Pimpton – The Deal Breaker: Manifest Destiny [Review]
Regina, SK – Following two successful album drops, Regina-based hip-hop artist and outspoken cannabis enthusiast Kyriel-Patrick Dominic “Pimpton” Roberts releases his first mixtape, The Deal Breaker: Manifest Destiny, or TDBMD. The album consists of 17 carnally-raw, tight-rhymed tracks with Pimpton’s signature Twista-paced raps and ganja-tinged lyrics as well as an abundance of “wet pussy” – there’s no doubt that Pimpton is very confident in his ability to make the ladies swoon.
Pimpton was born on the country island of Trinidad and Tobago but relocated to Regina, S.K. almost two decades ago. When he was 12 years old, Pimpton’s cousin introduced him to urban music and he later discovered marijuana. These two key ingredients built the foundation for Pimpton’s lyrical passion. He began work on his first album The Newer Testament when he was in grade 11 and it was released in 2008 before the end of his senior year. The album gave Pimpton a chance to explore various Caribbean subgenres and experiment with elements of calypso, reggae, and even classic rock.
The Deal Breaker: Manifest Destiny promotes a number of Canadian and American up-and-comers including producers Merky Waters Music, Johnny Keys, Sid Tap Beatz, AK Productions, PSBeats, Mr. M.R. Kholebeatz, Suede and TDE as well as rappers Big Sav, Pascale, Malfunction, Andre Nickatina, JD Era, Mista F.A.B and Kyle Jordan. The album also includes collaborations with Pimpton’s own production crew, CJE.
The opening track “Flying High” begins at a slower pace with a voiceover: “The following sounds mark the collective experience of the mind of Pimpton T-M.” And the album proceeds to do just that. The tracks are high-energy anecdotes of a typical day in the life of Pimpton—from the sexually-fueled “Skirt” to “In the City,” which samples—you guessed it—“In the City” by the Eagles. But this ode to the classic rock tune looks at Pimpton’s own rough upbringing in the prairies and continuous struggles to survive in such a cut-throat music industry: “If you die broke, better hope heaven pays your toll.
The middle of the album slows down for two slow contemplative tracks, “Take it Slow” and “My Arms.” Pimpton asks the lord for strength, gives thanks for finding his “destiny” within the music industry, and alludes to finding his “queen.” It’s a definite change in pace from the other high-energy, profane-laced fan-favourites, but demonstrates Pimpton’s expressive cadence and wide-ranging multi-genre abilities.
The album finishes with another sampling in the track “Yes, Indeed.” It starts off with the legendary Barry White earworm, “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe,” which leads into a mellow ballad of tight rhymes that articulately bring the mixtape to its closure.
The mixtape will be a turning point for Canadian hip-hop, drawing attention to Regina on the map and spotlighting the many talented performers within Saskatchewan.
Written by Sarah Sussman for HipHopCanada
The Deal Breaker: Manifest Destiny has just wrapped up studio production and will be available soon. For more information visit http://www.reverbnation.com/thepimpton or follow Pimpton on Twitter @ThePimpton.