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It’s been said before, but it bears repeating: Kingpen Slim is one of the most versatile rappers in the D.C. area. You wanna bounce and turn up? He’s got songs for that. You want lyrics? Something introspective and autobiographical? He has an entire album like that.

As if you needed more examples of Slim’s flexibility, the AdMo native released two singles—”No Talkin'” and “Thank God”— from his long-forthcoming album, Life After Doubt, finally out this spring.

On “No Talkin’,” Slim channels Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch—who gained notoriety for, among other things, not talking to the media. During the week leading up to Super Bowl XLIX, the star player simply sat at a podium and repeated one-sentence mantras: “I’m just here so I won’t get fined,” and “You know why I’m here.” Over a Mark Henry-produced track, Slim takes that message from the field to the street, cautioning would-be speakers against such chatter. Then the rapper berates fake folks without spoiling the song’s lively mood. Stream “No Talkin'” here:



Then, on “Thank God,” Slim focuses on his past while praising a higher power for bringing him through. He used to play go-go in his neighborhood and his uncle “used to have that weight.” “It’s a miracle I made it, man,” Slim rhymes. “They were bustin’ when I’d go and see my favorite band.” It’s a scenic portrayal of old D.C., a city that’s quickly fading from view. Though Slim’s spit identical themes before, it’s good to praise as often as possible. Stream “Thank God” after the jump.