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