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Skyscraper Stereo has taken the Louisville music scene by introducing a pure sound of party rap with a brain. What makes this rap group unique is their motivation and willingness to branch out and play with many different music genres whenever and wherever the opportunity arises. Leo Weekly has recognized Skyscraper Stereo’s newest album, “Hombois in Outer Space,” as starting, “ Louisville’s hip-hop golden era.”
Skyscraper Stereo began when Jawon “Chuck Deuce” Dunn and Daniel “Goodbar” Guess began collaborating in 2006. The group was complete when Jawon’s brother, Landry “Dat Bois Dunn” and Yao “Dj Fluid” Hong jumped into the mix. The mixture of different personalities and music influences is what has made Skyscraper rise to the top in Louisville’s music scene.
Many of the group’s influences have come from Naughty by Nature, Kris Kross, Jimi Hendrix, Notorious B.I.G, and Eric Clapton. “We like to play and play with a rock mentality,” Jawon said.
Despite their rising popularity and the fact they are sold out of merchandise at every show, these guys love being themselves and relating to the audience, which is filled with many people from different music scenes. Despite the differences, those differences are what cause the audience to be open and enjoy the beats and fun lyrics Skyscraper Stereo offers.
The goal is simple with these guys and it is to cross musical boundaries; show people it doesn’t matter what music you are into we can all have a good time and unite with good a beat; and to show that hip-hop music can be thought provoking. “We want to put our city on the map,” Landry said. “ Louisville can be a hip-hop staple.”
Having joined the Little Heart Record’s family, Jawon said it is amazing to be part of a network where they can just call up a group and put a show together. “I’m a big team player and now we are a part of a team.”