Just over a week ago, H-Town chopped and screwed DJ Slim K (the man behind the Slim K Slowdown) dropped the second installment of his Purple Children series, which is a mixtape in its purest form: twenty songs hand-picked (and chopped up) by Slim K himself. On this tape and its precursor, Slim slows and throws some of his favorite tracks. While many tracks are from popular artists such as Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, Drake, just as many are from Slim’s favorite artists, who have yet to garner such popularity, such as Le$, eMeX, Jaye, Mr. Luke, and more. I’m a big fan of Slim K, since he’s a young dude coming up amongst old heads (OG Ron C, Michael Watts..) and he’s doing his thing, getting nods from the greats. Here are a few tracks from Purple Children Vol. 2, interview and downloads after the jump.
“It ain’t Screw if Screw didn’t do it, this is a Slim K Slowdown.”
Download: Slim K – Purple Children Vol. 2
Exclusive interview w/ Slim K from April:
HMC: Where did you grow up?
SK: I was born and raised in Houston Texas, Missouri City to be exact
HMC: What was the first Chopped up track you ever heard? Was it Screw’s?
SK: Yessir! It was actually back in 7th grade in the mid 90s…..yea im an OG lol…it was an old grey tape that one of my homies at the time had, I remember it having some bone thug and 2pac tracks on there. And I was hooked ever since..
HMC: Who are some of your favorite Screwed Up Click artists, and do you have any favorite grey tapes?
SK: Too many to name lol….but if I had to narrow it down, Lil Keke, Big Pokey, Fat Pat (RIP), Z-Ro in no particular order, just to name a few..
HMC: For those who follow Swishahouse, there is obviously a striking resemblance between your Nice & Slow series and Ron C’s F-Action, was that where you were inspired to begin the series?
SK: Yea it was. My Nice & Slow series started off when I got to college where it was very hard for me to get my hands on Ron’s CD’s at the time. I needed the newer jams for my late night playlist if you know what I mean lol.. I used to make the CDs only for personal use, eventually my frat brothers got a hold of Nice & Slow 5, which had Usher’s Burn as a stand out track. Out of the wood work, students were asking me for copies of that CD. That’s when I knew I had something going at that point.
HMC: You obviously feel strongly about Screw being the originator of the genre; however, if you had never heard his music, and only that of Ron C/Watts/others, do you think you would have been hooked on the sound as you are now?
SK: Yea I would have, when I was young, I was hooked to the freestyle tracks on Screw’s tapes but it wasn’t until Swishahouse CD’s started appearing on the southside in 98-99 when I really got hooked on the movement. Watts was the first to have the mixes on CD’s with crisper sounds.
HMC: What are some of your favorite methods to employ on a Chopped track? (i.e. flanger effect, repeating a line, etc.) Could you give us your take on the tricks that make Chopped and Slowed songs what they are? Are there any terms for these techniques?
SK: My fave method is something that I never had a name for until one of my Twitter followers coined it for me, he called it a “ghost fade” where you hear echoes or different lyrics placed in different parts of the song”
HMC: What’s your favorite track of yours that you’ve chopped?
SK: Man I don’t really have a fave track haha….umm I guess I would say as of today (April 1st) its either Temptation by Big Krit or Climax by Usher
HMC: Who’s your favorite artist today?
SK: 2Pac lol……but on the cool I listen to everyone, right now I would say Big Krit, dude is a beast, followed by ASAP Rocky….
HMC: Who are some artists that you enjoy working with and some who you hope to work with in the future?
SK: Kirko Bangz has showed love, and ASAP Rocky has too…Salute to both of them….my homie Mr. Luke has been a pleasure to work with also….theres many more in this short amount of time, S/O to all of them
HMC: Do you have any idea how many songs/tapes you’ve produced?
SK: Songs??? No way I can count that, ive been chopping seriously since 2000.
Tapes?? Well ive done at least 41 Nice & Slow volumes with 42 coming real soon…those are the only ones I can keep track of, since I got back in the Chopping game mid last year, ive done over 20 tapes..
HMC: Can we look forward to a #Chopstars and #SlimK collaboration in the future?
SK: Maybe, only time will tell….S/O to Gizzle, Candlestickem, Hollygrove, ChopstarJimmy, Lil Steve, Chose, Mr Rogers one time
HMC: Many Twitter users have noted that you are bringing the genre back. Care to comment? Who else do you think is joining you in this revival?
SK: Chopped & Screwed music has never went anywhere, if anything I introduced it to some folks that may have forgotten about it when it exploded nationally back in ’05
HMC: Where do you go to school, and is it true that you plan on being a doctor?
SK: Haha….yea im on that route, I actually graduate in June….i choose not to say the school though lol
HMC: If you were to choose between a career in music or in medicine, and were to receive the exact same pay for either, which would you choose?
SK: Maan ummm…….i love both lol…I would keep it just like it is now, study and help people during the day and mix at night..
HMC: Do you think Drake is giving the Screwed sound the national appeal that it initially lacked?
SK: He is definitely bring the spotlight back, I salute him for that. I think Robert Davis would have had a few of his tracks chopped up for sure..
HMC: Other than Drake’s music, where else do you see Chopped & Screwed influencing the game nationally today?
SK: Everywhere. Everyone talks about being Trill now and sipping purp or tuss…its embedded in the culture now..
HMC: Do you prefer chopping “backwards” or “forwards?” I’m sure you know what I mean, but if not, I just mean in which direction do you displace your secondary track?
SK: Haha…..to put it simple……chopping backwards is slopped up like my man OG [Ron C] would say…
Download: Slim K – Purple Children Vol. 1