XXXTENTACION
Skins


1.5
very poor

Review

by Drbebop USER (62 Reviews)
December 23rd, 2018 | 35 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Toxic lullabies


XXXtentacion’s death has left a bloody and fractured aftermath. Executed at the criminally young age of 20, the man is being portrayed as some sort of tragic martyr by his fans. An artist who never fully got the chance to prove himself artistically and innocent before his untimely death. While the same fans will vehemently deny the domestic abuse claims laid on him, they will also eat up anything given to them. Skins is the first of likely many of X’s posthumous releases and so far it’s the worst.

In interviews before his death, X spoke of making a “super short” album where the tracks are just a minute long. What possessed him to think this was a good idea given how a primary criticism of his work was the incredibly short and underdeveloped tracks is beyond me, but Skins as it stands is just that. Short. A brief 20 minutes as a matter of fact. While his music is notoriously scattershot and lo-fi, Skins is easily his most unfinished work. Some tracks barely feel like a faint sketch of a demo, never-mind finished pieces and equally many are lazily thrown together. The opening track ‘Guardian Angel’ uses the beat of one of X’s signature songs ‘Jocelyn Flores’ Except played in reverse. While X delivers a reasonably solid set of bars here, there’s an air of half assing going on here. If it was his intent to use a reversed beat or a management decision to get the album out the door faster, we may never know. X’s affinity for Emo folk reappears on tracks like ‘Woah (mind in awe)’ and ‘I Don’t Let Go’, Except here there are even less lyrics, with more faint mumbling placeholders taking the place of singing. This is also the case on lead single ‘BAD!’ which is so clearly unfinished and rushed, I can barely even classify it as a proper track.

There are times on Skins where X delves into screamo and metal, like On ‘Staring at The Sky’ which X begins with a rough pop punk voice set to a light acoustic guitar before erupting into a deafening metal roar which consumes the rest of the track. It’s interesting but the song’s minute and a half run time means everything ends too fast and nothing is really developed enough to make a lasting impact past the shock of the sudden explosion of noise. On ‘One Minute’, a scratchy looped nu metal guitar riff plays indefinitely throughout the song while guest rapper Kanye West lays down a pretty repugnant verse which amounts to basically victim blaming. X’s only appearance on the track is a guttural hook which morphs into a very clearly looped screamo yell. It’s not all terrible. The standout on the album is ‘Train Food’, a gloomy Piano led track, layered with a sound collage of train noises and crowds where X weaves a story of meeting Death himself which accumulates into a pretty chilling conclusion. It’s a brief moment of solid writing and performance on the album, lost in a sea of badly mixed and underdeveloped tracks.

We can’t really hold X to blame for Skins’ quality. That falls solely on management who have clearly rushed this album out the door to satisfy fan demand and to wrack in the dough. It’s a cheap, flimsy ending to one of hip hop’s most notorious and popular figures in the past few years. Yet I’m sure there’s more on the way. After all, money never sleeps.

1.5/5

Standout tracks:

Train Food
What Are You So Afraid Of"



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Storm In A Teacup
December 23rd 2018


26613 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

FUCK X GET HONEY

Drbebop
December 23rd 2018


63 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

YUH

SweeneyTodd
December 23rd 2018


2215 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

at this point X's streams are just his kids college fund

Digging: Crown the Empire - Sudden Sky

artiswar
December 23rd 2018


8656 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Train Food, Sometimes I Don't Let Go, and What Are You So Afraid Of are fucking amazing. This is definitely his best album, and thankfully there's no cringey intro explaining how CDs work (you can listen to them in your room, or even in your car!) or AIDS-ridden latin pop songs.

Hawks
December 24th 2018


72554 Comments


0% chance this is anywhere in the realm of a 5.

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wwf
December 24th 2018


6325 Comments


ok wow I defended ? quite a bit but there's straight up nothing to this album

it's crazy to me how much of an impact this dude had even though he barely released more than five fully fleshed out songs

but goddamn if Moonlight isn't incredible

artiswar
December 24th 2018


8656 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

? sucks compared to this and Moonlight isn't even close to his best.

Kompys2000
December 24th 2018


2902 Comments


Lol art I know you're pretty generous with your 5s but this is ridiculous

bach
December 24th 2018


16263 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Kanye’s verse on one minute is so fucking wack

Digging: The Birthday Party - The Birthday Party

artiswar
December 24th 2018


8656 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Of course it's wack it's fucking Kanye, he's mental. And I genuinely love the album, it's a big reason why my diet currently includes a lot more hip hop.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
December 24th 2018


24903 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

X HOLD THE GATE

lol yeah Kanye is gonna be kanye

Train Food is something else tho I'll defend that song more than the album

bach
December 24th 2018


16263 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I expected the song to be better than the rest of the album because ye still has a sliver of artistic integrity left but I’d say he made it worse with his victim blaming-ass bullshit verse. Also this album sounds like a bunch of demo-y type shit X layed down before he died that wasn’t ready for release. it just kinda sounds like a lame cash grab

bach
December 24th 2018


16263 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Wait for it









IMO

Kompys2000
December 24th 2018


2902 Comments


It is a cash crab, and an extremely lazy one at that.

artiswar
December 24th 2018


8656 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Train Food is fucking lit. The samples on it are so good, reminds me of Storm Corrosion weirdly.

bach
December 24th 2018


16263 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

revenge was pretty cool. Sadly couldn’t get into anything else he put out

TiedDown93
December 24th 2018


29 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I shidded and fardded and cummed at the same time

DarkSideOfLucca
December 24th 2018


14673 Comments


I remember when there were some people on the internet who were defending him beating his pregnant girlfriend

good times

bach
December 24th 2018


16263 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

it’s okay that’s still happening in case you missed it the first time

Drbebop
December 24th 2018


63 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Oh man it still happens. You just need to look harder



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