14 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With his face tats, diamond grills, and braids, Lil Skies could be rap’s 2019 poster child. His major-label debut album scratches the surface to reveal a small-town rapper (Waynesboro, Pennsylvania) with big hooks and bigger ambitions. On Shelby, Skies builds upon his 2018 breakthrough Life of a Dark Rose, sticking to a melodic, singsong flow, pitch correction software enabled. His perspective remains confident and protective. He beats his chest with pride on “No Rainy Days,” yet all the acclaim doesn’t make the anxiety go away. Tracks like “I,” “Flooded,” and “Breathe” shed light on his darkest feelings, and he succumbs to nihilistic thoughts on “Name in the Sand.” He reunites with singer Landon Cube for a follow-up to their early hit “Nowadays,” while Gucci Mane adds a humorous line about “making Obama moves” on “Bad Girls” and Gunna and Skies examine loyalty on “Stop the Madness.” Underground conquered, Shelby positions Skies as a blue-chip prospect ready for the big leagues.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With his face tats, diamond grills, and braids, Lil Skies could be rap’s 2019 poster child. His major-label debut album scratches the surface to reveal a small-town rapper (Waynesboro, Pennsylvania) with big hooks and bigger ambitions. On Shelby, Skies builds upon his 2018 breakthrough Life of a Dark Rose, sticking to a melodic, singsong flow, pitch correction software enabled. His perspective remains confident and protective. He beats his chest with pride on “No Rainy Days,” yet all the acclaim doesn’t make the anxiety go away. Tracks like “I,” “Flooded,” and “Breathe” shed light on his darkest feelings, and he succumbs to nihilistic thoughts on “Name in the Sand.” He reunites with singer Landon Cube for a follow-up to their early hit “Nowadays,” while Gucci Mane adds a humorous line about “making Obama moves” on “Bad Girls” and Gunna and Skies examine loyalty on “Stop the Madness.” Underground conquered, Shelby positions Skies as a blue-chip prospect ready for the big leagues.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
372 Ratings

372 Ratings

Carrillo sergio ,

Lil skies

I’m really tempted to buy this album but I might but I don’t listen to new rappers but I can relate to you because of the I song on this album I’m going to give you a chance lil skies

sierralynnnx ,

Love this guy!

Lil Skies aka Kimetrius Foose is from my state, PA, and it’s crazy to think how close he was to my tiny city. This album is played almost daily. I feel his music on so many levels. Great beats and lyricism. Not to mention, he’s SO handsome. I’m a sucker for tattoos and his eyes too. When he looks up at the camera, I melt. I’m so excited to see and hear more music come from him!

popsomemolly ,

Overall, good album

First off, I gave him 4 stars only because he still has more potential and I know this won’t be his best work. A couple songs have the same story but overall, great beats and good lyrics! Breathe and Stop the Madness are really good pieces though, personally.

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