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interview Slim the Mobster (November 2010) | Interview By: Jose Ho-Guanipa

   Pulling up to a million dollar mansion in an innocuous but wealthy neighborhood, I double checked the address to make sure it was correct... it was. Two wrought iron gates stood in front of me and a bevy of security cameras and an intercom flanked my car. I dialed the button and the gates ominously opened. Boisterous and charismatic, Slim walked out and greeted me. "What up cuz. Not too many people make it behind these doors." We walked inside his house and he sat down, offering me a drink. The phone rang and I heard an eerily familiar voice, "What up." "What's good unc?". "I'm leaving Detroit and back in town this week. Let's link up." "Fasho". Slim calmly hung up the phone and looked at me, "That was Dre. Detox is done".

Shrouded in mystery, Slim the Mobster is the next protege of a man who needs no introduction whatsoever. Having written over 70% of Detox and the latest single, "Kush" he is next on deck after the long awaited Detox drops this year. Preferring to keep a low profile, we had the rare opportunity to sit down with him for one of the most in depth interviews he has given in his career. Below is part one of that interview.

As ever, you can read this exclusive interview below and we urge you to leave feedback on our forums or email them to jose@dubcnn.com.

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Interview was conducted in November 2010
 
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Dubcnn: Dubcnn.com Iím here with the one and only Slim the Mobster.

Slim the Mobster: Whatís up with it. How yíall?


Dubcnn: Weíre good. Itís a pleasure to be here with you, in exclusive company. Tell us what is going on with you right now.

Slim the Mobster: Currently working on my album, now. We done with Dr. Dreís album. Thatís a good thing. We waiting on all the singles to come out, I got a little influence on that. Thatís always good. We got Em getting ready to get on his stuff. You know how that go.

Dubcnn: Tell us how much of an involvement did you have on that project with Dre?

Slim the Mobster: I had a lot to do with it on different levels. It was certain songs that I probably didnít write on, but I probably chose the beat. I got a lot of different elements on that album. That album and my albumís gonna two totally different vibes. So thatís gonna be the biggest transition. For the shit that you hear with him and me Ė I gotta couple great records with him thatís gonna be on that album. But I think what Iím about to do is gonna be different. Itís gonna be like Get Rich or Die Tryiní. Not music wise Ė I got some of the same elements. Shout out to Sha Money. I wan tit to be different at the time, the element of music Ė the way everybody is sounding and looking right now, I ainít gonna do that.


Dubcnn: How did you get started doing music form south central and how did you end up here with one of the biggest figures in hip hop and music history?

Slim the Mobster: One of? Heís the biggest. I started in music not as serious as I shouldíve been from the beginning. I got ADD, Iím easily distracted. I was rappiní for a minutes. I was in certain situations, but nothing serious. It just got to a point where at first I was like, ďFuck rap, I wanna sell dope, I wanna be a hustler, etcĒ. It was period in my life where both were happening at the same time. I was doing good in the street and I was doing good with the music. But you canít serve two gods. So that pushed me to take music more seriously. And as I started taking music more seriously Ė the funniest shit in the world, I swear to God. Iíve never told anyone in the world this. I took my CD to Dr. Dreís studio at the time. I actually was passing that studio on my way to go buy some materials that I was hustling with, to send my shit out of town. And it just so happened that there was a little box shipping place right next to his studio. And Iím telling my boy, ďMan I wish I know where that nigga studio isĒ. And my boy he fuck with the music and shit, ďI know where itís at. Itís right thereĒ. ďMan we got to go over thereĒ. And we went Ė I left my CD to one of his security guards.

He gave me a week in the studio by myself. And I was doing two and three ideas a night. One time I remember he called me he was like, ďMan what kind of drugs you on?Ē. What you mean what kind of drugs Iím on? Iím motivated by money. I need to feed my kids fast. Thatís how it all started. He pulled up in the process of me leaving my CD with the security. I hit the lottery. I left my number on a lottery ticket, he called me in a matter of minutes. I wasnít even three streets away from the studio before I got a phone call from his assistant, ďYo he wanna fuck with youĒ. As he showed me that he was serious about he the more serious I had to get about it. So I just left all the bullshit alone. And not to mention he a real dude. Fuck what any nigga say. I caught two gun cases back to back and he didnít leave me. I was a problem. When you think about it, he can call jay-z, I need you to record lyrics for this record and itís done. So here I am, in the middle of two things. Itís gonna be around, itís just how we do it now. I gotta outthink these fools. Every rapper in the world would love to be in my shoes. I know that so I just gotta be a little smarter than them. Some of Ďem been in my shoes. Either they feet got too big or the shoes got too small.


Dubcnn: We heard the music, the very little that you did put out. You did a track with Glasses. Tell us about how that came about.

Slim the Mobster: That was one of the first records I ever did with Dr. Dre. Muthafuckiní Streets. I was at the studio, I just kept listening to it over and over, and I was like damn, who can I put on here. I just called him and was like wassup cuz, come fuck with me. He came, he laid it, and Dre was like, ďOh I like that.Ē And it leaked. A lot of the things that got leaked, they put Bishop Lamont name on, that was me. 26s scrub, so forgive me for the noise. For those people who thought my range wasnít on 6ís buddy big boy shit goiní on over here.

It was a leak, actually the record came out when I was finishing up one of my sentences for one of the gun cases I was talking about. Dre came to see me and he told me, ďHey your record came they leaked it. I actually ran into dudes in jail who knew the song word to word. For me that was my experience with a fan. I donít really consider myself having fans right now because Iím not heavy into the mixtape scene, Iím not a club type person. This is my lead off right here, which Iím doing with Dubcnn, couple little websites. This is home, so they goní get the first right of refusal.


Dubcnn: Youíve been releasing very little. Tell us about why youíre doing that and how youíre controlling it.

Slim the Mobster; The reason Iím doing it is because, I donít want to over-saturate myself and I donít wanna be done fast. I donít want my best records to be on my mixtape. When a motherfucker get my mixtape itís not gonna be any records that I bank on. Itís gonna be the things that I feel like I can release with no problems because itís so political right now. And I feel like it maintains my value, because when you get a Slim the Mobster record you gonna get a Slim the Mobster record. And not to mention it took my boss 11 years to put a record out so Iím just following suit, Iím not rushing. Plus I got, Iím set. I canít say Iím set, but Iím definitely not at all worried. I donít know what the other people was doing when they was here, or how they was doing what they was doingÖ I hope they bought a million houses or something, but thatís how it is right now with me. Iím just trying to keep my mystique and make Ďem like, ďOooh.Ē ĎCause the things they heard so far, they probably donít even know, most of those records is years old. But thatís the good thing about having good music when itís new to you, itís new to you. It donít sound like I recorded it years ago.


Dubcnn: As far as your career, do you have a lot of freedom about how you go about it?

Slim the Mobster: Yeah, I was able to grasp my own situation Ďcause I did put out my own mixtape, which was part of the reason that really got him fuckiní with me. Shout out to DJ Clue. He did my first mixtape. I was low key kind of signed behind that. That mixtape sold millions and millions, whatever the numbers the best mixtapes did, my mixtape did better than any mixtape ever. So thatís always a good look. How many artists that got mixtapes got signed from their mixtapes, I did. Itís not televised or public as the next person but thatís what I did.


Dubcnn: Musically, where are you coming from? Where is your project gonna be centered around? The Detox album, Iím sure theyíre related but different.

Slim the Mobster: Itís gonna have its similarities, and the difference isÖ Iím in my own space. The shit I talk about is the shit Dre canít talk about, the shit Dre wonít talk about. And the shit Dre talk about is the shit I canít talk about because I havenít done it yet. Same with me the things I talk about itís kind of untouchable to him because he already talked about it. My album is gonna be like an NWA album, you gonna hear some shit thatís real. It ainít gonna be a Dr. Dre album, itís gonna be a real joint.


Stay tuned next week for Part 2.

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