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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

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