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Lil Skies

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Lil Skies in May 2018
Background information
Kimetrius Foose
  • Lil Skies
Born (1998-08-04) August 4, 1998 (age 20)
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OriginWaynesboro, Pennsylvania

Kimetrius Foose (born August 4, 1998), known professionally as Lil Skies, is an American rapper from Waynesboro, Pennsylvania currently signed to All We Got Entertainment through Atlantic Records. His two top singles have appeared on the Billboard Hot 100: "I" (#35), "Nowadays" (#55), and "Red Roses" (#69). His major label debut mixtape, Life of a Dark Rose, was released on January 10, 2018 and peaked at #10 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on November 9, 2018 [2]

Early life

Foose was born August 4, 1998 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania to multiracial parents.[3][4] Foose began writing songs at age 4. He was introduced to music by his father, Michael Burton, Jr., a fellow hip hop artist known professionally as "Dark Skies." Foose's stage name is a play on his father's.[5][6] Foose and his family moved to Waynesboro, Pennsylvania when he was in third grade.[4]

When he was 11, his father was injured in a workplace chemical explosion at the Rust-Oleum plant near Williamsport, Maryland. The two would write an album, Father-Son Talk, discussing the recovery process.[7] Foose graduated from Waynesboro Area Senior High School in 2016[8] and briefly attended Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania before dropping out to focus on his rap career.[3]


In October 2016, Foose opened for Fetty Wap at Shippensburg University[6] and later released his first mixtape, Alone, in January 2017.[9] In July 2017, he released two songs, "Red Roses" featuring Landon Cube[10] and "Off The Goop" featuring Sprite Lee.[11] He would later release other songs that year, including "Rude" and "Signs of Jealousy."[12]

Foose's repertoire of singles caught the attention of Atlantic Records who partnered with his own label, All We Got.[3][13] He released his first major label mixtape, Life of a Dark Rose, on January 10, 2018.[14] The album debuted at #23[15] on the Billboard 200 chart and went on to peak at #10.[16] The songs "Nowadays" and "Red Roses" (both featuring Landon Cube) debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 list at #85 and #98 respectively[17] and have since peaked at #55 and #69 (also respectively).[18] He also toured nationally with Lil Uzi Vert in 2017 and began his "Life of a Dark Rose" tour in 2018, but had to end the tour short due to illness.[14]

On May 4, 2018, "Lust" from Life of a Dark Rose was released as the third official single from the album, peaking at number 87 on the Billboard Hot 100 and being certified Gold by the RIAA.[19] On May 31, he released "I Know You" featuring Yung Pinch which peaked at 79 on the Billboard Hot 100.[20]

On March 1, 2019, Lil Skies released his album Shelby, while simultaneously debuting the music video for lead single "I".[21]

Personal life

In February 2019, Foose announced he's expecting his first child with his longtime girlfriend.[22][23]

Foose cites his own song "Red Roses" as his personal favorite song, referring to the musical combination with him and Landon Cube as "epic".[24] Foose uses his social media solely for promoting his music, claiming he does so in order to "not live my life through the internet".[25] He cites Travis Scott and Mac Miller as his biggest music inspirations.[26]

Foose tries to avoid drugs as much as possible after seeing it negatively impact the lives of his old friends.[27]


Music videos

Year Title Director Artist(s)
2016 "Da Sauce"[28] Nicholas Jandora N/A
2017 "Some Way"[29]
"Signs of Jealousy"
"Red Roses" Cole Bennett With Landon Cube
"Lonely" With Yung Bans
2018 "Lettuce Sandwich"[30] Nicholas Jandora N/A
"Welcome to the Rodeo"[32] Cole Bennett
"Lust" Nicholas Jandora
"I Know You" With Yung Pinch
2019 "Real Ties" Xandros N/A
"Name in the Sand" Nicholas Jandora
"i" Cole Bennett


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  3. ^ a b c Mench, Chris (December 5, 2017). "From Waynesboro To The Web: Lil Skies Is On The Verge Of Breaking Out". Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ a b Adams, Joi S. (April 1, 2017). "New TSP Artist Alert: Lil Skies Releases Video For "Some Way"". The Stokey Project. Retrieved 2018.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ McCarthy, Liam (September 5, 2017). "Going Up w/ Lil Skies". Elevator Magazine. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ a b Bonura, Denise (October 20, 2016). "Reaching for the stars: Lil Skies to open for Fetty Wap". Shippensburg News Chronicle. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ Bonura, Denise (March 28, 2014). "Michael Burton Jr. of Waynesboro emerges stronger after suffering third-degree burns in Rust-Oleum chemical...". The Record Herald. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "Waynesboro Area Senior High School Class of 2016". The Record Herald. May 27, 2016. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ Jackson, Shawn (January 25, 2017). "Lil Skies Drops 'Alone' An AyRap Delicacy". Drill Kings. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ Jackson, Shawn (July 24, 2017). "Lil Skies Teams Up With Landon Cube For 'Red Roses'". Drill Kings. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ Hef, Hollywood (July 17, 2017). "Lil Skies & Sprite Lee unleash catchy new jam "Off The Goop"". Elevator Magazine. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ Ortiz, Edwin (November 14, 2017). "Premiere: Lil Skies Stunts in "Signs of Jealousy" Video". Complex. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ Thomas, Fred (December 2017). "Artist Biography by Fred Thomas". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ a b Coleman II, C. Vernon (January 10, 2018). "Lil Skies Releases 'Life of a Dark Rose' Mixtape". XXL. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ Zellner, Xander (January 17, 2018). "Lil Skies Makes Billboard Hot 100 Debut With 'Nowadays' & 'Red Roses'". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  16. ^ "Billboard 200 - The Week of January 27, 2018". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ Williams, Aaron (January 17, 2018). "Lil Skies Is Already Charting And Showing All The Signs Of A Star In The Making". Uproxx. Retrieved 2018.
  18. ^ "The Hot 100 - The Week of January 27, 2018". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  19. ^ "Lil Skies' 'Lust' Continues a Tradition of Animated Hip-Hop Videos: Here Are 15 of the Best". Billboard. Retrieved .
  20. ^ "Lil Skies Drops Frenetic "I Know You" Video f/ Yung Pinch". Complex. Retrieved .
  21. ^ Saponara, Michael (March 1, 2019). "Lil Skies Surprise Drops Debut Album 'Shelby' Featuring Gunna, Gucci Mane: Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 2019.
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  28. ^ Lil Skies (2016-03-25), Lil Skies "DA SAUCE"
  29. ^ Lil Skies (2017-04-18), LIL SKIES - SOME WAY (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
  30. ^ Jandora Media, LIL SKIES - LETTUCE SANDWICH [OFFICIAL VIDEO] (Dir. by @NicholasJandora)
  31. ^ Jandora Media, SPRITE LEE - LAVAGIRL ft. LIL SKIES (Dir. by @NicholasJandora)
  32. ^ Cole Bennett, Lil Skies - Welcome To The Rodeo (Dir. by @_ColeBennett_)

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