Sad news from the rap world: Slim Dunkin, the 1017 BrickSquad member and right-hand man for Waka Flocka Flame, was shot dead in an Atlanta recording studio Friday night. Details, including a motive, remain unknown, but regardless, this is a loss for the Southern rap community and rap as a whole. Dunkin didn't have any mainstream hits, but he was an emerging BrickSquad talent, making the most out of his opportunities, including features on Waka's debut album "Flockavelli" and many mixtapes.
In terms of quality, Dunkin's output was uneven but full of potential — "Menace II Society," eerily sampling a defiant 2pac interview, is a good example of the threatening trap-rap Dunkin was making with ease. The main differences between generic, boring gangsta rap and the high-quality stuff are a rapper's delivery and having the right voice, two things Dunkin possessed. Slim Dunkin was 24. R.I.P.
The best BrickSquad music is extremely visceral, where the artist and the beat find common ground in turning it all up to 10. Slim, obviously taking cues from Waka, was good at this, but enough with trying to put the appeal into words — here's a video (warning: explicit language) of Slim and Waka tearing down a club.
R.I.P. Slim Dunkin