Many young rappers have emerged in recent years to take the music industry by storm and Lil Skies happens to be among that lot. A music lover since childhood, the young rapper began gaining traction on SoundCloud with his mixtapes and would eventually attract the attention of execs at Atlantic Records. Today, he has a couple of Billboard 100 hits and a mixtape, Life of a Dark Rose, that peaked at number 10 on the Billboard 200 chart. Here, we will discuss Lil Skies’ rise to hip-hop fame and how much music has earned him thus far.
Who is Lil Skies – American Rapper, Ethnicity
Lil Skies was born Kimetrius Foose on the 4th day of August 1998 in Chambersburg, South Central Pennsylvania. Foose has that look that often makes his fans wonder about his pedigree. The rapper has not officially spoken about his ethnicity, however, speculations are that he could be a product of interracial marriage, most likely between an African-American and a Caucasian/European. He has a younger brother, Kamrin Houser, a rapper who goes by the stage name, HeartBreak Kid.
His father Michael Burton, Jr. had tried his hands on music but couldn’t quite make it to the mainstream. He rapped under the moniker Dark Skies. Michael introduced his son Kimetrius to rap music when he was just a kid and at the age of 4, Foose had begun writing his own rhymes. His father was impressed so much that he got him a studio session where he attempted his first record at the age of 4.
Foose’s family relocated to Waynesboro, another area in Pennsylvania when he was a third-grader. His parents would later divorce but Foose kept close contact with both of them. Tragedy struck Foose’s family in 2009 when his father was involved in a ghastly chemical explosion accident at his workplace at the Rust-Oleum plant near Williamsport, Maryland. He had injuries that saw him being hospitalized for weeks.
During that period, young Foose developed a strong bond with his dad and the two began penning songs together. They put the songs together to form the album, Father-Son Talk. His father’s near-death experience would come to inspire Foose to become more serious with his music career. He adopted the moniker Lil Skies a play on his father’s moniker.
Lil Skies graduated from Waynesboro Area Senior High School in 2016. Before his graduation, Foose had become heavily engrossed with his music which he posted to file-sharing platforms like SoundCloud and YouTube. Despite his love for music, Lil Skies was a straight-A student.
After high school, he enrolled at Shippensburg University where he continued chasing his music dreams. In a short time, Lil Skies became popular in his school performing at their campus events. His first music video for his track Lonely was released in August 2015, followed by Da Sauce, in 2016. His mixtape, “Good Grades, Bad Habits 2” which talked about his struggles with school and being a good academic student was supposed to be his first official mixtape, however, it was not publicly released.
Lil Skies’ fame shot over the roof when he opened for rapper Fetty Wap during his 2016 concert at the school. Skies dropped out and began chasing music full-time.
In order to prevent himself from falling back to the trap of getting a steady job, Lil Skies, like most young rappers have come to do these days, got his face tattooed. In early 2017, Lil Skies independently released his first mixtape, Alone. He then released a string of singles including “Red Roses” featuring Landon Cube, “Off The Goop,” featuring Sprite Lee “Rude” and “Signs of Jealousy.” His Cole Bennet-directed music video for “Red Roses” generated huge traction and is considered to have been his breakthrough.
Before the end of 2017, Lil SKies came under the radar of Atlantic Records who offered him a record deal. In January 2018, he released his first mixtape with a major label, Life of a Dark Rose. The album was an instant hit and included two hit singles “Nowadays” and “Red Roses” (both featuring Landon Cube).
What is His Net Worth?
Lil Skies has already achieved millionaire status thanks to his music career. He toured with rapper, Lil Uzi Vert in 2017 and in 2018 began his first solo tour, “Life of a Dark Rose” tour which unfortunately was short-lived due to his ill health. The instant successes of his music have brought him a net worth of $3 million.
The young rapper stands at a height of about 5 feet 10 inches tall which is about 1.78 m. He is estimated to weigh about 70 kg or 154 lbs.