Your brand new mixtape, War Music, is set for release on November 8. What was your goal going into this project?
My goals were to establish myself as more of an artist than a writer.
What do you think your fans are looking forward to the most with this release?
I think the people are looking forward to me delivering some quality street music. I think that’s what the people want from me. I don’t partake in the creation of the corny rap that’s going on right now.
Several videos from this project have been serviced to all of the major blogs and websites. In this Internet age, how important is it to give fans visuals?
That’s a big part of it. That’s why you’re seeing the videos that you see right now. That’s why I’ve released songs already with Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar. I’m doing these things for that exact reason.
Hip-Hop fans have been familiar with your name ever since Dr. Dre first mentioned your work during a radio interview, but you’ve been relatively quiet up until now. Why is now the time? Why not two years ago?
Who else’s time is it? There’s no better time than the present. In terms of why not two years ago, my focus was in other places at the time. I’d say I’m fully focused right now.
I am sure Booth-goers will be happy to hear that XV - a buzzing rapper out of Wichita, Kansas - is your cousin. Why haven’t we seen heard a collaboration from the two of you?
I taught him how to rap man. That’s my first cousin right there. Besides music, of course that’s my family. You’re definitely gonna’ get a collab between me and XV. I have another cousin that raps too – Mic Phenom. He’s big on the battle scene. I’m here to help him make the transition to songwriting.
Of late you've been mentioned in the same sentence as Kendrick Lamar, since both of you are Dr. Dre protégés. How would you describe your relationship with Kendrick?
We know a lot of the same people. I knew who he was before we both went under Dre. I look at Kendrick like my little brother and as an emcee; he’s hard on that mic.
In a recent interview, Dr. Dre (it seemed) intentionally didn't mention Detox. Instead, he was talking about a lot of the advertisement deals he has going on. Any status update on the project you can report on?
You see me right? Ok. That’s all I need to say. I’m gonna’ let the people figure that out. We’re here as a team for a reason right now.
How much writing have you done for Detox?
I don’t know how much writing I’ve done. I can only tell you that it’s a lot and that I’ll also appear vocally of course.
'For "What Goes Up", me and [producer] Sha Money XL were listening to the beat and I had a meeting with Snoop Dogg and told him about what I wanted to do. I told him I wanted to give him the record and so I played him the beat and we did it.
It was an instant classic from the time me and Snoop Doggfinished the song. This record was easier to record than a lot of my other songs. It wasn't just because of the beat because Snoop was really excited about it too.
So that's what made it a lot easier. It's hard when you got to make somebody feel something. But if they feel it right away, then it makes things a lot easier. I didn't feel any pressure by having Snoop on the record because I feel like I can hold my own with anybody.
My confidence is there so I don't think that's ever been one of my problems. But I never had that resistance, especially when you work with Dr. Dre. Who else is there [that famous]? Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre are like the two biggest things in Los Angeles. When you work with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, you don't have fear. You get over the entertainment butterflies'.
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Here is an extract of the interview, make sure you grab a copy of the magazine Hip Hop Weekly.
What's the name of your label?
Gang Module as in the place they put all the gang members when they go to jail.
When will the public start getting hit with what Dre got hit with?
I just put out like three records in the last two weeks so it's just startin'. I'm just getting started so there's gonna be a lot of things comin' in the next few months that's gon' be big. My mixtape War Music is gon' be big because I got Dr. Dre on there, I got Snoop on there, I got Kendrick Lamar on there, Prodigy from Mobb Deep, that's big.
Where and when can people get the War Music mixtape?
Karmaloop.com and Djbooth.net and it comes out November 8th.
Slim The Mobster knows about second chances. After spending twenty odd years toughing it out on the streets of Los Angeles and Texas, the street minded rapper met Dr. Dre outside of recording studio and evenutally become the Doc's protege. VIBE sat down with Slim for the whole story on how he turned his hustle into a record deal with one of rap's greatest composers.
VIBE: I was just talking to Sha Money and he was really praising your upcoming debut mixtape War Music (11/18) . Can you tell us a little about that?
Slim The Mobster: War Music is my first release so far as the mixtape scene—I just been knocking that out quietly and doing my best to get that situated. We’re trying to make sure that we get something big. I’ll let the music do the talking.
You have some big features considering this is your first tape.
Yea, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Prodigy from Mobb Deep—of course my home girl on a track called “Fuck You.” Mostly all the people that’s on my project are people that I’m around on a daily basis.
I noticed you really pride yourself in making music from the heart.
Mostly all my music is that way—sometimes it might be interpreted in a different way, but it’s really not to condone what’s going on its just to gain awareness of it. You listen to my music I’ve never told anybody to do anything it’s more of an entertainment thing and I feel like some people would get that—like when you’re a parent that’s who you’re supposed to look up to—no one is bigger in my house.
You’re just giving your perspective, like this is the world through [Slim’s] eyes?
I can only give you my point of view, I can’t speak about certain issues because I don’t know about them—that’s gonna probably be on the next album.
So for the fans who don’t know who you are, what do you think they can take from this release?
They’ll get a better understanding of who I am and not that [my music] is all about violence because I got some songs like “South Central Blues” and it’s like I’m telling people to be better than me—everybody out here is saying they’re the best. Not me.
Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine, Kanye West, Cassie & Diddy were some of the attendees at the the Culo by Mazzucco book and art exhibition launch at The Darby in New York City last night.Global Grind had a chance to interview Dr. Dre where they discussed his Beats Electronics aspirations, Culo by Mazzucco book and his current projects. The Doctor says his focus is now on Kendrick Lamar and Slim The Mobster.
What do you have going on outside of electronics? Musically, do you have anything going on?
Absolutely. I am never going to give music up. Music is like air to me, [music] is like oxygen, so I am always doing that. As soon as I get back to Los Angeles, I am back in the studio doing my thing. I have a couple of new artists that I am excited about, Kendrick Lamar and Slim The Mobster. These are the next two artists, and these are probably my final two artists that I am going to be working with at least for the next couple of years. I am going to devote all my attention to them and make sure their sh*t comes out the way it should be. I am just having fun with life right now!