The ground-breaking roots of rapper/producer E-A Ski trace back deep within the concrete history of Bay Area music; you can find the musical fingerprints of E-A Ski with rapper Spice 1 before (and during) his time with Jive Records in the 90s.
E-A Ski produced three tracks off of Spice 1’s self-titled debut album while signed to the record label, and contributed another four beats to the California spitter’s sophomore follow-up, 187 He Wrote, both of which went Gold.
Continuing to solidify the strength of his production work with Spice 1, the E-A Ski-produced “Trigga 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 film’s soundtrack is a platinum-certified album.
In addition, the famed producer was also heavily instrumental in Master P’s early success with No Limit Records, where 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.
Looking ahead, E-A Ski and his I.M.G.M.I. imprint will be putting out several upcoming projects like his latest solo album titled 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, Tech N9ne and others. The video to the lead-single “Please,” featuring west coast heavyweight Ice Cube, is currently being played in heavy rotation, garnering over 100,000 views on youtube within the first two weeks of its release.
XXL Magazine sat down with the iconic Mr. Ski to discuss his current, Ice Cube-assisted video, his thoughts on being considered the “Dr. Dre of the Bay”, why Interscope Records wouldn’t clear his song “Dr. Dre & Mr. Ski” back in 1996, his upcoming album and more.
Read the interviewhere