Lil Skies

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Lil Skies
Lil Skies performing in May 2019
Lil Skies performing in May 2019
Background information
Birth nameKimetrius Christopher Foose
Born (1998-08-04) August 4, 1998 (age 22)
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OriginWaynesboro, Pennsylvania, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2012–present
Labels
Partner(s)Jacey Fugate
Children1
Websitelilskiesofficial.com

Kimetrius Christopher Foose (born August 4, 1998), better known by his stage name Lil Skies, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter from Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, signed to All We Got Entertainment through Atlantic Records. His 3 highest charting tracks on the Billboard Hot 100 are "I" (number 39), "Nowadays" (number 55), and "Red Roses" (number 69). His major label debut mixtape, Life of a Dark Rose, was released on January 10, 2018 and peaked at number 10 on the Billboard 200 chart. The mixtape was certified Platinum by the RIAA on February 7, 2020.[1] He released his debut studio album, Shelby, on March 1, 2019. He followed it up by releasing his second studio album, Unbothered, on January 22, 2021.

Early life[edit]

Kimetrius Christopher Foose was born August 4, 1998, in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.[2][3] Foose began freestyling at age 3. He was introduced to music by his father, Michael Burton Jr., a hip hop artist formerly known as Dark Skies, now as BurntMan, and his mother Shelby Foose. Foose's stage name is a play on his fathers'.[4][5] Foose and his family moved to Waynesboro, Pennsylvania when he was in third grade.[3] When he was 11, his father was injured in a workplace chemical explosion at the Rust-Oleum plant near Williamsport, Maryland.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Skies claims he used to have to sell weed and work “little jobs” to pay for studio time and music videos before the fame.[6] He worked at McDonalds and a Japanese restaurant in his hometown before the fame.[7] For the meantime he would spend the summer at a relatives' house; it was at that point in time he worked in collaboration with his dad on his first project released on August 14, entitled, "Birth of Skies Vol. 1". Foose and his father would write an album the following year, Father-Son Talk, discussing the recovery process.[8] Foose graduated from Waynesboro Area Senior High School in 2016[9] and briefly attended Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania before dropping out to focus on his rap career.[10] His musical inspirations are Lil Wayne, The Offspring, Punchline, MxPx, Audiovent and 50 Cent.[11]

In October 2016, Foose opened for Fetty Wap at Shippensburg University[5] and later released his first mixtape, Alone, in January 2017.[12] In July 2017, he released two songs, "Red Roses" featuring Landon Cube[13] and "Off The Goop" featuring Sprite Lee.[14] He would later release other songs that year, including "Rude" and "Signs of Jealousy."[15]

Foose's repertoire of singles caught the attention of Atlantic Records who partnered with his own label, All We Got.[10][16] He released his first major label mixtape, Life of a Dark Rose, on January 10, 2018.[17] The mixtape debuted at #23[18] on the Billboard 200 chart and went on to peak at #10.[19] The songs "Nowadays" and "Red Roses" (both featuring Landon Cube) debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 list at #85 and #98 respectively[20] and have since peaked at #55 and #69 (also respectively).[21] He also toured nationally with Lil Uzi Vert in 2017 and began his "Life of a Dark Rose" tour in 2018, but had to end the tour short due to pneumonia.[17] On May 4, 2018, the music video for "Lust" was released, peaking at number 87 on the Billboard Hot 100 and being certified platinum by the RIAA.[22] On May 31, he released "I Know You," featuring Yung Pinch, which peaked at 79 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is now certified gold by RIAA.[23]

Lil Skies performing at the Fillmore Auditorium in May 2019

On March 1, 2019, Lil Skies released his album Shelby, while simultaneously debuting the music video for lead single "i".[24] He made a short documentary for the album on his YouTube channel by interviewing her and surprising her during it by telling her he was going to name it after her.[25] In the interview his mother said, “When I took you to get your first tattoo, and I said just don’t ever do your face, your hands, or your neck”, and skies smirks as he has many of them in all of those places.[25] He claims to have gotten them on his face and his whole body to make him commit fully to music since it would be nearly impossible to get a day job with them.[26] May 21, 2019, Lil Skies released a video for "Breathe", a song from his album Shelby.[27] On July 14, 2019, Lil Skies collaborated with rapper Machine Gun Kelly on the song "Burning Memories". On March 4, 2020, Skies released the song "Havin' My Way", featuring Lil Durk.[28] On July 10, 2020, he released the track "Red & Yellow" from the Road to Fast 9 mixtape.[29] In December 2020, Foose announced the release of his second album, Unbothered, which was released on January 22, 2021.

Personal life[edit]

Foose resides in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. In July 2019, Foose and his longtime girlfriend, Jacey Fugate, had a son named Kimetrius Jr.[30][31][32]

Foose cites his own song "Red Roses" as his personal favorite song, referring to the musical combination with him and Landon Cube as "epic".[33] Foose uses his social media solely for promoting his music, claiming he does so in order to "not live my life through the internet".[34] He cites Lil Wayne as his biggest music inspiration.[34]

Foose tries to avoid drugs as much as possible after seeing it negatively impact the lives of his old friends.[35]

In an interview, Skies claims if he wasn’t rapping, he would like to do some “Bear Grylls type, outdoor stuff” and that his favorite hobby is fishing.[36]

Discography[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Release date Director Artist(s)
2013 "Live 4 the Moment"[37] Jun 16, 2013 Skies With Dark Skies (his dad)
2016 "Da Sauce"[38] Mar 25, 2016 Nicholas Jandora N/A
2017 "Some Way"[39] Apr 18, 2017
"Rude" Jul 11, 2017
"Signs of Jealousy" Nov 14, 2017
"Fake" Jan 25, 2017
"Red Roses" Oct 19, 2017 Cole Bennett With Landon Cube
"Nowadays" Dec 18, 2017
"Lonely" Dec 26, 2017 With Yung Bans
2018 "Lettuce Sandwich"[40] Feb 1, 2018 Nicholas Jandora N/A
"Lavagirl"[41] Jan 4, 2018 With Sprite Lee
"Welcome to the Rodeo"[42] Mar 29, 2018 Cole Bennett N/A
"Lust" May 3, 2018 Nicholas Jandora
"I Know You" May 31, 2018 With Yung Pinch
2019 "Real Ties" Jan 17, 2019 Xandros N/A
"Name In The Sand" Jan 31, 2019 Nicholas Jandora
"Breathe" May 20, 2019
"Going Off" Jul 18, 2019 Louieknows
"i" Mar 1, 2019 Cole Bennett
"Stop The Madness" Mar 18, 2019 Sara Lacombe With Gunna
"More Money More Ice" Sep 6, 2019 Cole Bennet N/A
2020 "Havin My Way" Mar 4, 2020 Astroknot and Nick Tabidze With Lil Durk
"Fidget" Apr 20, 2020 Kristian Bennese N/A
"Riot" May 14, 2020 LOUIEKNOWS
"Lightbeam" Jul 23, 2020 Nicholas Jandora With NoCap
"On Sight" Nov 6, 2020 Kristian Bennese N/A
"OK" Dec 16, 2020 STRIPMALL N/A
2021 "Dead Broke" Jan 22, 2021 Nicholas Jandora N/A
"Take 5" Mar 22,2021

References[edit]

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  9. ^ "Waynesboro Area Senior High School Class of 2016". The Record Herald. May 27, 2016. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
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  14. ^ Hef, Hollywood (July 17, 2017). "Lil Skies & Sprite Lee unleash catchy new jam "Off The Goop"". Elevator Magazine. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
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  21. ^ "The Hot 100 - The Week of January 27, 2018". Billboard. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  22. ^ "Lil Skies' 'Lust' Continues a Tradition of Animated Hip-Hop Videos: Here Are 15 of the Best". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
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  39. ^ Lil Skies (2017-04-18), LIL SKIES - SOME WAY (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
  40. ^ Jandora Media, LIL SKIES - LETTUCE SANDWICH [OFFICIAL VIDEO] (Dir. by @NicholasJandora)
  41. ^ Jandora Media, SPRITE LEE - LAVAGIRL ft. LIL SKIES (Dir. by @NicholasJandora)
  42. ^ Cole Bennett, Lil Skies - Welcome To The Rodeo (Dir. by @_ColeBennett_)