Arts Desk

Download: Kingpen Slim, Triple Beam Dreams

Kingpen Slim is one of D.C.'s most versatile rappers: He can spit street anthems or glossy radio singles without sounding contrived, his confident flow fine-tuned for its intended audience.

"Lollipop," for instance, is bouncy radio bait, from its recognizable vocal loop to Slim's simplified rhymes. Compare that with "Can't Stop Me," on which he and rapper Jim Jones reflect upon tough times: "I'm from where the birds land and the rumors fly/My classmates had funerals in junior high/It's hard being 12 feelin' like you're soon to die/You'll see a unicorn before you see us unify."

Those rhymes, among others, typify Slim's new Triple Beam Dreams album, out today through his website. We'll have a full review soon. Until then, stream it here.

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