I think we all know what this PSA is concerning. It’s about a piece of work that we have been working on in spirit since the first of the year. But the story for me and Slow Motion started back in 1999 recording in the spare room of our homeboy’s spare room. When we started doing music it wasn’t so much about being heard for validation amongst our peers or so called competition. To be honest we didn’t know what the hell we was doing or where we were going. We were focused, everybody was hungry, and looking for a way out. Trying to make things happen in a place people said it couldn’t happen. When we started we brought to the table more than just one element of what people deem today as conscience, gangsta, swag, country rap, or whatever. I think what we brought was our interpretation or representation of what hip hop meant to us at that time. Being from the South personally, I didn’t grow up listening to only Southern artist. How could you and say you are a fan of hip hop? I grew up in an error of break dancing on cardboard boxes, graffiti , silver boom boxes with cone speakers with the crazy looking nobs for volume, balance, bass, and treble.
Our music was everything it is now. It has always been unorthodoxed. The first songs were more gutter than gangsta. Every facet of the oppressed life we were living at the time was giving its proper due in the music produced. Street affiliations didn’t take a backseat to a person’s spiritual connection with a higher power or vice versa. The music we made covered the complete spectrum of the points our collective known as 3C was trying to convey.
Having these younger groups around, I don’t think they truly understand the battles we went through to get to this point. Not only in music, but just being black in the South , and standing for something besides the ingorance we as blacks are known for, or categorized to be. We went through the stages of making music to cater to the ears of people not from here, following the plans and routes of music conferences meant to keep us chasing a dream, and so many false deals that would have left us screwed. Get it.
We saw early success locally with radio, and for some that was the end all, some felt they had arrived at that point. For others, it was only the beginning. The thing about this next album, One…The Cohesive Album, we are comfortable with the music, even if it seems the world around us is falling apart. This album has become the life boat for us. An album made by a group of people that would rather be labeled honorable, humble, respectable, grown, over being known as a simple nigga. We are Slow Motion Soundz, the full grown version.