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Like many of the greats, Skillit’s music and style is highly influenced by his surroundings, especially his family. Hailing from Walthamstow, East London and being born from a musical background his dad is a well-known Calypso singer within their home island of Trinidad.
It’s no surprise that musical ability seems almost infectious in this family!
Now Skillit has made his own mark in his hometown London, showing his fun loving nature and personality through his music, injecting humour and fun into hiphop and rap whilst casually showing off his acting skills in the mix. Whether it’s through his lyrics or hilariously imaginative videos, Skillit is bound to make you smile at some point!
Having already released two EP’s to an eagerly awaiting dedicated fan base, he has enjoyed successes through tracks such as ‘Skeen’ and ‘Ready to Light’ which collectively have around 67,000 hits on Youtube to date. With his music being aired on mainstream, nationally recognised radio stations such as 1Xtra, Kiss, and Choice FM, it was only a matter of time until Skillit turned his talents to a new challenge. Gaining a lead acting role within BBC’s ‘No Hats, No Trainers’ comedy show, Skillit was able to stamp his now recognisable style on his very own sketch in the show; ‘Skillit’s Word of the Day’. Including appearances from international celebrities like Neyo, Cuban Brothers and Tinie Tempah, Skillit’s Word of the Day was massively popular, current and just downright funny!
Anyone who has ever been to a Skillit show will know to expect full-on entertainment, which is why his is a face you can expect to see regularly performing at London’s most well-known and respectable live music venue’s such as Cargo, Notting Hill Arts Club and Plan B. Such are his performing skills, that he has been known to get a festival crowd nodding their heads too! Lovebox 2011 were happy to see Skillit added to the schedule, as was Ali Shaheed Muhammed of A Tribe called Quest, who Skillit supported during a UK performance.
They aren’t the only one’s to recognise Skillit’s talent though.
September 2011 saw ‘The Truth’, a track featuring his younger brother K-Nite and friend TB, receive some well-deserved recognition. Alongside other signed artists, ‘The Truth’ was nominated at the BFI Film Festival for Best Urban Video. Recognising the success of music made together, a new hip hop collective was naturally forming which included Skillit and two of his brothers (K-Nite & Mentalist) alongside friends; LoudMouth Melvin and PyroBarz. Having all singularly enjoyed some successes circulating the underground scene and radio shows for a while, Quaranteam came together to simply make and put out good hip hop music. Although Skillit is still continuing his solo pursuits, watch this space for his work with Quaranteam; releasing tracks which are bound to be added to your iPod in no time.
2012 will see the release of the much anticipated album ‘Skillit BANG!” which he has been working on for the best part of a year alongside his other endeavours. If you’re already a Skillit fan, be ready to download this the day it is released as you will need this in your life! If you are new to Skillit’s music then please expect to be a fan after this one! New, old, or just passing through, watch this space as there’s no place this talented guy is heading apart from onwards and upwards!