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Origin Irving, Texas, United States
Genres Hip hop
Years active 2003–present
Labels Universal Republic
Members Juan "Play" Salinas
Oscar "Skillz" Salinas

Play-N-Skillz are an American record production duo from Irving, Texas, consisting of brothers Juan "Play" Salinas and Oscar "Skillz" Salinas, who are also rappers.[1] Their production has won several Grammys including the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 2007 for their production on the single "Ridin'" by Chamillionaire and Krayzie Bone, and the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album for Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III (2008), which included their production on the single "Got Money".[1][2]


Raised in the Dallas suburb of Irving, Texas, the Latino American brothers started producing music in their mother's apartment.[3] They met Houston rapper Lil Flip, leading to work on his album U Gotta Feel Me (2004) and a deal with Universal Records.[3][4] They released their album The Process (#85 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums) in 2004.[5][6] The team has also produced for artists such as Lil Wayne, Afrojack, David Guetta, Pitbull, Akon, Flo Rida, Lil Jon, Wynter Gordon, and Ludacris.[citation needed]


In September 2009, the duo signed a joint venture deal with their own label, G4 Muzik, and hip-hop mogul Steve Rifkind's record label SRC.[6] In a press release, Steve Rikfind, Founder and Chairman of SRC said, "The music they make is incredible and their innate knack for finding great talent is impressive."[citation needed] In an interview, Skillz of Play-N-Skillz said of the deal, "This label deal will allow us to showcase our executive side as well as our creative and artistic sides. I'm very excited about the future of G4 Muzik." In October 2009, Play-N-Skillz signed local talent Inertia to their label G4 Muzik.[6]

In 2011, Play-N-Skillz began a partnership with Jose Cuervo Platino Tequila and they are now considered to be the face for the brand.[citation needed] In addition, Play-N-Skillz recently co-wrote David Guetta's first single, "Where Them Girls At" featuring Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj which charted in over 21 countries within days of release.[citation needed] In June, Play-N-Skillz released a critically acclaimed electronic inspired mixtape entitled "Fireworks" which was a major viral success.[citation needed] In November 2011, Play-N-Skillz signed a production deal with Jimmy Iovine and Interscope. Their upcoming album, Alter Egos is due for release in 2012.[citation needed]

In October 2014, Play-N-Skillz released the song and video "Literally I Can't".

Legal action[edit]

In June 2011, Play-N-Skillz sued Lil Wayne for $1 million over the "Got Money" rights.[7][8]



  • 2003: Texas 2 Da World
  • 2004: The Best of Lil' Flip & Play N Skillz '
  • 2005: The Album Before The Album
  • 2005: The Process


  • 2007: The Titaniq Prequel (Hosted DJ Smallz)
  • 2009: Recession Proof
  • 2011: Platino Lifestyle
  • 2011: Fireworks
  • 2011: Red October
  • 2012: Fireworks 2.0


Guest appearances[edit]

  • 2012: "Deja Vu" (Slim featuring Rick Ross and Play-N-Skillz)
  • 2012: "100% Freaky" (Aroma featuring R.J., Pitbull and Play-N-Skillz)
  • 2012: "Angel Eyes" (Waterfall featuring Akon and Play-N-Skillz)

Production discography[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Play N Skillz Star in MTV Reality Show". Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  2. ^ "Lil Wayne Producers Shocked By Grammy Nod". Archived from the original on September 18, 2014. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  3. ^ a b "Play N Skillz | Music Videos, News, Photos, Tour Dates, Ringtones, and Lyrics". MTV. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  4. ^ Artist information at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-07-12.
  5. ^ Awards list at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-07-12.
  6. ^ a b c "Play-N-Skillz Nab Label Deal With SRC". Xxlmag.Com. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
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  8. ^ Montero, Douglas (2011-06-11). "Lil Wayne accused of rap rip-off". New York Post. 

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