WHO IS SKYPP?
SKYPP is a cultivator of Hip-Hop that resides from the east side of Indianapolis, Indiana. Throughout his career in music, he has been the voice of reason using his Sophisticated Street Music to captivate his audience. With witty bars and cautionary narratives, he’s been a constant in the evolving Hip-Hop scene in the Circle City.
His music is mixture of boom bap, trap prophecies and braggadocious flows over modern production. So far left from the modern day standard in Hip-Hop, Skypp is the breath of fresh air that the game needs more so than often. His messages that range from self awareness and empowerment to introspection are a far cry from most aspiring rappers.
Byron Horton’s been immersed in Hip-Hop since the sixth grade. While not so bold at that time, his talent would be exposed through an incident that took place in middle school. A group of girls stole one of his notebooks and read his raps in front of the class. The attempt to embarrass him would backfire.
“They probably expected me to be discouraged, but it motivated me to make these people believers.”
BODY OF WORK
Skypp has an impressive catalog with multiple successes including a Top 15 charting release on iTunes in 2020. His notoriety however, would begin years before that. In 2011, after securing over half a million plays on his Skypp Saturdays series on SoundCloud he was on the radar of the industry’s elites.
Skypp gained the opportunity to not only open for Yo Gotti, but the chance of a lifetime in another Naptown celebrity. Mike Epps approached him with a record deal and flew the MC out to Atlanta for a Tupac Anniversary Celebration. He would meet Meek Mill, Rick Ross and the late Afeni Shakur.
Although the label would dissolve and the deal never came to fruition, he again was not discouraged. As one door closed on Skypp, another would open. A change in management would bring Sid “Uncle Jamz” Johnson (Babyface, Field Mob, Mariah Carey) to his request. It’s been all gas and no brakes ever since!
Skypp is coming out of the blocks fast in 2023. His anticipated project Sorry 4 My Trauma released on February 3rd. The album is currently in the Top 40 US Hip-Hop Albums on iTunes (#6). This places him amongst the ranks of Mount Westmore, Eminem, Drake & 21 Savage.
The twelve track album consists of production from Zero the Composer & The Megalodon. One of the hit singles “My HLF” is also making noise. It’s a smooth track that caters to the ladies this time around. You can check out the single down below.
Some have labeled 2023 as Skypp’s breakout year. While the debate is up for discussion, he feels as if this is moment in time is a milestone in his career. In a press release he stated, “S4MT is some of the most important music I’ve ever made. The transparency is refreshing but the music is just elite. This album will be highly revered and an instant classic. I’m sure of it.”
I have made many albums, over 15 of them and I can say that I have never made music quite like this.SKYPP
Skypp has always been on my radar of the Hip-Hop landscape in Indy. At one point he was hard to avoid. As well as being an artist, he is also revered for his work in his community. This gained the attention of the city. Soon after I would see the homie on the side of IndyGo buses all over the city!
Make sure you download Sorry 4 My Trauma today on iTunes & Amazon Music. In anticipation of my full listen of the album, I’ll leave you with one of my favorite sessions of Skypp. Check out “Music In Transit” down below!