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Interview: Slim Mason Is On The Rise And Wants You To Know It

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At 4ShoMag, we’re always looking to connect with the hottest artists in Detroit. This time, we’ve been fortunate to have a conversation with Slim Mason, one of the city’s most energetic up-and-comers looking to make a name for himself in the lucrative rap scene. Check out our exclusive interview below.

Who is Slim Mason?
Slim Mason is just a bipolar, hungry, young ass monster that’s ready to take over his city. I’m bringing Detroit into a new era and wave because my generation (Mid 90s-Mid 00s), which is the next generation, needs a voice. Because most of the niggas popping in the city is late 80s-early 90s baby’s, like Sada and Tee and them. They holding the house up before I tear that bitch down…

How did you get into rap?
I mean I’m from the east side of 8 mile and of course Eminem is the first rapper I saw that came from where I’m from. He lived on Dresden Street, which is 2 blocks from where I lived (Hamburg Street) so I was like if he could do this, I knew I could too because we came from the same place. He’s the biggest motivation for me and the main reason I been wanting to do this since I was 4, when my dad snuck me in the Bel-Air movie theater and I saw 8 mile when it came out. I STILL watch that movie when it comes on TV.

What’s the Detroit rap scene like in your experience?
It’s cool for the current generation which Dz, Sada, and Grizzley but my generation (the next generation) needs someone for OUR scene so I’m the one that’s gonna step up, it’s a huge challenge but I LOVE challenges because when you accomplish that shit, it’s the greatest feeling on earth

How important is expending energy when you record? Do you make sure your records are lively?
I make sure it’s live as fuck. I bring hype ass energy when I’m in the booth fasho. The studio is literally my favorite place to go because I get away from all my problems and spit my problems on the mic. It’s a “Therapy Funhouse,” that’s what I be calling it.

What do you hope to bring to the music industry?
Fun. 100% fun. Like rappers in the city right now is so serious, I HATE that. Like loosen the fuck up and turn up nigga. That’s where I come in and THAT’S why I’m different from any other artist from Detroit because I can out-energize a kid half my age but out-rap someone twice my age..and that’s RARE…

What’s one thing you would change about the Detroit rap scene?
Like I just said, make Detroit fun again, like I feel like ALL generations cabnfuck with me because who can seriously hate a young ass nigga having fun and doing what he always loves doing as a career..right no one..

Do you like being an underground prospect or are you ready to make the jump to the next level? Why?
I’ve been ready since I came out of my mama. Like I feel like I’m MEANT to do what I do, not just a “Rapper”, or a “Hip-Hop Musician” but as an overall artist in general, because I literally love and do all types of music, like R&B and Rock and shit. That’s another thing that’s different about me from other “Detroit Rappers”, I’m ‘All-Around’ and versatile as hell, one track I can spit a hot ass ‘16’ (BARS), one track, I’m yelling shit over a hard ass distorted beat, one track I can be singing to your bitch on some young Chris Brown shit, man you never know with me..it depends how I feel in the studio that day…

What’s your recording process like?
I write songs pretty much everyday, so I already got lyrics and I go in the studio and form the beat, cause I Co-produce all my songs, and I just go off the beat I’m hearing in my head, or sometimes I be voice recording on my phone of the sound of the beat that’s in my head. I got like 40 beats or even MORE on that bitch right now, no cap..

What are your plans for the rest of 2018?
Keep making noise on the Internet til I get that ONE break and when I do see an opportunity that possibly can make me blow even more, I’m gonna take that bitch fasho. ANY opportunity that’s reachable, I’m GRABBING that bitch with no heso…

Give us a good closing statement.
This is Slim Mason, if you never heard of me, now you do, and your Great-great-great-great-great-great grandkids will too…I’m gonna take over Detroit whether anybody likes it or no not, I’m coming nonstop at WHOEVER is on top, whether that’s Grizzley, Sada, Dz, Bandgang, Damedot, Cash Kidd, WHOEVER, I’m gonna take over the city and be on top sooner than later. Why? Because I’m the next big thing thing and ‘if I say something I mean it’…AIYHAH!

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Get To Know: Ant P is Detroit’s hardest rising lyricist

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From producer to rapper: Ant P is an artist that you need to be familiar with. The Detroit-born rapper recently made tsunami-sized waves with his debut project, Bad Luck Bundy, in which he showcased his hard-nosed approach to lyricism that’s impossible to forget. To learn more about him and where he’s from, 4ShoMag sat down with him to get the scoop on one of the hottest rising artists out of Detroit.

Who is Ant P? If you had to describe yourself.

Ant P. is an Artist who grew up on the west side of Detroit off Schoolcraft. I would describe myself as “Most Known Unknown.” a rapper that’s in the city whom people know of, but may not know exactly who I am, if that makes sense.

How did you get into rap?

 I got into rap in middle school when I was primarily a producer. I was working with some artists around that time and after high school and then we ended up falling out. I remember, til this day, them telling me that I would need them. They thought that I would struggle without them. At that point, I had a chip on my shoulder to prove them wrong, so I picked up the pen and got to work. 

How would you describe your rap style? If you had to cite a few influences, who would they be?

My rap style is aggressive and straight to the point with a mixture of the aesthetic of cloud rap. I don’t sugar coat anything when it comes to it. as far as influences they are definitely out of the ordinary I will cite Sean Price, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, DMX, and Curren$y. 

What’s the Detroit rap scene like? What do you believe your place in it is?

It’s a big melting pot of everything you can think of as far as rap. You’ve got your drug rap, scam rap, street rap, cloud rap, and pure hip-hop. i’m like a chameleon as far as i can mesh with all the sounds here. The group that I’m with, Cloudcatchers, blends in with everything as well. 

Who are you looking forward to working with in the future?

There are four people in the city that I want to work with right now: Big Herk, Payroll Giovanni, Royce 5’9, and Boldy James. Nationwide, the producers that I really want to work with are Alchemist, Zaytoven, and Cardo. As far as artists go, I can say Project Pat, Jay Rock, Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, Young Thug, Future, D’Angelo, Chris Brown, and Rihanna. It’s a lot of artists, I know, but I’m a big dreamer.

What would you consider success at this stage in your career? 

My biggest success so far is the release of my Bad Luck Bundy album and the subsequent praise that it received. It’s a great body of work that took a lot of work to complete, and I’m blessed to have a team that  to help me bring my vision to life. I’m actively sharin git by working on more content from the album, as far as videos, and will continue to push it so everyone can form their own opinion on it.

What are you working on right now? When can we expect it?

I’m working on my second album, Anti Hero, and, sonically, it’s going in a different direction than Bad Luck Bundy. I’m aiming to drop it in October but, if things change, it’ll be out in November.

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A Conversation With @LanaLadonna

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There aren’t too many rappers with a voice like Lana Ladonna’s. She cuts through the air with a fierce energy that demands to be heard whenever she drops a sixteen. Her new project, $B1GLAN, is designed to make fans feel every bit of what she has to say and how she has to say it. Inspired by artists like DaBaby and Cardi B, it’s clear that Lana’s future is unstoppable.

Ahead of the release of her new project, Lana Ladonna sat down with 4ShoMag to discuss her new project and more. Check it out below.

Who is Big Lan?

“Big Lan” is the new head bitch in charge, AND THAT’S WHAT YOU GOTTA KNOW! (Laughing but very serious), no really, Big Lan is who I feel I am at this point.

A few people, more recent than not, have called me that as kinda like a joke because I’m short as fuck in real life, but my presence isn’t. Plus, everything I do is big, DUH. I also refer to it as another personality. The woman I’ve grown to be, my interests, my expectations, my vibe, are all components of this boss ass, glamorous, fearless, relatable being that “Big Lan” encompasses.

How did you get into music? 

I’ve ALWAYS loved music. From Prince, Luther, Sade, Tina Marie, and more my mama used to play around the house to today’s artists – I’ve always spent my time listening to music. After graduating college, and knowing I wanted to be in the entertainment industry, but not knowing how in the hell I was gonna tap into it, I literally just decided one day – “I think I wanna try being an artist.” Plus, being back at home was a reality check. “Damn, my people really not rich.”

“I really gotta create the life I wanna live from the ground, up.” Of all my failed attempts post-grad (youtube talk show series, writing for baller alert, radio, etc.) it was the one thing that stuck and actually felt right. I feel like people didn’t take me seriously at first because it was so random; shit, I kinda didn’t either. The feeling my first performance gave me though, I knew this was what I wanted to do, 100%. 

What was the creative process like for #BIGLAN? What will we learn about you on the project? 

My process this time around was honestly a lot harder. With my first tape, Dumbass Niggas, Vol. 1, I was just having fun. Not to say making my new tape wasn’t fun, I just felt very pressured this time around. Like, I legit have “fans” and people checking for me. That shit had my anxiety through the damn roof.

It took me so long because I kept discouraging myself, and being all scared and stupid. After I got outta my own head some time in November, it was just the same vibe – get me a lil Henny in my system, say what I feel, and just… be myself. 

I think people will learn that 1. I really do this shit foreal, like I’m a real artist. The songs, to me, are versatile and I like that. Secondly, more of my personality shows. Naturally, because it’s more songs, but I feel like every song is relatable to men and women. I looooove to talk shit, and I think that’s why my music has sparked as quickly as it did because who doesn’t love a shit talker? In all, people are going to learn what Lana LaDonna is about! Owwee, and that I love the cash app!

What’s your recording process like? 

My recording process is…. Random. Sometimes, I like to catch a vibe, and create in the studio. Other times, I like to create in the comfort of my own room. It really just depends. There have been times where I couldn’t sleep, and I thought of one line, turned on a beat, and made a whole song. That’s what happened with “YKWTFGO.” It was like 3,4 in the morning, and I was in my bed TURNT lol I still don’t know where that energy came from. I was damn near whispering the lyrics as I was writing them because it was so late, and I stay with my mama lmfao I do though HATE a bunch of people in my session. Everybody has a suggestion lol STFU PLEASE.

Your music is very direct and to the point, confident, and unapologetic. Who inspires you? What about them do you bring to your music? 

It’s kind of cliche, but Cardi I feel like is what makes me so unapologetic with my music. Her come up via her personality is what made me ever think I could give music a try in the first place. All the artists I listen to in general inspire me though – Megan makes me wanna be in my rapping bag. Drake makes me wanna be relatable to both men and women. Da Baby makes me wanna get into the pockets of beats. Future make me wanna be… toxic and lit. Everything inspires me in some way. Plus, I’m really bold and unapologetic in real life. 99% of the things I talk about, I’ve actually experienced, felt, and/or thought at some point. I’m heavy on the no rap cap. The other 1% be me speaking this into existence.

How would you describe the Detroit music scene? How would you say that you fit into it? 

Mmmmmmmmmmm, I would describe the Detroit music scene as….. extremely diverse. We have a lot of different sounds, but some are just more popular than others. I don’t know how to describe it. We fasho have our own sound, our own wave, that’s definitely like no one else’s. People try to mimic it, but imitation is the greatest form of flattery. Detroit people talk shit all day, every day. That’s 110% where I fit in. I’m also the epitome of a Detroit woman – bold, confident, fashionable, bossy lol with the shits, you know how we comin’! *flips inches* 

I also feel like we’re kinda slept on though, but it’s cool. I’ll be helping change that real soon. 

What are you looking to accomplish with $B1GLAN?

With $B1GLAN, I wanna wake niggas up! Dumbass Niggas, Vol. 1 gave me a nice lil buzz, but I really wanna turn up foreal. I want to collaborate with other artists from the city, shit everywhere, and just expand my brand. I’m looking to accomplish overall growth with this project. Scratch that – I WILL accomplish overall growth with this project, so get you some popcorn baby, and enjoy the show! *blows a kiss* 

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@ohwoweli breaks down his beat-making process in new video

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Nobigdyl’s “Stix” is a behemoth of a banger. The rapper’s bars make for an extra helping of stylish vigor that makes it a hit, but it’s really due to the thick, pumping beat that you want to hop out of your seat and go crazy.

Thank Wow Eli for this. The 20-year-old rising artist and producer made one hell of a riveting beat with enough bass to give you heart palpitations. In his new breakdown video, he shows how he made the beat for everyone interested.

Take a look at it below.

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