E-A-SKI – Multi Platinum Artist & Producer
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The ground-breaking roots of Oakland, CA native E-A-SKI trace back deep within the concrete history of Bay Area music — where you can find the musical fingerprints of E-A-SKI with Spice-1 before (and during) his time with Jive Records, and Master P’s early success with No Limit Records. As an original one-fifth member of No Limit’s TRU, along with P, King George, Big Ed, and Rally Ral, E-A-SKI released “1 Step Ahead of Y’all” through In-A-Minute/No Limit in 1992.
E-A-SKI produced 3 tracks off Spice-1’s self-titled debut album for Jive Records, as well as contributing another 4 produced tracks for Spice-1’s sophomore follow-up, “187 He Wrote”, both of which were Gold-certified. “Spice-1” peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and at number 82 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers in 1992, as well as being named in The Source Magazine’s: 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums.
“187 He Wrote” peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and at number 10 on the Billboard 200 in 1993. Continuing to solidify the strength of his production work with Spice-1, the E-A-SKI-produced “Nigga Gots No Heart” was also featured in the Menace II Society film, as well being released as a single (with video) for promotion for the now classic Hughes Brothers film. The Menace II Society soundtrack is a platinum-certified album.
In 1995, E-A-SKI scored yet again with his production on “Playa Hater” off the Luniz “Operation Stackola” album. Certified Platinum by the RIAA, “Operation Stackola” served as the Luniz highest-selling album to date, peaking at number 1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and at Number 20 on the Billboard 200 in 1995. In addition, E-A-SKI had his song “Blast If I Have To” featured on the soundtrack to the Ice Cube and Chris Tucker movie Friday. This star-studded, multi-platinum soundtrack featured music from Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Scarface, Cypress Hill, Rick James, Roger Troutman and several other industry heavyweights.
If you look behind the music you will see that E-A-SKI has been involved with various stand-out projects by some hip-hop’s most accomplished artists like Ice-T, Spice-1, Jayo Felony, Too $hort, Ice Cube, Master P, Nate Dogg, WC, Dr. Dre and others throughout the 1990’s and into the new millennium.
The year 1998 saw E-A-SKI’s first musical collaboration with fellow west coast legend Ice Cube for Cube’s “War & Peace” project on the song “Penitentiary”. In 2010 the two would re-connect for Cube’s “I Am The West” project on the iTunes bonus track “Pros vs Joes”. Most recently, E-A-SKI and Ice Cube have linked up for SKI’s own single and video “Please” from the forthcoming “5th of Skithoven” project, which has been spotlighted on several top media outlets like HipHopDX, 2Dopeboyz, Dubcnn, VladTV, and MTV Sucker Free to name only a few.
In 2011 and fresh off the presentation of the Okanagan 2010 Film Festival Award-winning short film “No Problems” (which features Danny Glover of the Lethal Weapon films), E-A-SKI started working on his current project entitled “5th of Skithoven”, which is set to feature original, new music from the storied producer, as well as boasting appearances from Ice Cube, Freeway, Locksmith, Strange Music leader Techn9ne, B-Real of Cypress Hill and others. He has also been providing the sonic backdrop for I.M.G.M.I. recording artist Locksmith on songs like “Rare Form”, “Man Up”, the heavily-buzzed and talked about song, “Grey Area”, which features Slaughterhouse emcee Crooked I, and “On The Low” which has been a viral smash on the internet ever since it’s leak.
In 2012, E-A-SKI continued to evolve, both as a producer and as an artist. Putting the finishing touches on the “5th of Skithoven”, E-A-SKI released the single “Cruise Control”, complete with another short-film movie saw cameos from Ice Cube and world-renowned actor Danny Glover.
Ice Cube once again enlisted the services of E-A-SKI behind the boards for the emcee’s 10th solo album titled “Everything’s Corrupt”, released in 2013 Featuring Kelly Rowland of Destiny’s Child, Nelly, Dr. Dre protégé Slim The Mobster,
Billion-dollar social game provider Zynga Inc. has also contracted E-A-SKI to supply the game developer with music for several of their upcoming interactive programs.
Still releasing Albums of his own and continuing to work with other high profile artists, we are sure to see and hear more from the Almighty Mr. E-A-SKI.