16 tracks featuring mind-blowing collaborations and such lyrical conviction and excellence, “Unfinished Business” by rapper, singer, and songwriter SKG sets the standards to beat. Even time eludes a listener with this project; it really doesn’t feel like 53 minutes and 41 seconds, feels like half the time passes by the end of your listening experience, and that’s when you know this is a golden project. This is an incredible album without a single skip! Paying homage to her late brother, who now lives through her, the cover page features his striking image, smiling with a gun held in his right arm.
I have listened to this album in its entirety, and I honestly cannot tell you which track is my favorite because they are all masterpieces. It’s very hard to find full-length albums with all hit tracks; this is a feat only achieved by a few, and SKG is one of them—a fierce female persona in a league of her own. The thing you need to understand is that this isn’t an overnight success kind of thing—behind the scenes, tell the tale of her relentless work ethic, blood, sweat, and tears, and trying to make her mark in a male-dominated industry that often overlooks female talents like hers!
There’s something for everyone here, and unforgettable performances will remain ingrained in a listener’s brain for days. And this is how you know you’ve lived through something timeless.
“Thru My Eyez,” featuring Keith Robinson, sees SKG tap into that old-school island, and out comes a scintillating soul and R&B sound to generate crossover appeal. Nothing here has been overdone, and Keith leaves an indelible stamp with his mellifluous voice, breathing life into the captivating hook of the song.
SKG then takes over the mic and demonstrates her unmatched storytelling knack, taking the listener through her story of growing up in the streets, how the streets made her. She maintains a strong presence, exuding confidence and charisma.
As someone who grew up in the streets, flirting with danger at times and delving into street culture, it is from there that she developed a high degree of literacy, with such experiences characterizing her rhymes.
“Blame on Me,” featuring Nicole Collier, is a self-empowerment song, serving as a revenge-era anthem and allowing the listener to embrace self-empowerment after cutting ties with a toxic person who always made you feel like you were the problem when all along it was them. This track draws inspiration from personal experiences and emotions, capturing the raw feelings of betrayal, disappointment and the journey towards reclaiming one’s own strengths and independence.
On the mic, SKG lyrically delves into the realization of being deceived by their partner, symbolized by their hatred for things that remind them of lies, games, and deceit.
“16 Years Old,” featuring Cassidy, is another emotional and empathetic performance with SKG diving deep into her life since she was kicked out aged 14 and had to find her way in a harsh ‘dog-eat-dog’ society. Each verse feels like a brushstroke, painting an intricate portrait of her life in the streets and how she had to learn to fend for herself from a young age.
The song’s arresting lyrical prowess is a testament to the artist’s command over rap, employing a plethora of vivid lyrics and flows to articulate her emotions with such eloquence and depth. The intricate wordplay showcases her ability to craft vivid imagery, immersing listeners in her world. The hook at the core of the track is simply unforgettable. Cassidy also stamps an indelible imprint with his first-class performance to complement the track’s theme.
“Sunshine” brings nostalgia within touching distance, with the impressive blend of melody and rhythm taking you back to the summer of 1996. The guest artists, Compton Av and Yung Muusik, did justice with their verses. A strong highlight of this tour de force is that hypnotic beat…can’t seem to get enough of it.
“Run It” featuring Beenie Man is a club banger to get you busting crazy moves in the club like no one’s watching, and “Big Chains, Big Grill” featuring Paul Wall is an absolute and total smash hit; it’s little wonder it has already received widespread embrace from fans and critics alike.
Like I said, this is a full-length project with not one skip, and you deserve this kind of music in your playlist.
SKG is hoping that her platform, both musically and entrepreneurially, goes on to show people that it’s possible to succeed by being true to yourself. In her eyes, her meteoric rise is enough proof that Black Women are commercially viable in an industry that has traditionally said otherwise.
To find out what this west coast femcee is made up of, follow the attached link…I have a feeling it’s something close to steel!
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