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It’s been three whole months since I last featured a Lil rapper… thank goodness Lil Skies is here to get us back on track! Kimetrius Foose, aka Lil Skies, is lil in age and height, as a 19-year-old of 5ft 7. The heavily tattooed MC from Pennsylvania got his start on Soundcloud before signing to Atlantic Records. He released his first album Life of a Dark Rose this month, and a week later was celebrating a Billboard top 40 album and two singles in the Hot 100, Nowadays and Red Roses. Both those singles feature teen singer Landon Cube, and their videos gained attention on YouTube thanks to director Cole Bennett, who has a large following there. The two videos have over 50 million views combined, with another 30 million plays on Spotify. Lil Skies has a distinctive, edgy look, and is confident and charismatic in interviews. He can even carry off the ‘shrugging in an ineffective straightjacket’ look – impressive!