Who the F%*k is Lance Skiiiwalker?
Who the F%*k is Lance Skiiiwalker? I literally have to ask. Knowing how odd and random Top Dawg Entertainment can be at times, I truly believe if this was a chance to give Jay Rock an alter-ego, that would've been a genius idea. Unfortunately that was a short lived ruse by the internet but it left a gaping hole of speculation. My first time seeing Lance Skiiiwalker was in a Jay Rock video (how ironic). Following up this feature, the next time I heard of Lance Skiiiwalker was onSchoolboy Q's second album, Blank Face EP. This is when I knew this guy, whomever he was, had a talent to shine no matter who he's next to.
I made the conscious decision to buy his album online. Praying it was worth my money, but my gut said trust the system (TDE) and it was actually musically refreshing. I haven't felt this vibe since I downloaded Pharrell's IN MY MIND album whilst simultaneously driving 100 lap races in Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec for PS2. But back to Lance Skiiiwalker, his album was too good.
The introductory track on the album "Forbidden Fruit" gives us promise for musical balance and creativity, which starts off with birds chirping and a midnight grungy feel at the same time. He's not really a lyricist, which TDE is known for, but when the bass drops and he held his own. I truly don't know who else to compare him with, except Pharrell.
Skiiiwalker's "Reality" record has created its own wave and is just as contagious. Easily one of my favorites on the album. Most music lovers have noticed that he sampled the infamous "Milk Bone" instrumental that Jay-Z and Big L laid waste to in their musical hey day.
Speaking of favorites, my favorite song(s) has to be a three way tie between "Advantage", which is a double song (I fucking love double songs especially when they're both dope!), and "Could It Be", which had its video co-produced by Kendrick Lamar. I won't even ruin how great this song and video is. The video gave it an edge, in an eerie stalker way, especially the second part of the song.
The extremely odd and creepy "Skit/Her Song" is actually funny and solid. The skill of adding in odd and funny behavior in an album really bumps up its playability for me. I feel its great for a sing along album without coming off too rapp-ish or cheesy. I would this rate album 3.8 stars out of 5 for what it is and the groundwork it has laid for his future releases.
Lance Skiiiwalker whom ever you are and where ever you are, you're debut has broken the mold for albums to come. You could be the next Pharrell (at least in my mind..ha).