Celio Skilz: MC

Genre: Hip-Hop & Rap

Sound description: Hip-hop.

RIYL: Hip-hop

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Influences: The Icons, K CEE Legendary, Regg Henny, Mos Def, LL Cool J, KRS One


"Use what you have to get what you want is what my Aunt told me a few months before she passed," said Celio Skilz, a former grafitti tagger. Skilz has managed to create a buzz with his critically acclaimed debut album, The Cost of Being Me. His blend of bi-coastal beats mixed with straightforward, witty lyrics has allowed his fans to identify with him.

With subject matters jumping from facing one's inner demons (on "Self Defense"), to addressing fools ruining parties by getting too drunk (on "F*ck the Party Up"), the themes are what everyday folks deal with. But don't think that normality makes him slouch on lyrics. Celio Skilz's last name speaks for itself on "They've Been Waiting." With "She Used to Love Me," Skilz allows Hip-Hop, in feminine form, to vent her frustration about her so-called fans, in an answer to Common's "I Used to Love H.E.R."

Celio Skilz originally started out as a ghostwriter in the late '80s for his twin brothers while in a group called DTC (Dubb Trubb Crew). He now performs with local sensations such as the Icons, K CEE Legendary, and Regg Henny. He has participated in opening for major acts in his San Diego hometown, including Mos Def, LL Cool J, and KRS One.

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