Lil Pinky = Russ + Oliver ~ + Yung Pinch
Salt Lake local rapper Lil Pinky is breaking through with his debut album, Pink Slip. The album is well-rounded: Each track is framed with the same style, and Pinky doesn’t stray far from what works for him. Continuity is rare for new artists, as they typically like to experiment with different styles and flows, leaving an EP looking more like a collection of tracks than an actual cohesive work. Pink Slip seems well thought-out and delivers to its listeners with quality content and style.
Lil Pinky fills a need in Salt Lake City rap. He embodies new-school hip-hop and rap music, which is rare in Salt Lake City—at least for now. In a locale that seems to prefer old-school hip-hop, artists like Lil Pinky rarely emerge. Pink Slip demonstrates that Lil Pinky has mastered his technique and is able to stay cutting-edge and current within his chosen genre of music. In many ways, he is a “Souncloud rapper,” a term that has become the label for new and taboo hip-hop, especially to those who prefer rap from the ‘90s. Pinky is bold and executes this modern sound well.
One of the strongest songs on the album is “White Boy Swag.” Like most tracks on Pink Slip, his voice jumps playfully along the instrumental, which is filled with catchy synth samples and a steady, booming bass. At times, his voice is heavily autotuned, giving it a nice melodic feel and filing down the sharp edges. Classic 2017 ad libs are heavily used throughout, with Pinky shouting “skrr” and “yeah” after almost every bar of his lyrics. Still, the part of “White Boy Swag” that puts Lil Pinky on a different level when compared to similar rappers are his lyrics. His meter is complicated, witty and packed with punchlines. In the middle of the track, he raps: “Packing that gas in a swisher / No, my bad, that’s a backwood / She screaming ‘Pinky’ cuz it’s that good / I’ll bend it over and hit it backwards.”
It will be exciting to see what Lil Pinky will do to continue to stay relevant in his next releases. With so many rappers out there these days, it is hard to stand out and not blend in with the crowd. Until then, check out Pink Slip on soundcloud.com/thelilpinky or follow his Twitter and Instagram (@thelilpinky). –Taylor Hartman
Editor’s Note: The original version of this article misquoted the lyrics in “White Boy Swag.” The changes have been amended.