Born Donnie Lewis in Detroit and formerly known as Mad Skillz, Richmond, VA, rapper Skillz is well known for his 1996 platinum debut, From Where??? While Virginia wasn’t regarded as a hip hop powerhouse state, the late 1990s saw the emergence of super talents like the Neptunes, Missy Elliott and Timbaland, all whom he has collaborated with. Every year since 2002, Skillz has done a year-end "Rap-Up" song of everything that happened during the previous 12 months.