Paper Nolassnaym

Not too long ago we covered Paper Nolassnaym’s Pistol Pete EP. We’re pretty stoked with how the basketball centric project from the Alabama rapper, producer Luke Crowder, and company is progressing. As a big basketball fan, I love how the themes around what they’ve done so far have played out. And while I’m not sure how much we can say about future projects, we’re looking forward to what they have in store. In the meantime, it was pretty dope to see the crew pay honor to an often overlooked great – Clyde “The Glide” Drexler.

Everything that was present in Drexler’s career is conveyed in the EP. To adequately expound on the athlete would require a lot of words and video, so you’re going to have to trust us when we say they get it right. “Penny Loafer – deuce deuce” starts off the flow with a deep bass, just a slow, smooth, and old school feel that pops up a little bit with some synth woodwinds and horns. You get a feel like you’re rolling through the neighborhood, and Paper Nolassnaym delivers a really interesting scheme to his rhymes with pacing that speeds up, then slows, then flips it around again. He says, “This shit ain’t easy for sure, but somebody’s gotta do it; but it’s easy for me, so why shouldn’t I pursue it?” and you just have to nod your head and agree.

“Fake id” then gets a little hazy, like coming out of a slumber rubbing your head type of momentum to it. The story is focused around sneaking into a club, but they completely make it theirs once they’re in. It’s not necessarily an anthem, but you definitely feel encouraged to make the night yours. It’s got to be emphasized though - the mellow vibe has you kind of floating around. Observation of the past is taking place, but it’s also focused on what’s going on ahead. Paper Nolassnaym is always smiling because he knows his roots, and he knows how he can build on them.

Ending on another casual, soul funk leaning note, “Glyde hi” delivers some solid bass runs. Everything feels like a jazz rehearsal warm-up that turns into a psyched out warped tale. The savior of the town comes across his own speed bumps, and you get a personal glimpse into family dynamic in a way that feels almost conversational, or even like a soliloquy. And while this path isn’t always the easiest, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth pursuing. He keeps moving, gliding, and flying just a notch above.

If you’re wondering what’s next, stay tuned; there’s some exciting stuff on the way. In the meantime, throw Clyde Drexler on repeat then allow yourself to soak in the musical equivalent to #22’s sleekness. Joey Smith