Ski Mask The Slump God rose to fame on the free streaming service SoundCloud with artists such as Juice WRLD and Lil Uzi Vert in the mid-2010s. Slump’s profile also grew alongside his fellow Florida-based artists including Smokepurpp, wifisfuneral, Denzel Curry and the late XXXTENTACION.
Music journalist Brian “B. Dot” Miller spoke with Ski Mask The Slump God for a Complex Brackets episode titled “Who’s The Best Soundcloud Rapper?” released on Complex’s website Wednesday (May 12). They discussed what Ski Mask The Slump God calls the SoundCloud era’s “beautiful” impact on the rap industry and the best artists from the period.
“The SoundCloud era is gonna be remembered for what it did for the people in that era,” Ski Mask The Slump God said. “The people who was actually listening in that era, whether it’s how much it’s helped them or how it affected their life because it really took a big impact on that people that took participation in it.”
Miller had Ski Mask The Slump God pick his favorite SoundCloud rap veterans in 16 figurative head-to-head matches in a tournament bracket-formatted list.
Slump selects $uicideboy$, Lil Peep and Curry among others in the first and second rounds, but ultimately chooses XXXTENTACION over Juice WRLD in the championship.
“They were both my brothers, but even if you put that fact to the side, I’d known them musically and what they had grown from and seeing what they had grown from,” Slump said about Juice and XXX. “They’re really true artists and it’s really hard to decipher between the two, you know what I’m saying? It’s like the red or the blue pill from The Matrix.”
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Slump also denied SoundCloud rap era is dead.
After SoundCloud nearly closed in 2017, Chance The Rapper saved it by bankrolling the platform. SoundCloud paved the way for the late Pop Smoke, one of the Hip Hop’s biggest selling artists in 2020.
“If I went to tweet that right now, they would be at my head with the chopping block,” he said. “There’s people on SoundCloud right now that feels that they’re underground and there’s a lot of people with that following … I wouldn’t take that away from anybody, you feel me, because I wouldn’t want anybody to take it any from me.”
Ski Mask The Slump God mentioned he’s planning to shoot three videos this month, slated for release in early June and a new album later this year.
In addition, the latest XXXTENTACTION music came Monday (May 10) on YellowHeart’s website, which is selling his non-fungible tokens (NFTs) containing five posthumous commercially released songs.