|Artist:||Slim (of 112)|
|Label:||M3/Anotha One Records|
|Next Project:||Love's Crazy (Sept)|
|Website:||Slim (of 112)'s Website|
In the mid-to-late 90’s, as male R&B groups like Boyz II Men and Jodeci had reached the height of their success and popularity, a singing quartet out of Atlanta began to make its mark on the industry. Starting with the release of their 1996 self-titled debut, 112 (made up of Slim, Q, Mike and Daron) went on to release five albums in total, many of which spurned multiple chart-topping singles.
Last heard from as a collective on 2005’s “Pleasure and Pain,” the foursome has temporarily split apart, but each member is currently pursuing a solo career. Leading the charge is front man Marvin “Slim” Scandrick, who is preparing for the release of his solo debut, “Love’s Crazy,” this September. The project is led by the current single, “So Fly,” which features rappers Yung Joc and Shawty Lo.
In an exclusive interview with DJBooth’s DJ “Z,” Slim steps inside the booth to talk about the exciting start to his solo career, how his label signing made history, the promise of yet another 112 project, and why his career track record has “defied the odds.”
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Slim (of 112) Interview Transcription
DJ Booth: What’s goin’ on everybody? It’s your boy “Z,” doin’ it real big, and joining me inside the DJ Booth is one fourth of the Grammy Award-winning group, 112. Ready to launch his long-awaited solo career with the release of Love’s Crazy this September, please welcome my man Slim – how you doin’?
Slim: I’m blessed, man. Thanks for havin’ me.
DJ Booth: No, thank you for joinin’ me inside the DJ Booth. You know, Slim, there are approximately six billion-plus people in this world. How many do you think were born because their parents made love listening to your voice?
Slim: [laughter] Oh, my goodness! Well, you know what? When people come up to me and say, “You know what? I have so many kids!” I’m always like, “Look, I’m not responsible for child support.” But I’m very appreciative that people are able to be happy because of the music.
DJ Booth: Have you been told that people’s children were named after you, Q, and Mike-
Slim: Yes, yes, yes, definitely. I remember one particular baby, the mother brought her son to one of the shows, and she named – wow – she named her son Q-Ron, after Q and Daron. [laughter] Q-Ron! Wow…
DJ Booth: Creative. Well, I’m sure it’s awfully flattering, as you go forth in your career, to know that your early work was so impactful.
Slim: Yes, man, it’s a blessing.
DJ Booth: I read in your bio, you wanted to be a pilot when you grew up.
Slim: That’s correct, that’s correct.
DJ Booth: But is it safe to say, even though you didn’t pursue flying professionally, your music has undoubtedly taken individuals and couples to new heights?
Slim: Oh, man. Well, you know what? As long as we’re flying, we’re above the clouds, that’s all right. I thank God for givin’ me this talent to spread love and to spread happiness around.
DJ Booth: And it makes sense that the new single off the forthcoming album is entitled So Fly.
Slim: Oh, yes, and really, with that record, what I was trying to do [make] a song where people not only just like the song, but actually get a feel of how Slim is, you know what I mean? And anybody who has a job, and you get checks every two weeks, knows what I’m talkin’ about. It’s that check where you don’t have to pay any bills. The majority of this check, other, than gas, is so we can go straight to the club. This is the beautiful weekend; like, you’re about to do your thing. I feel like everybody needs an anthem, so that’s what I did: I made a summer anthem, So Fly.
DJ Booth: The title of the solo album is Love’s Crazy, and that might be the most accurate statement anybody has ever used to title their album. In your history of falling in and out of love, all the relationships you’ve been a part of, what have you learned, that you were able to use directly for this album.
Slim: Oh, my God, okay, it’s very self-explanatory: love is crazy. Love will make you do crazy things, like you said, just a few years ago, “I would never do that. No, I wouldn’t.” But, you know what? The great thing about this album is that I’m an optimist. This is not a record where, if you’re going through a problem or you’re going through a couple of bumps in the road, it’s life, with your significant other, it’s not one of those albums where you’re gonna stick [it] in, and then you’re gonna beat each other up with the songs that I write. No. See, instead of shinin’ a light on the problem, I’m more about bringin’ a solution. Maybe you don’t have quite the words to say. You stick in that Slim, Love’s Crazy album, and you let the music do the talkin’ for you. I guarantee you, there’s gonna be songs on there that’s gonna help you through life and its craziness with love
DJ Booth: Slim, I have a feeling that on September 9th you’re gonna put a lot of relationship doctors, coaches and therapists out of business. They’re not gonna need to go to those people anymore; they’re just gonna have to pick up a copy of your album.
Slim: Hey, I’m more with helping; I consider me to be just, an assistant, you know what I mean?
DJ Booth: The crazy thing that we call love actually brought you a blessing in the form of three children, and I just asked fellow ATLien Chilli this same question a few weeks ago. What is more challenging for you, Slim – writing a hit record, or raising your three boys?
Slim: My boys are very, very easy. My three sons are amazing, so I think I would probably say writing songs, because it’s a situation where you can’t be too selfish and into yourself; you have to make sure that the record touches everybody. And doin’ it for a period of years, sometimes you might think you don’t have the words, that you’ve ran out of words to say, but as long as there’s love and there’s relationships, and there’s situations, there’s always a different way of saying it. It’s just challenging.
DJ Booth: Slim, during your years as apart of 112, you received several ASCAP awards, which are, of course, in honor of your wonderful songwriting talents. Was there ever a feeling that, while you were penning a song for the group, “I need to break off and do this song solo; this is a song that only I could do?”
Slim: Never ever, no. I’m very loyal, and plus I wanted to make sure that 112 was just looked upon as, when you say, “group,” of our era, one of the greatest groups, ever, spoken. Even if I [sang] the whole song in the group, [it’s still] 112.
DJ Booth: Slim, I read that, after the four of you all release solo projects, you plan to reunite for another 112 album. What if, though, Love’s Crazy takes off, you go platinum, you win a Grammy, and your fans demand a second solo album right away – do you push aside the future of your solo career for the promise of another 112 project?
Slim: At that point, everything has to make sense. But for right now, the group hasn’t all the way decided what we’re going to do. You know, we all have to drive to continue that streak, and the consistency of making good music, but because everybody right now’s in the mode of individually expressing themselves as artists, we take everything one step at a time, but I would be lying to you if I said there hasn’t been talk of another 112 album.
DJ Booth: Okay, good. I wouldn’t want you to lie to me; that wouldn’t be fun.
Slim: Yeah, that’s not good. [laughter]
DJ Booth: New album’s gonna be dropped courtesy of your own label, M3, as well as Asylum and Atlantic. Asylum has yet to release an R&B project…
Slim: That’s where history was made: I’m the first R&B artist they’ve even signed. I thank God for them. They took a risk with me, and they pretty much broke their own rules, as far as the equation of how they deal with artists. When I see them they’re hugging me, because everything is working so well, and it was a gamble very well spent.
DJ Booth: Slim, as a member of 112, you guys released your albums under a few different labels, so what did you learn in your previous situations, with both Bad Boy and Def Jam, that helped you create this new situation just perfectly?
Slim: Oh, man. Well, with Puff, just bein’ around him, and just seein’ him mastermind as far as marketing, getting people interested in your project, and just knowing that there was a family with Bad Boy, that was definitely the truth. That’s the reason that you still see, on the album, I do a duet with Faith [Evans], because we’re still family. Like, we still talk with each other.
DJ Booth: That’s great.
Slim: I took just a few things I mentioned there, and that’s some of the ropes that I have, the chains that I have, that’s surrounding, holding M3 together: unity, family, loyalty, and teamwork. With M3, it’s about [the] team; no one’s bigger than the next man.
DJ Booth: Well, you sound like a great guy to work for. If my business should ever not work out, you wanna offer me a job?
Slim: Oh, man, I’d definitely welcome you. I’d welcome everybody at DJBooth; I like the way you all set your thing up, too. I went online and actually leaked the record, and it was great to see see the response, and hearin’ the DJs, whether it was good or bad. They kept it all the way real, and, see, that’s the best thing for an artist. I thank all of y’all, I thank all the DJs; thank you for just bein’ an outlet for everyone to make music, including myself.
DJ Booth: Well, speaking on behalf of all my colleagues, we thank you, obviously. You do your part and you make the good music, and so it’s only natural for us to do ours. A second ago, Slim, you were talkin’ about branding yourself, and speaking of branding, there is never a time when I’m in the grocery store, and I go to get my Peaches ‘n’ Cream-flavored Yoplait yogurt, where I don’t start to hum or sing loudly your song – do you ever find yourself doing that?
Slim: [laughter] Yes, I do sometimes, as corny as that sounds. But, sometimes I look at certain candies and flavors, and I wish I had the mind frame back then as I do now, because I’d probably be much richer! I do hum the song, and then I think about it, like, “Man, Slim, if you’d branded yourself to this properly…”
DJ Booth: You know what, though? In the long run, it sounds like – and this is based on our interview today – you’re pretty happy with where things are at, and you’ve even happier with where they’re going…
Slim: Oh yeah, I am. I mean, this is a blessing, man; I thank God every day. Everybody knows, when you’re [in] the inner city, and anybody [who] knew me as a young kid, a lot of people told me what I couldn’t do: “You’re too small! You can’t play sports; nobody’ll pick you!” “Slim, you don’t have the traditional voice!” I was never in chorus; they told me I couldn’t sing. I was always told [what] I couldn’t do. I feel like I represent all the young kids that were told what you couldn’t do, but you defied the odds.
DJ Booth: Well, at this point in your career you have proven many a person wrong. Slim, I’m proud of you, my man. Go ahead and give everyone a website or a MySpace page, so they can find out more about you, and, of course, the exciting new project dropping in September.
Slim: Great, man. Well, this is real easy. Hit me up on my MySpace: myspace.com/slimof112.
DJ Booth: Thank you so much, Slim, for joinin’ me inside the DJ Booth. The best of luck.
Slim: Thank you, DJBooth.net! Thank you all, man!