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Album Review

Pittsburgh Slim may be signed to Def Jam — and by the hand of none other than Jay-Z — but his debut EP Tastemaker gives little indication as to why he's any more legit than "My Bum Is on Ya Lips" b-boy Tom Green. While fans of his beloved old crew Strict Flow might disagree, Slim's lyrics here are nothing above those of a skillful novelty artist, although with "Girls Kiss Girls" being such a skyrocketing hit as Tastemaker was released, you can excuse some of the EP's faults by best guessing it was rushed. His ode to the supreme daddy of all heterosexual male fantasies is extremely catchy electro hip-hop and the kind of song that allows the inner frat boy trapped in any man to sing their carnal cravings proud and loud. The freaky idea of sampling Matthew Wilder's uncool hit "Break My Stride" for "Sunrays" is a winner, and plenty of the quirky backing tracks from producer Ski Beatz deserve attention. Otherwise, this just seems an empty-headed party, an ironic strip club soundtrack, or a fair excuse to make "Girl Kiss Girls" readily available.

Customer Reviews

This Slim Ain't Shady

This slim ain't shady, but he's hot with a cold flow. Hella tight beats with an aggressive rhyme style make this white boy out to show and prove. Check out "Sunrays" and "Toy" for a glimpse at some sickmade hip-hop cut with ill white dope, who is now the NEW great white hope. This Slim ain't immitatin'...check it out!

What has the recording industry come to?

Is this d-bag serious?

pittsburgh slim might be good

i heard the album and dug it. girls kiss girls is obviously a hit. maybe too obvious ;-)


Born: Pittsburgh, PA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s

Thanks to a simple, infectious beat and a chorus reppin' the most common of male fantasies, Sied Chahrour, aka Pittsburgh Slim, went from local hero to hip-hop superstar in late 2007. The half-Mexican, half-Algerian Chahrour first came on the scene in 1996 when he helped form Pittsburgh's popular rap crew Strict Flow. The group pressed their own debut album, Homegrown, in 1997 before being signed to J-Live's Raw Shack label in 1999. That same year their "People on Lock" single appeared, but the title...
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