New Jersey rapper Dre Skuffs pops up on our radar with his brand new album titled 'Shade Theory'. The 18-track project is chock full of personal stories and experiences from the emcee with Jamaican roots. Skuffs enlisted a handful of producers to help him create the right backdrop for his vivid lyrics, with names like Paw Cuts (who produced a majority of it), B. Young, Chris Prythm and Mando Fresh among the artists lending their sonic services.
At 18 songs deep, Skuffs sure has a whole lot to say and doesn't waste his breath from the opener "The Top Ace Intro", where he is immediately introduced by a lady encouraging him to go for gold, to tracks like "Handouts", "Can't Stop" and "The Unknowning" - which exude a vintage feel laced by Skuffs' detailed lyricism and social commentary. The soundscapes also vary across the project as Skuffs opts for a more modern vibe on joints like the bouncy "Hot", the mellow/trippy "Insane- Mesmerized" and the 90s RnB tinged "Real With Me".
'Shade Theory' in summary is time encompassing and offers a refreshing vibe for the listener, just hit the play button and get familiar. Dre Skuffs is not only a writer, but he also produces, directs films, edits his own videos and designs his own covers. Get the audio on Spotify.