Jskillz began pursuing his music career in 2005 as a part of a rap and R&B group he founded called Midtown Underground. He formed the group in high school during his sophomore year. Before the group formed, he and his friends would hang out listening to rap music and freestyling. Jskillz received a lot of positive responses so he decided to try his hand at writing and producing his own material. After that, Midtown Underground was formed. The group became well known in the local rap scene and got signed to Ensemble Records that same year. They had a relatively popular hit called "This Is Midtown". The group released five singles and a mixtape before eventually separating and venturing off into solo projects in 2006.
As a solo artist, from 2006 to 2011, Jskillz released several mixtapes and singles. In early 2011, Jskillz decided it was time to take his career to the next level by establishing his own independent label, M.T.U. REC. (Must Think Unique Records) and releasing his debut LP, "Nothing to Lose”. He received so many positive reviews, he knew this was something he wanted to continue to pursue professionally. Jskillz's first professionally produced music video for the single "A Million Ways To Love You", was released November 2011, it also received a lot of positive responses. Jskillz started receiving more recognition both in the U.S. and internationally.
In 2012, he released a collaboration EP entitled "Great Minds Think Alike" with another Davenport based rapper, J.C., that was sponsored on Datpiff. The site awarded that EP a bronze award for the number of downloads it received, which was a great honor. In 2013, Jskillz released his second solo EP, "Man in the Mirror". The video from the first single, "Mirror, Mirror", was picked up by several radio stations, publications and blogs.
Jskillz latest EP, Positive Vibes Only, was released in December 2015. He feels that "Positive Vibes Only" is more than a EP, it is a movement and how he represents himself as an artist, positive and inspirational. To date, Jskillz has released three singles off the project, "90's Kid", "Taste Of Victory” and "Gonna Get You". All three singles are currently trending on Reverbnation and other popular social media networks. He just released the video for “Taste of Victory” and it has already reached 130,000 views in just a week. He is very proud of this project. Jskillz states that this is a very exciting time for his brand and he feels very blessed to receive all the positive responses.
Jskillz has been featured in the following media outlets: Indie Music Reviewer, Mr. Dreamz, NIJI Magazine's Artist Spotlight, Iowa Music Buzz Magazine, The Rewind, Endee Magazine, TheARTSource, Sean Michael, BrianHuntMusic, HideousRadio, TheDopeShow, RapperGeek, Street Dreamz Radio Mixtape titled, “WordPlay”. IRESEMBLETHASUN, HIPHOPFIND, Who’s Next Hot 97, Rap Star Vids, Artist Push, 2HARD4TV, Smokinllama, GrindTime TV, DJ Hypnotiq, Original DJ Memzee, DJ Bankrupt, DJ Smirnoff, HipHopRuckus, RottenApple, EMT, THENXTSTAR, Rep Pittsburgh, StrongArmRadio, DopeRaps, FadedOff, OnTheSceneNY, TakyashilahTV, ThrowedVille, PCRockers, AroundTheWayHipHop, ItAintJustHipHop, LoudCloudMedia, Skillz Media, DVN World, GMOGMEDIA TV, WordToKeiana, Trendsetter TV, JerzeyRic, Bianca Bee, Chicago DJ DJones, Rippin Rhymes magazine, Rudeboy Magazine, Dallas Loaded, Dirty South Radio, EMG Records and Skilly Magazine.
As a result of the "Positive Vibes Only" movement, Jskillz has received partnerships with Rudeboy Magazine and Rudeboy Clothing Brand.
For more information, check out the official Jskillz website and the other websites below:
Official Website: http://www.jskillz1.com/
Official Jskillz App: http://rvrb.fm/11tbTA8