Play-N-Skillz

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Play-N-Skillz
Play-N-Skillz duo .jpg
Background information
OriginIrving, Texas, United States
GenresHip hop, Latin, trap, EDM
Years active2003–present
LabelsSony Music Latin, Latium Records
Websitehttp://playnskillzmusic.com
MembersJuan "Play" Salinas
Oscar "Skillz" Salinas

Play-N-Skillz are an American record production duo from Dallas, 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]

Background[edit]

Producers, writers, and DJs Play-N-Skillz are brothers of Argentinean and Venezuelan descent from Texas: Juan “Play” Salinas and younger brother Oscar “Skillz” Salinas. While attending Irving High School, the two began to pursue a childhood passion of DJing, starting in school parties. After becoming well known in the Dallas area as DJs, the brothers built a temporary studio in their mother’s apartment and began to explore music production.[3]

In early 2003, a chance meeting with Houston Rapper Lil' Flip opened the door for Play-N-Skillz to produce the majority of his highly anticipated release “U Gotta Feel Me.” Their newfound success led to the 2005 debut album The Process, which included the single “Freaks” feat. Adina Howard and Krazie Bone. The album’s third single, “Call Me”, featured Texas rapper Chamillionaire with whom Play-N Skillz would soon collaborate again, producing his hit single “Ridin’ (Dirty).” This was the first of two Grammy award-winning productions for the Salinas Brothers; it won “Best Rap Collaboration by a Group or Duo.”[4]

2008–2017[edit]

In 2008, Play-N-Skillz worked with Lil Wayne to create the song "Got Money" for his album Tha Carter III. The song soared to the top of the charts in hip-hop and pop and was nominated for three Grammy Awards.[citation needed]

By 2011, the duo brought their music to the EDM scene, and crossed paths with David Guetta, who also saw a similar need. Together, they co-wrote and arranged his music, leading to the hit “Where Them Girls At” featuring Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida.

In 2016, the DJs signed with Latium Records / Sony Latin and released the single "No Es Ilegal (Not a Crime)", a collaboration with Daddy Yankee which spent 20 weeks on the charts and earned them their first Latin Billboard nomination for best duo or group in 2017.[citation needed] On the heels of this success, the duo released in 2017 their follow-up single under Sony Latin, a modern remake of the Selena classic "Si Una Vez," featuring Frankie J, Wisin and Leslie Grace on the Spanish version Becky G and Kap G on the English version. The single instantly became a viral sensation, topping the Shazzam and iTunes charts at number one, as well as spending 23 weeks on the Billboard charts, earning the brothers their second consecutive Billboard Latin Music Award nomination.[5]

Current[edit]

At the top of the year the brothers teamed up with DJ Steve Aoki, Elvis Crespo, and Daddy Yankee for the massive release of their global hit, "Azukita". In March 2018, these artists all played one of the biggest stages in the world, Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida.

In early March 2018, Play-N-Skillz joined Dominican artist Messiah on his debut single "PUM PUM", released through Atlantic Records, which the brothers produced as well as appeared as featured artists.

Play-N-Skillz released their third official single under Sony Latin / Latium Records, "Cuidao", featuring Yandel & Messiah. The song received over ten million views on VEVO in less than three weeks.[citation needed]

In 2018, Play-N-Skillz also worked with South Korean mega group Super Junior.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

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

Mixtapes[edit]

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

Singles[edit]

  • "Freaks" (2004) featuring Adina Howard, Krayzie Bone
  • "Call Me" (2004) featuring Chamillionaire
  • "Latinos Stand Up" (2005)
  • "Get Freaky" (2006) featuring Pitbull
  • "One Mo Gin" (2008) featuring Lil Jon, Krayzie Bone, & Bun B
  • "Boom" (2008) featuring Nina Sky & Pitbull
  • "Checkin My Fresh" (2008)
  • "Come Home With Me" (2009) featuring Akon
  • "Angel Eyes" (2009) featuring Akon
  • "1, 2, 3, 4" (2010) featuring Pitbull & Paul Wall
  • "I Just Wanna F*ck" (2010) featuring Three 6 Mafia & Nelly
  • "Things We Do" (2010) featuring Snoop Dogg
  • "Wonderful Life" (2011) featuring Bun B
  • "Dallas Freaks" (2011) featuring Dorrough & Too Short
  • "Richest Man" (2012) featuring Pitbull & Shelby Shaw
  • "Say Goodbye" (2012) featuring Akon
  • "Literally I Can't" (2014) featuring Redfoo, Lil Jon and Enertia McFly
  • "Not A Crime" (2016) featuring Daddy Yankee
  • "Si una vez" (2016) featuring Wisin, Frankie J, & Leslie Grace
  • “Si Una Vez" (If I Once) (English Version)” (2017) featuring Frankie J, Becky G, & Kap G
  • "Hey Guapo" (2017) with Kirstin Maldonado
  • "Cuidao" (2018), Yandel, Messiah
  • "Azukita" (2018), Steve Aoki, Daddy Yankee, Elvis Crespo
  • "PUM PUM" (2018), Messiah, Kap G

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)
  • 2018: "Lo Siento" (Super Junior featuring Leslie Grace and Play-N-Skillz)

Production discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Play N Skillz Star in MTV Reality Show". LatinRapper.com. Retrieved 2011-07-12.
  2. ^ "Lil Wayne Producers Shocked By Grammy Nod". Billboard.com. Archived from the original on September 18, 2014. Retrieved 2011-07-12.
  3. ^ "Play N Skillz - Biography | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2017-07-25.
  4. ^ "Play N Skillz | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-07-25.
  5. ^ "Play-N-Skillz Premieres New Version of Selena's 'Si Una Vez' Feat. Leslie Grace, Wisin & Frankie J". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-07-25.

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