Florida has already produced one of hip-hop’s brightest new faces with 2016 XXL Freshman Kodak Black, but another artist from the Sunshine StateÂ is beginning to gain some major momentum.
After releasing theÂ street single “Haitians” in February,Â Lajan Slim‘sÂ popularity has skyrocketed. Throughout the South, video of the 22-year-old Lauderhill, Fla. native performing the song began to spring up on the Internet. As a result, his name started to spread like wildfire. Rapping has always been a part of Slim’s life but fate would help himÂ take a leap into becoming a legit artist.
“Crazy story, I got my first job at McDonalds, I used to be a cashier,” Lajan tellsÂ XXL about his first time in the studio.Â “This Haitian dude came in and I donât know why I told him I rap. He was like, ‘For real? Let me hear your music.’ So I just slide him my phone and let him hear some songs that I recorded on my phone and he stayed in the lobby. He just sat in the lobby and waited for me the whole day. When I got off work, he had took me to the studio. That was my first time going to the studio. This was back in 2008-09.”
Now with a solidÂ social media following, celebrity shout-outs from Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon plus cosigns from Meek Mill and Zoey Dollaz, among others,Â Lajan Slim may be the hottest young rapper in hip-hop right now. Get familiar with his movement here.
Name: Lajan Slim
Hometown:Â Lauderhill, Fla.
I grew up listening to:Â “Everything, mainly oldies like The Temptations, Five Heartbeats, that type of music. My grandma, growing up under my grandma, I would always listen to oldies and vinyls. When I first actually started listening to hip-hop, I used to ride around with my uncle and he used to play 2Pac. But when I really got into it during Cash Money era, when I used to hear it as a kid. When I started listening to Lil Wayne as a kid.
“I always been multitalented, I always used to write. When I did my first play, I was in the fourth grade, I had to rap and dance in it. Once I did that, I started to take it serious. This is what I wanted to do. I started to enjoy it. I like how everybody embraced me with it and I just continued doing that.
“Once I did it from there, I stayed at it. I ended up moving. I ended up moving with my mom âcause at the time I used to live with my grandma. So when I moved to Broward County. That was all I could turn to, writing. I ended up getting a microphone. I got one of those little mics you stuck into your computer and from there I got a guitar hero mic, started recording from there. Then a DJ told me I got to get [my music] mixed and mastered and thatâs how I learned about that. And I just kept going.”
Most people donât know:Â “Iâm an English major. I graduated high school. Iâm all into art. I draw, dance, Iâm just so multitalented. Computers, I engineer all my own work. I try to feed my self with knowledge. No limit on myself.”
My styleâs been compared to:Â “Lil Wayne, I always hear Lil Wayne. Big Sean, I donât really hear too many comparisons. If I do, itâs always Lil Wayne because of my humor, my delivery, lyrics and just the style of how I put it together.
“[For me] no song sounds the same, I just tell a story. I speak to the people who actually going through struggle. I rap literally about section eight thugginâ, going through shit with my mama, swat team rushing my house. I rap about life, real life from the bottom. I can try and talk about how I met all these people and stuff like that but I choose to rap about feelings, stuff that you can relate to. Thatâs my style.”
My standout records or moments to date have been:Â “‘Haitians’ obviously, but if I had to choose another song, ‘Quik Pik’ âcause itâs really my story of where I came from.”
My goal in hip-hop is:Â “Be iconic, change lives, touch hearts, make people know that you can come from nothing. Despite what anybody say about you, itâs about what lies in your heart and in my heart is unconditional love. You can manifest from that. Getting love, taking your love and giving it to somebody else.”
Iâm gonna be the next:Â “Legend, âcause of what I stand for, what I represent and what my goal in life to obtain. I always every since Iâve been doing music, the feeling that people got from it and start understanding life, start going through life, I realize through my music people can really change. I how started to changing, from listening to music âcause thatâs all I had.”
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