STS – Better on a Sunday – The Hype Magazine


Published on February 12th, 2018 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson


STS – Better on a Sunday

Critically Acclaimed HipHop Artist & Slam Poet STS (aka Sugar Tongue Slim), Steel Wool Records, EMPIRE, and global partners Membran/Orchard have released STS’s highly anticipated independent project BETTER ON A SUNDAY TODAY January 26th, 2018, following his 2015 collaboration w/ producer RJD2 titled STS x RJD2. This album comes ahead of the duo’s 16 city tour starting Feb 9th, 2018 in Philadelphia, hitting major cities including NYC, LA, SF and Atlanta. Buy Tickets Here:

In November, STS premiered the moving video, and single for “Better on a Sunday” via NYLON. Last week, on the anniversary of Trump’s inauguration, the duo released their second single “Fake News” on HipHopDX, accompanied by a satirical video of pop culture’s current favorite phrase, “Fake News.”

Better on a Sunday is STS’ breakout project, and the second collaboration since 2013 with Mateen. The Atlanta raised, Philly bred, and Roots affiliated artists both came up respectively in the slam poetry and music scenes in Philly, coming together through mutual connections with The Roots, eventually collaborating together in 2013 on RJD2’s song “See You Leave,” and the Money Making Jam Boys tracks Game Theory and How I Got Over. The duo has reunited to bring audiences a new project creating an everyday soundtrack for music listeners, “The music is down home, it’s relatable, it’s like blue-collar.” STS explained. “There’s music that you vibe to at the club, but you don’t live your life at the club. We wanted to make music that could be a soundtrack to your everyday life.”

Better on a Sunday is STS’s 3rd project since his 2015 LP STS X RJD2 and 2016 Ladies Night, becoming the latest of the dynamic artist’s diversified catalog spanning over STS’s 20 year career. With hints of influence from The Roots, Outkast, Jay-Z and Nas, Better on a Sunday is a poetry hip hop hybrid boasting as HipHopDX appropriately coined “an array of soulful jams, retro funk and lyrically-proficient cuts,” the record draws upon their parallel childhoods in Atlanta and musical coming of age in Philly. It’s about the American spirit of hard work and enjoying time spent with family and friends. Whether you’re a mechanic, a doctor, a teacher or a rapper, these are the struggles and simple joys that we all share. Prior to this release, STS made waves in 2015 with Doin It Right, which became a hit and played in national commercials such as Miller Lite and on TV Shows like Netflix’s ATypical and Dwayne Johnson’s Baywatch remake.


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).


Khari Mateen is a songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist working all over the world. His first credits of note came with The Roots’ 2006 album Game Theory (Grammy nominated), for which he co-produced the title track, “Livin’ in a New World,” and “Clock with No Hands.” In addition to continuing his collaborations with The Roots — he contributed to Rising Down and Undun — he collaborated with Joy Denalane, Jill Scott, Tye Tribbett, James Poyser, J*Davey, and Roots offshoot, Money Making Jam Boys among others. In 2011, Khari produced “Make My,” the title track to The Roots’ Grammy-nominated Undun. While producing, Khari began composing for independent films and TV shows. He scored the Sundance series Brick City, which went on to receive multiple Emmy nominations, as well as the HBO Documentary film, Prayer for the Perfect Season. In 2011, he began releasing solo recordings — Khari (EP) — and in 2012 he released his debut album Wait for Sunrise, a brief set of moody and slightly off-center R&B, through his label, The Lunchroom. Soul Train named it one of 2012’s best releases. Khari was also one of seven men featured in the 2012 Fall Men’s Issue, Philadelphia Style Magazine, Philly Men on the Fast Track to Success. Khari has toured the globe with both Cody Simpson and RJD2 amongst others. In September of 2016, Khari’s song “Day by Day” was placed on OWN Network’s hit television show, Queen Sugar, while simultaneously Fox Network released a project where Khari provided bass used for the re-creation of the music classic film, Rocky Horror Picture Show in October 2016. Khari is staying busy having scored the indie-documentary’s We Could Be King and Keepers of the Game which both debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival and has recently finished “Time: The Kalief Browder Story” for Spike TV.

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