Skee-Lo

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Skee-Lo
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Skee-Lo Performing at the 2010 Seattle Hempfest
Background information
Birth name Antoine Roundtree
Born (1975-03-27) March 27, 1975 (age 41)[1]
Chicago, Illinois, United States[2]
Origin Poughkeepsie, New York, United States[2]
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • Record producer
Years active 1990–present
Labels SKEELO MUSIK, LLC

Antoine Roundtree (born March 27, 1975), better known under his stage name Skee-Lo, is an American rapper. He is best known for his 1995 song, "I Wish", which became a hit in several countries and reaching #13 on the Billboard Hot 100.[3] He is considered to have been a one-hit wonder.[4]

His first single "I Wish" became a hit on radio and TV during the summer of 1995 with a number one MTV video directed by Marty Thomas that won many nominations and wins from VMA Awards worldwide. The song was well known for its lack of explicit lyrics at a time when gangsta rap was very popular.[2] His debut album of the same title was released shortly thereafter, earning him two Grammy nominations for both the album and single. Afterwards he stopped his rapping career before coming back to release a new album in 2000 and another in 2012.[5][6] He has been living in Los Angeles since 1990 and is married to Stacy with two children.[4]

Career[edit]

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Skee-Lo was raised in Poughkeepsie, New York, then moved to Riverside, California when he was nine.[6] He graduated from high school in Moreno Valley before moving to Los Angeles in 1990 and attending El Camino College. He converted to Islam around this time and joined the Nation of Islam.[5] He first started rapping that year.[2]

Skee-Lo's debut album I Wish was released in 1995, which he first started working on in 1993. The album was a huge success. One of the singles, "Top of the Stairs", was featured in the ending credits as well as the soundtrack to the 1995 film Money Train.

He quietly "retired" from rapping five months after the album's release because of a dispute with label Sunshine Records. Skee-Lo claims Sunshine Records took all the credit from the album's success, and he did not make a single cent from it. This was first revealed in a 2012 interview with L.A. Weekly, and he further said "So I refused to shoot any more videos, promote or record music. I’m not their slave. I wasn’t working for free." After many years he eventually won the rights against the label in court.[5]

Skee-Lo recorded a cover of the Schoolhouse Rock! song "The Tale of Mr. Morton", which taught sentence structure (subject, verb and predicate). The song appears on the 1996 compilation album, Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks.[7]

In 1996, Skee-Lo became a VJ for both MTV's The Beach House and The Grind.

He also co-wrote "I'll Be Your Everything" by boy band Youngstown. The song is featured on the 1999 Inspector Gadget movie soundtrack.

In 2000 he returned to the music scene with a second album, I Can't Stop.[8]

In 2011 he wrote "Burnin' Up" as part of the soundtrack of the 2013 horror movie Killer Holiday. MTV produced a music video that was recorded at actor Howie Mandel's house, which was rented by his son to MTV without Mandel's knowledge.[9] It was released under his own indie label, Skeelo Musik.

Skee-Lo made a guest appearance on a track called "Now You See My Life" with former Hollywood Undead rapper Deuce from Deuce's album Nine Lives in 2012.

Skee-Lo released his third album, Fresh Ideas, on his own label Skeelo Musik, via iTunes on November 13, 2012.[5] It appeared in stores July 9, 2013.[10]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
U.S. U.S. R&B
1995 I Wish
  • Released: June 27, 1995
  • Label: Altra Moda Music
53 37
2000 I Can't Stop
  • Released: September 4, 2000
  • Label: Epark Music Production
2012 Fresh Ideas
  • Released: November 13, 2012
  • Label: Skeelo Musik

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions Certifications Album
U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B U.S. Rap UK
1995 "I Wish" 13 33 8 15 I Wish
"Top of the Stairs" 38
1996 "Holdin' On"
"Superman"
2000 "I Can't Stop" I Can't Stop
2001 "At The Mall"
"Bounce Back"
2013 "Vibe is Right" Fresh Ideas

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1995 "I Wish" Marty Thomas
1995 "Top Of The Stairs"
1996 "Holdin' On"
2001 "At The Mall"
2011 "Burnin' Up" Marty Thomas
2013 "Vibe Is Right" Henry Zavala
2015 "Raw"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Skee-Lo". Music.kngine.com. Archived from the original on March 21, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Skee-Lo". Jeff Pearlman. 2013-02-06. 
  3. ^ O, Dave. "Skee-Lo Interview". Round Trip With Dave O. Round Trip With Dave O. Retrieved 2013-01-03. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Hanging Out With Skee-Lo, Who's Now Kind of a Baller". LA Weekly. 2013-08-08. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Skee-Lo Wished He Was a Little Bit Taller. Then He Promptly Retired". LA Weekly. 2012-01-18. 
  6. ^ a b "Five Best Songs From Skee-Lo's 'I Wish' Album". The Boombox. 
  7. ^ "Skee-Lo Raps 'The Tale Of Mr. Morton' - Soundcheck". Soundcheck.wnyc.org. 2013-02-07. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  8. ^ "Skee-Lo – I Can't Stop". musicOMH. 2000-09-04. 
  9. ^ https://www.viralviralvideos.com/2012/05/24/when-howie-mandels-son-rented-out-the-house-for-a-music-video-shoot/
  10. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20130823081220/http://www.wegotfreshideas.com/. Archived from the original on August 23, 2013. Retrieved September 10, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ a b "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-04-25.