88 - 94 ... an era that if u were into it, rap music shaped your every being . . . a time period when skills overshadowed compensation ... and the art was a s golden as these years in hip hop music. This was the time of the QUINTESSENTIAL B-BOY DOCUMENTARIAN. This is the birthplace of
The meaning of his name reads much like his rhyming couplets on a page, and homage to the past (Langston Hughes), and a vision for the future.
My name is the fusion of street and school. It exhibits the two things that I bring to my music, the mixture of what Ive learned on the inside and the outside of scholastic walls.
His list of influential wordsmiths reads like a whos who of favourite MCS... from lyrical giants like RAKIM and NAS to newer trailblazers BLACKSTAR, PHAROE MONCH, OUTKAST and even fellow Canadian SAUKRATES.
"These peeps influenced my style because they embody the epitome of what this art is really about, their creativity, their positive, their lyrical depth, and their ability to take chances with their music.
From early high school days of studio rhyming and demo recording as a member of the group BOONDOX. SLANGSTON has set his feet on the solo path and put in dedicated work... and it shows. By carving early notches on his belt, SLANGSTON has performed or battled in over a dozen major local venues and has received acclaim. With accolades stemming from such appearances as THE MONSTER JAM (94), THE WESTERN COLLEGIATE URBAN SHOWCASE (96), T-DOT SOUNDBOMBING (99), THE HIP HOP UNITY TOUR (03) ...
"To me, to be a complete emcee you have to have great stage persona... you have to be able to kill a live show.
SLANGSTON attributes his transition of moving from just loving of rhyme, to taking his passion to a professional level on his university days at YORK (96). Where he met and studied with TORONTO heavyweights KARDINALL OFFISHALL / DAN-E-O / MARVEL / TARA CHASE, and radio personality, artist, ARCEE to name a few.
"It wasnt until I was in constant rotation with these individuals and seeing them put music out, that I realized that the music I made wasnt just for me and my crew . . . "
Another that made Slang rethink his path was when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma cancer in his left leg, which forced him to undergo chemo and radiation therapy.
"I dont think I was ever really terrified, I kind of realized that it was a slap in my face to wake me up to the fact that I needed to focus on what was important.
His renewed faith guided him to TREBAS INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS where he studied the business aspect of the industry, including urban marketing and promotion with a range of talent that would go on to work in various areas of the entertainment industry.
Currently SLANGSTON is working on his LP Minds Like Mine, but plans to release a few singles the first of which is Backspace, a lyrical biography of the long time MC.
The most positive thing about being in the background for so long is being able to see what it takes to make it. Learning from my friends who are in the game, their mistakes and triumphs... I believe it better prepared me for success and how to get it . . .
With a catalogue of songs that boasts a list of t-dot super producers and guest spots such as: KARDINAL OFFISHALL, FATSKI, MOSS (of OBIE TRICE fame), MR. ATTIC (grassroots phenomenon), and SNOOZE (of original BOONDOX), Slang Hugh should have no problem, in avoiding his counterparts pitfalls.
Always one for representing homegrown flavor, it is important to Slangston that he keeps his music T dot influenced.
"The best thing about TORONTO is that there is so many different types of people here, and we all get to express ourselves freely, and that directly relates to the music. You can hear it; the differences in language and slang are distinct yet similar from town to town. I just try to encompass that and still stay true to what I know. . .
In referring to his future in music he speaks again like a proud countryman.
I want to be that one . . . up here weve had flashes of success, but I want to be the man that really bust. . . the one that breaks the stigma of our musical glass ceiling. Im going worldwide with mine, but first I got to earn the respect of Toronto. As my mom says if you cant make it at home, no point in cutting a key to another lock.
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