Pimpin' aint easy. Just ask Palmdale, California's Silky Slim. Silky's pimping is giving way to artistry and it's going well thus far.
Still, as an artist who was born off Sunset Boulevard and moved to the northern reaches of Los Angeles County, he's not doing too shabby. And it just so happens that he raps and works with DJ Nik Bean, who has worked with Glasses Malone and played hoop with the pride of Van Nuys, "Gun Charge" Gilbert Arenas.
Silky only just heard of Universal Motown group Pac Div, who spent time in his hometown before venturing south to record with their relatives in hood. When listening to Silky Slim rap, the listener will not hear Suga Free. Silky's sound is more Mobb Deep, for lack of better description. Dude paints vivid realism based on what he's heard growing up as a teen in the '90s.
It's impressive, nevertheless, since the lyrics reflect the essence of the man who parlays in the world's oldest profession.
With all that verbiage out of the way, it's only right that this DXnext is about Mr. Silky Slim.
On Growing Up: "I was born in Hollywood, right on Sunset, right down the street from my current work place. I moved to Palmdale, it's my itty bity city."
On His Links To Fellow DXnexters, Pac Div, Who Also Grew Up In Palmdale: "Yeah I know who they are. I know they went to Highland High School. They are from L.A. County, but they didn't put Palmdale on the map like they were supposed to, you know? What are you going to do, lie like you from somewhere else? If that's where you from, that's where you from. People got to accept it. They may not respect it. If they respect me, they'll respect where I am from. People may not like it, I'm from Palmdale, California. That's where I am from, you know?"
On His Music Projects Thus Far: "Cash Me Out Volume 1, DJ Nik Bean hosted it. I actually got another album called Top of the Morning and then I dropped Cash Me Out. Top of the Morning was my first actual body of work. When I did it, that was probably the sixth song I ever did, in the summer of 2007.
On The Decision To Rap: "I got into music on a humbug. I moved to Palmdale and I bought this house. I've always loved my music, don't get me wrong. My focus was getting money. Doing music is so farfetched. My neighbors was looking at me crazy, I was 21 years old. They were like, what do you do, I threw a studio in my house, like, I do music. I played it for some of my potnas, Tef Dollas, and Tef Dollas he introduced to B.H. The Great, who does 90% of my production. Me and B.H. knocked out a song, just for me to listen to it. B.H. called me back and was like, we gotta do a whole album. And I was like, I'm not trying to spend a whole bunch of money on this music shit, it's just kind of a hobby. He was like, 'We gotta get this out, you know?' And we ended up putting together Top of the Morning and then it just picked up. There's people that ended up feeling what I'm talking about and people who are not in the game and are feeling the sincerity in what I'm talking about. It's a progressive thing. There was a demand for it."
On His Future Goals: "I don't half ass anything in life. I am doing music, I want the whole nine yards. I want to be successful and I'm looking for financial freedom. I don't have any kids right now and when I do, I want them settled for generations. That's not for music. That's for life, period."
On Major Labels vs. Indies: "I am just looking for the best situation. I am an opportunist, I don't close any doors. I'm going to keep dropping mixtapes. I know these labels aren't dishing the same numbers they used to. With a label situation, it's all about dollars. It's all about finances to me, it's not about fame to me. It's not so much about the fame to me, it's about the business behind it. If someone offered me the right deal, I'd jump on it. If the money ain't right, I can finance myself. If a label wanna shoot me some bread, I'm there."