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Shaquan Ian Lewis, (born June 2, 1974) also known as Skillz, or Mad Skillz is an American rapper known for his acclaimed 1996 album From Where???, a reference to his origins in Virginia, not the stereotypical New York City or Los Angeles rapper, and hes also known for his yearly "Rap Ups," which he has done annually since 2002 (except in 2013). Skillz was born June 2, 1974 in Detroit, Michigan, and after spending his early childhood in Fayetteville, North Carolina he then moved to Richmond, Virginia at a young age. He credits Run DMC for getting him involved in hip hop as a child. He fell in love with the culture and immediately began to practice all four elements religiously. He is credited for putting Virginia on the hip hop map as he was the first artist to break out nationally from the state. He first made a name for himself by finishing in second place (Losing to MC Supernatural) in a national freestyle competition, which eventually resulted in a recording contract with Atlantic Records. At this time he went by the stage name Mad Skillz rather than just Skillz. Mad Skillz' Atlantic debut album, From Where???, and its single, "The Nod Factor", were released in 1996, but neither received much commercial or critical attention. The albums title was a reference to the regionalism in hip-hop, and at the time the state of Virginia did not have a large hip-hop scene. In the late-1990s more of a Virginia scene emerged, and he allied himself with fellow Virginia natives Missy Elliott, Timbaland, and The Neptunes. He made appearances on Timbalands albums Tims Bio in 1998, and Indecent Proposal in 2001; Timbaland made plans to sign Skillz to the Blackhand label he was developing; however, this label failed to materialize. He along with Danja Mowf, Lonnie B, and Kalonji The Immortal, members of Skillz' Supafriendz collective, also appeared on a remix of Aaliyahs hit single "Are You That Somebody" in 1998. More recently (2000) Skillz is known for his tell all single "Ghostwriter". Within this single, he names (but his label edited out) artists for which he has written hit singles. It has alluding lines such as 'I'm a ghostwriter, I'm the cat that you don't see/I write hits for rappers you like and charge 'em a fee'. Unedited versions of the track have not surfaced, but Skillz is known to do a live performance in which he includes the names. In one live performance he mentions P. Diddy, Foxy Brown, Mase, Will Smith and Jermaine Dupri. One artist who openly admits Skillz has written hits for him is P. Diddy.

29 jobs at Skillz
Partner Engineer

You'll train with our SDK engineering teams in iOS, Unity and Android development, and Integrations...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   Less than 5 years exp.  •  Technology

Lead Mobile SDK Engineer

Build exciting new features for our world-class multiplayer platform enabling competitions, tourname...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   5 - 7 years exp.  •  Technology

Lead Data Scientist

You have experience with technical leadership. You enjoy planning, estimating, leading and getting y...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   5 - 7 years exp.  •  Technology

Senior Mobile SDK Engineer

Work with a variety of powerful mobile technologies and languages, including video streaming, player...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   Less than 5 years exp.  •  Technology

Senior / Lead Software Engineer

Work with a variety of amazing cloud-based datastore technologies on AWS such as ElasticSearch, Redi...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   Less than 5 years exp.  •  Technology

Senior DevOps Engineer

Maintain and improve the build pipeline that delivers code from Engineers to production, as well as...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   Less than 5 years exp.  •  Technology

DevOps Engineer

Maintain and improve the build pipeline that delivers code from Engineers to production, as well as...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   Less than 5 years exp.  •  Technology

Integrations Engineer

You'll train with our SDK engineering teams in iOS, Unity and Android development, and Integrations...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   Less than 5 years exp.  •  Technology

Elixir Software Engineer

Enable the smooth deployment and support of the Chat Platform across a variety of amazing cloud-base...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   Less than 5 years exp.  •  Technology

Lead Product Designer

Collaborate cross-functionally with product, engineering, marketing and executives; produce design s...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   8 - 10 years exp.  •  Technology

Director of Product

Identify opportunities that lead to the growth of the product through innovation while still maintai...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   5 - 7 years exp.  •  Technology

Senior Product Manager

As a senior product manager you bridge the gap between our internal and external customers, engineer...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   5 - 7 years exp.  •  Technology

Senior Game Designer

You'll have a strong hand in evolving the game design strategy at Skillz and, accordingly, work with...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   11 - 15 years exp.  •  Technology

Vice President of People Operations

The Vice President of People Operations is a newly-created leadership position as the organization p...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   8 - 10 years exp.  •  Technology

Recruiter

Utilize recruiting tools such as Linkedin, Google, Facebook, Twitter and other social media platform...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   5 - 7 years exp.  •  Technology

Director of Brand and Creative Services

Work in partnership with our developer marketing and product marketing teams on naming and messaging...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   11 - 15 years exp.  •  Technology

Senior Full Stack Engineer

Collaborate with designers, product managers, and team members to design, plan, prototype and implem...

Posted 39 days ago

  •   Less than 5 years exp.  •  Technology

Senior Data Scientist

Simulate new algorithms with bots in a staging environment to understand the impact of your ideas be...

Posted 39 days ago

  •   Less than 5 years exp.  •  Technology

Partner Engineer

You'll create code examples, video tutorials and articles for our Developer Console and Knowledge Ba...

Posted 39 days ago

  •   Less than 5 years exp.  •  Technology

QA Automation Engineer

Work closely with the development team to test features as soon as they are ready; build a world cla...

Posted 39 days ago

  •   Less than 5 years exp.  •  Technology

Integrations Engineer

You'll train with our SDK engineering teams in iOS, Unity and Android development, and Integrations...

Posted 39 days ago

  •   Less than 5 years exp.  •  Technology

Full Stack Engineer

Collaborate with designers, product managers, and team members to design, plan, prototype and implem...

Posted 39 days ago

  •   Less than 5 years exp.  •  Technology

Erlang Software Engineer

Ensure system stability under load by creating and maintaining monitoring tools, performance tests ...

Posted 39 days ago

  •   Less than 5 years exp.  •  Technology

Data Engineer

Provide infrastructure expertise to data consumers, evangelize Data Engineering principles and enabl...

Posted 39 days ago

  •   Less than 5 years exp.  •  Technology

Business Development Manager

Work with cross functional teams to identify new categories to expand the Skillz platform to acquire...

Posted 39 days ago

  •   Less than 5 years exp.  •  Technology