Sunday, February 3, 2008

Mic Check: Pittsburgh Slim

If you're into electric , pop ,rock and hip-hop then check out Pennsylvania native Sied Chahrour, aka Pittsburgh Slim, went from local hero to hip-hop superstar in late 2007.Slim began rapping at the age of 12, all the while playing guitar in several post-punk bands. The eclecticism helped shape his unique sound which finds the Pennsylvania native laying smooth rhymes over mashed-up beats that sample everyone from Devo to Rihanna. 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 to their 2002 release Without Further Ado referenced how slow things were moving for the crew. They dissolved after the album's release, so Slim was off to Los Angeles to get closer to the music business. He waited tables by day and shopped his music by night until his longing to see "Girls Kiss Girls" turned into a song. The incredibly infectious song began breaking on radio not in L.A., but back home in Pittsburgh, thanks to the city's KISS FM radio station. From there it began to make an impression on both coasts and offers to relaunch the single came in from some high-profile labels. None of the labels were looking for an album, and while Slim was well aware the song was a novelty hit, he also knew he still had the indie rap skills that made Strict Flow well respected, so he held out for a long-term deal. He got it after a meeting with Def Jam executive Jay-Z. The label released Slim's seven-track Tastemaker Album at the end of 2007. It was promoted by a "Girls Kiss Girls" video. If this wasn't enough for you and would like to see more, you can check him out February 5th at the Knitting Factory at 8pm. Check out his site  

Check out his video "Girls Kiss Girls" 

Music Videos - Girls Kiss Girls

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