Lil Skies

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Lil Skies
Lil Skies performing in 2019
Lil Skies performing in 2019
Background information
Birth nameKimetrius Christopher Foose
Born (1998-08-04) August 4, 1998 (age 24)
Chambersburg, PA, U.S.
OriginWaynesboro, PA, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2010–present
Labels
Partner(s)Jacey Fugate (2018–present)
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 three 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 in 2018 and peaked at number 10 on the Billboard 200 chart. The mixtape was certified Platinum by the RIAA in 2020.[1] He released his debut studio album, Shelby, in 2019. He followed it up by releasing his second studio album, Unbothered, in 2021.

Early life[edit]

Kimetrius Christopher Foose was born August 4, 1998, in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.[2][3] He began freestyling at age three. 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 father's.[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.[6]

Career[edit]

2016–2018: Career beginnings and Life of a Dark Rose[edit]

Skies claims he used to have to sell marijuana and work "little jobs" to pay for studio time and music videos.[7] He also worked at a McDonald's and a Japanese restaurant in his hometown.[7] In the meantime, he would spend the summer at a relative's 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, Eminem, Wiz Khalifa, 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

2019: Shelby[edit]

On March 1, 2019, Lil Skies released his album Shelby, named after his mother, 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] On May 21, 2019, Lil Skies released a video for "Breathe", a song from his album, Shelby.[26] On July 14, 2019, Lil Skies collaborated with rapper Machine Gun Kelly on the song "Burning Memories".

2020–present: Unbothered[edit]

On March 4, 2020, Skies released the song "Havin My Way", which features close friend Lil Durk and serves as the lead single from his second studio album, Unbothered (2021).[27] It was followed by the second single, "Riot", which was released on May 14, 2020.[28] "On Sight", the third single, was released on November 6, 2020.[29] On July 10, 2020, he released the track "Red & Yellow" from the Road to Fast 9 mixtape.[30] On December 16, 2020, Foose announced Unbothered and its complete details along with the single "Ok". The album was released on January 22, 2021.

Lil Skies was also featured on the soundtrack for Madden NFL 19 with his song "Welcome to the Rodeo" and Madden NFL 20 with the song "Magic".

Personal life[edit]

Foose resides in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. In July 2019, Foose and his longtime girlfriend, Jacey Fugate, had a son.[31][32][33]

Foose cites his own song "Red Roses" as his personal favorite song, referring to the musical combination with him and Landon Cube as "epic".[34] He cites Lil Wayne as his biggest music inspiration.[35]

Foose tries to avoid drugs as much as possible after seeing it negatively impact the lives of his old friends.[36]

In an interview, Skies claims if he was not rapping, he would like to do some "Bear Grylls type, outdoor stuff" and that his favorite hobby is fishing.[37]

Discography[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Release date Director Artist(s)
2013 "Live 4 the Moment"[38] June 16, 2013 Skies With Dark Skies (his dad)
2016 "Da Sauce"[39] March 25, 2016 Nicholas Jandora
2017 "Some Way"[40] April 18, 2017
"Rude" July 11, 2017
"Signs of Jealousy" November 14, 2017
"Fake" January 25, 2017
"Red Roses" October 19, 2017 Cole Bennett With Landon Cube
"Nowadays" December 18, 2017
"Lonely" December 26, 2017 With Yung Bans
2018 "Lettuce Sandwich"[41] February 1, 2018 Nicholas Jandora
"Lavagirl"[42] January 4, 2018 With Sprite Lee
"Welcome to the Rodeo"[43] March 29, 2018 Cole Bennett
"Lust" May 3, 2018 Nicholas Jandora
"I Know You" May 31, 2018 With Yung Pinch
2019 "Real Ties" January 17, 2019 Xandros
"Name In The Sand" January 31, 2019 Nicholas Jandora
"Breathe" May 20, 2019
"Going Off" July 18, 2019 Louieknows
"i" March 1, 2019 Cole Bennett
"Stop The Madness" March 18, 2019 Sara Lacombe With Gunna
"More Money More Ice" September 6, 2019 Cole Bennet
2020 "Havin My Way" March 4, 2020 Astroknot and Nick Tabidze With Lil Durk
"Fidget" April 20, 2020 Kristian Bennese
"Riot" May 14, 2020 LOUIEKNOWS
"Lightbeam" July 23, 2020 Nicholas Jandora With NoCap
"On Sight" November 6, 2020 Kristian Bennese
"OK" December 16, 2020 STRIPMALL
2021 "Dead Broke" January 22, 2021 Nicholas Jandora
"Take 5" March 22, 2021 Bobby Lee Palmer
2022 "Play This At My Funeral" March 25, 2022 Nicholas Jandora With Landon Cube

References[edit]

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  42. ^ Jandora Media, SPRITE LEE – LAVAGIRL ft. LIL SKIES (Dir. by @NicholasJandora)
  43. ^ Cole Bennett, Lil Skies – Welcome To The Rodeo (Dir. by @_ColeBennett_)