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Published on January 2nd, 2020 | by Jerry Doby

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From Talent Show Champ to Apollo Theater Talent: Introducing Atlanta Singer Lightskin Bobby

Lightskin Bobby went from grade school talent show champion to Apollo Theatre contestant at a very young age. Now at 29-years-old, he’s forging his professional career, working with well-known producer Mr. Hankey, PS On The Track, Ali of Travis Porter (his cousin), and infamous Atlanta music influencer DJ Kutt Throat.

More recently, he did a collab project with rapper Ninja Byrto, and with help from Atlanta music influencers DJ Kutt Throat and DJ Hollywood, the two produced a unique 20-track project titled Worldwide.

Currently Bobby is working on a new full-length solo project to follow his stellar work on “Worldwide” and The Hype Magazine got him to weigh in on a few things!

From the outside looking in, who is Lightskin Bobby?

Lightskin Bobby is a very driven individual, who won’t let anything get in the way of success. I work very hard on my craft and never take a day off.

What brought you to the entertainment industry, music specifically?

I’ve loved music and entertainment every since I was a kid. I always wanted to be like he superstars who came before me like Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown, and Usher. A lot of people don’t know that I’ve been performing since a young age. I started out dominating the talent show scene, winning shows all over Atlanta. Eventually, I graduated to Showtime at The Apollo. I didn’t win but I was able to get a taste of the life I wanted at an early age.

What do you want people to get from your music?

Most of my music is emotionally driven, so I want to connect with their emotions. I have music for when you’re happy, you made some money, or want to have a good time. I also have music for when you sad or need something to cheer you up. And I definitely have music for when your heart gets broken. I have the soundtrack of time because we go through so many emotions as human beings that we need something to get us through these life events. 

Tell us about your current project.

Currently, I’m working on my upcoming solo project titled, “Last of A Dying Breed.” It’s so special to me because it encompasses a lot of what I’ve been working toward for a while, plus it’s being released around my 30th birthday. I’m so excited about this project because it will allow me to show off the progress that I’ve made. I’ve had several projects in the past but none of this magnitude.

More recently, I dropped a collaboration project called “Worldwide,” with Ninja Byrto. It was a cool vibe and symbolic of where I’m trying to. I want to be worldwide with distribution, tours, merchandise, all of that.

For new listeners, what song of yours would you pick as an introduction to you as an artist?

For me, it would be “Actions Speak Louder” or “Undercover Freak.”

Tell us a bit about your work and passions OUTSIDE of music…

I like fashion. I’m big on keeping up-to-date with fashion. I’m also very into sports. More importantly, I’m always focused on bettering my family life, such as spending time with them. I also am always trying to figure out how to take my family to the next level in all areas.

Last but not least, HYPE wants to know…What’s your CRAZIEST “Where they do that at?!” aka WTF?! moment...

The craziest moment of my career was this one time when I was performing, my pants ripped during the performance. I had no choice but to play it off as if no one could tell. I was literally performing with my pants ripped through the middle. I had to keep going.


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Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, and internationally published arts & entertainment journalist. Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture as well as the United States Press Corps.


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