If you simply just listen to this rapper and take no time
to ingest the content of his lyrics, youd think it was Andre 3000. Sugar
Tongue Slim or STS as of late, is aware of the constant comparison and feels as
though its a great one to have, yet it also bears certain pressure. The
Atlanta born and bred rapper who now resides in Philly may sound like Andre,
yet lyrical content is different. Sugar Tongue Slim delivers rhymes with a
strong passion and extreme drive that oozes onto his rhymes.
a part of the Money Making Jam Boys where he gets to flow with Black Thought on
the regular, Sugar is doing pretty well for himself. Some may be familiar with
his two mixtapes Demand More and Demand More 2 where he covers which generally
positive commentary. With all that being said if you really want a taste of
what Slim is about I suggest listening to The South with Bun B and decide how
you feel after that.
AllHipHop.com: Whyd you choose the name Sugar Tongue
Sugar Tongue Slim: It kind of just got attached to me by
other people. A lot of folks liked the poem so much that I had titled Sugar Tongue Slim. It was also the name
of the old head that I based it on, so its kind of like a dedication to him.
AllHipHop.com: Why the move to Philly?
Sugar Tongue Slim: I went up there to stay for a week. I
had never been up North or anything like that. I went up there and never wanted
to leave. I bought a car and everything. Growing up I was more into up North
rap than down South stuff so being more immersed in it was cool.
AllHipHop.com: Would you say your sound is more catered
to the up North sound?
Sugar Tongue Slim: I like down South rap, I have a lot of
respect for it. Im more into lyricism. Coming up when Camp Lo dropped, that
was a big thing to me. I was really feeling groups like that. I was a huge fan
of Big L and Jay-Z. I love Outkast and everything like that, but its more
booty-shaking music down South than it is Outkast type music. I want the
throne. I want to be the best.
AllHipHop.com: Glad you mentioned Outkast, how do you
feel being compared to Andre 3000?
Sugar Tongue Slim: I guess its a gift and a curse.
Thats one of my favorites, but to do what Andre does is like a feat. I hope
that every verse I do is as good as Andres. When I actually sit down to write,
there is this one Andre verse that stuck with me through my whole life. Its on
the Cool Breeze song Watch for the Hook.
Never has ev-ery member in one crew been so diverse
Tryin to outdo the last verse that I birthed, that is my curse.
That right there sums it all up. When people compare me
to Andre its like I appreciate it, Ill rock with it. For the record, when I
was younger Big Boi was my favorite.
AllHipHop.com: Howd you become a part of the Def Jam
Sugar Tongue Slim: It was through Black Ice. He was
signed to Def Jam as a poet. He was the big ni**a over there as far as poetry
was concerned. His cousin heard me do poetry and he had me come to the studio
one day and spit a poem real quick. Black Ice hit me up the next morning and
was like I want you to shoot with Def Poetry. It was like 3 or 4 days we were
gonna shoot it. He took me up there to meet with Stan Lathan and Russell
Simmons and he had me spit with Stan Lathan. He said youre going to be on the
show. After that it was just on. Poetry, thats my thing. I can still do
poetry. I love poetry. Im no against being a poet, I can still get funky. It
was fun. We did a little college touring and stuff and at that time I was that
age so it was cool.
AllHipHop.com: What turned you away from being a poet?
Sugar Tongue Slim: The money. Poets dont make no money.
You dont make no money unless youre Nikki Giovanni. As I did the Def Poetry
thing I came back to Philly. It was like alright Im back in Philly. It was
just that, I did Def Poetry. It didnt change my life. Poetry isnt going to
just change your life around. Not everyone is interested in hearing that poetry
stuff every day. You have to adapt with whats going on. Everyone would tell me
I need to rap, you can rap and all that. My poetry had rhythm to it and what
not, I might as well had been a rapper.
AllHipHop.com: I saw that you helped co-write the song Oh
for Ciara. Did you do a lot of songwriting while you were doing Def Poetry?
Sugar Tongue Slim: After Def Poetry I was working with
Jazzy Jeff. He put me on to that Ciara joint. I did that one, I did one with
Nas, my partner and I did a joint for Eve. We wrote some other ones that didnt
make it. We did a lot of ghostwriting to try and come up with whatever. At the
time I didnt really know the whole song structure thing. I had to adapt to it.
I ended up getting into song writing. It was cool though. I cant sing for
anything, but I can write the words. Thatll make the world sing.
AllHipHop.com: Hows it feel to get a co-sign from
Sugar Tongue Slim: That was kind of crazy. I was really
not expecting that at all. When it happened I was like wow. For a Southern
artist like me thats a good look. I didnt even know he was there that night.
When I was going upstairs I saw him and shook his hands to let him know I knew
who he was. He shook my hand and was like no, I know who you are. It was cool.
AllHipHop.com: Speak about your mixtape Demand More 2.
Sugar Tongue Slim: Demand
More 2 is to get everybodys attention. We got some good producers on there
like Don Cannon, Sean C & LV and Focus. The Money Making Jam Boys, Cassidy
and Sterling Simms is on it along with others. It was just a real good look.
The whole tape honestly. Word of mouth has really made that thing move. People
really enjoy the music; putting out Demand
More 2 was quite fun. Stuff like that I just get to rap. Its not really
based on going in and trying to make a hit single or anything like that. Its
just about going in and getting funky. Thats what I like to do, I like to rap.
Making Demand More 2 was good. My
mans Briand and Kev make things happen, they make things move. We just get it
AllHipHop.com: Do you regret accepting the buy out from
Sugar Tongue Slim: No. At the time that I was signed to
them it wasnt something I cared about as much. It sounds crazy but I didnt
care about it as much back then. It was just something I did. We go to the
studio and it didnt really click to me that I could really do this thing. Back
then it went from me not having a deal to having a deal. I went to a meeting
and performed a couple songs and they were with it. Then it was gone. They gave
us some nice money to walk away from it. It was like I didnt really care. I
was doing a few other things in my life at that time. The money was right. I
wasnt as driven back then as I am now. It was all about the pimp sh*t. A whole
lot of pimp sh*t. Now I really love Hip-Hop. I really love rapping. Back then I
liked it, I enjoyed it, it was Hip-Hop. We grew up in it. Now its to the point
where I really, really love this thing.
AllHipHop.com: Did you have to accept the buy out?
Sugar Tongue Slim: It didnt really matter to me. What
had happened was I had just come back from Miami and had gotten into a car
accident. I had a lump sum from the accident, the Ciara song had just dropped
so I got some money from that. It seemed so easy to get the deal, I figured I
could just do it again. I was like alright f*ck it, well just go somewhere
else. Def Jam was the only place we went to. We went to Def Jam and met LA. LA
was like alright, were signing you. I really dont regret it. It was a good
experience. I met Jay through it. That was cool.
AllHipHop.com: Since you toured with the Roots, did that
create close ties with the band?
Sugar Tongue Slim: Im actually on the new
album. We got the group Money Making Jam Boys which is really fun to be a
part of. The group has Black Thought, P.O.R.N., Truck North and Dice Raw. A lot
of people think of Black Thought in a way that is just a lot of conscience rap but
sometimes he likes to just rap. Just go with the flow and go with it. Its cool
to see that and work with people on that level. Im actually on my way to a