Skee-Lo Performing at the 2010 Seattle Hempfest
March 27, 1975|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S
|Origin||Poughkeepsie, New York, U.S.|
|Labels||SKEELO MUSIK, LLC.|
Antoine Roundtree (born March 27, 1975), better known by his stage name Skee-Lo, is an American rapper. He is best known for his 1995 song, "I Wish", which became a hit in several countries and reached No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. He is considered to have been a one-hit wonder.
His first single "I Wish" became a hit on radio and TV during the summer of 1995 with a number one MTV video directed by Marty Thomas that won many nominations and wins from VMA Awards worldwide. The song was well known for its lack of explicit lyrics at a time when gangsta rap was very popular. His debut album of the same title was released shortly thereafter, earning him two Grammy nominations for both the album and single. Afterwards he stopped his rapping career before coming back to release a new album in 2000 and another in 2012. He has been living in Los Angeles since 1990 and is married to his wife, Stacy, and has two children.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Skee-Lo was raised in Poughkeepsie, New York, then moved to Riverside, California when he was nine. He graduated from high school in Moreno Valley before moving to Los Angeles in 1990 and attending El Camino College. He converted to Islam around this time and joined the Nation of Islam. He first started rapping that year.
Skee-Lo's debut album I Wish was released in 1995, which he first started working on in 1993. The album was a huge success. One of the singles, "Top of the Stairs", was featured in the ending credits as well as the soundtrack to the 1995 film Money Train.
He quietly "retired" from rapping five months after the album's release because of a dispute with label Sunshine Records. Skee-Lo claims Sunshine Records took all the credit from the album's success, and he did not make a single cent from it. This was first revealed in a 2012 interview with L.A. Weekly, and he further said "So I refused to shoot any more videos, promote or record music. I'm not their slave. I wasn't working for free." After many years he eventually won the rights against the label in court.
Skee-Lo recorded a cover of the Schoolhouse Rock! song "The Tale of Mr. Morton", which taught sentence structure (subject, verb and predicate). The song appears on the 1996 compilation album, Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks.
In 2000 he returned to the music scene with a second album, I Can't Stop.
In 2011 he wrote "Burnin' Up" as part of the soundtrack of the 2013 horror movie Killer Holiday from Lionsgate Entertainment. MTV produced a music video directed by Marty Thomas that was filmed at actor Howie Mandel's house, which was rented by his son to MTV without Mandel's knowledge. It was released under his own indie label, Skeelo Musik.
|Year||Album||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|2000||I Can't Stop
|U.S. Hot 100||U.S. R&B||U.S. Rap||UK|
|"Top of the Stairs"||112||-||-||38|
|2000||"I Can't Stop"||-||-||-||-||I Can't Stop|
|2001||"At The Mall"||-||-||-||-|
|2013||"Vibe is Right"||-||-||-||-||Fresh Ideas|
|1995||"I Wish"||Marty Thomas|
|1995||"Top of the Stairs"||Marty Thomas|
|1996||"Holdin' On"||Marty Thomas|
|2001||"At The Mall"||Marty Thomas|
|2011||"Burnin' Up"||Marty Thomas|
|2013||"Vibe Is Right"||Henry Zavala|