The Ones: Hotboii’s “Dim”

Alphonse Pierre
·1 min read

With artists releasing songs at a fast and furious pace, it’s difficult for the average hip-hop head to keep track of it all—no matter how tapped in they are. That’s why we created The Ones, a daily post to highlight the song you need to hear.

Hotboii - “Dim”

The shadow of Kodak Black has loomed over almost every rapper to come out of Florida in recent years, and Hotboii is one of the few who has escaped it. On his early 2020 mixtape Kut Da Fan On, the Orlando rapper came into his own by polishing his blend of painful street tales and witty punchlines. The 20-year-old continues to flourish in this way on his new single “Dim,” where a fairly routine Southern instrumental is eclipsed by Hotboii’s strength as a storyteller and vocalist. “I bought a home in the suburbs/I walk out the house, feel like I don’t belong there/Police, harass me like every other night/Why don’t you just let me live my motherfuckin’ life?” he says in a distinctive stop-start flow, effortlessly weaving between singing and rapping. He’ll soon cast a shadow of his own.

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Originally Appeared on Pitchfork