Download Mp3: Jimmy Wopo Exuded Character On “Elm Street”
Two years removed from his murder, Pittsburgh rapper Jimmy Wopo’s breakout single “Elm Street” still goes hard.
Originally released in 2016, Wopo’s breakout single had all the instant trappings of a hit. For one, an infectious instrumental from Stevie B, who blended a mischievous piano with an instantly iconic (especially for Eazy-E fans) beeper loop; one might even argue that this song was a predecessor to Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble,” in both presentation and general attitude.
Second, it allowed Wopo to exude the full extent of his character, multifaceted as it was. Charismatic, imposing, and confident. Not to mention attuned to both gang and geek culture, his violent threats coming juxtaposed with prominent video game and cartoon characters like Pikachu and Donkey Kong. For the most part, “Elm Street” is as effective a single as they come, even if it has become a bittersweet place to revisit.
Rest in peace Jimmy Wopo. Gone too soon.