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New Interview: Slug (from Atmosphere)

Monday, March 16th, 2015
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It’s been a Minnesota minute since we last chopped it up with our pal Sluggo. This weekend Atmosphere kicks-offs their Welcome To Florida tour, so it only made sense to mix it up once again as we talk music, touring, Obama and his dislike for Larry David. If you haven’t already checked out Southsiders, you can now stream the album on Spotify or cop on the Tunes. –Jason Gloss

 

Philaflava:  It seems like Atmopshere has this 3 year plan with each release since Seven’s Travels. You drop an album, tour, make music and boom, three years later we got another studio release. Are you still on that path?

 

Slug: Not sure. I can’t say that we’ve intentionally held on that structure. We always end up putting out extra music between album cycles. I think we just hand shit in and the label talks to itself about when it wants to release the music.

 

Philaflava: We’ll soon be coming up on a year (6/5/2014) since the Southsiders album dropped. Looking back, are you happy with the response the album received from both the critics and fans?

 

Slug: I’m genuinely happy with how Southsiders was received. The handful of friends that I absolutely needed to understand it, did understand it. I’ve been on this little red wagon long enough to embrace that we have no control over how strangers interpret our crap. One thing I did notice from reading the reviews was that the age of the critic was maybe-kinda-possibly a factor this time? It seemed like younger writers didn’t care for it, whereas some of the older writers at least tried to understand it and say something nice or constructive about it. I believe that’s par for the course.

 

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Rappers In Cars Getting Coffee with Open Mike Eagle

Friday, June 13th, 2014
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Our homie Open Mike Eagle just dropped one of the best albums of ’14. Dark Comedy is out now and can be streamed & copped for just $7.99 here. For a more in-depth interview with Open Mike Eagle check the one we did on OpJay. –Philaflava

 

 

SB: Many people gravitated towards your “Kobe Tai/Cobra Kai/Luc Robitaille” line. Kobe Tai dominated our hard drives for years. Ill Bill (Non Phixion) once referenced her on “Rock Stars,” but “Qualifiers” uses her name in what I believe to be one of your most memorable lines in recent years. It’s very unusual to hear hockey players dropped, let alone L.A. Kings legends Luc Robitalle. Were you a hockey fan growing-up or the name was just too good not to use in the spot?

 

OME: I only really watch hockey when the Blackhawks go deep into the playoffs. I can’t even really remember where I heard that name. When I was writing that scheme it just yelled itself at me from deep in my head somewhere. Ever had a hockey player yell his own name at you from inside your head?

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Exclusive Interview: Slug (from Atmosphere)

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
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I’ll admit I was a late bloomer when it came to Atmosphere. But once I gave them a legitimate shot, I became immersed in their music. Ant is an accomplished producer and an intricate part of their success; whereas Slug is probably considered the groups’ Jagger. The fact remains, as an emcee, he is truly one of the best storytellers hip-hop has today. Fun-loving, generous, guarded, mysterious and occasionally malevolent might describe Slug the rapper, but on this week’s Tuesdays with, I sat down with Sean Daley, the person, to discuss, well just about everything.

 

Jason Gloss: You’ve collaborated with a lot of artists over your lengthy career. Doom, Eyedea, Print, Vakill, Brother Ali, Sage Francis, Evidence, Murs, Aesop Rock to KRS-One and Buckshot, so which collabo would you consider your personal favorite?

 

Slug: I’m not sure I’ve ever really had a favorite collaboration with anyone. I prefer making music with friends for the memory that it creates. Songs are cool and fun and shit, but the best part of collaborating is the friendships.

 

Honestly, I don’t even know if I can play the favorite game when thinking about my music. I kinda feel the same way towards all of my songs, like they’re my kids. It’s like I have a thousand kids. Some are smarter than others, some are cleaner or better adjusted or whatever and some are just complete idiots that I keep locked in the basement.

 

Atmosphere has a shitload of releases, which one do you find yourself going back to the most?

 

The only time I ever go back to the catalog is when I need to learn something for the show. Sometimes we’ll decide to pull out some old shit, so I will then go back and peep to see if I even remember the words. Other than that, I leave the past in the past. I find a good laugh in the idea of any rapper rolling around bumping a record they released a few years ago.

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Interview: Blockhead

Thursday, October 10th, 2013
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This past Tuesday our lil’ brother blog OpinionatedJay featured an interview with former Steady Bloggin’ member and indie hip-hop producer extraordinaire Blockhead. They discuss things like Aesop Rock, Kate Upton, New York Knicks, Tree, Derek Jeter, Necro  andof course the demise of Def Jux. Check it out and stayed tuned for some more interviews dropping every Tuesdays on OpinionatedJay.com.

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VIDEO: Roc Marciano – Ruff Town Ft. Cormega

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
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Wherein Marci and Mega do dirt while on vacation.
 
via Mass Appeal
 
For even more knowledge, listen to Marci on the Combat Jack Show
 

 

INTERVIEW: DaVinci and Al Jieh Of SWTBRDS (Part 3)

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
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This is Part 3 of my interview with DaVinci and Al Jieh of San Francisco’s SWTBRDS label (Part 1 HERE, Part 2 HERE). In this segment we talk about the history of Bay Area rap, certain misconceptions about it, and how SWTBRDS fits into the overall legacy of the region.
 
As our ride continues we talk more about the close knit nature of The Bay Area’s rap scene, how the connections shared by DaVinci and Al Jieh exemplify working relationships that developed between residents of disparate city and suburban regions. My girlfriend mentions Marin County, a luxurious suburban outpost located across the bridge from SF. The guys laugh and trade jokes about the wide gap between that county and their own world, then turn up a surprising nugget of trivia.
 
DaVinci & Al Jieh: (remembering nearly in unison) Tupac was from Marin City!
 
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