A.Dd+, fresh off their first national tour, opening for Black Milk, now have their sights set firmly on the future. That future includes a follow up to their highly lauded When Pigs Fly album, titled DiveHiFlyLo, which will be released later this year. Paris Pershun & Slim Gravy will also release the next episode in their WADD Radio Podcast this Thursday, a special 4/20 Edition, and in keeping with that theme, today A.Dd+ is releasing a brand new track, “When Paris Smokes.”
The song is produced by Breez and features a guest verse from fellow Dallas rapper Tunk, along with a smooth bridge from singer Mz. Fortune. The song’s first two verses sound like your typical – but great – ode to weed, as Slim Gravy and Tunk take turns sharing weed stories most smokers can relate to. The song takes a twist, however, on the third verse when Paris, who doesn’t usually smoke, takes control of the mic. “Slim and Tunk’s verses are everyday tales of smoking and folks trying to freeload,” explains Paris. “Since I don’t smoke, but provide the Caddy for them to smoke in, I had to tell my side of who the freeloaders are in that situation.”
Having moved beyond their recent LP, When Pigs Fly, and still putting the finishing touches on their new EP, a project that will include production from Black Milk, S1, Picnictyme, and others, Dallas duo A.Dd+ continues to release a string of new, quality tracks they’re now packaging and releasing them as a collection of free, non-album singles packaged as “Loosies.” The latest in this line of new freebies for the fans is “Genocide,” easily one of the most aggressive tracks that duo Slim Gravy and Paris Pershun have released to date.
“We’re drawing a line between the music we make and the BS that Dallas is mostly known for,” say A.Dd+, citing their inspiration for the track. “We represent a new wave of artists here, with more diversity and substance – and we’re proud of that.” And as bold as the statement is from the two rappers, the beat is with them step-for-step, a raucous affair full of grinding synths and lively vocal chops, that was produced by Brain Gang Blue and co-produced by Picnictyme. “King Blue just gave me a beat and he said, ‘Make sure that you rock it’/ ‘Bout a year ago, big bro gave us a key to the city, said, ‘Here, ni**a, lock this bitch,” raps Slim Gravy, “Mold with the old/ Grow with the new/ Ni**a die, pick a side/ Any two, gonna lose/ Gotta pick one!”
It’s safe to say A.Dd+ is on a roll. Even if you put aside their debut, When Pigs Fly (a project, we might add, hailed as “The best rap album that Dallas has ever seen, front to back.”), the string of music from the duo of Slim Gravy and Paris Pershun over the past months, largely freebies given away as a gesture to loyal fans, has been remarkable. And that string of music continues with this latest loosie, “Insomniac Dreaming,” a song produced by Black Milk. “We went to Detroit to work with Black Milk on a few joints for our next project,” remarks A.Dd+, while hinting at their forthcoming EP. “We wound up recording four songs in less than three days; one will be the EP intro, and the rest are joints, like this one, that we’ll release along the way.”
Playing off the track’s title, “Insomniac Dreaming” pulls inspiration from the internal conversation borne of too-late nights, endlessly pushing towards greatness. “This song is us dreaming in reality,” say Slim and Paris, “the things we think but can’t always express in regular conversation.” And, often, those thoughts are more civilian than superhero, with lines like, “I don’t want to be famous; I just want to be well off.” And speaking of directing the track, Black Milk does so masterfully, a mix of crackling guitar plucks and piano keys layered over Black’s always-sturdy low end that provides a hauntingly reflective melody for A.Dd+’s tales.
Giving themselves a well-deserved pat on the back, A.Dd+ celebrate their long and arduous journey towards success with their new song “Getting Far.” Along with their long-time producer, Picnic Tyme, the duo reunited with Mz. Fortune, the soulful voice also featured on A.Dd+’s previous single, “Greedy.” “Mz. Fortune put her spin on the hook,” says A.Dd+, adding that it was her energy that “elevated the song. It made it more emotional, more heartfelt, realer.”
“Getting Far” reflects on Paris Pershun’s and Slim Gravy’s achievements, starting with when the duo first came together in 2007 and culminating with the recent release of their critically acclaimed LP, When Pigs Fly, and thus the song shouldn’t be seen as just another bravado-laden, “look at me now” cliche, but rather a humble reflection filled with deep appreciation. “The song signifies growth – we’ve come a long way since we first started a few years ago,” the duo explains. “We’ve been on one hell of a ride right this year, doing things that a lot of people where we’re from aren’t able to do, and so we wanted to give people some insight to where we started and where we’re going.”
Known for masterfully balancing between the light-hearted and the profound, “Getting Far” shows A.Dd+ at their most poignant. “I think the people who have followed us know we can make all types of songs, so we are really trying to channel specific emotions and experiences into this next wave of music,” says A.Dd+.
The critical praise for A.Dd+’s When Pigs Fly speaks volumes, with outlets like the Dallas Observer calling it “Nothing short of a classic” and “The best rap album that Dallas has ever seen, front to back.” The months passed since the album’s March release have only helped to solidify the quality and replay value of Dallas duo’s debut, and now, as a friendly reminder to those who may have forgotten just how good the album is – or for those still a little late to the party – Slim Gravy and Paris Pershun are releasing the video for “Under,” one of the more solemn tracks from When Pigs Fly.
“With the video for ‘Under’ we wanted to push the envelope of creativity,” explain the duo, who enlisted director Israel ‘Izzy’ Isas to shoot the visual. “We were able to show an inner conflict, a conflict with self, and the cause and effects of what we choose to do in our everyday life.” Dustin Cavazos, who opens the song with a poignant verse that speaks to sidetracked aspirations, joins in the video, before Paris and Slim close out the song, each building atop producer Picnic Tyme’s melancholy, piano-driven beat, which samples Little Dragon’s “Twice.”
Rolling along with the momentum they’ve been building since the release of When Pigs Fly back in March, Dallas duo A.Dd+ is back with a smooth banger, this one being another non-album freebie to show appreciation for all their fans’ continued support. With “Freakquency,” Paris Pershun and Slim Gravy again call on producer and A.Dd+’s unofficial third member, Picnic Tyme, for a song that, as the title implies, is a call out to women of all wavelengths.
“We hadn’t made a song dedicated to women since our Power Of The Tongue mixtape,” explains Paris on the motivation behind laying down this new track. “We wanted to showcase our slightly romantic, yet freaky, side without being corny or overly sexual.” With an ambient underlying instrumentation that plays off the track’s bouncing percussion and thick kick drum, Picnic Tyme’s beat provides a soothing base for the group’s smoothed out, suggestive lyrics, as they rap, “I’m here to reconstruct, here to build you up/ Add some design to your mind and them curves and thangs… So, um, don’t fight the feeling, ’cause truthfully/ You playing hard to get is making it get hard.”
Back in March, A.Dd+ officially hit the scene with the release of When Pigs Fly, a project that quickly became the upstart Dallas duo’s much touted debut album. WPF earned critical praise from the Dallas Observer as “possibly the best hip-hop album Dallas has ever released.” A few short months later, Paris Pershun and Slim Gravy, joined by producer and unofficial third member Picnic Tyme, return to unleash a slew of new music and videos to be released in the coming weeks and months. Kicking things off is the new track “Jumper Cables,” which features fellow Dallas rapper Tunk.
Although not from When Pigs Fly, “Jumper Cables” picks up right where the duo’s debut left off, with Picnic Tyme’s slick snare rolling into a bevy of winding strings, claves, bass, and pounding drums. The hook, “Wait till I get my money right, then I’m on/ I’mma get that Caddy running right, bitch, I’m gone/ Living good, it ain’t nothing better,” builds the theme for the song, one that, despite the upbeat nature of the track, details the group’s struggles and aspirations. Fitting, considering that Paris and Slim wrote the hook in the midst of their own grind towards recognition. “We came up with the hook on our way back from a show in San Antonio,” explains Paris. “We didn’t have anywhere to stay after the show, so we got back in the car, hopped on the road at 3:00am and started heading back to Dallas. We had the instrumental on repeat and put together the hook.”
Following a string of single and video releases, Dallas, Texas duo A.Dd+ (pronounced A.D.D., with the plus sign silent), a group comprised of rappers Slim Gravy and Paris Pershun, is excited to finally release their debut album, When Pigs Fly. Beginning today, the album, which the Dallas Observer recently hailed as “Nothing short of a classic,” is being offered to fans for free download, available through the group’s Bandcamp page.
For When Pigs Fly, Slim and Paris partnered with producer Picnic Tyme, also of Erykah Badu’s Cannabinoids crew, to create a 15-track effort that seamlessly flows, even as it offers listeners a mix of slang anthems, flirtatious tales, and more serious issues (financial struggle, incarceration). And it does so with a creative edge that has made the A.Dd+ one of the most progressive groups to come from the Dallas hip-hop scene in some time, defying both the sounds fans are used to hearing and the restrictions that artists are used to creating within. “When Pigs Fly represents the impossible,” explains Slim. “We’re doing what people are scared to do in this Dallas music scene. We’re making the impossible possible.”
And despite When Pigs Fly being the group’s first official full-length, there is a cohesiveness and completeness to the album that allows A.Dd+’s words, of making the impossible possible, to ring with sincerity and honesty. While the addition of Picnic Tyme’s production continues to help A.Dd+ develop and define their sound, there is also a natural growth present throughout When Pigs Fly. “We seriously feel like there was a great leap between this project and our first project, Power Of The Tongue,” explains Paris and Slim. “We pride ourselves in putting out the best music we can, and dealing with more and more everyday life situations only pushes us toward natural growth.”
For fans interested in supporting the group, A.Dd+ is offering the album for sale through iTunes and has also put together a limited-edition offering of physical copies, conceptualized, designed, and hand-assembled by the A.Dd+ team. Only 200 copies were made, and each contains the CD, an 8 x 8 full color poster, and a card that indicates what number your copy is out of the 200 made. The CDs cost $12 and can be purchased through A.Dd+’s Bandcamp page.
This light-hearted video, directed by Picnic Tyme, features rappers Slim Gravy, Paris Pershun, and Brown, of Sore Losers wreaking havoc in a record store – the Dallas staple Good Records, in this case – and swiping some vinyl, all the while recalling one of the scenes from the movie Juice. Unfortunately for the trio, this version ends with Paris, Slim, and Brown being picked up by Dallas’ Finest – and no, we don’t mean Cowboys’ cheerleaders, although we can all be certain that Slim, Paris, and Brown wished Dallas PD looked more like the officer that cuffs them in this video.