Shutdafuckuuppp!

The year is 2011, I just downloaded the soon to be legendary mixtape Blue Dream and Lean mixtape based on the hits on Rubbaband Business 2. As I listen, I’m blown away by how Juicy J rebranded himself. He made himself relevant and relatable, sounding fresh while still staying true to his original rapping style.


August 4th around 6pm:

I’m on twitter, looking for a meme I saw earlier that day to show my aunt. Suddenly I see multiple tweets stating Chicago rapper FBG Duck was shot downtown.

Twitter is where I get my news first, has been for years. I hoped that it was just a rumor. Duck was on track to defy the odds and finally make it as a rapper after being blackballed since the beginning of his career.

It wasn’t not a rumor. When I seen Spot News, a famous account on twitter that tweets out police radio calls in the city of Chicago tweeted…


March has been a crazy month, the corona been affecting all aspects of everyone’s lives. A lot of people are sick, RIP to the people who died due tot he pandemic. A lot of others have a lot of down time. I don’t lol. My job(s) still expects me to do shit if anything this virus is in the way, and it came at a time that I trying to get my life together. Well, this isn’t a diary, this is my monthly Wave Today series.

Wave today is a playlist on youtube and audio I constantly update. It reflects…


Wave today is a playlist I constantly update. It reflects what I listening to currently. It has no barriers, no release date or music type criteria. Just 100 of my current favorite songs I can just throw on and not worry about turning.

This series focuses on the first 5 songs of this playlist. This is a glance at what’s in my repeat queue. I tend to steer away from mainstream releases but my motto is, if I like it, I like it. No barriers.

Curren$y -Gimme Some Mo


Welcome to the first write up of the series Treasure Chest where I write about 3 slept on audio gems that will always have a place in my heart. These songs may be from unsung artists or album cuts of a well known artist. I will not be include any songs that reached the top 10 of any billboard chart.

I was going back and forth about the time period I should cover. My music knowledge goes from the 1960s to the present. Of course, it gets stronger as time goes on. I didn’t want to include new music but…


From Little Brother’s Lovin it video

When I started to learn how to rap, my favorite sub-genre of Hip-Hop was backpack rap. I started to listen around 2002 to 2004, before Chopped and Screwed revved my pre- druggy head. I grew up on Common, BlackStar Duo Mos Def and Talib Kweli and a Pre- College Dropout Kanye. My basic cadence and delivery are based off those artists. If you want to go deeper Atmosphere, MF Doom and Dead Prez were also my favorites around this time. Most of this music was the soundtrack to my favorite shows Chappelle Show and The Boondocks.

It gets a bad…


Wave today is a playlist I constantly update. It reflects what I listening to currently. It has no barriers, no release date or music type criteria. Just 100 of my current favorite songs I can just throw on and not worry about turning.

This series focuses on the first 5 songs of this playlist. This is a glance at what’s in my repeat queue. I tend to steer away from mainstream releases but my motto is, if I like it, I like it. No barriers.

Brent Faiyaz — F*** the World


My dream for The Rap Island was very simple in the beginning. It started as a Youtube Channel in 2014. I was a YouTube junkie, I thought every song was on the platform but music discovery was changing and it lived on Soundcloud. So I took my favorite songs on Soundcloud and put them on YouTube. I wanted Rap Island to be an infamous Youtube channel like Trillphonk and Froat and give a platform to underground artists. Plus I was rapping and I wanted to give the homies and I a platform to be heard.

It worked, a little.

People…


As the decade closes, I see the popularity of decade lists popping up, so I decided to make my own. 2019 by its self was a boring year. Aside from Grisela’s mainstream looks, Larry June’s consistency and Megan the Stallion’s break out nothing really too exciting.

This list will focus on movements based on artists, groups, labels or sub-genres that started or peaked this decade that I absolutely loved as a fan of the culture. My aim is to maximize the idea that music is here to enjoy. I hope you find something new. I’m also including a list of…


So it’s 2020

Oprah was supposed to be president, not Donald Trump. Anyway, this year sounds like cyborg futuristic year or is that just me feeling old. Either way, it’s here and everybody is obsessed with time. I spent 2019 learning how time was a social construct yet my industry is obsessed with it.

Let’s get to the point

I’m Sky Taylor when I write. Skylar Dreams when I rap and ART when I DJ. Just Sky to the rest of the industry. I’ve written for 2 publications, a PR company and I’m a brand ambassador for a Chicago based…

Sky Taylor

From Chicago, strong passion for Hip-Hop music. Artist development & music discovery for 10+ years. Writer of Culture. Writer|Artist|Manger|DJ

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