This is the sophomore full-length LP from New York up-&-comer Lørd Skø. Getting his start in the fall of 2020 off his debut EP 13th Angel, his profile would grow from there eventually hiring one of the greatest A&Rs in the industry Dante Ross as his manager & showing the world of what he’s capable of doing last summer when he put out his debut album Museum. Now that fall started a week ago, Skø’s looking to take everyone through the United Palace.
“Headcrack” is a triumphant opener cautioning to cut the attitude since he’s been the man in his section whereas “Kush & OJ” takes a jazzier approach admitting that he’s been falling back in his old ways as of late. “Yellow Tape” works in some kicks, snares & a whimsical loop wanting his flowers by the time the sun rises in the morning just before the horn-inflicted “Riddles in the Sand” talks about catching him at east 80 degrees next destination.
Da$h joins Skø on the drumless “St. Nicholas” getting in their hardcore bag lyrically leading into the soulful “Finder’s Fee” talking about defying the odds & being able to do the impossible not once but twice. “Enterprise” continues to chop up some soul samples comparing his raps to that of watching the greatest quarterback of all-time Tom Brady playing, but then “Mescaline Leaves” featuring Meyhem Lauren finds the 2 over more dusty boom bap production kicking it raw.
“James Worthy Goggles” has a heavy woodwind groove to it talking about being posted up after making $1M while “500” makes a 180° from the trap beat to the flow-change so he can swerve a hoe who wanted to fuck & get paid. “Malice at the Palace” has a funk/boom bap quality to it telling y’all to catch him with a bitch that looks like Richard Pryor’s wife while “G.W.B. (Good Weed Burning) featuring Wiseboy Jeremy sees the duo jumping on top of a classy instrumental talking about actually smiling the next time they snatch chains.
The song “Firestarter” featuring LIFEOFTHOM returns to a soulful-inspired direction talking about being harder than arsenic & setting fire to their dreams before starting them but after the Kurious interlude, “Pimp Socks” closes out Skø’s sophomore effort on a bluesy boom bap note saying that he doesn’t even feel like these are the golden years of his career which is true considering the insane potential Museum showed & how much he’s grown in the last year.
With that being said: United Palace continues to elevate Lørd Skø to prominence within the underground because this album right here is stronger than the one he introduced us with the previous summer. Even though the feature list is more consistent, he most importantly delivers a thorough expression of classic & modern New York culture all from his perspective. Between this & Museum, it’s only the beginning.