Local artists Skully and Diamond Nicole will be among opening acts at concert



Skully always wanted to introduce itself with a splash, and it will.

The Youngstown hip-hop act, which formed in March, will give its first public performance on the city’s biggest stage. Skully will be one of the openers for Soulja Boy on Friday night at Covelli Centre.

The five-man troupe consists of four 2010 Chaney High graduates and one member who is still in the West Side school.

“We wanted our first show to be a big one,” said Da Kid Loyal, aka Cameron Lewis. “Because we know that we’re going to blow up. Maybe not right away, but in due time.”

Other members are WiL’i (William Jackson), Fatz (Sean Rogers), iBdrumm da Great (Brandon Drummer) and Mufusa (Glen Gunther).

Skully — an acronym for silly, kool, unique, loud, lyrical young ’uns — got started almost by accident. “Brandon had an iPhone with an Autotune app that we used to play on,” said Loyal. “Then we realized that we actually had the skills to do it.”

Skully already has recorded some of its work at Kontinuous Jams studio in Boardman. A mix tape will be distributed in December.

All members of the act contribute lyrically, and the group does touch on some serious topics, said WiL’i. “We try to be diverse [in our songs],” said Loyal.

To land the spot on the Soulja Boy lineup, Skully brought a demo tape to the show’s host, JAMZ 101.9 DJ Lucky Penny, who was impressed enough to give them one of the available spots.

Skully will have only five to 10 minutes on stage, but they plan to make the most of it.

“When we hit the stage, be ready for a surprise that will get the crowd into it,” said Loyal. “We plan to make it count.”

Skully will just be one of almost a dozen openers for the Soulja Boy concert. The full undercard includes: Machine Gun Kelly, Cleveland; Zac Fresh, Columbus; Diamond Nicole, an R&B singer from Warren; Star Lyfe Entertainment artists Yung Monsta, Beezy Kruger, Fam Boys and DJ Chip Bank; and local artists CT, Entourage, Feedback-D, New Era and Next Level.

Diamond Nicole (aka Kortnee Price) will have a premiere party at 10 p.m. Sunday at the Lemon Grove, 122 W. Federal St., to unveil the video for her single “Only In My Dreams.” Also scheduled to perform will be Da Kreek, Steve The Recruit, Yung Monsta, Stefano Nu*Soul, B-Rush, Chevy Blue and Crazy-Tee.

Diamond Nicole was discovered by JAMZ-109 DJ T-Luv while she was working as an intern at the Youngstown radio station. She also performed at the Wiz Khalifa concert at Covelli Centre in August.

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