Skillz- Confessions Of A Ghostwriter

June 28th, 2005

Skillz is probably most well known for his annual 'year in review' tracks, which turn up on the internet once a year, and poke light hearted fun at the events and releases of the past twelve months. The first one was great, and each year they've got slightly less exciting, perhaps because we came to know and expect what the artist was like. That's not the only material he's put out though. He's being going for years, doing numerous guest apperances and tracks for compilations. He's worked with big names such as Timbaland and Missy Elliot, participated in quite a pointless battle between Shaqill O'Neil and himself, and created an album which was bootlegged by the bucketload and that never made it to the shops.

Now he's releasing this project on All City Music, which on paper sounds a lot more correct, as high profile collaborations aside, Skillz is of the high calibre destined for underground stardom rather than MTV fame. The album is attractively of just thirteen numbers, featuring guest spots by Musiq Soulchild, Pretty Ugly, Aaries and others.

'Suzie Q', produced by The Neptunes, features Ceelo and Jazze Pha. It's a mixture of heavy drums and soul and story telling vocals. 'Off The Wall' will be familiar to those who have followed Skillz for some time, and sounds quite electronic at points. 'Wave Ya Hands' has a really nice bouncy tempo, with great guest vocals by Musiq Soulchild. It's one of the album highlights and should be a single. 'Imagine' has a deep reflective lyrical vibe. The album ends with 'Who I Spit For' which has a really stripped down and basic beat, but which remains interesting and original.

It's great to see Skillz releasing an album properly as he's a great lyrical talent with a lot of friends in high and low places to call in favours from, meaning he can easily serve both the mainstream radio junkies and the underground communities. This is a solid album which should justify him getting a buzz about his name back, which started to fade as the delays and label problems grew.



9 Responses to “Skillz- Confessions Of A Ghostwriter”

  1. Universon Says:

    Not to mention the album he did that DID see the light of day.. “from where?????” including a SICK james bond sounding tune with Large Professor (Extra P) and Q Tip (The Abstract), lovely. His work with “suppafriendz” which included DanjaMowf and Lonnie B…

  2. LYNCHMOB Says:

    HIS SHIT LEAKED ON THE NET TODAY

  3. joe Says:

    10 of these songs were on ‘i aint mad no more’ com on skillz can do better than 3 new songs?

  4. Dialogue Says:

    Skillz should take the game.He has a flow that can supply heat for the underground and for main stream.it is a shame that the songs have already been heard prior to the release of his album and like joe says only has 3 new songs but regardless skillz is skillz. when i saw him at foundation newcastle he wiped the floor he was only a hype man for jazzy jeff but he dominated the stage, half the club didnt know who he was but they were all talking about him after the show so i know he will crush the game.from were was a classic like ill matic,36 chambers but never got the recognition desereved. I was introduced to mad skillz through my boy Dom’P and we been waiting for this album since from were was released, so its good to now be able to go and purchase it.By the way don’t download it buy it support it! peace

  5. Dialogue Says:

    Skillz should take the game.He has a flow that can supply heat for the underground and for main stream.it is a shame that the songs have already been heard prior to the release of his album and like joe says only has 3 new songs but regardless skillz is skillz. when i saw him at foundation newcastle he wiped the floor he was only a hype man for jazzy jeff but he dominated the stage, half the club didnt know who he was but they were all talking about him after the show so i know he will crush the game.from were was a classic likew ill matic,36 chambers but never got the recognition desereved. I was introduced to mad skillz through my boy Dom’P and we been waiting for this album since from were was released, so its good to now be able to go and purchase it.By the way don’t download it buy it support it! peace

  6. 80-O Says:

    The last track Who I spit for, is the only new joint.

    And I ain’t mad no more got released in Canada without Skillz knowin about it. Rawkus played him.

    I thought he was supposed to Come out with a album Called Your Favorite Rappers Favorite Rapper produced By HI-Tek.

  7. Dialogue Says:

    hiphop is a new joint aswell produced by nottz, for once I can listen to an album from start without skipping.its been a long time comin. as for the Hi-tech album we can only hope it happens coz hi tech been off since relflection
    eternal and hi tecknology.

  8. Dolla Bill Says:

    So you all are just totally sleepin’ on all the VA Supafriendz Albums and Danja Mowf’s first album which also features Skillz when he was MAD.
    Do the research SUPAFRIENDZ
    Check for
    Consequences and Repercussions
    Mowf of Madness
    and the classic “Vowel Movement”

  9. yung vogez Says:

    who else did skillz ghost write for?