A decade ago, SkyBlu teamed up with his paternal uncle, Redfoo, to make music together as the duo LMFAO and the two ended up going on to experience quite the decorated career, full of antics and accolades. From selling almost 10 million copies of their hit record “Party Rock Anthem,” to being nominated for a Grammy Award, among a plethora of other awards, to blazing stages across the globe, the iconic party rockers have a permanent place within music history.
But that was then and now 8ky (yes, that’s Sky) has a hell of a lot of music left in him to create and release as a solo artist. Breaking away from the group dynamic to follow his own path hasn’t been the easiest feat, considering his connection to such an established group, but for 8ky, it was inevitable. With the organic progression that comes with having both creative freedom and an intrinsic need to create, 8ky found himself in a new position to make the music he wanted, by no one’s rules but his own.
8ky, who has deep roots in spirituality, reflects on his journey to this point with his new album, Fxck Yeah: Chaos to Consciousness. Songs like “Synchronicity” (“I stay up on my chakras and I’m still a party rocker”) touch on the path he’s traveled and where he’s headed. On the LP, the rapper further establishes his place as a subtle motivational speaker within the rap game, inspiring others to live their truth by just living each day to the fullest.
While he’s all about creating a self-sustaining lifestyle in and out of his music post-LMFAO, 8ky hasn’t killed off the part of him known for having a good time and partying. Instead, he’s celebrating his many facets and encouraging listeners to do the same. On his new album, all sides of himself are highlighted, making for a refreshingly honest and well-rounded project that doubles as a fresh reintroduction.
It’s clear 8ky is in a new chapter as a career musician. Although, he’ll offer he’s been here all along, but it just wasn’t his time to break through yet. The 8ky today is wise, humble, prepared and open-minded for what’s next, making for exactly the type of rapper you need in your playlist, sandwiched between Drake, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and even a little throwback LMFAO, you know, for good measure.
XXL speaks to 8ky about his Fxck Yeah: Chaos to Consciousness album, life after LMFAO, a disappointing run-in with Kanye West and evolving.
Read full feature here.