Nevada is world renowned for its gambling platform, which inadvertently overshadows its budding Hip-Hop scene. Leading the charge for the Silver State’s global notoriety is Sin City’s native son Skydro, who delivers knowledge and wisdom on his debut LP “Success Stories” (Polar Bear Ent). Success Story boasts 15 inviting tracks that give you a peek into Skydro’s world.
Success Stories is filled with thought provoking songs such as “Freedom”, an outcry for equality for all. The song’s premise is cemented within its lyrics as Skydo spits: “I need freedom to live/ Who’s got freedom to give?/My gas money goes through my pocket like a sift/ Oh they don’t want us to live/ But they want us to give/ I’m in the fight of my life, I gotta handle my biz.” Surely there are folks across the country that can relate to Skydro’s struggle for economic independence.
Skydro’s optimism radiates on the inspirational track “Hope” where he exclaims to give the listener an alternative to dope, serving faith as an appetizer with hope as the main course. The glass remains half full as the lyricist exclaims, “You will see tomorrow and see past all of the pain and sorrow.” This song reaffirms that there are other alternatives besides becoming products of the environments from which we reside.
Despite the strong message that Skydro presents, the album has some decending moments that take away from its potential. On “I Wanna Get Away” Skydro’s lyricism doesn’t match the intensity of the track’s concept. His rhymes go back and forth between subjects, making it difficult to follow his lead. “Blockbuster” boasts great subject matter with lyricism to match, but the production lacks the force to compliment the rhyme.
Never fear though, Skydro comes through on “Unsolved Missed Stories”, a laid back rhythm that exposes the corruption of the Americans who are charged to protect its citizens. The track’s hook makes a bold statement against the law enforcement system by stating: “He’s a murderer, under the disguise of the shield/ And how he makes his money is how many people he’s killed/ He’s a murderer, under the disguise of a badge/And killing other people is how he doing his job.” Skydro takes aim at the boys behind the blue wall of silence, targeting the illegal practices of America’s finest.
Skydro’s debut LP offers an abundance of thought provoking tracks that act as the soundtrack of this artist’s musical career. Success Stories is laminated with political undertones and insight for the masses to gain knowledge from. The integrity of the album is iron clad and features first-rate production. Las Vegas will always be known for its adult themed activities, but with Skydro at the helm, Hip-Hop will begin to share the spotlight.