Lil Skies surprised fans with the release of Shelby on Friday (March 1), billed as his official debut album. The project’s title pays homage to Skies’ mother’s name and follows his 2018 Life of a Dark Rose mixtape, which Skies rode to stardom.
Shelby boasts 14 tracks in total, and includes a few special guests. Landon Cube teams with Skies, once again looking to recreate the magic found for part two of their breakout hit “Nowadays.” Atlanta natives Gunna and Gucci Mane also make appearances on Shelby.
“It’s my first real project. It’s like a new beginning. This is really like me being born again,” he says via press release.
Along with the album dropping, Skies delivered the visual to project opener “I.” The “Red Roses” rapper links up with Lyrical Lemonade’s Cole Bennett for the music video, which finds him rocking a jacket that reads, “Fuck the Industry.” “I” should sound familiar to fans, as Skies has been teasing the record on Instagram for over a year.
With a brand new album of content at his disposal, Skies will be hitting the road alongside Lil Pump for a joint tour, which kicks off April 19 in Seattle.
Watch the “I” video and stream Shelby below.