Remembering Slim Dunkin

Photo courtesy of Slim Dunkin Facebook

When news that Slim Dunkin, the rapper and cohort of Waka Flocka Flame and Gucci Mane, passed away last Friday started to trickle out after being shot during an altercation that took place inside an Atlanta recording studio, rap fans are not only trying to piece together a still-as-of-now-unsolved murder, but ultimately, left with another promising rap career left unfulfilled.

Born Mario Hamilton, the rapper was a key part of Waka’s 1017 Brick Squad and was tipped to go on to solo success after releasing his Menace II Society mixtape this past Halloween. Fueled by a raspy, rambunctious flow, Dunkin’s style was a tight fit for the current strain of boisterous Atlanta hip-hop. Like the rest of his Brick Squad counterparts, Dunkin excelled at making animated, threatening rap music that traded in the tropes of the drug game — he made music that prompted a visceral reaction and came to life when bumped loud in the club.

Dunkin came to prominence on Waka Flocka Flame’s 2010 Flockavli album: It was”Karma” where he more than held his own as he flowed over a rather menacing beat. But while his mentor Waka coined a pared-down, economical rap style, Dunkin was possessed of a fleeter tongue. On “I Gotta Eat” he dropped straight-up trap-raps but was also confident enough to switch into double time for one of the verses.

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