This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

December 24th – Skyzoo was born Gregory Skyler Taylor in Brooklyn, New York on this day in 1982.

Skyzoo began rapping at age 9.

He later began working with producers 9th Wonder and the late great Jay Dee, whom Skyzoo would later pay homage to on his track “Sky’s Last Donut” after the legendary Detroit producer passed away from cancer in 2006.

He competed and lost to Jin on BET’s “106 & Park” freestyle contest.

Skyzoo would then have some of his tracks used on ESPN’s “Whiplash TV” and in an ad for Guinness dry stout beer.

Skyzoo then set up Custom Made Entertainment to handle his music and career.

Skyzoo was also a part of North Carolina rap collective Justus League, whose members also included 9th Wonder, Buckshot, Sean Price and Chaundon, to name a few.

In 2006, Skyzoo released his underground classic debut EP called “Cloud 9: The 3 Day High”, a collaborative effort with the Grammy-winning 9th Wonder on Traffic Entertainment Records.

In 2009, Skyzoo released another collaborative effort, this time with New Jersey producer Illmind called “Live From The Tape Deck” on Duck Down Records.

Heltah Skeltah, Styles P of The L.O.X., Torae and Rhymefest would guest on the album.

Skyzoo has released two more collaborative albums since; 2013’s “An Ode To Reasonable Doubt EP” with Antman Wonder and “Barrel Brother” with Torae.

Skyzoo has released two solo albums; 2009’s “The Salvation” and 2014’s “A Dream Deferred”.

Skyzoo is reportedly set to release on a new album in 2015 called Music For My Friends”.

Skyzoo has also been a big mixtape favorite.

In 2014, he was featured on the single “Paper Game” by Accent and Kinetics.