We All Go Through Phases. Skizzy Mars finally releases his long-awaited “Phases” mixtape.
The first time I heard Skizzy Mars was the summer between my junior and senior year of high school. I was driving with a good friend who always seemed to have the best music, and the next track that he eagerly skipped ahead to was titled "Douchebag." Yes, it was an extremely douchey and borderline chauvinist song, but there was undoubtedly something attractive and addicting about it. When listening, I somehow found myself smiling, and by the end of the song, singing along with its most uttered line, “They say nice guys finish last, well, thank God I’m a douchebag.” I was convinced it was performed by famed rapper Kid Cudi, and my eyebrows furrowed upon hearing that it wasn’t, but instead, it was by a 17-year-old high-school student from Manhattan. Well, it’s been 2 years since I first heard "Douchebag". Skizzy has released numerous singles since, including some personal favorites, "Profound," "No Curfew," and "Shangri-La." While he’s moved on from high school to college, his drive persists and his fan base grows. To me, Skizzy’s music has an unmatched allure to it; you want to become a part of his world, and the more ridiculous it becomes, the higher its intrigue gets.
“Phases” is the first set of tracks released by the emerging artist; it’s a mix of 14 songs, and I can assure you, it does not disappoint. It’s an interesting blend of all rap lyrically, but laid on top of everything from electronic beats to haunting vocals, and even rustic piano melodies. It begins with an intro titled “15,” a play off the common idea that everyone will get their “15 minutes of fame.” He demands more than this though, opening the song with nearly a minute of slow trance that picks up to a walking pace tempo and into his first remark, “another cycle in my lifetime.” The song accelerates as he looks back at the progress he’s made from his initial tracks up to “Phases;” he says, “look what I’ve accomplished in the past year, streams of consciousness, newfound confidence, solutions of opulence, used to the opposite.” This quickly transitions into the pinnacle of the song, the chorus, which boasts the lyrics, “F*ck 15 minutes of fame, I want the whole crowd screaming my name, I want a chokehold over this game.” He’s determined, and the rest of “Phases” confirms that he’s got the talent to support this drive.