There are few artists in the underground that are quite as legendary as Ski Mask the Slump God. While he took the world by storm years ago with his insanely unique and impressive off-kilter flows and addictive personality, he has managed to constantly bring such a beacon of light to the music world with his always entertaining lyrics and bubbly charisma. Although it has been about three years since he released his last project, Stokely, fans still revisit this album religiously, as do I, so the hype behind his long-awaited follow-up project was very real.
After announcing Sin City The Mixtape not too long ago, listeners began to rave about what it could be, and now that it is finally in our laps, they, and I, couldn’t be any more excited at the results. With 9 songs that clock in at just about 17 and a half minutes long, this might not be the lengthiest project of his career, but it definitely gives a taste of Ski as he seems to turn a corner in his career and transform into a new being. It goes without saying, but thanks to producers like Ronny J, Kenny Beats, Slice, TwoFive, Nuri, Skipass, and John Cunningham, the production was absolutely on point throughout the entire tape as well. There are certain flashbacks to the past throughout this tape where he seems to reminisce on old times and display some of those nostalgic cadences he became popular for, but for the most part, it seems like he tries his best to really stick his neck out and try even more new and inventive styles that are definitely experimental, but successful at the same time.
Songs like “Lost In Time” and “Mental Magneto” show us a completely different side of Ski, not only in his lyrics and deliveries but in his overall disposition. He seems to take a chill pill and really lay everything out on the table during these records, giving us a much deeper look into who he is as a person beyond music, and although these might not be classic Ski hits, I feel like they’re beyond necessary to truly appreciate who he is as an artist.
Then there are tracks like “ADMIT IT”, “The Matrix”, and “Merlin’s Staff” that almost teleport me back in time while listening and feel as if these could’ve fit right in on Stokely, so having the mixture of both worlds is beyond exhilarating to me as a fan. Finally, there’s “Ya!”, which seems to give us a taste of the old school and new school in one, with a hard-hitting beat, a chorus sung by Ski, some trademark ad-libs, and then some aggressive, ear-piercing bars that go harder than ever. During this track, it seems like he shows a fully encompassed version of himself, and this leads “Ya!” to be one of the most compelling, captivating records on the entire mixtape, in my opinion.
I may be biased because I often side with the crowd that believes Ski can do no wrong musically, but I feel like it’s definitely not an unpopular opinion to say that Sin City The Mixtape is an incredible new project that will only strengthen Ski’s discography, and it was well worth the three-year hiatus. At the same time, even though he might’ve been relatively quiet musically during this break, it seems like he never left for even a second, so although I want to say he’s back and better than ever, I’m not sure that he could be back if he never left. All I know is, this is a mixtape you’re definitely not going to want to miss out on, and with a runtime under 20 minutes long, I highly suggest you stop whatever you’re doing and give it a run-through immediately.