STS (formerly Sugar Tongue Slim) is an up-and-coming rapper from Philly by way of Atlanta. After appearing on the Roots’ How I Got Over (contributing a verse on the Joanna Newsome feature “Right On”), STS is poised for big things this year. Today, in conjunction for Honey Magazine, he releases the free Sole Music EP, six tracks about his twin fixations, sneakers and strange.
Owing to his background, STS’ style is equal parts street-wise Philadelphian and Hotlanta flow. Both sides of the coin show up on Sole Music.
The title track sounds like American Gangster-era Jay Z. It’s a midtempo ballad dedicated to a sneakerhead relationship. I’m torn on the stylized (and possibly dated) hook, but it is catchy: “Spiz’ikes to Flizights, thank God for Nizikes / Used to rock the shelltoes with three strizipes / Air Force 1’s, got Adidas Prototizypes / Pair of Chuck Taylors or maybe the A-Lizzife.”
STS isn’t content to just walk in Wale’s Nike Boots, though, dedicating “Take Me to Hadley St” to Mr. Folarin’s rumored-girlfriend Solange Knowles. The funky track is pure Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. “Onionmania” and “Brown Babies” are smooth and soulful, too, and STS’ flow has a piercing, nasal quality that keeps you on your toes.
Sole Music is a short but sweet record to spin as STS works on his debut The Illustrious down in the ATL. If you like what you hear, pick up STS’ Demand More mixtape series; Demand More 2 features “In for the Kill,” a Drake-esque rap over a sample of Skream’s groundbreaking remix of the La Roux song of the same name.