Over the weekend, Ski Mask The Slump God revealed his full-length debut, STOKELEY, a 13-track window into the mind of the man himself. The Florida-hailing rapper titled the album after his given name, Stokeley Goulbourne, which tells you everything you need to know about this generous offering of hip-hop. Throughout the record, Ski Mask The Slump God adopts bits and pieces from a variety of genres, including rap, rock, pop, and R&B, but he maintains his one-of-a-kind essence through all the experimentation.
He introduces us to the record with “So High,” revealing his raspy singing voice with a raw demeanor. The beat on this opener is sophisticated as hell, and that same energy follows the rest of the record, too — “Nuketown” with Juice WRLD is straight-up ruthless, but the production is so goddamn refined and lends itself to the unparalleled energy both artists bring to the table. Some more hard-hitting cuts off the album include “Foot Fungus,” “Adults Swim,” “Reborn to Rebel,” and “Cat Piss” with Lil Yachty — crank these up for maximum effect when you’re feeling particularly confident and/or ready to fuck shit up. Leaning into R&B, Ski Mask tones it down on songs like “Save Me Pt 2” with Austin Lam and “U and I,” once again flexing his addictive singing voice that’s just imperfect enough to fall in love with.
In all, it doesn’t really matter what kind of mood you’re in when you listen to STOKELEY — it’s honestly so satisfying that the record will guide you through a variety of emotions ranging from feeling introspective to feeling compelled to break something. Ski Mask is the kind of character that makes you want to sit back, relax, and read the whole book from start-to-finish.
Listen to STOKELEY below.