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Skillz

With a second-place finish (behind Midwest rapper Supernatural) in the freestyle competition at the nation's most prestigious MC seminar in 1995, this aptly named Detroit native turned Virginian demonstrated his limitless verbal potential. The first salvo fired from Mad Skillz (aka Skillz) was the single "The Nod Factor," a lengthy stanza of which appeared as a memorable Hip Hop Quotable in The Source magazine. Mad Skillz reigned supreme with his brand of harshly wicked witticisms, uncorking the type of sinister rhymes that would make a freestyle foe hang his head in shame. The consummate lyricist, Skillz mastered the unique art of the double-entendre with rhymes like "put your clothes on backwards if you feel like frontin'." The lampooning onslaught came to a head with Skillz's debut in 1996, From Where???, which called attention to the virtually untapped talent within his home state. The album featured a few gems on production from Large Professor and Buckwild and a guest appearance from Q-Tip on "Extra Abstract Skillz." The MC reappeared in 1999 on Rawkus' Soundbombing, Vol. 2 with "B-Boy Document," which also featured Mos Def. In 2000, he released his own single on Rawkus, "Ghost Writer," produced by fellow Virginian Timbaland, the title of which alluded to the fact that he made much of his living by writing rhymes for other MCs. In 2005, the rapper, who was at this point going solely by Skillz, issued the full-length Confessions of a Ghostwriter on Sure Shot, though Rawkus released I Ain't Mad No More, which contained many of the same songs, the following year. The Million Dollar Backpack was issued in 2006 through Koch. ~ Michael Di Bella
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jeffreyohunt
I forgot the Skillz has Mad Skillz and this track just reminded me of that
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used to play 'em when he was still going by Mad Skillz when I had a college radio show in Maine, yes Maine.
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His name said it all SKILLZ period point blank end of discussion; enough said!!!!!!!!
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Dude's a BEAST on this track.
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This dude written some of hip hop best songs he's ur favorite rapper's rapper. Real talk VA stand up
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An absolute monster.
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Hell ya Skillz no joke
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myriceisnice 2
Can't wait for that 2013 Rap Up!
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sick all day
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mad skills.....m a d F@#!$*% skills
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SUPER RAW!
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yep he's underrated but why did he change his name. it was MadSkillz 2 Skillz
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So skillful. So underrated.
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BEST RAPPER ALIVE,,,,,,, , , , , , , , , , ,
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richmond va all day baby skillz too underated
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Heard Where I Been for the first time today. I.am.not.mad .
Gave up on hip around 2002/3 so there were a few misses.
And THIS is one of many reasons why I enjoy Pandora!
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Always puttin down.
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No secret?.. UNDERGROUND Babyyy!!
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When you listen to n**gas like this, it makes you despise the radio...smfh
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dhitchman
It is just ridiculous that this cat don't get more love...He has always brought it!
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Skillz don't get enough love...thoug h I would have love to see him battle Super Nat...
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best kept secret in hip hop...
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Underated! He the TRUTH!
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this guy is fo real
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dude is ill, as usual best stuff stays underground.
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Lyrical Fauvism!
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WOW!
Listening right now to "hip hop" on Confessions. . . . . F A N T A S T I C lyrics.

-About the demise of hip hop in so called "popular" or radio hip hop....being all about money and b**ches, bling....etc . . . .

So true! This is the hip hop thats real, thats respectable. At least the underground hip hop movement is keeping the music real and legit...

The youth doesnt hear this stuff and they become jaded and lost in what the potential of this music really is. So sad.
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sugerbare7
this dude is the truth!!!
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k_boogie08
im new to pandora and im feelin all these underground cats like Skills
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Yeah, I love the song Hip Hop, but I can't find it anywhere else.
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Your tight dog please continue.
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i cant find hip hop on myspace


does anyone know a link


love that song
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f#ckin Skills!
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am_9
check out his yearly rap up. he keeps it real
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...ya'll ain't ready...
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his track for with the jay-z track lost one is the s**t
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Where's he from?
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tajjrajah
I saw Skillz @ the VH1 Honors show in Baltimore. Dude is crazy! I'd only previously heard him on the Soundbombing joints. He's def got a fan here.
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Skillz is NASTY. Check the first album, "From Where?" it's classic.
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all yall obviously dont like hip hop this song embodies what it means to be creative the hook is nice and the beat is originall Haterz
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This concept for a song addressing Hip Hop and it's shortcomings is played out. The song in my opinion is a bit lame especially the hook.
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good question
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sackman0
How can you not write a bio on the best ghostwriter to never make it?

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