A post I wrote about Timbaland and Magoo a couple days ago later got me thinking about Skillz, previously known as Mad Skillz, another V.A. flashback to the late '90s and early '00s. A ghostwriter who staked minor, niche success as a rapper in his own right, Skillz worked most notably with Puffy in Bad Boy's post-Ma$e era. Skillz's calling card, however, is the annual "Rap Up" series, in which Skillz recaps the past year via headline shout-outs, pop culture punchlines, and social media memorializations.
As time capsules, most of these installments hold up surprisingly well. Below we've briefly ranked Skillz's rap-ups from 2002 through 2014, with Skillz having dropped his latest Rap Up just a couple days ago. Happy New Year, fam'ron.