Saturday, October 13, 2012

Skee Lo

Skee Lo (born Antoine Roundtree born on March 5, 1973 in Poughkeepsie, New York) is a male hip-hop rapper that is well known for being a "one-hit wonder" in 1995.

He moved to Riverside, California when he was 9 years old and his nickname is derived from his childhood where he was a Skee-Ball champion in his neighborhood.
In June of 1995, Skee Lo released his debut album, "I Wish" on Scotti Bros. Records, which peaked at #53 on the Billboard 200 and #37 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The title song became a hit, peaking at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #33 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 19 weeks. The song has become Skee Lo's only hit song to date.

The success and popularity of the single led the album to be certified Gold by the RIAA on November 16, 1995 with sales of 500,000 copies.

It was nominated for "Best Rap Solo Performance" at the 1996 Grammy Awards, but lost to Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise." Blender Magazine listed the song at #359 on its list of "Greatest Songs Since You Were Born."
The follow-up single, "Top of the Stairs" peaked at #73 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in January of 1996, staying on the chart for 9 weeks. The song was featured on the "Money Train" movie soundtrack.
Two more singles, "Superman" and "Holdin' On" were released, but didn't appear to make the charts at all.

During 1996,  Skee Lo became a VJ for MTV's "The Beach House" and "The Grind." He also appeared on television shows such as "Baywatch Nights," "Dangerous Minds," and "Goode Behavior."

Skee-Lo was featured on the "Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks" compliation album with his cover version of "The Tale of Mr. Morton." He also co-wrote Youngstown's song, "I'll Be Your Everything" which was featured on the "Inspector Gadget" movie soundtrack.
In 2000, Skee Lo released his sophomore album, "I Can't Stop" which failed to make much impact on the charts at all.

Today, he continues to be active in the music business and in 2012, he made a guest appearance on rapper\singer\songwriter\producer Deuce's song, "Now You See My Life."

To see the music video for "I Wish," go to:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2jgye_skee-lo-i-wish_music

To see the music video for "Top of the Stairs," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9K5Lh99pYI

To see the music video for "Holdin' On," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_93Xacu2IsU

To see a fan-made video for "Superman," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhqISjpYoT4

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