Vibe Magazine recently caught up with Dr. Dre‘s latest protege Slim The Mobster to discuss his upcoming debut mixtape War Music, which is due out November 8th. The Los Angeles, California hopeful broke down what fans can expect from his impending project, saying that he’s sticking to a hardcore but lyrical approach on the tape. He also added that he’s enlisted the likes of Snoop Dogg, Prodigy and Kendrick Lamar for guest features.
“War Music is my first release so far as the mixtape scene – I just been knocking that out quietly and doing my best to get that situated. We’re trying to make sure that we get something big. I’ll let the music do the talking…[it features] Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Prodigy from Mobb Deep – of course my home girl on a track called ‘Fuck You.’ Mostly all the people that’s on my project are people that I’m around on a daily basis.”
He added, “I wanted to keep it hard because I feel like that’s what people will really like because when you say the greatest people in Hip Hop you only name hardcore artists that have an audience of people who [tend] to follow that type of music…some people say I always talk about guns but if you pay attention, I’m not saying this to shit on anyone and I hope no one takes it personal, but I’ve never heard Kweli compared to Jay-Z in light of, Kweli is hard, he’s good, but 9 times out of 10 when you say the greatest rapper you say someone hardcore.”
Slim also discussed what it was like to meet one of his musical idols Eminem. He said that not only was it an honor to even meet Dre’s other Slim, but that it was surreal that Em was even familiar with his music.
“[Eminem and I] haven’t actually recorded together but I’ve been in the studio with him a few times and it’s heavy because he knows my shit,” he explained. “When I hear Em singing my songs and shit that gives me motivation. That’s someone I looked up to like I looked up to Dre, so when I hear him saying like, ‘I like this song right here’ or when Em says, ‘This right here is my joint,’ I take pride in those things.”