S.T.S. (aka Sugar Tongue Sllim) recently released his newest EP, We Can Talk Politics & World Affairs, via Bandcamp this week. Earlier this year, the Philly rapper released a cover of Marian Hill’s “One Time” as a part of his In the Lab with GoldRush project.
Featuring his 2013 single “Hell Wrong,” the new EP was produced by the talented local producer and multi-instrumentalist Khari Mateen. The beats are sparse, alien and very effective in accenting S.T.S’s raps. However, it is his socially-conscious lyrics that take the stage, as they rightfully should. A great example is “Why Can’t I Say It” in which S.T.S. explores the tricky issue of the use of the n-word; if rappers use it in their lyrics, are their white fans allowed to use it too? S.T.S. carries a conversation between the fan and the artist, where the fan just explains “I ain’t never practiced segregation, never knew no Jim Crow / I did practice your lyrics to sing at the show.” On another song, “Heart on My Sleeve”, S.T.S talks about the racism he faced while shopping at Barney’s (which has a history of racial profiling). Overall, the new album is a great collection of thought-provoking raps, the kind S.T.S. is well-known for.
Listen to “Why Can’t I Say It” below and watch the video too.
STS, Sugar Tongue Slim