Legendary rap label Rap-A-Lot has added local rapper G-Slick to its stable of artists. Not only did they sign him, but they made his home label G.O.D.N. a subsidiary of the imprint, as well. Although the interest G.O.D.N. received initially was by the negative videos the crew was putting out about Rick Ross, the group and G-Slick are ultimately devoted to positivity and their communities.
Westword: For people who are not familiar with you, can you tell us where you are from and how long you've been rapping?
I'm from Colorado, Denver, and came up in Denver and the Springs. I started rapping in the sixth grade, making mixtapes on the karaoke machine, hitting record. We used to send mixtapes to No Limit because we wanted them to sign us.
What about your crew G.O.D.N.? What does it stand for, and where do you have members from?
Gentleman of Distinguished Nature. We're from all over. A lot of stuff started with my people started dissing Rick Ross, and then trying to come together and make something positive with the talent. As far as artists, we have Jellyroll in Tennessee, Dirt out of Mississippi, OT the Boss Kentucky, Ryan Tarrell from Missouri, T-Man from Birmingham, Alabama, OG KK from Atlanta. Man, we got people all over.
Is it true you are getting signed by Rap-A-Lot?
Yeah, that's true.
Like Paper work signed and everything? How did that happen for you?
J-Prince [the Founder of the label] became familiar with our music. Those who don't know Rap-A-lot, they are big in the South, Geto Boys and all that. A lot of people took notice to us after the Rick Ross situation, but they didn't wanna mess with us because of the negativity. But once they seen our movement was really positive, they were down to help us build.
So the owner of G.O.D.N., Shake G, went to meet with J-Prince. He had us all send some music. Then they went through everybody to check to see who was ready, as in more developed. I just happened to be one of those selected, and It really opened my eyes, because there were thirty to forty artists they were looking through from the G.O.D.N. family. Our social networking was thick. We had the homie Dirt at the BET awards promoting. J-Prince heard the music and asked for more of mine. Then Rap-A-Lot made G.O.D.N. a subsidiary of the label.
Who is getting pushed first?
There are going to be five or six of us, the new face of Rap-a-lot, and they are making sure that the artists have the right sound and the package is there. You know what they looking for.
You've been doing it in the Denver for a while, and have a nice stage show. How do you look at shows, and where did you get the wild performance style from?
I was in a group called Young Black Hustlas. That's where the crazy stage show and presence came from. My dude DZO was the most turned up, and he was always big on the stage show. Then we went to Get it Gang, and the stage shows really got bigger. Now with GODN, my entourage nationally is just as thick as if I was home, and people really see that. And I really feel my music; it's not like I'm just rapping. I like to show off on that stage.
What should we expect from G-Slick?
The Red Card District mixtape, with the coast to coast DJs, hosted by me. I'm trying to make where I can put on for the town, and other brothers from the town to feature on it. Seven to ten tracks from myself and other artists from the G.O.D.N. network. After that will be an album titled Slick Talkin' coming soon.
What Rap-a-Lot did is see everything we're doing and is supporting everything we doing, providing resources for videos and sound packages and all that good stuff. You can find all of us in our communities trying to stop the violence with these kids and promoting our progressive community programs and activities.
Catch G-Slick this Sunday with YG at Casselman's