Sketchy Waze a.k.a. Lyricidal, born Andy Byrd, has quickly become one of the Northwest’s chief musical exports in the hip-hop game. His rapid-fire rhyme patterns, coupled with catchy melodies, gives him an explosive and unique sound that fans of all ages can appreciate.
Sketchy is the most-viewed online rap artist from the state of Idaho. One of his latest videos has gotten over 60,000 views in less than 3 months, and his buzz is only increasing. Sketchy has toured across the west, and has performed for such acts as The Ying Yang Twins, Too Short, KyMani Marley, Cypress Hill, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Warren G, Paul Wall, Chamillionaire, Glasses Malone, Yukmouth, Cool Nutz, Illmaculate, Brown Boy, Kilo, Andre Nickatina, DJ Unk, Twista, De La Soul, Illmaculate, Sapient, Maino, Haystak, Bone Thugs N Harmony and many others, and has gotten airplay on several FM stations.
Sketchy Waze started rapping at the age of 10 in 1997. He founded the duo The Pleasantville Killerz, with his friend Jesse Garcia, not long after at the age of 12. However, the twos’ tendency to get into trouble together would prevent them from making any real musical strides until they grew up. Years later in 2007, Sketchy launched MasterMindz Entertainment, and immediately went to work on getting exposure for his long-time duo, who had gotten back in the studio together around the same time.
Sketchy dropped his commercial debut in 2008, and quickly rose through the ranks to become a prominent figure in the Boise rap scene.
In 2011, Sketchy joined forces with film producer Jr Kc, and they began producing videos to go along with Sketchy’s music. It was a perfect combination. Although Sketchy had produced his own music videos up to that point, Jr Kc brought videos with the professionalism and quality needed to make Sketchy’s music stand out in an increasingly competitive market.
Since teaming up, the two have worked together full-force, producing video after video, each one getting better than the last in terms of concept and visuals.
In 2012, Sketchy Waze entered Funk Volume’s 4th Annual ‘Don’t Funk Up Our Beats’ Contest. He was a Top 25 Finalist, which propelled his music into the national and international underground music scene. Sketchy continues to work around the clock, pursuing his passion of music. He is currently working on a solo project, as well as composing keyboard and leading up vocals in his newly-formed band, HomeTown.
One thing is certain; Whatever Sketchy Waze does, he will do it to the fullest.