Ski Mask The Slump God
The Book of Eli


3.5
great

Review

by Conmaniac CONTRIBUTOR (70 Reviews)
May 16th, 2018 | 41 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: it's fun to play with water, just don't get wet

I tend to associate Ski Mask the Slump God with XXX simply because of their past collaborations, and due to recent events, I’ve begun to see him as sort of the protagonist version of his former friend. Despite being deeply seeded in the constantly churning genre of trap, Ski Mask’s mouth-gargled flow effortlessly translates into an inviting playfulness, something not seen within the monotone genre (plus his songs just go in). The premise of Beware the Book of Eli sees our masked hero fighting against the money-grubbing music business as Goulbourne (I can’t believe it’s his real name either) battles his own management team just to release this project for his adoring fans. How brave!

Well, now it’s out.

That went by fast

Indeed. Ski Mask doesn’t waste anyone’s time with this 20-minute record, and ELI is only a sampler platter of Goulbourne’s sheer talent and production abilities. While the short length helps in some cases (‘Dapper Dan’ and its blaring bass benefitting the most from the under 2-minute song time), it ends up feeling much like an appetizer for the hungry fans. Although YouWIllRegret is the album spotify-stans associate as his “first LP”, others know that it was simply a collection of his soundcloud hits, leaving little room to play with thematic expressions and compositional flow. Make no mistake, this marks Ski Mask’s first official complete project and it evidently feels like one. The beats are quirky and slightly off-kilter, yet the blaring distorted 808s take a step back (hah.) in favor of some sticky basslines reminiscent of 90s east coast rap. ‘Coolest Monkey in the Jungle’ fits the weirdness of its creator perfectly, constructed around an atonal violin sample that slides and cuts and eventually drops into one of the hardest beats on the entire record. Music theory fans will get a kick out of tracking the different tunings the sample devolves into while the lingering XXX fans will be left clueless. Snide remarks aside, this record does feel like it’s solving an identity crisis for someone that owes his own fame to a rage-fueled psychopathic abuser. Although lyrically the subject is rarely touched on, it reads like the character development part of the novel where the hero’s abilities are laid out, showcasing his personality through the heavy doses of ad-lib (the parentheticals of rap) banter.

Speaking of banter, Ski Mask does get quite the hand from some fellow rappers, namely Rich the Kid who features on the opening and closing tracks. While such a move might disprove the identity theory laid out previously, Ski Mask’s music has always felt inclusive, like you’re in on the sick, twisted but altogether hilarious joke. Henceforth, the help from Rich the Kid and co. is welcome, despite some terrible lines being thrown about (“I’ve got my thumb in her butthole…”). Yet, it’s easy to look past the faults as the artists themselves recognize them even before the listener, making the ad-libs the best sprinkle of flavor added to this record. Ski Mask even gets strangely self-referential/deprecating by naming a track ‘Throwaway’ and singing a hook on it so melodically over the top that one starts to wonder if he actually decided to include an outtake in this trip of an album.

“That’s why it’s the best track though, low key,” my roommate argues.

And while I may disagree with it being the best song here, my friend’s sentiments truly define the crux of this record. Ski Mask the Slump God is the goofy hero this world never deserved and Beware the Book of Eli serves as a fun-filled introduction to the inevitable ensuing adventures. I’m just now waiting for the tension.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
May 16th 2018


24233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

been awhile huh...

oh yeah s/o to Blush for the edits ofc

im rusty so be gentle thx

Papa Universe
May 16th 2018


18508 Comments


the book of POS

good to have you back, Concon

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ianblxdsoe
May 16th 2018


1900 Comments


mm the best shit

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AsleepInTheBack
May 16th 2018


5876 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good shit conbud. convinced me to try this; first track is tight.

AsleepInTheBack
May 16th 2018


5876 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

whole thing is great actually

brainmelter
May 16th 2018


6062 Comments


ayyy, nice rev conmayn
it's been a bit

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
May 16th 2018


24233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ayy thanks my dudes ! glad ya dig Ben

MyShadow
May 16th 2018


773 Comments


this is bad as fuck

sahbabii feature is nice tho

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
May 16th 2018


24233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

a lil disappointing but nowhere near bad

Chortles
May 16th 2018


21302 Comments


this was a fun e-z read con, keep it up brother

trilogique21
May 16th 2018


2172 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this could be so much better if the production wasn't all over the place. barely a 3 tbh

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
May 16th 2018


24233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i thought it was p consistent minus an odd track or two. what issues did you have?

and thanks chorts (:

trilogique21
May 16th 2018


2172 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

tracks with different volumes, some songs sound unfinished mixing/mastering wise etc. like suicide season and child's play are really loud, where as bees knees and coolest monkey in the jungle are quiet and sound unfinished.



has this been officially released? maybe it's my download. i still have it from when he dropped it early.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
May 16th 2018


24233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

bees knees? yeah no i don’t think that’s a song. but ur right Suicide Season was the one that popped in my mind when i thought of weird mixing. it’s officially out on all streaming services so id suggest u give it another go

BREAKDOWNS
May 16th 2018


418 Comments


coolest monkey in the jungle is tight

trilogique21
May 16th 2018


2172 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

weird, looking at the official tracklisting now and it seems like he cut out a few songs like Bees Knees, SKIMeetsWorld, Worldwide etc



i'll check out the official one though

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
May 16th 2018


24233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

coldest track fo sho

BREAKDOWNS
May 16th 2018


418 Comments


oh so it's the ONLY good song ok

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
May 16th 2018


24233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not what i meant ..

Arcade
Staff Reviewer
May 16th 2018


108 Comments

Album Rating: 2.6

the official version of this sucks

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