Pittsburgh’s hip hop scene is not much different than those of other major cities, however, what makes the Steel City’s scene stand apart from the next is clearly it’s talent. Earlier in the month I attended a Hip Hop event in Pittsburgh called “Battle For The Buck” and while all the competitors were great, one particular emcee really grabbed my attention. The young man’s name is Slick Guruzee and even though he did not win the overall event, he was the true winner in my eyes.
Slick Guruzee hit the stage for his set and totally controlled the crowd. His set was lit and he had total crowd participation. It was great to see this youth look like a true vet on the stage. To top it all, he will be attending West Virginia University in the fall, where I am sure he will be making quite a name for himself. I decided to catch up with Slick Guruzee after the event and we had a great conversation.
The Pittsburgh native is a high school senior that first began freestyling at the age of 8. He started out at such a young age because of his father’s involvement in Hip Hop. Slick’s father is the vice president of raphead.com and works to promote Hip Hop talent across the globe. “I just wanted to be like him in some sort of way,” said Slick Guruzee. “He’s Big Slick and they called me Lil Slick. I just flipped it on them and became Slick Guruzee. The root word of Guruzee is “Guru” which is like a master, teacher, or prohet. Guruzee is not a gang in any way, it’s a lifestyle.”
When I asked Slick about his rapping style he said, “I consider myself very diverse and I like to speak to everybody. I never really want to limit myself.” “One of my top musical influences is Tupac and its only because I look at Tupac as not only a rapper but a teacher. I watched his speeches on youtube and I knew that his mother was a part of the Black Panther community. So I just always wanted to affect people the same way he did,” said Slick Guruzee.
Currently Slick is staying busy putting the final touches on his debut mixtape entitled Who Is Slick Guruzee, so be on the lookout for that.
In the meanwhile you can watch some of his recently released videos. Check out his videos for “Run it Up” and “White Iverson” below. The “White Iverson” remix features another Pittsburgh emcee by the name of Young Bagz. Peep the videos and be sure to comment below.