Burning Flags and German Whiskey: A Sit Down With Indianapolis’s Skypp
As there's so many artists out now some fall through the cracks while others simply just stand out. This rapper doesn't stand out because of his music but the hard work behind it. Working with artists such as Too $hort, Mystikal, Toni Braxton and Rhymefest, Indianapolis rapper Skypp sit with Sir Bishop to give us the details on his career and success so far as an independent artist. Check the exclusive interview below!
Q: What’s you’re name, and where are you from?
A: Yo, what’s Good? My name is Skypp, spelled S-K-Y-P-P from Indianapolis, Indiana born and raised.
Q: How did you get the name Skypp?
A: Me and my mom came up with it it. We were having dinner one night, and just came up with the name, and I wanted to spell it different.
Q:What was is like growing up in Indiana?
A: It wasn’t too much different [than] I can imagine the rest of [what]black kids around the world go through. My childhood was peaceful, man. It was fun being a kid and staying in a kid’s place.
Q: When did you decide to take music seriously as a career?
A: I started writing word in middle school. Once I got to high school, I decided to break out of my shell and start rapping. The feedback was crazy, beyond my wildest expectations. Once I saw that, I decided to take it seriously.
Q: Let’s talk about you recent album, King Of Indiana. Why name the project that, and what does it mean to you?
A: First and foremost, I’m a frequent iTunes charting artist, and I felt like I wanted to make it mean something. It’s one thing for people to see my name on iTunes Charts, but as much as I love my city and state, I wanted my state to be on ITunes Charts too, rather than just me. I wanted it to be something braggadocios, that stands out. That’s why I burned the confederate flag on the cover, and called it King of Indiana. It’s not about me personally. It’s about the African American community in Indiana, in Indianapolis specifically, taking the racist history and claiming Indiana as black people and overshadow all of that. I wanted to let everyone know that Indiana is not just what you think it is. We have hip hop communities, and want to be know. For all of the hard work that we put in.
Q: A track that stood out to me on the album was Fix Yo' Crown featuring Rhymefest, Allison Victoria, and Jared Thompson. Tell me about how that song came about.
A: My guy, Shiney D produced the record for Fix Yo Crown. He played the record for me, and I knew it was special. I immediately called Allison. Then I just felt the need for a saxophone, so I called Jared. The song was done, and it was the last song we recorded so the album was done. Low and Behold, I get a phone call from Rhymefest personally. He was listening to my album U 4 U and he said he just wanted to hop on my next album. He told me to send it, and he got it done.
Q: Though you’re independent, you’ve worked with some big names within the industry such as Too $hort, Mystikal, and Toni Braxton. Talk about your experience in the industry and the importance of paying your dues early in your career.
A: I’m grateful. Along the way, I’ve been able to build so many relationships and meet so many people that have done things I’ve dreamed of doing. It’s been an amazing opportunity and a testament to all of the hard work I’ve put in and the money I’ve invested into my brand. It’s a blessing.
Q: Who are some of your musical influences, aside from the ones referenced on Dizaster To Glory?
A: I know theres some not referenced in the song, but Tupac and Nipsey are my two favorites people. Aside from them, You have J. Cole, Janelle Monae. I love her authenticity. Buddy is amazing, as is Anderson .Paak. I like people who are unique, bold, and do not shy away from their originality and stay true to themselves. I’m a big fan of anyone whose willing to do that.
Q: Follow up, if you could pick anyone to collab with, who would it be?
A: That’s a tough one. Bruno Mars is one of my favorites, but I’d like to collab with Kirk Franklin. People like putting people in a box based on their genre of music. However, Kirk is an amazing songwriter and musician.
Q: You talk about a wide variety of subjects throughout the album. To the newcomer that’s never heard of Skypp, what can they expect from King Of Indiana on first listen?
A: Be expecting some hard-hitting bars, some classical, vintage hip-hop, that whole Goddfather of Hip Hop type vibe. It’s real hard-hitting classical music.
Q: Where do you see your career in the next 3 years?
A: In 3 year’s the sky’s the limit. I look forward to being one of the most appreciated hip hop artists that there is, and I feel like that’s something that’s not far-fetched for a hardworking person with the longevity and consistency of myself.
Q: Any final comments for the people?
A: Much love and thanks to and my supporters across the country. For all all aspiring artists, I always say, put the grind before anything else. You get what you work for, so out the grind before anything else. Never quit man.
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