Artist Spotlight: Skaa

Recently, it seems like every new rapper we meet describes themselves similarly. It usually goes something like, “I want to be the next Kanye/Drake/Lamar…” This sentiment is then often uncomfortably showcased in their music as a shameless imitation of their heroes. While it is completely natural to become inspired by your industry forerunners, but you must stray away from riding on their coattails by replicating their distinct sound and style. 

This is precisely what Skaa naturally does so well. Upon discovering this artist, we were immediately struck by what may be his strongest asset: his courage to be entirely unapologetic in his assertion of his own unique identity.

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The Hip Hop/Rap genre as a whole is one that (especially in recent years with increased accessibility to self-record) can often feel uninspired and frustratingly tired due to the lack of variation, ambition, and innovation applied within the songwriting and production stage. It seems that every week we are introduced to the same regurgitated beat with the same lazy mumble-rap verses and auto-tune saturated hooks—- only to fizzle out into forgetfulness. In fact it’s hard to approach any new music without inherent cynicism and skepticism. It has become tiresome and mundane within the current culture of Pop dominated music. We, as listeners, are exposed to the same formulaic, cookie-cutter, copy of a copy of a copy brand of artists. Although these types of artists have brilliantly perfected the ability to produce safe, catchy, and infectious music; they ultimately amount to being entirely forgettable, soon to be replaced by the next musical doppelgänger. This trend has infected almost every musical appendage and genre, whether it be commercially produced or independently released. Specifically, this pattern has nearly crippled the Rap/ Hip Hop scene.

Not only has Skaa recognized the same tired trend in the music industry, but he has made it a point to aggressively rebel against it. One of the first characteristics that we noticed in Skaa’s tracks that immediately set him apart was his willingness to be vulnerable and honest. Too often, rappers feel the need to push a familiar facade (which at this point, has become a parody of itself), or they mistake humbleness for weakness. Skaa does neither, he has embraced his own personal identity and has made no apologies for it.

The audio production exhibited in the freshly released “Escape” is nothing short of spectacular. The soundscapes are lush and relaxing, the flow is intertwined perfectly with each evolving and ever-changing layer. Everything about the Single is absolutely stunning, with each complex sonic layer given space to breath and evolve. This is truly a milestone and an accomplishment for this artist. 

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The FIRE track entitled opens as the perfect mood-setter. The hard hitting, unapologetic vocals enter immediately carrying emotion and exuding confidence.The track is fantastically sequenced in a way that maintains the listener’s interest, with each layer capturing its own space, but never distracting from each other.

Skaa’s “Escape” is definitely going to take the scene by storm. This track oozes ambition and confidence. Not only is it polished and meticulously crafted, but it is sequenced to perfection, leaving the listener wanting more. This release is definitely a trend-setter and sets an unbelievably high standard for rival artists hoping to break through in the scene.

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