lee Was My Hero" contains a sample from "Windjammer" by Freddie Hubbard
  • Personnel

    Credits adapted from liner notes.

  • Illmind: Keyboards, Synthesizers, recording engineer, mixing
  • Godfather: Keyboards, Synths
  • Illmind & The Big China Symphony: Violin, Viola, Cello, Flutes, Timpani, Fender Rhodes, Small Percussion
  • Marion "OJ" Ross: Trumpet
  • Marshall Brooks: Tuba
  • Nina B., Ayah, Peter Hadar, Sheila D. Yeah, John Legend, Jessy Wilson, Kay Cee: background vocals
  • Chris Boehner: Mastering
  • Robert Adam Mayer: Photography
  • Art direction & design: Jean Goode
  • Songs

    1Dreams in a BasementJill Scott5:59
    2Jansport Strings (One Time for Chi-Ali)3:19
    3Pockets FullFreeway4:11


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