S.L.A.P. Opens Up about “Ray Rice”
By Amber B
International recording artist S.L.A.P. has toured the world and worked with hot artists such as Future, B.O.B, T-Pain, and Shawna. On his sophomore album “Mating Season” he opens up about being in a relationship. We recently had the chance to catch up with him and he dished on everything from his single “Ray Rice” to whom his musical inspirations are. Check out what S.L.A.P is up to below.
GMBU: Tell us about yourself?
S.L.A.P.: Stage Name is S.L.A.P., which stands for Somethin’ Like A Playa, I was raised in Birmingham, AL. Since Elementary School I been doing music, but I have only been in the studio since 2006. I have been on 2 national tours, have open for a lot of famous hip-hop artists, and performed overseas 4 times (Mexico, Canada, Bahamas, London).
GMBU: What was the inspiration behind your sophomore album “Mating Season”?
S.L.A.P.: I was in a transition in my person life, from being single to falling in love. That basically affected my mind state in the studio, so I made like over 20 love songs. I wanted to drop it in the winter, when I got finish with all the tracks, so I figured people want to cuddle and mate during this time, hence the concept name “Mating Season”.
GMBU: Your latest visual “Ray Rice”, explain the concept?
S.L.A.P.: The song is about taking any opportunity to be with a woman, enjoy it, and do it again lol. The video was shot while Jhay Black and I were on tour, so at every site we would get some footage of us partying to the track. Then we decided to have an official shoot in Atlanta to complete the video.
GMBU: Did you get any backlash on using the metaphor “Ray Rice” as the title to the track?
S.L.A.P.: Yes, I had 3 radio stations tell me they don’t support beating women. I also had a couple of women’s activist groups say they would sue if I did not stop pushing the song. I think I knew it would get some type of reaction, good or bad haha.
GMBU: Who are your musical inspirations and role models?
S.L.A.P.: Of course Tupac & Biggie, Earth Wind & Fire, Frankie Beverly, The Temptations, T.I., Jay-Z, Nas & Ludacris. I like a lot of old school R&B, because they had a message in every song back then.
GMBU: Will you be touring in the near future?
S.L.A.P.: Yes, I have a High School Tour, around the Southeast, I will be on starting in late November. Plus I have over 100 shows booked this winter in the US.
GMBU: How does your music relate to your fans?
S.L.A.P.: My fans can play my music to their family and friends, due to me not cursing in my lyrics. They also can tell my lyrics are true and authentic to my actually lifestyle.
GMBU: When you are not in the studio what do you like to do for fun?
S.L.A.P.: My hobbies; I play sports, go to church, travel on trips, and read something interesting.
GMBU: Will there be any upcoming EP’s or Albums?
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