Check out our exclusive interview with Skooly
Skooly is a Real University vet and no newcomer to the rap game or dealing with fame. He’s also an underground legend in Atlanta, having collaborated with, “everyone from Ludacris to Young Thug” to artists such as Metro Boomin and London on da Track. Skooly’s bond with 2 Chainz has been that of a mentor and friend, “I was brought up in a place where there’s nothing but the streets and music. 2 Chainz is a great mentor for me. Big bro went through the same struggle. Now, we’re rare,” said Skooly. 2 Chainz is Skooly’s biggest supporter stating, “I know Skooly is a superstar…I’ve been watching him since he was about 14 in Atlanta…I’m staying down with him. He’s 25-years-old, and he’s nowhere near his peak”. Most recently Skooly was featured on The Real University’s compilation album No Face No Case, along with label mates Hott LockedN, Sleepy Rose, Worl and founder 2 Chainz. Check out our full interview with Skooly below.
The Knockturnal: Can you talk about your relationship with 2 Chainz and discuss what it’s been like having him as a mentor?
Skooly: That’s exactly what he is, one of the many things that he is to me: mentor, big brother, life guider. I just watch him, watch everything he do, watch all the big sh*t he be doing and I be tryna do that type of sh*t. It’s like a requirement I’m tryna meet like, when I go in the studio with him I be tryna go crazy.
The Knockturnal: How did you connect with 2 Chainz?
Skooly: He actually used to do features for me when I was with Rick Kidz, Everybody Eat Bread, basically he’s always been a good friend and big supporter and that’s hard to come by, someone who wants to support someone else while they’re on their way to success.
The Knockturnal: What was that turning point where 2 Chainz transitioned from friend and supporter to investing in your music?
Skooly: Probably after he gave me a chain. He was taking me everywhere with him already and then one night he said, ‘meet me at the studio and pack a bag we goin somewhere.’ He took me to Miami on his tour bus. He took me to Miami and I brought my brothers, my little brothers. Big brother sh*t.
The Knockturnal: How long have you been signed to The Real University?
Skooly: Three years goin on four, but I been with Chainz about 5 years going on 6, damn near when I was 19. I think I turned 20 or 21 with him.
The Knockturnal: What was it like filming the collaborative video for “Jefe Sh*t?”
Skooly: It was an out-of-nowhere song. Big bro called us, he called me and said you gotta put your verse on this so everybody went crazy on it and my verse was kind of bouncy. I wanted it to stick out a little bit. The video was on some dark, fun sh*t.
The Knockturnal: What are you currently working on ?
Skooly: Nobody Likes Me, my solo album is coming soon. This will be my second official album.