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. Continue reading →
Rapper S.T.S (better known as Sugar Tongue Slim), has premiered a remix of Marian Hill’s “One Time”. The song is a part of S.T.S’s ongoing “In the Lab with the GoldRush” mixtape project. Last week, S.T.S released a remix Jamie xx’s “Girl”. Previously, S.T.S. released Gold Rush I and II with remixes of songs by artists like Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, Kanye West, Fun. and Sleigh Bells.
Marian Hill is a talented, local ambient-electro duo, consisting of Jeremy Lloyd and Samantha Gogol. “One Time” is off of their debut EP Play. Read our review of the EP. The first track from Play, “One Time” has an infectious mix of brass instrumentation, rhythmic beats and sultry vocals. In late March, the duo did an energetic Key Studio Session. Last month, they released the video for “Lovit”, following the release of “One Time”.
S.T.S. takes the insanely catchy beat of “One Time” and raps some sweet lines over it, along the same themes he explored late last year in “Hell Wrong.” The video takes you behind the scenes into S.T.S’s studio, where you can watch DJ BearOne remix the beats and S.T.S. record. The malleable nature of “One Time” points to the elastic nature of Marian Hill, able to transverse between electronic, hip-hop and jazz easily.
Catch Marian Hill at the XPoNential Music Festival on Friday, July 25th. Get more details here. Watch S.T.S’s take on “One Time” below.
While associations between the idea of the inner city and that of country clubs may not be immediately recognizable, it all makes sense in the context of local hip-hop’s elite. Inner City Country Club is a project that features collaborations between Philadelphia’s finest talents (rappers, singers, musicians, producers, etc…), embodying the theme of brotherly love.
This Sunday, we’ll see it in action as up-and-coming rappers Pooda Dappa, Chase Allen, and STS share the stage at Silk City in Northern Liberties. Pooda Dappa’s Take Notes EP hit the web in the earlier half of last year while STS dropped quite a few new videos in the latter half from his upcoming project. Allen opened for DMX last summer at The Blockley and released his new album D.A.R.K. in February. Get tickets here.
STS performs tonight at Silk City Diner for Chase Allen’s record release show. The local hip hop artist has released a number of new tracks this season including the Khari Mateen-produced “Heart On My Sleeve” below. The singles come in advance of a proper release from STS (short for Sugar Tongue Slim), following up his Illustrious, Gold Rush, and Gold Rush II records. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here. Listen to “Heart On My Sleeve” below.
With shots of Center City, Broad Street, and the art museum, Philly rapper STS (Sugar Tongue Slim) gives his city a black-and-white treatment in his new video for “What More Can I Say”. The song features another local artist: R & B singer, Nikki Jean who adds a soulful flare to the track which finds the rapper detailing his come-up and unwavering thirst for success.
Have you ever found yourself bored while getting a haircut? There’s a cure for that. Philly rapper STS (Sugar Tongue Slim) demonstrates as he spits rhymes from his latest song “Harder Than Holdin’ Work” while the hair clippers buzz around him. The track has a throwback feel to it and is just a sample of what to expect from his upcoming project. Catch STS at Boot and Saddle on the 27th. More details below.
Sugar Tongue Slim (S.T.S.)’s new single is catchy and urban-radio-ready (and even borrows a lyric from Drake’s epic verse on Migos’s hit song “Versace”). But these characteristics just scratch the surface. The Philly rapper calls attention to the issue of racial-profiling and stereotyping of African-Americans at high-end fashion retailers, specifically, Barney’s. Regarding this influence on the song, STS says: “It breaks my heart, cause I was a big Barney’s shopper” – which is why he wears it on his sleeve as the new track suggests. Listen below.
The rapper formerly known as Sugar Tongue Slim is still pretty much known as Sugar Tongue Slim; he’s just going by the punchier S.T.S. these days, which is fine by us. Today the Philly MC rolled out his latest song, “Hell Wrong,” produced by the inimitable Khari Mateen. Like any of Khari’s projects, the beat is crazy futuristic and the instrumental textures and are unique, intriguing and sonically addictive. This give’s Slim’s rhymes a massive amount of lift, as he spouts off about money and material culture – in both a celebratory and satirical manner. “Smellin’ like psuedo wealth, just tryana be who I be / first I need a presidential Rollie and an iced-out Jesus piece.” Take “Hell Wrong” for a spin below, and catch STS live in tomorrow night’s free showcase with Caliph Now and Reef the Lost Cauze at Hard Rock Philly; information can be found here.
Philly hip hop chameleon Reef the Lost Cauze and prolific South Philly producer/ beat extraordinaire Haj of Dumhi collaborate on the track “92 Flow” available for FREE here.
In addition to the free track, Reef will be performing with special guest STS (Sugar Tongue Slim) of the Roots crew and Caliph NOW this Thursday, October 24 at Hard Rock Cafe in Philly. The best part? The show is FREE, too.
If you’re not familiar with Haj, he’s been creating beats for a slew of underground artists to lay down on for years, from Reef the Lost Cauze to Burke the Jurke to Ethel Cee. Reef, who’s been rhyming since the tender age of 8, is no stranger to adding his lyrical insignia to Haj tracks. Aside from the Sirens on Snyder EP (featuring “92 Flow”), the two have worked together on plenty of collaborations since meeting in 2008. “92 Flow,” with its jazz-brass influence and funk beats, perfectly embodies the repeated line “listen to the groove, this how brothers rapped back in ’92,” and is guaranteed to have you toe tapping and head nodding the whole way through. Be sure to check out the FREE show at Hard Rock Cafe 10/24.
Philly based rapper STS has a new mixtape, Gold Rush III that you can download for free here or stream below. Originally from Atlanta, STS has been based in Philly since 2000 and has collaborated with The Roots and is also a member of the the Money Making Jam Boys with Black Thought, Dice Raw, Truck North and others. Continue reading →