AOTY 2018
XXXtentacion - Skins
Dec 7, 2018 (updated Dec 7, 2018)
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Tomb Raider : The Album

Its incredibly saddening to me that the way that record labels choose to commemorate their fallen artists is by trying to make as much money off of the clout that comes with their death as possible. :/

This fact aside, lets get into the music of this album. It is comprised of revitalized beats and the small bits of X's unused material that they had lying around and the product is what is essentially a hollow shell of an album with no cohesion. A collection of singles, rather than something that should be considered a cohesive body of work.

On a positive note, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the first four or so tracks on the album. I thought it was cool how they repurposed the beat from Jocelyn Flores and used it on Guardian Angel. Train Food, and Woah were all very enjoyable for me (especially woah) and the beats on these tracks were solid.

The Kanye bit was dope but felt really out of place and it felt to me like the only reason that it was there was to draw in his fanbase and essentially get the album exposure from outside of X's fanbase.

The second half of this album is really where the lack of cohesion starts to become glaringly obvious as there is a string of 4 or so tracks that just seem to be thrown together and put on here for no reason other than to add content to this project.

There are definitely some positive and enjoyable attributes on this project for me and it definitely wasn't all bad. It just bothers me that the reason for it even existing is so EMPIRE can make as much money off of his death as possible.
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