"Little Rock, Arkansas" Rapper
(12) Tracks From "SL Jones" & "DJ Burn One"
"Paraphernalia" Mix Tape
"Dope Man" (Official Video)
"DARE" (Official Video)
"Paraphernalia" includes features from Freddie Gibbs, Rittz, and others, and is now available for free download via "SL Jones" website.
Earlier this year, "SL Jones" and "DJ BurnOne" made plans to release a six-song EP. A few months, and countless late-night sessions at "DJ Burn One's" Five Points studio, later, the Little Rock rapper and Atlanta producer emerged with a 12-track, full-length effort that both agree is their strongest, most cohesive work-to-date. "Before we started recording," recalls SL, "we sat down and talked about the direction of the music - we really established a vibe. We didn't want Paraphernalia to sound like a bunch of thrown together songs; we wanted to give listeners an experience."
And so, in many ways, "Paraphernalia" is about bucking industry trends, about two artists getting together to make a raw, unapologetic collection of music that reflects the music that they enjoy. Part of that process, they say, was working to make sure that, from start to finish, "Paraphernalia" was a collaborative effort. "This is the first time I've really been produced as an artist," says SL, noting that he's largely pulled from a variety of producers with previous mixtapes. "Instead of email and beat CD's, we got in there - Burn, me, and his band, iNDEED - and created everything from scratch."
And while that collaborative process has paid dividends, "Jones" also cites a level of personal and artistic progression that has allowed this new tape to really become something special. "For me, lyrically, I've always been able to maneuver on different styles of production, but my presence on the track is really improving," says SL. "Rather than just trying to kill every beat, I'm matching my presence to the feel of the record - it's allowed me to get my point across, which is important now more than ever."
With the Rock on his back and a Razorbacks fitted cocked just so on his dome, Little Rock, Arkansas, rapper "SL Jones" first hit the scene as part of Killer Mike's Grind Time Rap Gang, releasing his now-classic C.O.L.O.R.S. (Bangin' On Wax) mixtape. It wasn't long after that "SL" knew he had to strike out on his own, and beginning in 2011 he did just that, starting with the release of The Number 23, hosted by Don Cannon. Closing out 2011, "SL Jones" released his Flight Risk mixtape, and together, the two mixtapes garnered strong reviews from XXL Magazine and Atlanta's leading alternative weekly, Creative Loafing, while earning the young gunner accolades from FADER, Complex, The Source, HipHopDX, The Smoking Section, Nah Right, RCRD LBL, Dirty Glove Bastard, and more, including a sit down with MTV News' Mixtape Daily and a nationally televised "On Deck" feature with MTV2's Sucker Free.
Download Paraphernalia here: http://music.sljonesmusic.com/album/paraphernalia