Music Monday: Atlanta’s Archibald Slim is Better Off Dead

By - Monday, January 19th, 2015

If there is one city that has owned the hip hop headlines this year it has to be Atlanta. The southern hip hop mecca has delivered one of the most anticipated albums in Future, the long awaited re-turn of Outkast, One half of the Run The Jewels duo, and  rising stars like Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan and iLoveMakkonen. It’s been an explosive year for Atlanta hip hop as they have helped to once again shift the soundscape of hip hop.

Archibald Slim may soon be an addition to that last group of names. As an associate of the increasingly blog-hyped Awful Music Group, Slim offers something different, but not new, to followers of Atlanta’s hip hop scene. Where as much of what is poppin in the A is laced with harmony and complexly disguised deliverers, Slim addresses the listener more directly with an a approach that is simultaneously straight up and laid-back.

Better Off Dead continues the southernplayalistic vibe that Slim has been developing throughout his last projects. In listening to his catalog the influence of Big Boi and Three Stacks becomes clear. But rather than try to tread on their path Slim seems determined to forge his own way alongside his Awful crew members, developing an alternative sound, something Atlanta has done time and time again.

“Taxin II” is the standout track on Better Off Dead, and demonstrates the sonic development that Slim and Awful have been toying with. alongside the wrist doctor Father and Pyramid Quince, Archibald Slim delivers ramblings of cautionary advice over a hypnotic beat. Give it a listed then check out the rest of the project below.

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