Skeng - Beast of the Era EP Review
I recently gave the new EP by trailblazing Dancehall artiste Skeng, a good listen and I must say it is not disappointing. The title of the EP “Beast of the Era” is quite fitting as the artist, in my opinion, has the most hype at the moment and electrifying performances. The EP consists of six songs that seemed to be mostly if not solely produced by Rvssian. Russian actually gifted Skeng a Rolex at the launch of the EP but Skeng looked so high that one was left wondering if he even appreciated it.
Beast of the Era Track list
3.It's True by Skeng & Shenseea
5.Eediattt 'Idiot' by Skeng & Jigsta
The first song on the track “Demons Awake” talks about the price of fame and still holding to his ethos of being a bad man. Well I think so, are these actual demons he is talking about, or the ones we all have in our minds? Both I think. The beat of this one is trap Dancehall at its finest. As a matter of fact, 5 out of the 6 songs on the album are trap Dancehall. The sample in this riddim also came straight out of a sample pack, something I think fans will really dig as it brings that international feel to the track. But creators, will probably be gringe-ing as they have probably used the sample on a riddim or two.
One song that really caught me off guard was Eediattt ( idiot ). This track was produced by Droptop Records and I can see what they were trying to do here. Skeng has the badman songs locked but not much when it comes on to the ladies. So that is where “Ediattt” comes in. The song fits the dancehall dash out segment perfectly and doesn’t take skeng away from his badman antics. See the video below…….preferably when you are not on the Babylon gig.
The song I think has the most potential to blow on an international pop scale is “True” featuring Shenseea. It has that balance I think is needed with a voice like Skengs. Though I have no idea what Skeng is actually saying on the track, the chorus comes in and makes it feel good again. The beat is also trendy and doesn't over shadow the artistes.
Yes. That is one thing about this EP, more specifically the intro and outros to many tracks, I have no clue what he is saying when he is talking. It could be the molly, as he is known to be an avid user or just the way the engineer slapped some effects on it. But hey, I guess it gives a mystical vibe that the fans can decode as the listen again and again.
All in all I like the EP. It is easily consumable, 15 minutes to be exact and it has that new era Dancehall vibe!
Listen to Skeng’s EP, Beast of the Era on Spotify.