It was just an ordinary Tuesday night for a lot of people but for those that had an opportunity to go to The Schimanski Theater, it was a window of opportunity to view an up and coming artist named Lil Skies.
The smell of trees filled the small room at the Schimanski to create an intimate viewing of the new XXL Freshman inductee. For an hour, people slowly crawled in, filling space towards the front; however, the second Lil Skies was in view, it was a full out mosh pit…
One that engulfed the entire back half and pushed the entire front half onto the stage almost.
For many Lil Skies is a household name and after dropping a debut studio album last Jan., he’s back again with his new album drop titled Shelby.
As he made his way on stage, excitingly waiting the crowd was and anticipating a SHOW…but what they got was a full on concert.
Even though Lil Skies said at the beginning of his Tidal X album release concert, “I’ve been on IV’s all day and shit” it made no difference because like a true rock star he was there for the fans.
Now listen, there was skepticism about his inclusion in the XXL freshman class that includes Gunna, Juice WRLD, Lil’ Baby and Sheck Wes (all of whom have dropped singles or albums worthy of a No. 1 spot on any metric).
Yet, he crushed the hopes of doubters that believe he isn’t for real. His wordplay is better than that of many mumble/trap rappers of today.
Lil Skies rap is unique and his sound is like that of a lovechild between the melodic beats of Juice WRLD with the cadence of XXX (relax, I am not, in any way, saying that he is XXXTENTACION reborn).
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As he went through his set list, he interacted with fans, taking their phones and snapping Instagram videos and Snapchats alike which was awesome to see live. It is also important to note that his crowd knew a lot of his lyrics which means that he has replay value and isn’t just dropped off after one hit single.
From the more 2019 trap sounding bangers like “Nowadays, pt.2” and “Stop the Madness” to the more lo-fi new-age, conscious rap that can be found on “Highs and Lows”, his eclectic discography and sound was on full view last night.
Lil Skies brought his Mom out on stage to express his love for her and how much she meant to his success and him as a whole. This was a heartwarming part of the concert that I did not expect.
Honestly, my skepticism has been crushed. I think Lil’ Skies knows how to rage. I’m bumpin him on the regular now. You should too.
Peep his new album Shelby below.