Rapper $ky began refining his musical ability when he was just a teenager. He’s been putting in the work since he was 19, and now he says the hard work is done. It’s just a matter of getting comfortable putting himself out there and marketing his music.
After the passing of his father last year, $ky became even more determined to make it in the music industry. Shortly after his father’s death, he was featured on TMZ. “I feel like my dad’s passing gave me that push I needed to take things to the next level,” $ky explains.
$ky’s single “Her” had 30,000 + Streams
$ky released the single “Her” that reached 30,000+ streams after Zaytoven listened, which led to the two artists collaborating. “I’d love to collaborate with other artists such as Future, Young Thug, NBA Young Boy, and other top chart artists,” $ky shares. “I create music that relates to the streets.”
He continues: “I’m known for talking about my relationship with the streets and women through music. I rap about relationships and situations that anyone my age is going through; it’s life. I believe the music that I make could change someone’s life.”
Basketball to Rapper
The whole rapper lifestyle was something $ky was always involved in, even at an early age. “But I loved basketball so much I didn’t think I would pursue a career in music, $ky explains. The attention I received from sports was kind of like fame, similar to being a rapper.”
He continues: “You’re good at what you do, and everybody knows you. I was that good. I was good enough to play D1. My dreams of being in the NBA hid my secret love for music and desire to be a rapper. My dad was also good at basketball, so that was something we shared.”
$ky then went to a university and attempted to play ball, but others on the team caused him to doubt himself. “After giving up basketball, I decided to drop out of college because that’s truly the only reason I went to college,” $ky explains. “That’s when music became the number one priority in my life.” He emphasizes, “I loved the attention it brought me, but I never used the spotlight for negative.”
He was always positive and kept a relaxed attitude but was still torn about not finishing college. $ky explains: “I started to face real-life problems after dropping out. I became involved in gang-related activities. Losing that fame from basketball and being the popular kid in high school made me realize that no one is really for you unless you succeed. I wanted to gain back everything I lost through a successful music career.”
Sky’s decision to drop out of college and be successful on his own made him more ambitious. He became competitive and wanted to be the best. He started mixing and mastering his music. But pursuing a rap career comes with its own unique set of challenges. He says he thought about giving up due to breakups and problems at work, among other life struggles.
“I still felt like a failure after quitting college and not feeling passionate about any job long enough to stay employed,” $ky says. “I would put all that pain into my music, but the tougher I became, the tougher the situations became.”
$ky is now 27, having worked on his music for eight years. He has dealt with a lot trying to chase his dream of being an artist. These experiences led to his album, “Demon Season,” released in October 2020.
Signed to the Trenches
$ky’s main focus right now is on the album, “Signed to the Trenches. The main themes expressed in the album are about the situations he has faced in his career and hardships throughout his life. The project is about pain, but there are catchy songs too, like “All That Money” & Eeny Meenie.”
$ky shares, “I approached “Signed to The Trenches.” from a serious angle because I want my fans to get the actual image of me, who I am, what I come from, and what I represent. I focused on the lyrics more than the beats. As I said, I gave it a serious vibe but added some catchy pitches and melodies. The track that stands out the most to me is “Daddy Too.” A track $ky wrote amid his father passing away.
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