The Score: Skillz, "The World Needs More Skillz"

Thursday, Oct 28, 2010 12:00AM

Written by J. Bachelor

THE SCORE
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  • The World Needs More Skillz
  • Skillz
  • October 26, 2010
Hip-Hop DX 4.25
Metacritic 73/100
Hip Hop Galaxy 4/5

Virginia wordsmith Skillz returns from a two-year hiatus to release his brand new album, The World Needs More Skillz.

Best recognized for his annual, year-end "Rap Up" record, Skillz recently spoke with SOHH about how his enthusiasm for hip-hop allowed him to pen an album that differentiates from his past work.

If you're ready to experience something different, you should go out and buy this album. Comparing to my last work [2008's Million Dollar Backpack], and I know it's so cliche, but I'm an artist that pays more attention [to hip-hop] than others. I'm probably as close as a fan as any artist could ever be. I still get star struck and excited about certain sh*t like a fan would. So anybody who appreciates good music and good hip-hop, I want them to be just as excited about this sh*t as I am.(5 Reasons Why You Should Buy My Record)

For his fifth album, Skillz secured r&b guest stars such as Bilal, an artist recognized for his collaborations with hip-hop lyricists.

The Bilal collaboration "Wants and Needs," breaks down the struggle between our necessities and our desires. Skillz's object was to refine his style into something even more musical and compelling.(Rap Weekly)

A two-man beat team held down the production in this World.

Behind the boards R. Baker and Dustin "Duece" Scott lay down a bouncing, echoing and strings-hemmed beat that Skillz uses to speak slick rhymes to a particular, currently taken girl: "Let you in on some things you should know / like your beauty grows / you look better than you did ten minutes ago." I don't know if his romantic efforts will succeed, but having the consummately smooth Raheem DeVaughn throw down a hook definitely won't hurt (DJ Booth)

The album's lead single is a love song entitled "Call Me Crazy,"  featuring soul crooner Raheem Devaughn on the vocals. 

"Call Me Crazy" is something a little different from my man Skillz. He decided to go a little more commercial with the R&B flavor and it worked out pretty nicely. It's a smooth and relaxing song that would be perfect to throw on while you're cruising around town, chilling at home or getting down with your lady.

 The World Needs More Skillz generated mixed reviews; while some recognize it as a well-crafted LP, other reviewers felt that his punchlines were best served elsewhere.

The structure of the album is nicely put together. After three years, it's mostly Skillz and not chalk full of features to weigh it down. Subject matter is diverse. (The Sermons Domain)
The title track from Skillz's album features punch lines referencing Wheelchair Jimmy, a miniature Jermaine Dupri, Tiny & Toya and Biggie. Need I go on? I have a vague feeling that stand-up comedy or maybe sketch writing could work for this guy if rap ever gets unrewarding for him. (The Smoking Section)

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Check out songs from the album below:

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