With an uncanny gift for staying relatable even as he lives his life of luxury, New York rapper Slayter is making waves with his starkly honest rhymes. Celebrating his VIP status in his uptown Dyckman neighborhood, Slayter shares “Hood Famous,” his street-savvy new single. Rhyming atop reverberating minor key guitars and bumping 808s, Slayter rasps a lilting melody about his legendary stature in the hood: “I ain’t died yet, but I got murals painted.” The song features an appearance from fellow Cinematic Music Group signee Yungeen Ace, whose soaring vocals provide a brilliant counterpoint to Slayter’s low intonations. In the video, Slayter takes us in a tour around Dyckman, drawing a crowd to the main street (a crowd that includes Luh Kel, another CMG riser) and showing a side of Manhattan that most people don’t usually see. “Hood Famous” is the latest single from World Got Me F*cked Up Vol. 1, Slayter’s upcoming mixtape, due next month via Cinematic Music Group.
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Manhattan’s Dyckman neighborhood, Slayter spent the past few years fine-tuning his unique take on traditional NYC rap. Discovered by Cinematic Music Group CEO Jonny Shipes, Slayter quickly rose through the ranks of his city’s underground, building a reputation for his detailed, surreal street stories. Last summer, the rapper earned attention from Complex and XXL for his Cold At Night EP, which featured appearances from G Herbo and Lil Gotit, and in the fall, Slayter supported Maxo Kream on a 23-date nationwide tour. Earlier this year, Slayter treated the streets to the Dirty Water EP, a 7-track effort that boasted production from Sango and Thelonius Martin, and guest spots from Smoke DZA, Xanman and Q Da Fool. Most recently, Slayter connected with Sada Baby for “Louis V Umbrella,” which earned coverage in Stereogum, HotNewHipHop, and more.