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Feb 11th

Artist Profile: Skinny

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 skinny2 1978Refreshingly rare, are words best associated with talented Twin Cities hip-hop artist Skinny.

Skinny, is the son of Love Promotions founder, Pamela Weems, and is easily identifiable to fans by his signature high-top fade – a proper crown for any lyrical prince, most would say. With his special brand of rap, he is now positioning himself right smack on the front line of our local "twerking" movement. And with popular singles "Spoonful" and "Twerk," he's proving bar after bar, that he's a hit machine in the making.

Twerking is the latest dance craze that love it or leave it, shows no signs of going anywhere, even if a lot of folks don't have the capabilities to truly make it "twerk."

Skinny, a founding member of the rapping/dance crew The Backpack Kidz, has taken the southern dance trend, twerking, and given it a heightened Midwest appeal. The lyrics to his latest single "Turn Down For What," verbalize his mantra of making music you can move to with no room to question his objective as an artist, "Three, four, if you ain't dancing you can go."

 skinny3 1978"Music is not supposed to be boring. I don't want to make music that you can just nod your head to, I want to get you crunk," said Skinny. "It's entertainment, so music should be more than just about your ears being satisfied. It should hit you everywhere. It should make you want to get up and move something."

Skinny has opened up for artists like Big Sean, Diggy Simmons, OMG Girlz, Machine Gun Kelly and Kirko Bangz. His music has even caught the attention of actress Amanda Bynes who shouted him out on Twitter, causing Skinny to become a discussion topic on the popular series "Dish Nation." Most recently Skinny performed with Atlanta dance crew Twerk Team, at the Midwest Drake Relays.

 skinny 1978"I'm happy to be performing. This has been a dream of mine since I was a kid and could hold a pen in my hand and write down my thoughts in verse. I can't wait to see where music is going to take me," said Skinny.

To follow Skinny's musical journey, catch him on Twitter @AintYouSkinny.

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