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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

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