The Washington Slizzards are a Washington, D.C.-based collective of friends who have sung, rapped, and produced together since their founding in 2011. They’ve garnered a following in the city and neighboring regions through their turnt up, family-function type shows, and collaborations with area artists. Earlier this year, Ras Nebyu, an ethiopian-american rapper and co-founder of the collective, dropped “Thirsty Packman,” a warm weather bop and happy hometown collab featuring rising D.C. powerhouse and recent FADER cover star Rico Nasty.
Premiering today on The FADER is the video for “Thirsty Packman,” which finds Ras Nebyu teleporting to and from the Springfield, Virginia and L.A. outposts of Cool Kicks shoe store while on a quest to complete a few trying tasks. Later in the video, Rico joins him, having his back against finessing forces and delivering a beaming verse of her own about keeping the party going and steering clear of anyone who’s trying to bring her down. Later, the two link up as Ras delivers the song’s ending hook: “Things ain’t what they used to be / a lot of things changed for you and me.”
Over email, Ras Nebyu shared that the song was produced by fellow Slizzards member Arckitech, and is “from my forthcoming mixtape Uptown Lion Walkin. A few months after recording the song, we were watching Insecure, and Rico's "Poppin" came on. I remember mentioning she'd sound good on the song, and the next morning my manager told me he would try his hand at reaching out to her. Two days later, sitting in the studio I got an email with her vocals. She killed it & her turn around time is crazy.” Watch the video for “Thirsty Packman” above, and learn more about Ras Nebyu and the rest of the Slizzards on their site.