I'm just coming back from a show. I'm really just recuperating right now.
Everything is good. Things have been going real good for me so far.
of fans outside of the JUSTUS League don't know you. How do you want to
introduce yourself to everyone who doesn't know you?
I go by Edgar
Allen Floe for those who don't know me. I was featured on some JUSTUS
League mixtapes and I have my crew called the Undefined. I do a lot of
production for my crew. I go by Slicemysta on the beats. I'm just trying
to bring some wisdom and deliver some wisdom that cats can carry on for
years to come. Hopefully cats feel it and stay with me down this long
road of music.
you define your role in the JUSTUS League?
As a league,
we just kind of work together on a musical level. If there's anything
we can do to better each other's careers, we do it. I'm one of the common
denominators. If people need me for a show, production, or engineering,
I'm there. I wear a lot of hats. I'm one of those dudes people can appreciate.
I'm very lyrical and what I say is thought-provoking. That's what you'll
hear from Edgar Allen Floe.
happy with the response to your mixtape "Floe Almighty"?
real happy. I've been getting a real good response so far. I stepped it
up from my first official release, "True Links." People really
liked that, and when "Floe Almighty" came out, cats were like,
"You really stepped it up." The reviews have been pretty solid
and people understand it. I'm a very independent dude when it comes to
making things happen, from producing to engineering. "Floe Almighty"
is all me.
your goals for the mixtape/album?
thing with that is that it's more of a promotional thing. It's a mix-CD,
so the label that I'm working with, Shaman Work Recordings, we've been
talking about the best way to spread the word before my "Streetwise"
LP drops, which will be later this year. We were talking about the best
way to promote it. I'm definitely going to do some collabs with all types
of cats. "Floe Almighty" is full of remixes and exclusive tracks.
We decided to drop this and see what we could do with it. I'm really happy
with how it's been going. We actually got MTV Mixtape Monday's for it.
That was real good that we got that a week after it came out. Everything
is moving real smooth so far.
your inspiration for writing "The Torch"?
I felt like
it was time for some new cats to step up. Everyone's looking for the next
breed to carry the torch. That's what "The Torch" is about.
The next generation needs to step up and understand their role. We need
to have some type of longevity in it. We have to keep the torch lit and
going. That's one of my standout joints. A lot of people really feel it.
Maybe down the road we'll have a 12" for it. Who knows?
you and 9th Wonder work together?
We work pretty
well as far as our musical tastes. We mesh really well. 9th will call
me up and tell me he has some beats for me to check out. He already has
an idea of what I'll sound good on. I'll go back and write them, and if
he's in town, we'll record it. If he's not, I'll go record it and let
him check it out. He's confident in my talent and I'm confident in his,
so when we record together, we make good music. We're like a Guru/Primo
combo. Since we have the same musical tastes, it's real easy to record
with him. He's not afraid to tell me what he thinks, but he also believes
in what I do.
it different working with Khrysis?
coming up. He's paid his dues. For the most part, it's the same thing.
He'll let me hear some beats and we'll do the same thing. He's a little
more opinionated than 9th. He had a lot more suggestions when we were
recording "True Links." Nothing major, but he does say what
he feels a lot more than 9th does. We have that same bond with music.
It's easy to put something down with Khrysis. He's going to be a big dude
on the production side in the future.
a real distinct voice. How important is that?
I think it's
real important. That's one of the first thing fans notice. They say I
can hold down a hook with my voice alone. From that, I want to have that
type of voice that grabs you and makes you pay attention. A lot of cats
have it and a lot of cats want it. I know that's one of my strong-points.
I feel that if I can grab you with my voice, I can have you nodding your
head when the beat comes on. It's very important. Guru said for him it's
mostly the voice.
your support in North Carolina?
As a lot
of people already know, we built the JUSTUS League from the ground up.
It was hard starting out. We tried to hook up with clubs and we let them
listen to our material, and they would tell us that we might want to open
for someone else or do a show with more established artists. It wasn't
a talent issue, but they wanted us to get with someone that already had
their rock in the game. That guaranteed a crowd would come in. It was
hard at first, but we just kept at it. We started doing more and more
shows in the area and our reputation started growing. We do have a good
fan-base out here. It could be better, but North Carolina is like a lot
of places. They may lag on something hot until the masses hear it, but
we do have our core fan-base that has been with us since day one. We appreciate
your "Streetwise" album coming?
done. I have a couple verses I have to pick up from some cats. Of course
I have 9th Wonder and Khrysis on it. I have my extended family, Battlesquad,
doing production. I'm keeping some other things under wraps for now. I
may have some collab's with label-mates. It should be out sometime this
Summer. We're probably going to get "Floe Almighty" pressed
up again and after that does it's thing, "Streetwise" should
be ready to come out. I have fifteen or sixteen tracks that's a nice variety.
I think cats should like that.
the title "Streetwise"?
that title for probably two or three years. It's all about when cats see
the word "street," they figure it's shoot-em-up, bang bang.
Just because you know cats in the street doesn't mean you're doing those
things in the street. Talib Kweli says he doesn't rep the streets but
he reps the people in them. That's like me. I chill with people like that
and I respect what they do and they respect what I do. It's about being
wise to that. The streets are not as boxed in as people think. There are
a lot of smart people out there with good ideas. Even though I don't rap
with traditional thuggery, I still rap for the people in the streets.
ready for the album?
never be too much promotion, so we'll have to keep spreading the word.
"Floe Almighty" has been good, but there's definitely more work
to be done. Shaman Work has been doing a great job at getting me out.
I really appreciate that. It's been great so far. I think they'll be doing
some big things to promote the album so that when it drops, it will get
some good promotion.
your main focus right now?
things going as far as the music. Once "Streetwise" is officially
finished, I'll still have other projects. I have my crew Undefined and
we're working on some stuff. Median is working on "Release."
That will be out hopefully later this year on Halftooth Records. I'm engineering
his joints. That's coming out real good. I'm trying to do more collabs
and mixtape joints. I'm just trying to stay busy and I'm still doing the
shows and everything else to keep the name out there. It's never-ending,
but I love it.
you want to say to all your fans?
To all the
fans, especially the ones that have been there from the beginning, I appreciate
all the love we've been getting. Cats understand that the game is in a
strange predicament right now. It's not sure which way it wants to go.
Thanks to all the fans worldwide. You'll hear a lot more from me and the
League. Hopefully you'll hear me progress and you'll hear me reach more
and more people. I'm a very independent cat and I try to lead by example.
Hopefully beyond the music you'll appreciate the grind and appreciate
my career. Thanks to everybody. Word up.