In 2000, poet STS (aka Sugar Tongue Slim) arrived in Philly for what was to be a short visit. Then known as a Mecca for slam poets, Slim fell for the City of Brotherly Love and never left. He made his rounds on the Slam scene and quickly rose to prominence, earning the praise of legendary poet Black Ice who would become his mentor.
He became a regular at Black Lily, the now legendary series that started in Quest’s living room. At the urging of DJ Jazzy Jeff, Slim began rapping. He went on to co-write Ciara’s massive hit record “Oh” which became her third top-five single and stayed on the Hot 100 for 23 weeks. Before long, Slim had a record deal w/ Def Jam. But just weeks after signing, he was in a near-fatal car accident. Unable to walk let alone record, the deal was over.
After a long recovery, he connected w/ Black Thought and joined his group, the Money Making Jam Boys. The project featured a host of producers including Questlove, Jazzy Jeff, and a young Khari Mateen. STS would go on to appear on The Roots album How I Got Over, including the track “Right On” featuring Joanna Newsom.
Slim has continued to collaborate with artists of all genres. In 2015, he released an LP w/ producer RJD2, titled STS X RJD2. The following year, he released his first solo effort in 8 years, Ladies Night, on Ropeadope.
His current project, Better on a Sunday, is a collaboration w/ producer and multi-instrumentalist, Khari Mateen (another member of the extended Roots crew). The album is 3 years in the making and began while the two were on the road w/ RJD2. The album will be released in January 2018 via Steel Wool (Anderson .Paak and Watsky).
"STS is one of my favorite rappers to make waves in the last three to four years. He has a way with words, and his own fully developed style."
- RJD2, producer
"A major talent with high-profile endorsements — STS looks fully primed for 'We heard him when...' status."
- Stephen Thompson, NPR
"The album shuffles between moody, soulful beats and triumphant, horn-anchored tracks."
- Jason Newman, Rolling Stone
"In a world decidedly split between conscious rhymes and verses touting cars and girls, STS has found the start of something big by riding the vast space between both styles.
- Chris Coplan, Consequence of Sound