Ski Mask the Slump God “Stokeley” Album Review
Written by: Hakeem Shabazz-Norris
Florida rapper and durag enthusiast Ski Mask the Slump God ended 2018 by releasing his debut album “STOKELEY” last Friday, being a personal and proper introduction to the artist that is Stokeley Goulbourne. Ski is assisted on the album with features from Lil Baby, Juice Wrld, Lil Yachty, and Austin Lam, and also has some notable producers on the album from Murda Beatz, to Kenny Beats and even a guest production from Wondagurl. This album runs very short, being only 32 minutes long, with 13 different tracks.
Ski Mask has had a very rollercoaster year, from his breakout hit “CATCH ME OUTSIDE” being Certified Gold, to releasing his third mixtape “BEWARE THE BOOK OF ELI” after many problems with his management, to being on XXL 2018 Freshman class list, to even losing his closest friend XXXTENTACION back in June. It goes without saying that Ski Mask has had a very up and down year but has channeled that pain into his music.
Stokeley features an all-new sound from Ski Mask. While he’s been known for his Twista-like flow, which he still stays true to on songs like Cat Piss (yes, that is the actual title.), he explores new, softer and slower sounds throughout the album as well. Save Me, Pt. 2, which is a rendition of the late XXXTENTACION’s track “Save Me” off his debut album 17, is a song that some call a cry for help. The song features Austin Lam, and he and Ski go back and forth, trading lines about their battle with substance abuse and how it has affected them. Ski raps lines like
“Sons, daughters, wives, lives all lost in the name that love that died/Mary Jane replacement for any b**** that kill my vibe.” Mary Jane being the substance marijuana of course.
On other parts of the album, we seemed to see Ski rap at the lowest point ever. Reborn to Rebel, which features production from MadisonLST, is a song bent on rebelling against those who have been trying to bring us down for the generation. This grunge rap diss song to “The Man” is a clear middle finger to the oppressors. Ski says things like “And for us to survive, we need to uprise our people/Taking our children, they got us searchin’ like for Nemo”, which is clear sign that Ski is fed up with being put down.
But it seems that Ski didn’t stray too far away from the sound that made him mainstream. In Nuketown, which features Lucid Dreams rapper Juice Wrld, as they the most pit anthem of 2019. The song is an ode to the Call of Duty: Black Ops map of the same name, which is an iconic map that is bombed at the end of every match, and Juice Wrld and Ski matched that same energy with this aggressive track.
Overall, this is a clear sign that Ski Mask is attempting to open his eyes to new sounds and showing that he is still capable of creating good music. And that whatever life throws at him, he is able to produce great music for his fans that is not only therapeutic for him, but for us as well.
What the video for “LA LA” by Ski Mask the Slump God below.