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Aside from his rhyming skills and bright prospects, Skyzoo was once known most for his loss to fellow rapper Jin on BET's 106 & Park freestyle contest. Nonetheless, the New York MC launched his career by landing theme tracks for ESPN and Guinness beer, building his own Custom Made Entertainment company, and securing a relationship with North Carolina rap crew the Justus League. The Brooklynite was born Justin Taylor on December 24, 1982, in Crown Heights but spent much of his youth just south of there in Bedford-Stuyvesant. He got his nickname and stage name from his parents, who had given him the middle name of Skyler and fused that with the title of a 1980 single by disco-funk group Skyy. Inspired to rap at the age of nine when he first heard "Age Ain't Nuthin' But a #" by Native Tongue youngster Chi-Ali, he also grew up admiring local-turned-global legends the Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z. While still a rookie in the game, he managed to work with the likes of esteemed producers Jay Dee and 9th Wonder and hit the streets with many mixtapes in hopes of acquiring a major-label deal. When Jay Dee, a relatively new friend of his, passed in February 2006, the news devastated him, and he recorded "Sky's Last Donut" in response. Although he was still aiming for the majors, he released a collaborative LP with 9th Wonder, Present Cloud 9: The 3 Day High, on the independent Traffic label. It was reportedly recorded during only three days, and was released in October 2006. After additional mixtape releases, Skyzoo signed with 9th Wonder's Jamla, a Duck Down subsidiary, and released The Salvation, his first proper solo album, in September 2009. Productions came from 9th, as well as Just Blaze, Black Milk, Needlz, and Nottz, among others. His second proper album, A Dream Deferred -- highlighted by a handful of singles that included "Spike Lee Was My Hero," a Lee-approved song featuring Talib Kweli -- was released through The Faculty/Duck Down in October 2012. After completing his contract with Duck Down in 2013, Skyzoo established his imprint First Generation Rich, Inc. He collaborated with producer AntMan Wonder on An Ode to Reasonable Doubt, dedicated to Jay-Z's 1996 debut album and released on the iconic rapper's birthday, December 4. Skyzoo also collaborated with Torae on the 2014 album Barrel Brothers, which featured production from DJ Premier, Illmind, Oh No, and others. Skyzoo's third solo album, Music for My Friends, arrived in 2015, including guest appearances from the Roots' Black Thought, Jadakiss, Bilal, and more. The following year, Skyzoo teamed up with Detroit-based producer Apollo Brown for the full-length The Easy Truth, released by Mello Music Group. Skyzoo tracks have also been licensed for use in video games such as Grand Theft Auto: The Lost and Damned, NBA2K11, and NBA2K12. ~ Cyril Cordor
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Skyzoo

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Skyzoo

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  2.   Get Him to the Greek
  3.   The Definitive Prayer
  4.   How to Make It Through Hysteria
  5.   Stop Fooling Yourself by 9th Wonder
  6.   For the Awake
  7.   Expensive Habits
  8.   Asking Bodie for a Package by Skarr Akbar
  9.   Playing Favorites by Christon Gray
  10.   Things I Should've Told My Friends
  11.   Women Who Can Cook
  12.   Money Makes Us Happy
  13.   Everything's For Sale
  14.   Suicide Doors
  15.   #FGR (First Generation Rich)
  16.   For the Sleepers
  17.   Could've Struck the Lotto
  18.   Test Drive
  19.   Until It All Goes
  20.   Atypical
  21.   We Here
  22.   Designer Drugs
  23.   Complicated Rhythm
  24.   The City Rises
  25.   Steel's Apartment
  26.   The Rage of Roemello
  27.   Range Rover Rhythm
  28.   The Necessary Evils
  29.   The Beautiful Decay
  30.   Easy to Fly by Carlitta Durand
  31.   You & Me
  32.   Way to Go by 9th Wonder
  33.   Extreme Measures by 9th Wonder
  34.   Bare Witness by 9th Wonder
  35.   Drew & Derwin
  36.   The Moments That Matter by Kay Cola
  37.   The Cost of Sleep
  38.   Civilized Leisure
  39.   Ride Out
  40.   Henny Black
  41.   Ever Loyal
  42.   Parade Me
  43.   Like a Marathon
  44.   Jansport Strings (One Time for Chi-Ali)
  45.   Here for the Crown
  46.   Return of the Real
  47.   Way To Go
  48.   Come Back by 9th Wonder
  49.   Civilized Leisure by Mozaic
  50.   Meadow of Trust by Saba
  51.   Money Makes Us Happy featuring Bilal
  52.   Everything'for Sale
  53.   Luxury by Westside Gunn
  54.   (Bonus Track) Falling Out The Sky
  55.   Sweet Pursuit by Kay Cola
  56.   Asking Bodie For A Package
  57.   The Experience
  58.   Meadow of Trust
  59.   Playing Favorites
  60.   See a Key (Ki') by Jadakiss
  61.   Luxury
  62.   All Day, Always
  63.   By Any Means
  64.   Know That Cash Rules by Torae
  65.   Look What We Have Here
  66.   Strung Out
  67.   Rap Like Me
  68.   I'm On It
  69.   Realization
  70.   Glass Ceilings
  71.   Give It Up
  72.   Pockets Full
  73.   Burn Notice by Heltah Skeltah
  74.   Under Pressure
  75.   The Shooter's Soundtrack
  76.   Dear Whoever
  77.   Live and Direct by 9th Wonder
  78.   The Spirit by 9th Wonder
  79.   I'm on It by 9th Wonder
  80.   The Knowing
  81.   The Opener
  82.   The Bodega by 9th Wonder
  83.   Dreams in a Basement
  84.   Fulfillment
  85.   Spike Lee Was My Hero
  86.   A Day in the Life by 9th Wonder
  87.   Penmanship
  88.   My Interpretation
  89.   Black President Remix
  90.   Maintain
  91.   Written in the Drums