For Atlanta-to-Philly rapper STS and multi-instrumentalist / producer Khari Mateen, combining their musical powers for epic results is no new phenomenon. It comes naturally to these extended Roots crew members, and this smooth easiness emanates from every fiber of their new track, “Better On A Sunday.”
With Mateen grounding the track in slow-tempo bluesiness through achey guitar twang and the soulful, steady chorus, STS peppers in texture as he raps verses in tribute to the everyday blue collar worker. Continue reading →
That album he dropped with with RJD2 last year evidently left Philly rapper S.T.S. with a serious taste for funky collaboration. Enter NAC, his new band project with producers Butta ‘N’ Bizkit and DJ Schoolie V. Their first track, “I Ain’t Got It,” dropped earlier this week, and it’s a sick combination of raging club hooks with band-oriented backing. Continue reading →
Maybe it’s the beats he chooses or the lyrical references he makes, but Philly’s STS seems like he has it in him to geek out over record shopping – he’s a definite music-loving, crate-digging kinda guy. So it’s appropriate that his latest video has him hitting up a couple record shops across Philly.
The song is “Trunk of my Computer” from his collab with long-running Philly electronic artist RJD2, STS x RJD2, and it’s pretty much a jam about the hustle, about getting yourself heard in a sea of music. Appropriately, STS’ first intention when he steps into Milkcrate in Fishtown and Main Street Music in Manayunk is getting his record stocked. Continue reading →
Philly rapper STS (aka Sugar Tongue Slim) opens the stacked lineup tonight at Underground Arts, joining Heems of Das Racist and Afrobeat electronic group The Very Best. This is STS’ first Philly show since the release of his latest, STS x RJD2, and the collaborative album joins his witty and oft-introspective rhymes with RJD2’s funky, party-ready backings and the occasional surprise guest hook from, oh, I don’t know, Amos Lee. Tickets and more info on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
We rejoiced earlier this month when two of Philly’s finest, rapper Sugar Tongue Slim and electronic artist RJD2, released their collaboration album. All 12 tracks on STS x RJD2 hold brilliant musical detours, with the duo marking their territory with hints of hip hop, jazz, soul, pop, etc.
Holding these local musicians near and dear, we’re ecstatic to see the Philly-centric vibe going on in their latest released video for the album’s opening track, “Doin’ It Right.” Continue reading →
The new album by Philly electronic artist RJD2 and local rapper Sugar Tongue Slim was already a dream collaboration, but add in one of our favorite local soul singer-songwriters, Amos Lee? Wow.
On “Dont Get Played” Lee’s smooth vocals and elegant hook gives way to the equally-smooth rap from STS, whose rhymes center around love and loyalty, breaking up and making up and everything in between. It’s a standout soul/rap/jazzy/electronic hybrid where all three artists prove they’re not messing around. Continue reading →
Philly duo STS & RJD2 have proven a force to be taken seriously. With their album, STS x rjd2, out on May 5th, the two are hyping up the release with a new music video for their track “Hold On, Here We Go.”
The song is an ode to the struggles of low-income families, and its video centers around a boy saving up for his first car, collecting his hard-earned money in a box under his bed. But when tragedy strikes his family, the boy thinks twice about how his money will be spent. Continue reading →
Rolling Stone has premiered the first single off of a collaborative new record from RJD2 and STS. The two Philadelphia artists will release STS x RJD2 next month, giving us a taste of what’s to come with the uplifting “Hold On, Here It Go.”
Philadelphia is a city of many wonders: a buzzing food scene, an established craft beer culture, and a parade of historical landmarks. But one aspect of our city that we are particularly passionate about is our magnificent local music community and all that is has to offer. Here at The Key, we often focus on the particulars of our scene – where artists will be playing each night, brand new local releases, etc. – so much so that we can forget how overwhelming it can be for newcomers to get their bearings.
So for those of you having trouble finding where to start, we are introducing this new Philly Music 101 series as your guide through the wonderful world of the Philadelphia music scene: all of its passionate, loving members, from artists to venues to studios and more. It’s meant to help new fans navigate the scene as much as emerging musicians looking to break in and behind-the-scenes folks trying to get their start. We hope it will illuminate just what makes it so damn exciting for music lovers to live here. To kick it off, here is a by-no-means-complete overview of the different pieces of the Philadelphia music scene that have come together to make up its sturdy foundation. Continue reading →
S.T.S. is addressing his fans as well as himself on his brand new track, “Hold On To Faith,” featuring singer Ebony Joi. On the first verse it seems like he’s talking to listeners and loved ones who have rocked with him for so many years, thanking them for their support throughout the struggles of his career and asking them to remain faithful to him as he continues his journey. The second verse sounds as if he’s talking to himself, using his rhymes to remind him of how far he’s come and to have faith that being a rapper is his calling. Continue reading →