News: Skillz Breaks Down "Rap Up 2009" Song, "I Usually Start Right After Thanksgiving" [Audio]

Thursday, Dec 31, 2009 7:30AM

Written by Biz Jones

Rapper Skillz has spoken up on his new "Rap Up 2009" song and explained the process behind putting together the annual hip-hop headlines wrap up.

Usually putting the track together in November, Skillz said he made the latest version a couple weeks ago.

"As long as people want me to do it, I'mma do it," Skillz revealed to radio host Jenny Boom Boom. "[I began] the 15th of the month. I usually start right after Thanksgiving but like I said, I went out of the country, I was out of the country for a while and you know, I was just trying to get my thoughts together and when I came home, I was just formulating how it was gonna go and when I was gonna leak it. I was in the UK, me and Jazzy Jeff...You can get [the song] on iTunes, it should be available on iTunes -- I appreciate the people that like the song. It's a good song, it's a funny song and I think it works so well because it's actually what people are thinking, they're just not used to hearing it how I say it." ("Jenny Boom Boom")

The song debuted online earlier this week.

"50 and Rick Ross, that's a new level of beef," Skillz raps, "LeBron [James] got dunked on and he ain't want us to see it/The news of Chris and Rihanna broke into the streets/T-Pain got on to that golf cart and broke some teeth/Tiny and Toya got a show, that's crazy/Tiny, you gonna get a new season, 'Yeaah baby,' -- Rick Ross shades was phony and fake/Enter a newcomer by the name of Drake/The industry gotta get it in gear/Because it's bad when a mixtape is really album of the year..Eminem and Mariah seemed bitter, and we all took to this little thing called Twitter...Chris Brown -- now that's my guy, but how he do an interview and all y'all notice was the bow tie/The media went hard, Chris you want us to forget just say what really happened in the car/Rihanna, she kept quiet, until she had an album to sell but we still ain't buy it/Mike Vick and A.I. -- back in action and we were shocked by the loss of Mr. Michael Jackson..." ("Rap-Up 2009")

Writing on his Twitter page, Skillz shared his fans' reaction to the latest "Rap Up."

"TophNoso @Skillzva just heard the #09RapUp another great 1, Ima figure out that piano sample on the keys just now! Dope ish<--good luck," he wrote Monday (December 28) night. "leosashny @skillzva came thru with another classic, he always come with it for the fans. Now fans lets not forget when his albums drop, support. @skillzva just did the d*mn thing on the #09RAPUP! Had me feeling like I did in high school standin next 2 the radio @ the end of the yr! is the internet going nuts? Thanks yall...I really appreciate it. Im goin to sleep...early flight." (Skillz's Twitter)

The record marks his latest since beginning the trend eight years years ago.

Since the year 2002, the rapper has done year end wrap up track which brings all of the major events that occurred within the year from politics, national and international news and, of course, the music industry. Looking back at what was 2009, things may have had their sour points, but one can only keep his/her head held high for the endless possibilities that could be 2010. (Hip Hop Wired)

Check out Skillz speaking on the track below:

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