First things first…
As many movies and TV shows depict writers to be dependent on some sort of hard liquor and/or other substances possessing the capability of altering your mental consciousness, so they can effectively perform their trade; after sitting down and listening to Pittsburgh Slim’s new mixtape, “Pittsburgh Slim’s Excellent Adventure”… I know he would WANT me to have drinks on hand while writing this. Stereotypically enough, bourbon it is. Here’s to you Slim. Bottoms up.
AS MANY OF YOU MAY ALREADY KNOW, back in April on Pittsburgh’s signature day, 4/12, it was collectively announced that Pittsburgh Slim would be releasing a new mixtape. The parties partnered with and attached to Slim’s undertaking include the premier party promotions and innovative marketing group, Faded Industry Entertainment and the Pittsburgh based Four Twelve Records, run by Pittsburgh local, Chuckie Okobie, of Steelers fame. Collaborating with Producer E. Dan and ID Labs, the culprits responsible for producing debut albums for platinum artists to the likes of Wiz Kalifa and Mac Miller (maybe you’ve heard of them?), Pittsburgh Slim also features appearances of hip hop talents DVNNY SETH, Ron Noodles, Beedie, DJ Bizzy and Tekneek.
With its release on May 22nd, Pittsburgh Slim’s Excellent Adventure contains 15 tracks that collectively deliver a very clear and concise message. If you’re somehow able to miss it, you’re either deaf or completely devoid of comprehensive abilities. It boils down to, “party your face off, and if you don’t… Pittsburgh Slim is going to with or without you.” There is nothing hiding that fact in any of his lyrics throughout the mixtape. His content-heavy verses throughout the mixtape, sets the stage and scenario for the hook to come in and drive every song’s point home… which maybe it should’ve taken a cab. DrinkyPal???
All bad jokes aside, before prime time radio play and huge record deals event come to play, hip hop is tested pretty easily. Not that it’s easy to do, but the concept is simple to understand. Its home is primarily in night clubs, which primarily have two primary goals, primarily needing to be met for an artist to earn a spot in the club’s primary playlist rotation… primarily. #1. Does it make you want to party and drink?… and #2. does it make you want to dance? More specifically, does it make hot girls want to dance? I’m not a hot girl, but I can say that from front to back, the lyrics, beats and melodies throughout Excellent Adventure were infectious to the point of keeping me with a constant, enthusiastic, completely involuntary and unforced head bob. To put it in perspective, if you see me out at a club with the bob thing going on, the girls on the dance floor are all probably grinding all over each other with high amounts of friction taking place and sparing very little space between them. So throw a check mark next to “makes you want to dance”. As far as making people want to drink and party, my suggestion is, if you’re a recovering alcoholic… this may not be the mixtape that speaks to your best interests. I’m in my living room, by myself, posted up on a couch with my laptop on a coffee table, typing away while having Slim on repeat in the background. I’m currently four bourbons deep and fully prepared and ready to pour a fifth. If I wasn’t so willing to drink, I would almost categorize it as peer pressure. Draw your own conclusions, but I think it’s safe to say that clubs wont have any issues with their bar sales. It’s tough to imagine Slim running into much trouble appealing to the club and party scene, where music like his thrives. He seems to have that equation worked out pretty well.
Without giving anything critical away, the only thing left to do is for you to get up and get yourself a copy of Pittsburgh Slim’s Excellent Adventure. You can get it for free off of Pittsburgh Slim’s website and datPiff.com. Just hit the links below:
While you’re waiting for that to download, you can start getting your Slim fix with his latest video “Skinny Bitches Have More Fun”.
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May the force be with yinz,