STATEMENT FROM SLY BOOGY (February
7, 2006) | Posted By: Lil Jay|
happened to Sly Boogy? A lot of people wondered what happened to the San
Bernardino rapper, as he hasn't made any noise since his last mixtape project
"The Fifth Letter" last summer. So what what happened to him? Another
West Coast talent caught up in the industry politics?
The truth is, Sly
Boogy never left. He's been hard at work in the studio; writing, recording, and
performing at various shows (Inland Empire, Utah, Los Angeles, etc.). Sly Boogy
feels his silence has gone on long enough, and that his fans have a right to know
the truth. Sly Boogy has been waiting for four years to tell his side of the story,
but his silence has not been intentional. Sly has now released a detailed press
release in form of a interview questionnaire with questions asked by fans. He
explains what went wrong with Sway & King Tech and J Records, and it is here
in this exclusive interview where Sly Boogy gives his never before told story.
With a new year in motion, Sly Boogy has been looking forward to a fresh
start. Sly quotes, I cant wait to put the last four years behind
me. This interview is very personal for me because I tried my best to answer
the common questions asked by my fans over the last four years. When
asked if he has any regrets, Slys response, I dont have any
regrets, just great experiences and wisdom.
this interview, you can gather a clear picture of who Sly Boogy really is, where
hes been, and where hes headed. At the pace hes going you can
expect to see something in stores for 2006!
can we all expect your next album Mistaken Identity?
really cant tell you if Mistaken Identity will ever drop. Mistaken
Identity, is the title of the album that was scheduled for release on April
19, 2005 under the agreement between Bolo and J Records. According to Bolos
attorney, Bolo is in the process of terminating their business relationship with
How is the recording of your new album going?
going well. I have some heaters from some of the most talented producers Ive
What artists and producers will be featured on your next
Well Im hoping to get Crooked I and I would like to
do some more collaborations with the rest of the cats that were on the California
remix. I also wanna reach out to more West Coast artists as well. As far as artists
in other regions, from the East, I wouldnt mind working with Papoose. Saigon,
M.O.P., and Sean Price from Boot Camp Clik are some other East Coast artists I
would definitely like to work with. As far as the South, I would say Luda and
Lil Wayne. As far as the Midwest, I would say J-Dilla, formerly of Slum Village.
As far as vocalists I would like to work with Dwelle, Elizabeth Bingham, and Martha
Ambrosia. Ive been a fan of all of these artists for quite some time now.
As far as production I am currently working with some known and unknown producers.
Is the album being released on Bolo Entertainment?
I dont have the answer to that question.
Some claim that
Sway and King Tech are the main reason why you are being held back, is that true?
I cant say whether it is true or not however I can give you
the possible reasons why people may be making that statement. First of all they
may have read the July 28th, 2005 article on ballerstatus.net. In that article
it was mentioned that there were creative differences. That statement is true,
however there werent any explanations given to help people gather a clear
understanding of what creative differences meant.
late 2001 I began working with Tech and he gave me a CD of about 30 beats that
he himself produced. I felt that most of them were decent ideas however; the two
that stood out to me were the ones that I wrote the songs Summertime
(Judgment Day Album) and Flow (True Crimes L.A.) to. After signing
a production deal in early 2002 with Bolo Entertainment (Sway and King Techs
production company; formerly known as Urban Legends), Tech was the main one I
was working with creatively. Eventually Tech began receiving beats from various
outside producers, which we spent countless hours listening to. It was at this
point that I began to realize we had a difference in musical tastes.
to Techs level of experience and knowledge I would write to the beats he
recommended as well as the beats I favored. It started to become somewhat of a
challenge, and very time consuming, having to write to instrumentals that Tech
and I did not mutually agree on. In 2002 it was brought to my attention that Bolo
had been engaging in talks with J Records. Shortly after, Bolo entered into an
agreement with J records on my behalf.
The songs that Tech and I recorded
were submitted to Larry Jackson (A&R rep for J Records). Larry heard the songs
and said they were good songs however; he felt that there were none worthy of
being a set up single for the album. Tech strongly disagreed with Larrys
opinion. Now Tech had become very passionate about the project and was very protective
of it. He would express concerns about the project falling into the wrong hands
and getting ruined.
At some point communications between Bolo and me had
ceased temporarily due to conflicts of interests. Bolo appointed Kenneth Armstrong
(my DJ known as KMP) as a liaison to facilitate communications between me, Bolo,
and J Records. This arrangement resulted in faulty communications between the
three of us. I had started receiving phone calls from Larry Jackson at J Records
and we had begun to develop a relationship on a friendship level. Larry was a
cool cat. One day he called me and asked me if I wanted to work with Scott Storch
and I said absolutely. So I ended up meeting with Scott and recording Thatz
My Name and Its Nuthin. Larry felt like Thatz My
Name was a perfect set up single but Sway and Tech disagreed, stating that
it was too West Coast. Despite this J Records released it. The song
received an excellent response. J Records filmed a video for it shortly after
the release. From what I was told by the liaison (KMP), the video didnt
really get much air-time. When the momentum began to decrease Larry gave me the
instrumental for the song If You Got Crew. I wrote the verses and
recorded it shortly after. Larry suggested releasing If You Got Crew,
which is a song featuring Jagged Edge (So So Def), as the follow up single. He
felt like the song would be a good national lead single. Again, Sway and Tech
disagreed saying that the song was too soft and it was too early for that type
of song. They felt like Its Nuthin would be a more fitting single
for that time. From what I was told there was finally a compromise
You Got Crew on the A-side and Its Nuthin on the
B-side. The February 23rd to March 1st 2005 BDS report showed that If You
Got Crew received 654 spins on the East Coast, 1,352 spins in the South,
875 spins on the West Coast, and 616 spins in the Midwest which is a total of
3,497 spins. Its Nuthin received 22 spins on the East
Coast, 56 spins in the South, 1,451 spins on the West Coast, and 56 spins in the
Midwest which is a total of 1,611 spins. What I found quite interesting was Its
Nuthin received 416 spins on KPWR while If You Got Crew only
From what I was told by J Records they very excited about
If You Got Crew. They designed an artist development plan which encompassed
a scheduled promotional tour, photo shoot, video shoot, and marketing strategy.
I remember being on conference calls with DJs from around the country and receiving
positive feedback for If You Got Crew. I expressed to Bolo the desire
to show gratitude to the all of the DJs and radio personnel that supported the
records but Bolo strongly advised me against developing any relationships with
radio personnel. When the spins started to die down for both singles it was decided
that another single was necessary. Bolo feared that J Records, given J Records
short track record with developing hip hop artists, lacked the experience to break
the project without Bolos direction and radio relationships. At that time
Larry had said that the enthusiasm at the label had diminished and that they were
ready to shelve the project.
During this time I had received a phone call
from Sway expressing extreme displeasure in my correspondence with Larry Jackson.
Sway also stated that any continued correspondence between me and Larry could
result in Larrys termination from J Records. He said that because of this,
he hadnt been able allow himself to give the project his full support. He
then told me that he didnt think it was a good idea for me to correspond
with Larry or anyone at J Records.
I submitted more song concepts via
email (mp3) to Bolo in early 2005. Sway sent me an email on May 7th of 2005 in
response to one of the emailed songs saying that he liked the song and that he
would reach out to me in a few days. After a week or so went by I made several
attempts to contact Sway and received no return phone calls. I contacted the liaison
and asked if he had received any correspondence from anyone and he stated that
his phone calls were not being returned either. After several more unsuccessful
attempts to contact Sway, I called Larry Jackson and he informed me that the project
had been dropped. I dont think Sway and Tech would intentionally hold me
back however there is a possibility that things have been misconstrued. Ive
admired Sway and Tech since the Wake Up Show first came to Southern California
and Ive always envisioned them as being pro-artist above anything else.
The Wake Up Show has launched the careers of such artists as Eminem.
have you been up to lately?
Ive just been writing, recording,
doing shows, and spending time with my loved ones. Ive also been reflecting
on what has been happening for the past four years.
Will you and
Dirty Birdy be releasing a full length album anytime soon?
always been our childhood dream. That would be a beautiful thing.
as an emcee do you think youve changed from Judgment Day up to now?
think Ive grown to a level where I can now create music for more than one
type of audience. Judgment Day was more for the lyrical heads. My new material
caters to a broader demographic. Im noticing more of a mixture of age, race,
and gender at my shows. I think that has to do with the fact that I was able to
get production with a more professional and developed quality.
are your greatest achievements in life?
I would consider my most outstanding
achievement to be my perseverance through
do you think is your most defining characteristic as an emcee?
it would be my delivery. I like to change my style on every song. I custom craft
most of my material to the music so every song has a different flow pattern. I
dont just like to write lyrics and match them up all the time.
do you think of the commercialism of hip hop right now and do you think its
showing respect to all the pioneers?
I think its our individual
choice if we want to show respect to the pioneers. Ill always pay homage
to the pioneers. Hip hop pioneers are like war veterans; they put in the work
and they dont get the acknowledgement they deserve.
of rappers go from music to movies
is that something youre interested
Absolutely. Id like to be a part of something
thats based on a true story. Ive always been intrigued with movies
that portray something that actually happened in real life.
or what is your inspiration for what you do?
Right now I would have
to say kids, family, and friends. Seeing the smiles on kids faces at shows
is very inspiring. I remember doing a show for a Juvenile Detention Center and
the kids showing a lot of love. They were very excited and they werent ashamed
to show it. Family showing support and sharing the excitement is also very inspiring.
Are you planning an overseas tour?
Not at the moment.
What will you be doing with all of your unreleased material?
will probably compile them together on a CD for my own listening pleasure.
there anything in your career that you now look back on and could have done differently
and now regret?
No. I dont regret anything. Ive learned
a lot and it has been a blessing.
So what can we expect from Sly
Boogy in 2006?
You can expect to become better acquainted with who
I am. I especially want to thank all my fans who have supported me over the past