Pk Delay - dad. (EP) by Alex Young

On and for Father's Day, Pk Delay, an artist who goes by the title of 'dad,' released his "dad." extended play.

Later in the day, a person, who some would call "washed up," sent advice over Twitter motivating fathers to be the best version of themselves they can be. The person was Atlanta, Ga. rapper Trinidad James and while he was celebrating the day's paternal occasion, he also played into his own 'dad' nickname.

One of Pk's fans, and the designer of the "dad." EP's cover, @wahoolagan, rebuked to James, "@pkdelay is the true dad. Have some respect and change your name." A conversation ensued where both artists explained what their dad acronyms truly meant. 

By the end of the thread, James explained that 'DAD' to him means "destroying all doubters," and compared to Pk's "doing all deeds," the Pittsburgh rapper presents more of a father figure. 

"Besides our birth fathers, Pk Delay is the only dad we know," another fan said on Twitter to James.

Pk's phrase and consequent nickname assert that everyone should be accountable to themselves and the people around them as to build a strong and honest community. The lifestyle exemplifies some of the traits any good father should have.

Additionally, the conversation on Twitter further promoted Pk and his "dad." project, and also offered some reflection on what it means to be a father, especially on the day when showing appreciation for a dad's leadership and staunch resolve is paramount.

Although the events on social media provide a relevant talking point, focus is placed on Pk Delay's musical work. Hosting seven songs, "dad." features Pittsburgh locals Choo Jackson and The Company Only comrades Deem Trill, Joel Kellem, Seas Supreme, and Slicky Williams. The track "Here" with Slicky is a hit and something you want to hear live, which people in the 'Burgh might be able to do July 31 as Joel and Pk will open up for Young Thug.

Listen to "dad." below.

Ain't Easy Being "Lit" by Alex Young

Shawn K and JKJ

Shawn K and JKJ

Personal mood, while influenced by one's life experiences and interactions, is largely controlled by the self. Emotion is mental and particular styles in which to react to situations.

There is often somebody who always seems to be the highest of highs or the lowest of lows. They are always having fun, happy, and laughing, or frowning, complaining, and dejected. Either way, a person's mood is a mindset, a choice, and a lifestyle.

At a release party for Pittsburgh, Pa. rapper Palermo Stone's new Hendawg Millionaire mixtape, I watched the night's celebratory performers consciously go from casual supporters to bouncy, uplifting, and entertaining, also known as "lit."

The atmosphere in Boom Concepts, the creative incubation hub that hosted Stone's event, was vitalized by the flow of Hennessy, and a jamboree when acts were on stage.

An out-of-towner named Shawn K, an artist from Cleveland, Ohio, was brave enough to show his face in the Steel City wearing a Cleveland Indians jersey. Ignoring his loyalty, the crowd at Boom paid attention to Shawn K as his raspy voice moaned, "Heeeey, I'm a dead man movin'," atop the stage. When the crowd was not as active as he wanted, the rapper called his squad to the front to turn up with him, and they instantly jumped up and down together. Taylor Gang DJ, Motor Mane took notice and later invited Shawn K to ID Labs, the studio where Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller crafted many hit records.

Deem Trill, DJ Spillz, Joel Kellem, PK Delay, Slicky Williams, Flack412

Deem Trill, DJ Spillz, Joel Kellem, PK Delay, Slicky Williams, Flack412

Shawn K's approach was infectious, and unmatched only until native Pittsburgh collective The Company Only performed. The group of six, led by Chill God and dad, officially Joel Kellem and PK Delay, put on a set that featured all of its members. Dressed in pastel colors, reflective public works stripes, and gold jewels plus gold grills, the aforementioned, Deem Trill, Fat Corey, Seas, and Slicky Williams, at one point, rapped the lyrics a cappella to Kellem's "Language" song when a DJ's computer malfunctioned. People rallied around them saying, "Fuck it up, fuck it up, fuck it up." I found myself most engaged when Williams performed "My Wrist" for the first time ever. His energy suggested everybody knew the words, and despite the opposite, people felt the authentic vibes.



Before I left the party, Thomas Agnew, an owner of Boom Concepts and founder of Jenesis Magazine, a youth lifestyle publication, gifted me a T-shirt that dramatically reads, "Party or Die." 

To that end, how do you choose to live your life?