#NaptownSlim - just real talk.
Peacepeace everybody. It’s Naptown Slim again.
I really love that cat in the picture behind me. That’s my gee, Matt. He’s gone now, man. Shit still hurts. I ain’t even tryna sugar-coat it, man. The shit hurts.
I might get all up in my emotions right now, but I ain’t trippin, because I’m supposed to get all up in my emotions. I’m standing in a spot where this brother gave me work, advice, love, care, food, a SPOT, man…when I really didn’t feel like I had anywhere to be. This is my old friend from school, man. We went back so many years already at this point…and my dawg said, “Slim, we got you. Come on in.”
And I came on in….and it was like I was already there and had been there the whole time.
I’m tryna keep this short and sweet, cuz a gee really gotta wash his face and get back to work. Let this be known.
I’m really really really glad that that cat behind me sipping the beer was my friend…and there’s a whoooooole buncha people that would say the same thing….and I’m grateful that I know a whooooole buncha those people.
If you can’t say that about your life when it’s all said and done, you lived wrong. Ain’t nobody gonna be talking about what designer you wearing in your coffin, fool. You better get some appreciation for life while you got it. You better learn to share what you got to offer with these world, cuz that’s how you really leave your mark. My gee, Matt, got a legacy of love and greatness that lives on in all of us and in the very room where I am standing, taking this picture, forcing a smile when I wanna cry…
…but I’m here with my gees. LIfe ain’t so bad, man.
I miss you, Matt. Slim really love you, bruh. Thank you for everything, man. You were truly a friend to everybody who met you and that is the greatest thing you can say about a man’s life.
Peace, y’all. Naptown Slim gotta get back to this work like Matt told me to do. I ain’t stopping, man.
CLICK THE PIC TO SEE WHAT MY GEE, MATT TOLD ME I NEEDED TO DO. MY DUDE.
“It’s #NaptownSlim here to preach to you again.
Some of y’all are so obsessed with labels, how much things cost and how you think that equals some sort of cool. It does not. All it does is show me that you are merely another commerce-driven, all-consuming, never-giving fool that will spend any amount of money to look ‘cool’. You are not.
Cool is an attitude. I will rock these 12 dollar sunglasses and sip on this dolla sixty nine lemonade and enjoy every minute of it knowing how much cooler I am than you because I am not obsessed with how much things cost to garner some kinda enjoyment outta them.
I enjoy myself with myself and most times, I sho nuff enjoy my company. And I look good.
This has been yet another funky cold-blooded #NaptownSlim Production.
#GoldenYears #LOWER #ATFU
Recorded a cover of David Bowie’s ‘Golden Years’ about a week or so ago. Big fun.
Here’s another one of those #PUNKROCKTHISSHIT productions…shot and edited the video over the last 48 hours with my iPhone and iMovie. Just a little something to let you know I’m working and ‘LOWER’ is gonna be the jam this summer. DIY, baby bobba, DIY.
My next album is called ‘LOWER’ and there will be a remix/b-sides project accompanying it called ‘OTHER’.
I’M WORKING. #ATFU
#LOWER #MyBowieAlbum #ATFU
I produced and recorded this last night. It just came to me, so I did it.
I knew I was gonna cover ‘Golden Years’ and had toyed with the idea of forming a band to do so. Nothing permanent, just wanted to try it with a band. As inspiration hit me earlier this week, I told Muhbabay, “I’mma get on top of covering ‘Golden Years’.”
Reality is I’m hella busy, so the idea of trying to find players, practice, get a song tight, buy studio time, wait for a mix down..? Well, I just don’t have the time I would like to dedicate to it. I don’t wanna get into a band situation where I can’t give it my all…even if it were for one song. I can knock something like this out myself pretty quickly, relatively speaking. It also gives me a lot more time to mess around with the vocals, which I have come to appreciate.
I’m in the process of creating my own sound too; that’s how we end up with stuff like this and I guess that’s how you become a ‘producer’.
I’m also still in the process of learning to produce and play. I hear the stuff in my head, then I tap and tinker around, figuring out what will work and what won’t. I can’t read music, I have no training on instruments, I could never play this stuff live on the keys myself. What I got is an ear for GROOVE and DETERMINATION. I’ll be the first to tell you I can’t play. I’ll be the first to encourage anyone out there with music in their head to use this technique.
Just. Play. Music. You. Can. Do. It.
I’ll also be the first to tell you I’m coming up with my own sound as a producer. The more you mess around with the tunes, the more you figure out what works for you. I make music all the time, man, so I’m finding what I think works for me, what I enjoy making and what suits the music I write.
One cool way for me to show you are working on your own shit, ironically enough, is to cover songs. I’m not a big proponent of covers, man. You either hafta be totally faithful to the original or totally flip it. There’s a lotta ways that can go bad.
This is the second cover I’ve done since the formation of the Iron Man Monster Factory, the first being Nirvana’s ‘School’. I think you can tell something about an artist by what they choose to cover. I’m figuring out what I can get away with. My personal rule; I gotta absolutely love a song to bother trying to cover it. I ain’t tryna cover something because it’s popular right now (unless it’s for a stage show)…and even then, I am cool on that. I’m all about reinventing the song if I gotta cover it.
Well, just felt like breaking it down a bit. Go on and jam. Play how ya like, play what ya like. ‘The Tinkerer’ on iTunes now, and ‘LOWER’ is on the horizon.
#LOWER #GoldenYears #Bowie meets #TheTinkerer #ListenHere
Knocked this one out from scratch today. Just came to me, so I did it.
I been telling people Bowie was taking over my life in a few ways. I guess this should serve as proof, for better or worse. (Shoutout to the homey, Mattie! For BETTER..)
This is fresh from the Iron Man Monster Factory, straight off the line, no mastering, just raw funk after a quick car test.
I was kinda jazzed that I pulled off the background vocals, so I thought I’d let it rock for my people. This ain’t nothing official, just the ‘Kid working out and giving you something new and tinkered out for the Friday.
“Don’t let me hear you say life’s taking you nowhere.” Sound advice from a wise cat.
Happy weekend, y’all.