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