Skyman was born in Lagos in the 90s and was exposed to Western pop music as a kid. As he got older, he started writing lyrics of his own in high school but never recorded or shared them with anyone.
However, when he moved to Cyprus in 2014 to pursue higher education, he started dedicating more time and energy to his craft and started gaining local attention with his ear-catching freestyle. In 2018 Skyman released his first mixtape, 'Class Act,' which showed listeners his talent and potential. In 2019, he moved to Glasgow, UK, where he released his debut EP, 'Take To The Skies' in 2020 and 'Class Act 2' in 2021.
Skyman returns with his latest release, "Now I Know," featuring Sonia on the chorus as the track selected feature. The duo is a perfect match for this track, as the ambient production takes you away.
"Now I Know" opens up with Sonia's angelic and soothing vocals on the chorus, keeping you singing along till the very end of the track. Skyman jumps in on the first verse and gets us going with lines about his connection with his other half. He gave her his soul and made her his queen, entrusting her with a role that she played well as Skyman flows on. Desiring the high life with her, Skyman says he could never repay her for all that she's done for him. Instead, she is his motivation to create the life he wants them to share.
As the verses continue, Skyman elevates the content and shares startling revelations of his dishonesty and broken trust. "Now I Know" delivers not only harmonious bars and fast-hitting lines, but the storyline also takes the listener on a dramatic hip-hop adventure.
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Welcome to BuzzMusic Skyman. We're so excited to have you with us today. Your lyrical work on "Now I Know" is phenomenal; how did you create the concept of this record? Let us in on the writing process.
Thanks for having me again, guys. For this record, I first heard the beat in 2016 from a producer I was working with in Cyprus then. When he played the beat, I immediately loved it, and the melody for the hook just came to me, but the lyrics were nowhere near what it is now. It was not even in Greek. However, I wrote a verse to it too, but I felt those lyrics didn't do justice to the beat because I liked the beat so much. So I left the beat alone for years and said I'll come back to it one day when I've got better inspiration, then I basically forgot about it. So in 2020, I had just released my debut EP, "Take To The Skies," and wanted to start something new so I was going through my beat archives and stumbled on the beat, then all the emotions I felt from the first day heard it came back to me. Remembering that the beat was made by a producer in Cyprus and that being where I really started making music, I thought to use this as an opportunity to pay homage to the culture and the language spoken there, which is Greek, I still wanted to keep the melody I had initially. From listening to a couple of Greek songs, I had direction for writing. The point was to let out emotions I have held back for so long on this record, and I knew it would involve some singing, and I wanted to sing on it, but I didn't want it to be just me.
"Now I Know" has an addictive chorus; how did you know Sonia's would perfectly match this record's vibe?
I think one of the things I'm blessed with in music is creating choruses. I had the initial melody in mind, and I was looking for a Greek singer because it was all about paying homage to the Greek culture, as I explained earlier, so I came across some of Sonia's work on the internet immediately after hearing her voice, I knew it would work very well for my idea. I reached out to her with the concept, and she was able to pull it off easily. I told her about the melody and the lyric "I'm sorry my love" and she came up with the rest. It works well because she has a very soothing voice which makes the lyrics of the hook more genuine.
Spending all those hours in the studio recording your raw emotions, were there any moments where you had to hold certain things back? Or do you have an all honesty policy with your music? When I'm in the studio, it's not like I'm sworn to honesty haha, but I just let it flow. It all just depends on how well the beat speaks to me. This usually determines what and how much I say and sometimes even the delivery I use. For this record, I had like 3 verses, because, as I said earlier, I wanted to let all my bottled-up emotions out, so there was no holding back on this one. Then again, though, you can't really say everything in one record.
As an experienced rapper in this rigid music industry, is there anything you wish you had learned sooner? Explain why? It feels like the music industry gets tougher every day, and as I've been doing this for a while now, of course, I've learned a whole lot, however, there are things I wished I had learned earlier, these include how to make beats and produce a track from start to finish because when I was making my first mixtape, I had to rely on favors and after a point pay for studio time to do all that. This delayed the progress of the project, and even if I was learning the basics of production then, I wasn't fully dedicated because I was also a full-time student and allocated my time from music to writing and practicing my raps. However, if I had learned that earlier, I would have had more songs out by now and would have been so much better at it. Also, it would have saved me so much money. Another thing I wished I knew sooner was how to actually market myself as an artist, simply because what's the point of having good songs if they are not been heard by the target it was intended for. Even now, I still have a lot to learn about music marketing, but earlier, the numbers were so discouraging that I felt a bit uninspired to continue and even took a long break. If I had known then what I know now I would have been at much greater heights. All good, though; there's still time to reach those heights.
What's next for you?
Well, I'm currently working on my EP, which releases later this year. I'm very excited for this one because it's the first project where, even though I'm working with producers, I have creative freedom over the instrumentals being made, and we make stuff happen in real-time. It's going to comprise 5-6 tracks, but it's a dynamic project, and I just can't wait to share it with the world.