When: Fri., Feb. 19, 7 p.m. 2016
Skizzy Mars doesn’t represent the brand of braggadocious rap that garnered respect for many of the Harlem rappers before him. Unlike the pink-fur-coat-wearing Cam’ron or the rapping-in-high-end-Parisian-garments A$AP Rocky, this Harlemite deals with internal conflicts as he maneuvers through success as opposed to fame. Last year’s EP The Red Balloon Project debuted at number 35 on the Billboard 200 chart, and now Skizzy is set to drop his new full-length Alone Together in April by way of Atlantic Records. Leading up to the release of the upcoming album, Skizzy has teased fans with the pair of cuts “Alcoholics” and “Magic,” though the latter won’t appear on the album. On the self-damning tracks, Skizzy battles with drug use and sobriety via a sound reminiscent of vintage Kid Cudi and his melodic sing-rap style. His story-driven music also allows him to explore his complex relationships with women. Tracks like “Crash” and “Comb”—both featured on Alone Together—wrestle with a self-doubt that leads to alcohol-infused nights and argument-driven days.