“Last Night I had a dream, my vision, writing a classic / back at it, next morning, had to work my magic / So tragic, dreaming of deaths taking my last breath / so every sec, I’ma use it til there’s nothing left.”
Haunting and profound words from someone who wrote his first rap almost fifteen years ago. Keith Slack nee K. Slack, made his first debut in 1995 and has ever since been passionate about music. His desire to become an artist started with watching emcee battles and rapping during lunch breaks at school. He would also call into local radio stations any chance he could, to get on air. A triple threat in the music industry, K. Slack tackles writing, producing and rhyming and does it with sick bravado.
Coming from a city that wasn’t really known for it’s hip hop scene, he decided he would need to carve out a niche for himself by making music he loved and felt and knew people needed to hear. Inspired by artists still relevant today, his motivation was to cultivate the east, south and west coasts for a diversified sound that would appeal to everyone. He later formed a group called Thethyrday, which allowed him to perform, and grow, on both sides of the musical process.
K. Slack, being an artist that uses his music as a form of therapy, has accumulated a lot of material with regard to his life experiences involving various trials and tribulations, the birth of his son and the deaths of loved ones. His love of and for hip hop remains strong and close to his heart and he has no plans on stopping anytime soon. He says, “I always strive to be the best, anything less would be a disservice to the movement of urban music.”
Words that, many in the game right now, should heed.
Where are you hailing from?
Durham, NC (Bull City)
How do you view the hip hop scene in North Carolina?
I think it’s okay. You got people from all areas doing their thing, but I’m still waiting for the day we are respected like NY, Cali, & ATL!
Where are you living now?
Why did you relocate?
My family is from the West Coast so it was like going back home for me.
How long have you been in the game?
Since 2001. Well, that’s the year I took this music serious and started working on PX2 with TheThyrday
Who are your influences?
2pac, Nas, Dr. Dre, Outkast, & DJ Premier just to name a few.
When is the new album / mixtape dropping? Tell us what and who we can expect to hear on it?
Well, I have Ski Beats, 9th Wonder, Jah freedom, with K Hill & I beat-wise on the album. I have Grind, Kaze, C.T.G. (Classical The Great) as features on the project. Royce da 5’9″ & Nycest is on the project too. And hopefully I will have a feature from TheThyrday on it!
Other than being in the studio and working hard, what are some of the things you enjoy doing in your downtime?
Push ups, sit ups, watching TV, & cooking!
What was the last movie you watched?
Eagle Eye but I watched The Wash last night.
How would you describe your music to people that haven’t heard it before today?
Honest, raw & dope hip hop!
What are your long term career goals?
Being successful as an artist, producer, & engineer
Any new years resolutions?
Being a better father!
Being on an independent label (Street Flava Ent.), how do you feel about downloading and file sharing? Do you think it helps or damages an artists’ career?
Mannn, I would say it helps & damages. You have some who will download and go buy while others just download.
Do you want to address the circumstances surrounding TheThyrday’s break up and will there be any further material from the group?
Well J Gunn & I just put out a mixtape called “Deal or No Deal“. That was a good ice breaker since the break up but besides that I’m not sure. I hope we can do some more music because I know we have a good fan base behind PX2.
What artists are you listening to right now other than yourself of course?
Plies, Clispe, La the Darkman, Sizzla, Nas, TI, Royce 5’9, Ransom & etc……
Your first love would be: production, writing or rapping?
Writing I would say. I wrote my 1st rap in 95 in the 5th grade and performed it in front of the whole school
Describe your personal style.
I’m me. lol. Um I would say more east coast but I have a variety of flava on the album.
On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your performance ability?
9, always room for improvement!
What’s your most embarrassing moment/biggest mistake you ever made? (entertainment related or not)?
Forgetting my lyrics and having to freestyle the rest of the verse at a show. Or the time I ran outside butt ass naked lol (long story)
Tell me something about yourself that you think your fans should know …
I was born in Las vegas, moved to Compton, then Alaska, then Mississippi, then Florida, then St Croix. VI, then North Carolina and now I’m back in Cali! I’ve come full circle.
Will you be at Obama’s Inauguration and what are your thoughts on America’s first black president?
I won’t be there but I pray that we won’t have any Martin Luther/ Malcom X situation. If he can make it as the president for 4yrs or more I would say that would be a success.
K Slack music
Single “Look What Happens”
Deal Or No Deal mixtape with K. Slack & J. Gunn
Official Myspace Page