- Studio Album.
- December 7, 2018.
. For the better part of this year it has seemed like Emo-rap has never really left the charts. With rappers like Trippie Redd, and Lil Peep engineering and molding the definition of rap as a genre and emo-rap as a sub genre into their own stylistic visions, this genres not only potential but it’s popularity has continued to rise. Emo-rap has had few influences or artists in its mainstream existence so far that have been as huge of a name as XXXTENTACION. With two studio albums and a few other official releases under his belt, including “?” which debuted at number one on the Us Billboard top 200, X has had massive success this far with the emo-rap sub genre. Unfortunately, XXXTENTACION was shot and killed in Deerfield Florida on June 18, 2018. His label as well as his mother have been pushing out the remains of what X was working on and had planned before he was brutally murdered. SKINS was released by X’s label earlier this month on December 3rd. SKINS is most likely the last piece to X’s discography we will receive unless his label (Bad Vibes Forever) decides to continue tarnishing his musical and artistic legacy by releasing more unfinished pieces of his music for revenue boosts. Furthermore, that’s exactly what this album is, nowhere. near. finished. I would have a hard time even calling this a complete mixtape in today’s musical landscape where people can call a ten minute project a full length album. There is only one track on this album that reaches three minutes in length and it’s the only track that feels complete on this entire project. For the most part I found the beginning of this record to be beautifully sinister in a way. I found the first half of this album quite pleasant actually, but the problem is there is a complete lack of content. The chronological order of the track list on the first half of this project is very well put together. It establishes a build of momentum very effectively. The problem is the momentum falls short and doesn’t build up to anything simply because the album isn’t even twenty minutes long. The bottom line is it