The world is an unforgiving place. More times than not, trauma can leave people scarred and even the brightest days cannot bring light to the dark harbored deep within. This is not always the case but for Slayter, an artist from New York it can be difficult to find optimism. After losing his father at age one and his mother at age nine, it was all he could do to persevere. We are tremendously grateful that he did, though because now he has become one of the greatest shining stars from under the big lights of New York City.
Hip-Hop has always been in Slayter’s Puerto Rican veins. Since the age of five, he can remember picking up a mic to riff on people at birthday parties. By the age of ten, when everyone was recording ringtones to put on their flip phones, Slayter would record his own memos and send them to his loved ones. Gaining his gusto at a young age helped propel him to what was ultimately meant for him.
Reigning from Dyckman in the Uptown section of Manhattan, Slayter wants to put his hometown on the map. From day one, he has set his sights on achieving various accolades related to his artistry. Dyckman is known for many things, but one of the most resonating factors is its propensity for basketball talent. During the summer, Dyckman always hosts a basketball tournament and just recently, Slayter held a “Takeover Performance” there. He had the venue so packed that people were watching from the rooftops because there was no more seating or standing rooms near the courts.
What this man represents is a seismic shift in the New York hip-hop atmosphere. It is amazing to look at all of the blossoming new talent that has emerged from within the five boroughs. After being down for quite some time, Slayter possesses terrific versatility and has a multitude of different approaches. Some people associate recent New York sounds with a bellicose shift toward aggressive, hardcore in your face type of music. Others might pinpoint it as much more melodic and harmonious. As of right now, there is no definitive namesake or dominant force that is directly recognized as the face of New York hip-hop. There are many different sounds and aesthetics within the revitalized New York hip-hop scene, each artist entirely different from the next. The wonderful thing about Slayter is that he is distinctly New York but is not immediately identifiable within any specific categories.
Slayter jumped headfirst into the game with his 2016 mixtape, “Dirty Game” which was entirely produced by Theolonious Martin. He displayed great range and a variety of stylistic tendencies. He has a penchant for exploring new ideas with a sense of creative freedom. By doing so, he makes himself available to develop important relationships. As a matter of fact, his open-mindedness and affinity for collaboration landed him a deal with Jonny Shipes and Cinematic Music Group. He also works closely with Gabriel Acevedo who helped catalyze the career of French Montana. Altogether, they function very well and this managerial arrangement has allowed Slayter to showcase his diverse self-expression, sonic experimentation and a myriad of collaborative ventures.
As mentioned, Slayter grasped the reigns of hip-hop flow spitting early on. One of his wisest moves was to study the greats that came before him. By learning about legends and seeing how they cemented their legacy and the moves they made to become classic really knocked down some doors for this man. In the modern day, he continues to study the greats but does so in conjunction with a modern twist. By keeping a solid blend of golden era rhymers and modern artists within his everyday playlist rotation, Slayter has concocted an outstanding formula for success.
Many of Slayter’s renditions take place over top of gritty uptempo beats. With venomous lyrics, this artist tends to touch upon vengeful and cold blooded topics. Growing up in the streets of New York can make you or break you. Sometimes, the experience will break you just in order to make you more resilient. Without speculating, Slayter falls somewhere along these lines. As a survivor at heart, Slayter is energetic, aggressive and delineates machismo tales that detail the underworld of NY.
With an indulgent search for clarity, Slayter seeks answers to infinitely rhetorical questions that plague many citizens of New York. By expressing sheer honesty amidst lush production, Slayter emits dark and sinister surrealism to find his way. His poetic, self-guided narratives take the listener through the obscure underbelly of his city surroundings. On almost every song, the listener can get a gritty glimpse of Slayter’s stomping grounds, as he describes it.
This Uptown character is a unique and thrilling talent to be recognized. Social norms are dead to him, he is out to gather respect not fame. A wise man once said, popularity does not pay your bills. With great honesty and distinctively gripping accounts, it is difficult not to stand rambunctiously in his corner. The crux of his appeal comes from meticulously curated cohesive content. On that same tip, he garners new fans each and every day with cleverly skillful lyrical layering. Mischievous wordplay coupled with unwavering confidence makes Slayter a multidimensional coercive force to be reckoned with.
Besides music, he has began to embark upon initiatives to better his community and give back to the children. Very soon, he will host a “Cold Game Hotboyz Summer Camp” for disenfranchised youth to learn the musis process and express themselves through various artistic mediums. He has sold out of all his online merchandise to date and also has began to collaborate with fashion brands, such as Carrots. Recently, his debut EP, “Cold At Night” dropped in mid-July and is a scorcher in the cold streets of New York.