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Elders React to Lil Skies (Rapper)


– He sounds a little bitter.
– “Now, she wanna suck and put my Johnny
in her throat.” (laughs) ♪ (ragtime intro) ♪ – ♪ And I got all the drugs
in the world that you need ♪ ♪ We get high to pass time ♪
♪ But bitch, I ain’t no fiend ♪ – I like him.
He’s cute. – ♪ …on my mind ♪
– Looks awful young. – Well, I can understand him at least. – ♪ I don’t like to be teased ♪
– I don’t like this at all. I don’t like the lyric. – ♪ I roll up the Mary Jane ♪
♪ No, they can’t feel my pain ♪ ♪ I’m still trapping every day ♪
♪ I think I’m stuck in my ways ♪ – If you’re doing drugs,
maybe you’re stuck in your ways. – ♪ I don’t care about no friends ♪
♪ Because they all were just fake ♪ – He sounds a little bitter.
– ♪ She gon’ [bleep] me like a porn star, a rock star ♪
– I don’t like derogatory verbiage. – I feel sorry
for the young generation right now. – ♪ If I would give it to you,
would you tear that [bleep] apart? ♪ ♪ Red roses on my grave,
bury me with art ♪ – Oh, that’s so negative. – What happened?
Oh, it’s his friend, okay. Is this his fake friend? – ♪ …all these [bleep] turn… ♪
– Why do they allow words like that? – ♪ I work hard ♪
‘♪ ‘Cause you could be someone today and just be nobody tomorrow ♪
♪ She said I’ll never be… ♪ – Yeah. Money, sex…
nasty words. – ♪ Yeah, she off a bar,
and she can’t feel her face no more ♪ – I don’t know who that is.
It sounds like some of the other rappers.
Getting laid, smoking, snortin’. – The view of (laughs) humans
is pretty negative. They’re all after him.
They’re only friends because of money. – ♪ Ay, ay, ay ♪
♪ Nowadays, I’m too cool… ♪ – He’s got a lot of tattoos.
– ♪ Nowadays, I don’t know when the world spins ♪
– Okay. A little softer, can understand it. – ♪ …we [bleep] break a sin ♪
♪ Nowadays, [bleep]’s not the same ♪ ♪ Life switched lanes,
now these hoes act strange ♪ ♪ And I lost my grip
on the world in bliss ♪ – He’s very unhappy maybe. – ♪ And I don’t trust nobody,
people talking and be telling lies ♪ – Ooh, that was scary. – ♪ …shock them all
and catch ’em by surprise ♪ ♪ I was saucin’ down until we up
and then we all rise, yeah ♪ ♪ But [bleep] don’t stick
to the G-code ♪ – But he’s good,
because he’s not just rapping. He’s actually sing the rap, and he’s got a good voice.
– ♪ …and make the free throw ♪ ♪ I think that I’m D. Rose ♪
♪ Do ’em like I’m Deebo ♪ – I don’t even know what that means. – ♪ I got these diamonds on me ♪
♪ And these bitches all in my face ♪ – Too many syllables for one line.
– ♪ Nowadays, I’m too cool for a girlfriend
♪ Nowadays… ♪ – You don’t want him, girl.
He’s weird. – ♪ Live your life like we die
when the world ends ♪ ♪ It’s all right every time
we [bleep] break a sin ♪ – Wow, what words.
– Too cool for girlfriends. Maybe the girls don’t like him,
because you look like that! – Maybe I’m old school,
but I think if you got tattoos all over your face,
you got a screw loose. – ♪ Ay, get in my way
and try to block me, I’ma show aggression ♪
♪ Slide on your block like Danny Glover with a…
– “Lethal weapon.” (chuckles) – ♪ I [bleep] your thot,
she gave me top, I guess that’s my confession ♪
♪ Got not regrets, I made mistakes,
but I learned from my lessons ♪ ♪ Trappin’ by the stu, villains… ♪
– O-kay. – ♪ …car ain’t got no roof,
thought this [bleep] was bulletproof ♪
– (laughs) – ♪ I can’t feel my face,
smokin’ on Gorilla Glue ♪ – Oh, got animated.
That’s cool. – Very creative.
– ♪ Shinin’ like I’m Pikachu ♪ – Pikachu. (laughs) – Okay, that’s kind of cute. – ♪ Take this Backwood to the face,
then grab my cup ♪ – Nice, clever video.
– ♪ She on the way to [bleep] ♪ ♪ It’s a lot of lust… ♪
– Whoa, okay. – ♪ Ay, I stack it up,
can’t get enough ♪ – Oh no.
– ♪ She look at me and she blush ♪ – Okay, well, I’m blushing.
– ♪ I don’t take her out for lunch ♪ ♪ It’s a lot of lust ♪
– All right, I’m tapping my foot. You can’t tell.
– ♪ …in the coupe when she was rolling out the drugs ♪
♪ Lookin’ for the one… ♪ – He’s lalala-ing now.
He was out to kill this person who turned out to be a woman
who kissed him on the cheek. – ♪ Don’t be actin’ starstruck… ♪ – All this twerking. (chuckles)
I was enjoying the video until all of that booty
(laughs) in my face. – He’s telling a story
about his life, his deep thoughts and feelings.
He’s doing what he sees is happening. – ♪ I’ve been up five days ♪
– Oh my god. More? – ♪ Stay inside my house… ♪
– He does have a lot of– even on his– all over his body. – ♪ What did you expect? ♪
♪ Everybody love you when they know that you got next ♪
– See? He’s not a happy person. – ♪ She didn’t like me then ♪
♪ Now she wanna suck it ♪ ♪ I don’t go no time… ♪
– See, there we go with the money. That’s what I’m talking about.
Once they get famous… (chuckles) Didn’t wanna talk to you
when you were looking, you know, poor. (chuckles) – ♪ Go crazy for them… ♪
♪ Ay, ay, I don’t got no time for these lames in my face ♪
– Well, that’s a little too fast for me.
I don’t get it. – ♪ You were talkin’ down,
but you just… ♪ – He’s got a nice voice.
– ♪ I’ma grab the chopper, get the bullets out the vase ♪
– That’s hard to watch with double. – ♪ I’ve been up five days,
I can’t get no rest ♪ – Too much partying. (chuckles) – ♪ She gon’ fall in love,
my [bleep] ♪ ♪ What did you expect? ♪
♪ Everybody love you when they know that you got next ♪
– Yup. So, he reaches the fame, and it just doesn’t bring him
any happiness. – I didn’t like it at all.
I’m not gonna let my grandkids listen to this. (chuckles) – (FBE) So, those were all songs
from 20-year-old rapper Lil Skies. – There’s been a few Lils,
haven’t there? – (FBE) Before we go
into talking more about him, we have some lyrics
for you to read and dissect coming from the videos
you just watched. – Okay, I would like that,
because they were too fast for me. – (FBE) So, the first lyric
is from one of his newest singles, “No Rest.”
– Okay. “When I used to come around, they’d play me for a joke.
Now she wanna suck and put my Johnny
in her throat.” (laughs) – I guess it’s not as graphic
as it could be. I mean, it’s kind of innuendo kind of. – “I go barely in
and shawty calling me the GOAT,” G-O-A-T.
Greatest of all time. – I hope he gets rid of that chip
that he can’t trust the world and everybody’s just after him
when really he’s got talent. – (FBE) The next lyrics
are from the song, “Red Roses.” – “I roll up the Mary Jane.
No, they can’t feel my pain. I’m still trapping every day.” – “I think I’m stuck in my ways.”
Well, yes. We all are. How can he be 20
and stuck in his ways? – “If you’re looking for a handout,
get the [bleep]”– yeah, get out of here.
You looking for a handout. Yeah, I don’t care
about no friends, but they’re all just fake.
Yeah, this goes– once again, this man
is very unhappy. – That’s part of the creativity
of what he writes, whatever pain he’s had
from his life. You use what you have
to make something that people can relate to.
– (FBE) So, after watching some videos and breaking down
some lyrics, how does Lil Skies compare to other rappers
we’ve listened to on the show before?
– How does Lil Skies compare? Okay, well, there’s some similarities.
He’s another Lil. It just seems to be the same
over and over again with different lyrics.
It’s all almost all the same about him, people just wanting his–
I mean, girls just wanting him because of his fame
and his money. – Lil Pump, Migos, him,
they’re all the same, ’cause they don’t care
what they say. They don’t care about the consequences
of young people. – I can see why he’d be a big star.
He’s a clever lyricist. He really is.
– He’s a good writer. I’ve seen some others
where the writing was just more empty.
He adds some substance to it, really telling a story.
– (FBE) Lil Skies credits his father, a rapper known as Dark Skies…
– Oh, there you go. – (FBE) …as a huge influence
in his music. After his father was injured
in a chemical explosion at work, the two collaborated on an album
called “Father-Son Talk,” focusing on his dad’s recovery.
As an elder, what are your thoughts on a father and song being involved
in the industry together like this? – I think usually it’s bad,
doesn’t work. There’s a guy by the name
of Bing Crosby, and he had several sons,
and they collaborated a little bit, but they ended up
hating their father. – That seems like a good idea,
because he can warn him about the pitfalls and things
that he’s seen, because he’s had the experience.
– It’s always good to share something with your dad.
It’s a mutual respect. It’s somebody who’s been there
and done that. I don’t know if his dad
had any of the kind of success that he’s having at a young age. – Parents usually want better
for their kids. You know, you want them
to avoid all the turmoils and the troubles you went through.
I would kind of caution them and say, “Look, you know,
this is fine for now, but do not make it your life.”
You’ve already said in your lyrics you’re not happy.
You’ve realized what little return you’ve gotten on this. – (FBE) So, at this point,
we’ve covered several rappers on the show now.
This generation of rappers like Lil Skies that face criticism
with many thinking that these new rappers
all lyrically sound the same, share the same look,
often having colored hair, face tattoos, and even
sharing similar names by adopting the term Lil
to their stage name. – Yeah, they’re followers.
Why not be a leader? Do your own thing. – (FBE) Do all these rappers
seem similar to you, or are you able to see the differences
between their style of music? – They all seem similar to me.
– What’s interesting about, you know, coloring your hair
or doing facial tattoos is you do those kinds of things
to stand out. But once everybody starts doing it,
now we’re all the same. – There are similarities
in every area of music. You emulate what is successful.
You emulate what you respect and look up to.
– I remember with Motown, you know, I mean,
that was just a factory of amazing music.
And you know, we had The Temptations, you know, the Four Tops,
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. You know what I’m saying?
So, they were all very similar. – You listen to classic rock,
you can understand why your parents said,
“Oh, it all sounds alike.” You know, it kind of sort of does,
but that’s the genre of it. If you like that genre,
then you can tell the differences. – (FBE) So finally, after hearing
a little more about Lil Skies, do you think his career
is going to stay or really just kind of blend in
with all the other rap artists in today’s music?
– More than likely he’s gonna blend in, because the beat is the same. I don’t see anything extraordinary
about this guy. – If he just keeps on growing
and changing and improving, I think he’ll be fine.
– It might just blend in. But because of his good looks,
could stay in. – He’s gonna blend in,
’cause he’s doing the same thing. If he’s able to reinvent himself
and change with what is gonna be selling in the future,
he’ll be around. If not, he will die out
like all the rest of ’em. – I’m guessing that
if he’s really committed to the music and the art of it,
that he’ll continue and probably evolve his style too
as he gets older, because he’s gonna have
different things happening in his life that he’s gonna wanna write about.
He’s not always gonna be writing about the unfaithful hoes. – Thanks for watching this episode
of Elders React. Shoutout to Cristofer Romero.
– What other artist should we check out?
Let us know in the comments. And a shoutout to Alex Ramirez.
– Thanks for watching. Bye! – Hi, guys. JC here,
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