Contents 1 Career 2 Discography 2.1 Albums 2.2 Singles 2.3 Music videos 3 References


Career[edit] Born in Chicago, Illinois, Skee-Lo was raised in Poughkeepsie, New York, then moved to Riverside, California when he was nine.[6] He graduated from high school in Moreno Valley before moving to Los Angeles in 1990 and attending El Camino College. He converted to Islam around this time and joined the Nation of Islam.[5] He first started rapping that year.[2] Skee-Lo's debut album I Wish was released in 1995, which he first started working on in 1993. The album was a huge success. One of the singles, "Top of the Stairs", was featured in the ending credits as well as the soundtrack to the 1995 film Money Train. He quietly "retired" from rapping five months after the album's release because of a dispute with label Sunshine Records. Skee-Lo claims Sunshine Records took all the credit from the album's success, and he did not make a single cent from it. This was first revealed in a 2012 interview with L.A. Weekly, and he further said "So I refused to shoot any more videos, promote or record music. I'm not their slave. I wasn't working for free." After many years he eventually won the rights against the label in court.[5] Skee-Lo recorded a cover of the Schoolhouse Rock! song "The Tale of Mr. Morton", which taught sentence structure (subject, verb and predicate). The song appears on the 1996 compilation album, Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks.[7] In 1996, Skee-Lo became a VJ for both MTV's The Beach House and The Grind. He also co-wrote "I'll Be Your Everything" by boy band Youngstown. The song is featured on the 1999 Inspector Gadget movie soundtrack. In 2000 he returned to the music scene with a second album, I Can't Stop.[8] In 2011 he wrote "Burnin' Up" as part of the soundtrack of the 2013 horror movie Killer Holiday from Lionsgate Entertainment. MTV produced a music video directed by Marty Thomas that was filmed at actor Howie Mandel's house, which was rented by his son to MTV without Mandel's knowledge.[9] It was released under his own indie label, Skeelo Musik. Skee-Lo made a guest appearance on a track called "Now You See My Life" with former Hollywood Undead rapper Deuce from Deuce's album Nine Lives in 2012. Skee-Lo released his third album, Fresh Ideas, on his own label Skeelo Musik, via iTunes on November 13, 2012.[5] It appeared in stores July 9, 2013.[10]


Discography[edit] Albums[edit] Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications US U.S. R&B 1995 I Wish Released: June 27, 1995 Label: Scotti Brothers Records 53 37 U.S.: Gold[11] 2000 I Can't Stop Released: September 4, 2000 Label: Epark Music Production – – 2012 Fresh Ideas Released: November 13, 2012 Label: Skeelo Musik – – Singles[edit] Year Single Chart positions Certifications Album U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B U.S. Rap UK 1995 "I Wish" 13 33 8 15 US: Gold[11] I Wish "Top of the Stairs" – – – 38 1996 "Holdin' On" – – – – "Superman" – – – – 2000 "I Can't Stop" – – – – I Can't Stop 2001 "At The Mall" – – – – "Bounce Back" – – – – 2013 "Vibe is Right" – – – – Fresh Ideas Music videos[edit] Year Video Director 1995 "I Wish" Marty Thomas 1995 "Top of the Stairs" Marty Thomas 1996 "Holdin' On" Marty Thomas 2001 "At The Mall" Marty Thomas 2011 "Burnin' Up" Marty Thomas 2013 "Vibe Is Right" Henry Zavala 2015 "Raw"


References[edit] ^ "Skee-Lo". Music.kngine.com. Archived from the original on March 21, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-25.  ^ a b c d "Skee-Lo". Jeff Pearlman. 2013-02-06.  ^ O, Dave. "Skee-Lo Interview". Round Trip With Dave O. Round Trip With Dave O. Archived from the original on 2013-02-16. Retrieved 2013-01-03.  ^ a b "Hanging Out With Skee-Lo, Who's Now Kind of a Baller". LA Weekly. 2013-08-08.  ^ a b c d "Skee-Lo Wished He Was a Little Bit Taller. Then He Promptly Retired". LA Weekly. 2012-01-18.  ^ a b "Five Best Songs From Skee-Lo's 'I Wish' Album". The Boombox.  ^ "Skee-Lo Raps 'The Tale of Mr. Morton' - Soundcheck". Soundcheck.wnyc.org. 2013-02-07. Retrieved 2016-01-19.  ^ "Skee-Lo – I Can't Stop". musicOMH. 2000-09-04.  ^ https://www.viralviralvideos.com/2012/05/24/when-howie-mandels-son-rented-out-the-house-for-a-music-video-shoot/ ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20130823081220/http://www.wegotfreshideas.com/. Archived from the original on August 23, 2013. Retrieved September 10, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help) ^ a b "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-04-25.  Wikimedia Commons has media related to Skee-Lo. Authority control WorldCat Identities VIAF: 79885326 LCCN: no2009171240 GND: 134968344 MusicBrainz: 9341a67c-4f0c-43c2-9ec4-c222d2cb97f3 SNAC: w6wm218v Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Skee-Lo&oldid=805716112" Categories: African-American rappersLiving peopleRappers from ChicagoRappers from Los AngelesVJs (media personalities)West Coast hip hop musicians1975 birthsHidden categories: Pages with citations lacking titlesPages with citations having bare URLsArticles with hCardsWikipedia articles with VIAF identifiersWikipedia articles with LCCN identifiersWikipedia articles with GND identifiersWikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiersWikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers


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