SL Jones Compares Risks Of "Trapping" Mentality To Steve Jobs Success

Exclusive: SL Jones explains why Andre 3000 is one of his favorite rappers, and he draws parallels between his ascent and that of Steve Jobs.

On September 4, SL Jones dropped his second mixtape release of the year, “Way Of Life No Hobby,” which follows the release of his Trapper’s Delight EP. The artwork of his latest project is based on an old hobby—Jones used to casually sketch—but the self-proclaimed “street patriot” says his chosen trade of rapping is far from just a pastime.

“It's not just something I just pick up and put down,” Jones said during an exclusive conversation with HipHopDX. “It's not a like, ‘Oh, okay it’s all fun.’ The stuff I’m talking about, and what I put into it, is just [a reflection of] how my mind works. It's like any other grind, and that's how I approach it...with that same mind frame.”

While the words “trap” and “grind” may have less than glamorous definitions for some listeners, Jones has his own unique definition of what the verb trap means.     

“It's an acronym for Taking Risks And Profiting,” Jones said. “When I say a risk is a risk, most people think especially in the street. When we say taking risks, that means you’re doing something that will get you locked up; that's the truth. But anybody can relate to that, because, Steve Jobs dropped out of school to start Apple. He took a risk. His parents probably wasn't down with that.”

While drawing parallels between his own ascent with the late co-founder and Chairman and CEO of Apple, Jones added that he also took inspiration from someone closer to Hip Hop.

“[I like] Andre 3000 because of his ability to not be placed in a box,” Jones said. “It's like he could do whatever he want to do. He wore a wedding dress to the Grammy's and nobody called him gay. He could just do whatever he want to do. He was probably the first person you seen wearing a kilt in a video. He could just do anything he want do, and he ain't scared. He not scared to be criticized, like coming out with a record like "Hey Ya," after being arguably one of the best lyricists, that's my number one lyricist.

SL Jones’ “Way Of Life No Hobby” is available as a free download via and it can be streamed below. The mixtape features Kevin Gates and Killer Mike among others.

The Little Rock, Arkansas product made his debut in 2007 with the mixtape “C.O.L.O.R.S.,” and he has since worked with Don Cannon and Metro Boomin' while making an appearance on Killer Mike’s I Pledge Allegiance To The Grind, Underground Atlanta

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      @Anon If you think Drake can out rap SL Jones. You must be 15 or a girl? What makes a rapper hard is his lyrics and can move a crowd. Drake music makes people wanna cry and shit. Not be hard at all. Go back to the emo bs and leave the real hip-hop to the grown ups child.

    • aaron

      not sure if that drugs and pistols thing was a referendum on SL Jones' music, but if so, you're clearly not familiar with this tape or his catalog overall. Dude can really rap.

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      What makes music "hard"? Does it have to be a trap beat or lyrics just talking about selling drugs and poppin' pistols? Fuck out of here. Hard to me is people shredding up beats and instrumentals that never get old. Call Drake soft, but he can out rap and out think this clown you want to defend. You're probably SL Jones commenting on this shit.

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