Posts Tagged ‘KingPen Slim’

DMV Beats: ‘Folkz, Muggsy Malone, and The Board Administration’s LivingSocial Deal

Every week, Arts Desk's hip-hop writers drop news, music, culture—and generally put you on game.

Trapper, Keeper

"Y'all fuck ass hoes think 'cause I got the best hair, that I ain't the best lyricist," rapper 'Folkz asserts on his new single, "Renee Zellweger." "What, 'cause I sell dope, I ain't got bars, baby?" He's got a point: [...]

Kingpen Slim, Triple Beam Dreams, Reviewed

Kingpen Slim is one of D.C.’s most versatile rappers: The Adams Morgan native can craft glossy tunes for radio airplay or murky street anthems suited for the block. He's seen as authentic, aided by his gruff delivery, and the MC's on-point beat selection reveals his sensitive ear.
Yet, commercial success has eluded him so far, despite [...]

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 [...]

Hard Candy From Kingpen Slim

This "Lollipop" single from D.C.'s Kingpen Slim and DJ J Buttah rolls up like the Kool-Aid Man with a boner: It basically takes the "Hard Knock Life" template (peppy, old-fashioned vocal hook; slow head-nodder beat) and applies it to "celebrating the acquisition of fellatio" instead of "documenting economic achievement." J Buttah's sample is The Chordettes' [...]

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 [...]

What Freeway Loves About the DMV

Freeway remembers a time when Philadelphia wasn't a go-to place for hip-hop. Sure, it had acts like The Roots and Beanie Siegel representing the city, but it still didn't get the national attention many felt it deserved. "After years of trying to get on, we felt it was impossible to get a deal in Philly," Freeway [...]

Sunday: “DMV Helps Haiti” Benefit Concert, One Year Later

One year ago, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti, killing more than 230,000 people and leaving another 1 million people homeless.
In response to the devastation, promoters here and abroad organized a seemingly endless stream of benefit concerts to aid the country's overwhelming relief efforts. To date, more than $1 billion has been raised for Haiti's earthquake [...]

What’s Good? Marcus J. Moore’s Favorite DMV Albums of 2010

As 2010 comes to a close, members and observers of the D.C. hip-hop scene are debating who's the hottest MC, and whether or not we have a great one. The year also saw a seemingly endless stream of mixtapes—from D.C. Don Juan and UCB, to Kingpen Slim and Raheem DeVaughn. In 2011, listeners should expect [...]

Far Out vs. Hot Dang: Vol. 5

Your favorite weekly assemblage of D.C. cultural noise cannot be diminished. Put down all those fall previews and dwell in the now, baby, because if you sleep on Far Out vs. Hot Dang, you're snoozin' on life. On the left, as usual, are the mind-bogglers and the head-scratchers—as well as the sweet epiphanies and fond [...]

Arts Roundup: Freedom! Edition

Good morning! School's been back for Studio Theater for some days now—it's deep in rehearsal for Circle Mirror Transformation—but yesterday was founding Artistic Director Joy Zinoman's last, at least at the helm. WaPo's Jane Horwitz reports that Studio's staff and admirers sent Zinoman off with a string of fetes and some gifts, like a gold watch [...]