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  • Summary: The posthumous release for the controversial Florida rapper features a guest appearance from Kanye West.
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BAD!
[Intro] Yeah [Chorus] Shawty, heard you bad... word? So profane Somethin' like a bad, word, want your love Call me when you can, girl Goin' up,... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. 60
    Some of Skins is good, some of it is not good. Musically, the tone is, mostly, consistent and effective, and the album’s overall effect is that of a sickly, vivid insight into a troubled life. And there’s not much else to say about it.
  2. 60
    SKINS is another fiery blast of catharsis, a largely metaphor-free space where depression isn't hinted at poetically but invited to throw down. ... There are no songs as refined or showing such potential as ?'s “infinity (888)” and “Moonlight”, and many of them feel like half ideas.
  3. Dec 11, 2018
    60
    The songs are short, not mixed particularly well and--perhaps due to his untimely passing--feel unfinished. Had X been around to see this album all the way through and hash out some of its rushed wrinkles, it has the potential to have been his best project yet. But as it sits right now, Skins renders itself another opportunity for XXXTentacion's cult-like following to continue enjoying new music.
  4. Dec 7, 2018
    40
    Staring at the Sky is awful, like a snarky parody of a self-pitying grunge track that’s evidently meant in deadly earnest. There are really chilling moments, not least Train Food, with its ominous piano chords and feedback-laden guitar backing given a creepy intimacy. ... And there is stuff that just seems slight, as if its disjointed brevity isn’t always just an aesthetic decision, but occasionally also a way of covering up a scarcity of ideas, a lack of material.
  5. Dec 17, 2018
    40
    There’s nothing here quite as aurally arresting as Moonlight, off XXX’s ? LP, but his recasting of Slim Shady as an eclectic depressive indelibly coloured this year.
  6. Dec 10, 2018
    30
    Skins barely leaves a mark. The ideas aren’t original. The record is short--clocking it in at just 20 minutes--but feels extremely threadbare. ... The songs on Skins are shards, sketches. Even calling them demos feels generous.
  7. Dec 14, 2018
    30
    The album never makes a case for X as anything other than a thinly subversive figure and never even rationalizes the baggage that comes saddled with it. X’s musical legacy will forever be interlinked to violence. Skins is merely a shallow attempt to overwrite that legacy gone awry.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 9 out of 21
  1. Dec 23, 2018
    10
    Great project, and definitely a good project to end off X's career with. This album is very versatile like his other 2, blending multipleGreat project, and definitely a good project to end off X's career with. This album is very versatile like his other 2, blending multiple genres. The length of this project also makes it very replayable, and there's not a single song on it that I would call "bad." Expand
  2. Dec 8, 2018
    10
    I honestly expected this to be rougher and less fully formed but I'm happy with how it came out. I don't think it's quite as good as ? or 17I honestly expected this to be rougher and less fully formed but I'm happy with how it came out. I don't think it's quite as good as ? or 17 because it's too short, but it's a worthy addition to his catalogue nonetheless. Guardian Angel is instantly one of my new favorite X tracks, it's hauntingly beautiful with its reversed sample from Jocelyn Flores and rapid fire lyrics wrought with pain. Train food is perhaps one of the most poetically disturbing tracks by X and has a sparse beat over the top of the sound of rain while X narrates a bleak violent story that creeps under your skin slowly. Whoa follows with one of his most upbeat beats and feel-good vibes to elevate the mood, and it's also become one of my new favorites. BAD! has a great beat and sample, it's a simple track, perhaps my least favorite overall but still great. Staring at the Sky starts with a catchy hook over acoustic guitar before exploding rock guitars and drums come in and X screams the rest of the chorus. This vibe bleeds over into the most arresting track here, One Minute featuring Kanye West, which you're likely to either love or hate. I personally think it's an absolute banger, with a crazy beat, insane lyrics from West and one X's best scream-along choruses in a three minute onslaught. difference is labelled as an interlude but is a nice track and works well enough in what sounds like demo form, showing off X's singing chops. I don't let go is a jam; with a bumping club beat and a subdued but extremely catchy vocal. What are you so afraid of? is the final track, the whole album clocking in at an all-too-brief twenty minutes, and is a sparse bittersweet refrain that will likely leave fans teary-eyed. I'm glad that this album was released even if it does feel like it could have been so much more had he not died and it's sad that the world lost a young talent that clearly had so much more to give. RIP. Expand
  3. Dec 10, 2018
    10
    Easily a good album. You could really feel what way he wanted to go. It might not be as good as ? or 17, but still a nice final album.

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    Easily a good album. You could really feel what way he wanted to go. It might not be as good as ? or 17, but still a nice final album.

    If you're a fan of X, don't listen to the haters ;)
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  4. Dec 17, 2018
    5
    XXXTentacion releases his first posthumous album after the polarizing releases of 17 and ?.

    On the surface, it's a continuation of a much
    XXXTentacion releases his first posthumous album after the polarizing releases of 17 and ?.

    On the surface, it's a continuation of a much more mature and self-conscious X, contemplating his life and the decisions he has made as an artist along the way, repeated in a cycle for most of his songs. There are highlights that perfectly capture hos aesthetic, such as Train Food and what are you so afraid of, empowering and raw in emotion. At best, however, it is a mixed project that appears either incomplete, or just minimalist. Skins is easily listenable, and can be praised for it's range of genres and sounds in this album. However, it is not as special as many suspect it to be.

    A mixed, but respectable project for the short-lived XXXTentacion, whose music will be celebrated by those looking forward to lo-fi and emo rap.
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  5. Feb 27, 2019
    3
    The so called songs on the album are not songs. There drafts of songs. This album is a draft of an album. Unfinished. I can’t even give it a 4The so called songs on the album are not songs. There drafts of songs. This album is a draft of an album. Unfinished. I can’t even give it a 4 because of terrible songs like One Minute and just plain bad songs like Staring at the Sky. As a fan of XXXTentacion, I’m very disappointed. Expand
  6. Dec 11, 2018
    2
    Not a fan of this XXXTentacion album. Hopefully his next album will be better
  7. Feb 19, 2019
    1
    These songs were just thrown together with limited tools. Limited tools worked for The White Stripes, but not for X. No one is going toThese songs were just thrown together with limited tools. Limited tools worked for The White Stripes, but not for X. No one is going to remember these "songs" because they aren't just that... songs. Expand

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