This album was released on November 30th this year. I think Ski Mask is one of the more intriguing rappers to show up on this year’s XXL freshman list. A lot of his songs are pretty bad, but it’s really fun to listen to him rap because of his knack for catchy flows. That BEWARE THE BOOK OF ELI mixtape that he dropped earlier this year was pretty rough. I’m hoping this album is more polished. I’m keeping low expectations though. I don’t wanna be let down like I was with that Earl album.
1. So High produced by Adrian Lau, Tony Seltzer & Elijah Rawk
Huh. This is definitely not what I was expecting to hear on this album. Ski Mask is singing about getting high over a nice guitar driven beat. This sounds like something by XXXTENTACION. It’s definitely inspired by him. This is actually pretty enjoyable sonically. Ski Mask shockingly doesn’t sound terrible singing. This is a nice intro. I fuck with this shit. It’s dope.
2. Nuketown featuring Juice WRLD produced by FreshThPharmacy
The beat on this track is simplistic, but it’s not bad. It’s not gonna blow anyone away though. Ski Mask’s flow on the first verse is pretty nice, but the lyrics are nothing special. I don’t think anyone really listens to Ski Mask for his lyrics though. The hook on this song sounds like it has some XXXTENTACION influence as well. He’s screaming the words “cut throat” and yelling about how “they” are on his nuts. The second verse sounded kind of sloppy, but I liked the references to Lilo & Stitch and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Juice WRLD’s verse was okay. He screamed almost all of his bars, which I’m not really happy about. I definitely enjoyed this song to some extent, but I didn’t like it as much as the opening track. It’s a cool song though. I fuck with this. It’s dope.
3. Foot Fungus produced by Kenny Beats & Roofeeo
This is easily the best song on the album so far. The bass heavy production from Kenny Beats & Roofeeo is fucking fantastic, and Ski Mask’s flow sounds really good over it. The first verse was pretty good. The part in the hook where he says “drop it on my cock” made me laugh. His goofy delivery is just humorous to me for some reason. The second verse was pretty nice. I think this song could’ve used a third verse, but it’s really good as it is. The beat is fucking awesome. Kenny Beats is becoming one of my favorite new producers. This shit is dope.
4. LA LA produced by Ronny J
The beat on this track isn’t bad. It’s definitely not as good as the previous beat, but it’s on par with the production from track 2. The opening verse on this track isn’t very good, but it’s tolerable. The hook is nothing special. He’s yelling his words again. I definitely could’ve done without the background vocals from Ski Mask. It sounds pretty bad. I definitely think the screaming is influenced by X. I don’t remember him doing that in his earlier music. The second verse is alright. This is definitely the weakest song on the album so far. I don’t think it’s bad. I kind of enjoyed it. I just don’t see myself coming back to it. It’s an alright song.
5. Unbothered produced by Kenny Beats
The beat on this track is really great. Kenny Beats is a really talented producer. Ski Mask’s flow on the first verse was pretty cool. The lyrics are nothing special. The reference to Rick & Morty was kinda cool though. The hook is pretty simplistic, but it does its job well. The second verse was definitely better than the first one. His flows are absolutely infectious. I enjoyed this track. It’s definitely not one of my favorites on the album, but it’s pretty good. I don’t have any issues with it. The production is great, and Ski Mask’s flows were on point. This is dope.
6. Save Me, Pt. 2 featuring Austin Lam produced by FreshThPharmacy
This song is a sequel to a track by XXXTENTACION that I actually think is pretty decent. Ski & Austin Lam are both singing on this track. I’m surprised by how good Ski Mask’s singing on this track is. It’s not gonna blow anyone away, but it’s better than I expected it to be. Austin Lam is definitely the better vocalist. He’s still not that great though. Ski Mask’s verse was alright. I didn’t really care for Austin Lam’s verse. The hook is decent. This is an alright song. I definitely don’t think it’s bad. I just didn’t really enjoy it enough for me to wanna come back to it. I won’t be listening to this again. It’s okay though.
7. Adults Swim produced by ChaseTheMoney
I just listened to this entire track. It’s not good. I wouldn’t say it’s wack though. It just doesn’t stand out in any positive way. It’s one of the shortest songs on the album. It’s less than two minutes long. it’s just one verse and then an outro. The verse is okay I guess, but the mixing sounds kinda rough. His voice sounds like it’s buried under the beat. I didn’t care for Ski Mask’s melodic delivery during the outro. It just didn’t sound very good to me. This song kinda sucks, but like I said, I wouldn’t call this bad. It’s just not good at all. This is mediocre to me.
8. Far Gone featuring Lil Baby produced by Murda Beatz & Sool Got Hits
The beat on this song is pretty cool. The melodic hook is nothing special though. The first verse was okay I guess. His flow wasn’t as entertaining as it usually is. It sounded like something anyone could’ve done. The same thing can be said about the second verse. That One Punch Man reference was kind of attention grabbing. Lil Baby surprisingly had a better flow than Ski Mask. His voice sounded really annoying to me though. I don’t really like this song to be honest. The beat was kinda cool, but other than that I didn’t enjoy this. I don’t like the melodic hook, and none of the verses impressed me. This is mediocre to me.
9. Get Geeked produced by WondaGurl, Brendon Binns & G Koop
The beat on this track is decent. The hook is alright I guess. There’s only one verse on this song, and it’s just okay. The reference to The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack is definitely the best aspect of this song. Nothing else about the track really stands out. It’s the shortest song on the album. There’s not really much to discuss. The verse didn’t do much for me, and I didn’t care for the hook. I don’t even think the beat’s that good. This is another mediocre track that I’ll never listen to again.
10. Reborn to Rebel produced by Adrian Lau, Tony Seltzer & MadisonLST
The beat on this track is actually pretty goddamn good, and Ski Mask’s flow on the hook sounds really nice over it. Ehhhhh… I just listened to the whole song. The anti-government theme of the first verse was completely abandoned for the remainder of the song. That reference he had to Lil Yachty’s infamous line about cellos was cool. The hook gets really old by the time the song is over. Same goes for the production. I don’t think I’m gonna be listening to this again. I think it’s an alright song, but it’s not good enough for me to wanna return to it in the future.
11. Faucet Failure produced by ChaseTheMoney & CuBeatz
The beat on this song is alright. Huh… This first verse is kinda weird. Ski Mask adopted the accent of a white southern redneck for a few of the lines. His delivery is kinda bizarre. I just finished listening to the whole song. It’s another middle of the road song quality wise. Nothing about it really stands out at all. That line where he says he’s flyer than an ostrich left me scratching my head for obvious reasons. Lines like that are to be expected from Ski Mask though. Anyway, I think this is a decent song, but it doesn’t have any replay value for me personally. It’s alright.
12. U & I produced by Adrian Lau & Louis Bell
The beat on this track is pretty cool, but Ski Mask’s singing on the hook is really bad. To my dismay, Ski Mask sang the entire first verse. Oh shit. The song just ended. There’s only one verse on this song. He’s singing the entire song. Yeah… Nah… This shit is bad. This is the first song on the entire project that I legitimately think is bad. The production wasn’t bad, but Ski Mask’s singing on this track does not sound good at all. It’s not even that his voice is bad. The melody itself just doesn’t sound very good. I don’t like this track at all. This shit is wack to me.
13. Cat Piss featuring Lil Yachty produced by Merge!
I just listened to this entire track. It’s another decent song that I probably won’t ever listen to again. The production was nothing special, but it’s not bad. Ski Mask’s flow was really dope, but each of his verses were only like 8 bars long. Lil Yachty had a surprisingly tolerable verse, but it still wasn’t good. The hook lasted a little too long for me. The song as a whole is okay, but like I said I won’t be coming back to it.