Walking into Hip Hop rapper Steelo Brim’s album listening party was like approaching the intersection of Hollywood’s lively night scene and a dope Hip Hop recording session. As I entered the building of Bar 71 I could feel the music banging on my ears like drums as I watched fans underneath the colorful, moving lights.
Steelo’s words were etched unto a silver-plated sign on the door that read “Young enough to party old enough to be your uncle,” a quote from the Independent rapper himself.
Hostesses that looked more like fashion models served exotic appetizers like the super fancy Crème Freishe, a French dish, and Ahi Tuna on top of crostini bread. At the bar, I had a hard time deciding which cocktail I would choose – the bartender created a few specialty drinks that he named Uncle Elroy, Actin’ Out and My Love. Such a celebration was necessary for the honor of a rising hip-hop star the day before the eve of his St. Patty’s Day LP release.
No stranger to success, the Chicago-born made a name for himself as a tv personality, comedian, and actor. First making his introduction to the big screens in the 2001 film Hardball, the rapper went on to co-host and producer of MTV’s Ridiculousness. The show has run for over 24 seasons in 11 years, the hip-hop star also co-hosts the comedic Wine and Weed Podcast alongside Chris Reinacher.
He first teased us with singles that he refers to as ‘sessions’ Uncle Elroy feat. Fabulous & Arin Ray, Actin Out feat. Nomad P., and My Love feat. Buddy and Arin Ray.
The rapper’s debut album Eldorado Excursions hits streaming platforms on March 17. “I named this project Eldorado Excursions because my dad had this old Cadillac Eldorado when I was a kid and that’s kind of where I ‘discovered’ music so to speak,” he shares with fans on his Instagram page. “Not that it was my first time hearing music but it was my first time truly taking it in.”
With over 1.4 million followers on Instagram, the rapper continues to prove with numbers that he’s relevant and loved by the masses. He humbly recalls the days when he, as a young child, was shaped by a collective of music namely, D’Angelo’s Brown Sugar and Tony! Toni! Tone! Son’s of Soul. “These songs help shape my ears and when making this project I embodied that and those ultra-smooth, ultra-black I had growing up,” he wrote.
It was a challenge from his therapist after the quarantine that forced the star to slow down, look at himself, and complete something that he always wanted to do. He would embark on his musical and creative journey and the 12-track album was born. With features from artists like Fabulous, Buddy, Arin Ray, BJ The Chicago Kid, Chuck Inglish, Dej Loaf, Leon Thomas, Vic Mensa, Problem, Nomad P, and many more – Steelo’s debut album is destined for greatness.
The rapper took to social media to thank everyone involved in the project and said their encouragement is unmeasurable.
Eldorado Excursions is available on all music streaming platforms this Friday, March 17, 2022.
Follow Steelo Brim on Instagram and Twitter @steelobrim