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KingPen Slim’s Late Christmas Gift

The NBA wasn't the only thing to come back on Christmas. Also that day, DMV rapper KingPen Slim, whose Beam Up mixtape series has made him a formidable presence in the region, dropped his Pass the Roc mixtape, on which he rhymes original verses over various Roc-A-Fella beats.

"Lucifer In A New Suit" finds Slim battle-rapping over Kanye West's "Devil In A New Dress" while "While I'm From" is a gritty ode to D.C. over Jay-Z's song of the same name. On "Exhibit A," which borrows Jay Electronica's standout 2009 track, Slim gets spacey: "You can tell by my wave pattern/So out of this world, I can wave at Saturn."

2dopeboyz has the mixtape. The Beam Up 3 is scheduled for a spring release.

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