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