British Columbia emcee Skulastic is set to make a lot of noise with her new self-titled LP. It’s an 11 track composition which in some circles will serve as a throwback to 90’s Hip-Hop. It sounds dope already, right? It is in its own right. There’s something for everyone in this relative jewel; it will keep you fully engaged and adequately entertained.
Skulastic is an emcee’s emcee at heart; her verbiage, concepts and overall flow were cultivated from Hip-Hop’s “Golden Era”. Even the production mirrors the era’s 90+ BPM tempo, with layered drum patterns and cascading samples. The special guests include DJ All Good, The Mighty Apos, Konfidential, Zoner and L.I.F.E.T.I.M.E., in which some are largely better than others. However, they all add their own unique flavor to the overall body of work.
Being a fan of 90’s Hip-Hop, one of the tracks on the album that stood out to me the most was “The Bridge”. Skulastic cleverly analyzes the differences and similarities of Hip-Hop today and two decades ago. The stark piano riff coupled with that infectious Reggae hook will keep your head nodding. Other strong cuts are the hard hitting “Politics” and fast-tempo; horn laced “Move Slow”.
Skulastic’s debut album is a solid composition that features a variety of conceptual songs to groove to. Some of the production could be updated to have a more modern feel and the guest appearances could be stronger. But overall, this is a great body of work that you’ll enjoy over and over again.