Creating filtered version of banner image.

REVIEWS

If you follow the international hip-hop scene, then you’ve probably already heard about Still G & Slapy, who have been stirring up a lot of attention and multinational interest with their sensuous Italian rap stylings, which are fused together brilliantly in the new single “Endless.” “Endless” combines elements of American west coast hip-hop, R&B and old fashioned pop melodies to unleash a commanding blend of beats that don’t stop until they’ve got everyone in the room swinging along with them. Still G & Slapy are firing on all cylinders in this studio track, and proving once and for all that the future of their genre lies outside of the insular market that gave birth to it; theirs is truly a worldbeat brand of rap if I’ve ever heard it.

The lyrics are fluid and immaculately mixed in “Endless,” but I wouldn’t say that they’re the only evocative element in the whole of the song. There’s a lot of intricacies to the synth parts in the background, as well as in the foundational bassline, and I found it interesting that, even at relatively moderate volumes, all of the instrumental components shine just as brightly as they do when consumed at a louder level. You can tell that both Still G & Slapy value tonality just as much as any rock n’ roll act do, because there’s not a stitch of muddiness in this master mix; everything is crisp, clean and precisely defined as to afford us maximum sonic depth from beginning to end.

Compared to the American hip-hop that I’ve been reviewing lately, the multilayered concept employed in the construction of the hook in “Endless” is urbane and remarkably inventive. It’s a shame that there aren’t more rappers putting as much attention into the subtle details of their songcraft as these two are, and I think that, in the long run, that’s actually going to propel them towards the top of the rap hierarchy in Italy and abroad. Hip-hop is a genre that was built on the backs of true music aficionados, who worshipped the beats that they laced into their music, and in Still G & Slapy, I hear two artists that are just as committed, just as affected and devoted to their medium as any of the icons that came before them were.

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/StiLLGandSlapy/

“Endless” is a tremendous effort from Still G & Slapy, and there’s no denying that both of these guys are getting better and more mature in their songwriting as they’ve racked up experience as individual performers. They don’t sound amateurish, inept or unprepared here; on the contrary, they’re producing on an elite level, dismissing the very notion of recycling rhythms that lost their luster years ago, and experimenting with elements of their sound that many of their contemporaries would openly shy away from ever toying with. In short, Still G & Slapy are asserting themselves as two musicians who are the forefront of not only their scene, but the independent side of the genre that they clearly were born to contribute to and, subsequently, advance.

Michael Rand

 

We’re no more than a couple of seconds into “Endless,” the new single from Still G & Slapy, and the chills are already running rampant via the undercurrent of melodic notes flooding the background. Without warning, an elegant vocal harmony enters the frame, and starts to illustrate a gorgeous opening verse that will set the tone for everything soon to follow. “Endless,” as its name implies, is the type of rap song that we always want to play on repeat, not necessarily because of the lyrical statements that it makes, but because of the cathartic mood that it induces upon every single spin that we afford it. This is undisputed primetime hip-hop, and it’s coming from one of the best collaborative duos around.

The first stanza is all about pacing. We get into the words slowly, and increase the aggression as we move forward. The tempo never shifts from its initial trajectory, but it gains so much more texture as we press on. By the time that the chorus is but seconds away, there’s nothing separating Still G & Slapy from the listeners, as the master mix has cleared out so much room up front that it’s almost as if we’re experiencing an intimate live concert instead of simply listening to a studio track from the comforts of our own living room (or perhaps more accurately, the middle of a crowded dance floor somewhere). The adrenaline is pumping as fast as our hearts are now, and turning back is simply not an option.

This chorus comes swaying into focus without any bombast or overwhelming camp, which instantly makes it so much sleeker and more effervescent than anything that Still G & Slapy’s rival crews on the American side of the pond have been submitting lately. The hook is larger than life, but we never feel smothered by the synthesizers driving it. The only thing that we’re overcome by here is the essence of the pair’s relaxed vibes, which transport us from wherever we might be standing at the moment to the sunny coastline of Italy, where hip-hop is still appreciated not only for its financial lucrativeness, but moreover for its cultural significance and its unique ability to bridge the social gap between one group of people and another.

“Endless” concludes in an instrumental tizzy that borrows slightly from Mark Morrison’s “Return of the Mac,” but not to such an extent that the fireworks feel unoriginal in the slightest. Still G & Slapy are still finding their footing in the international rap lexicon, but I’ve got a gut feeling that this single is going to go a long way towards establishing their moniker as among the most respected and reliable in the business right now. They’ve got a couple of rough edges that could be smoothed out a little in future releases, but there’s no debating that these two have got the moxie, the mentality and the melodicism necessary to take their work all the way to the top. 2020 isn’t that far away, and these guys clearly have their eyes set on making a big impression before it arrives.

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/StiLLGandSlapy/

Gwen Waggoner

There’s been an abundant supply of good hip-hop seeing release in 2019, and there’s no doubt that “Endless,” the new single from Still G & Slapy, is among the very best that I’ve personally heard. Hailing from Italy, Still G & Slapy flirt with elements of melodic hip-hop, alternative R&B, urban pop and light funk in their music, and though always experimental, their sound is a lot more accessible than that of their closest rivals on the European hip-hop circuit. “Endless” is a beefy single for sure, but it also sounds and feels like a declaration of war against the mundane style of the commercial rap that has unfortunately become prominent in the Americas.

You don’t have to speak Italian to understand and interpret the emotion in these words, and I would even say that the music takes on such an evocative tone that translating the lyrics isn’t necessary. Still G & Slapy rap with their hearts on their sleeve, and there’s never a second of unutilized space in this composition. Every dynamic beat is saturated in an elastic bass texture, while the vocal is sparkling and tender, occupying the eye of the storm and holding everything together in a rebellion against the underlying chaos.

The music is melodic, fearlessly chic and unrepentantly physical from the jump in “Endless,” and that’s partly why I think that it’s going to be particularly successful among the club crowds this summer. This track has the pulsating percussion that is required when trying to light the fuse on a dull dancefloor, but at the same time, it’s so much more than just another club song with a hot hip-hop verse attached to it. There’s real emotion in this single, and it isn’t tethered to some sort of mainstream plasticity that, ultimately, has brought some of the smartest young rappers of the last decade to their demise in recent years.

This production quality is excellent and unquestionably meticulous in construction, but it isn’t overly polished or artificial in tone. It’s hard to make a synthesizer’s melodies sound and feel organic, but Still G & Slapy make it look all too easy in “Endless.” They harmonize with the backing track much in the same way that an opera singer would with the pit orchestra leading the rhythm of a beautiful ballad. If this isn’t one of the most engaging hip-hop tunes of the entire year to date, then frankly, I really don’t know what is.

Still G & Slapy are rocking some of the sweetest flows in the game with their latest single, and if the American underground doesn’t welcome their swagger with open arms, saying that it would come as a great surprise to me would be the understatement of the season. From the intro to the decadent center stanza and the climactic hook in the chorus, there’s one brooding wall of sound after another to be grappled with in this track, and whether you’re a hardcore audiophile or merely a casual fan of experimental hip-hop, you’re going to regret not checking out this song before the summer is over.

Mindy McCall

In their latest collaborative effort, the all-new single “Endless,” Still G & Slapy turn in their sexiest set of beats yet in an unrelenting tribute to the power of rhythm itself. The melodies in this track are as strong as the lyrics that power its flow, and while it’s designed to highlight the wicked chemistry that these two underground stalwarts share, it speaks just as much to the simmering style of hip-hop that their Italian scene is producing at the moment. Still G & Slapy are ready to take their sound to the next level, and they’re rolling like seasoned pros in this latest slab of sonic prowess.

The verses are woven into the melodic instrumentation seamlessly, and I think that they impart just as much emotion through the tone of their execution as they do through the substance of their words. There’s so much energy here, and it’s utilized in a sublimely efficient formula that favors quality harmonies over agile arranging, which makes the entire track play out like a slow-motion symphony. It’s only through this erudite stylization that we’re able to fully appreciate the dexterity of the execution here, which really is half the charm of the song.

As the chorus swells in volume, so does the tension in the tempo, but the refrain carves out some room for the vocal track to come swooping in with a cathartic release just in the nick of time. I like that, for as heavy as the bass is in this single, it doesn’t overpower the flow of Still G & Slapy’s erotic versing, which has even more texture than the synthesized melody that cushions their every utterance does. It’s a distinctly different approach from what I’ve seen out of their European peers and a quantum leap in creativity from where American rap output has been at lately.

This mix is super muscular and gives “Endless” a lot of added bounce that makes its rhythm all the more intoxicating. I can see this lighting up a nightclub just as easily as it would soundtrack an evening of driving amongst the city lights, never knowing what sort of adventure we might become involved in around the next bend in the road. It’s ambient to the degree of making good background music, but it’s engaging enough to keep us connected with the cadence of the words, which has a swagger only matched by the patterned drumbeat following it.

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/StiLLGandSlapy/

From one side of the Atlantic to the next, critics are going crazy for both Still G & Slapy, and it’s not hard to see why when listening to the smooth sounds of their new single “Endless.” For what it lacks in predictability, it makes up for in potent percussive confidence, a dirty bassline that yearns with as much emotive energy as the words do, and a pair of lead vocals that are among the best in their scene right now. If you haven’t already heard their individual work, I highly recommend giving this song a spin when you’re looking for a new jam to spice up your season.

Anne Hollister

STILL G & SLAPY

In all European radios from May 27 the song "ENDLESS" first single within the EP "West Cross"

Available on iTunes and in the main digital platforms

 

After the great success of "Collision Course", a piece released in October 2018, part of the album "Portrait of an Italian G Funkster" and which, in just a few weeks, enters the Italian Airplay rankings, StiLL G & Slapy are back on the radio and this time in all European radios with their first single entitled "Endless" taken from their EP entitled "West Cross" which will be released in 2020. The StiLL G & SLAPY single is available on YouTube, iTunes and on all digital and streaming platforms starting from May 27th.

"Endless" is found inside the EP "West Cross", work that was produced by the artists themselves.

"West Cross", is a "West Coast Rap" Milan duo consisting of StiLL G (Mauro) and Slapy (Mirko) both producers and rappers with inspiration purely of Hip Hop 90's matrix that gives a nod to the West Coast genre of which they mainly outline melodic forms and lines with musical references to the various facets of black American music, such as Soul, Funk and the R&B genre.

 

"Endless", says StiLL G, is the first single of the west coast rap duo "West Cross" that is StiLL G & Slapy and speaks of a personal revenge. For too long those who made an underground rap very different from the masses were put aside and not even considered, many insisted on saying that the Hip Hop genre as it was known in the early 90s was dead and buried and that it was necessary to look at more sonorities modern, so when you did hear something of yours, a lot of staff, but different from the one you played on the radio, everyone labeled you as failed or ? nished, because the genre you do doesn't matter nowadays and so if you want to get to a wider audience you have to make user friendly music. When "Collision Course" reached important positions in the national radio rankings of independent Italian artists, receiving great support from those who only listened to "modern music", the spring started and once in the studio at Slapy we spread the text and said our to all those who have always snubbed us for our "old" musical genre. Slapy made me feel his own beat, I started playing my AKAI MPK MINI on his beat interpreting his mood in the instrumental and it was so that while I was playing the chorus, Slapy started singing on the same and so zero time we recorded a promo, everything worked out great and once in the studio by Bassi Maestro we recorded everything and packaged to make it more modern but with sounds always inspired by the wise west coast rap 90s. That was how "Endless" was born! In a nutshell, "Endless" is our revenge for all those prejudices of people not involved in the work but also in jobs that have never married the logic that you can still make great music with older but modern sounds, always respecting the canons imposed by the true Hip Hop without falling into a more electronic logic and too out of a culture that really has more than twenty years of history”.

 

MARQUIX.TV:

INTERVIEW WITH STILL G 

He's a new kind of rap / hip-hop artist - thoughtful, multi-talented and confident. With his debut radio single ‘Ain't Nuthin' But A Westcoast Party’ running up the charts, StiLL G is in a unique position to re-define the genre.

Generally speaking, rap / hip-hop artists are highly dependent on clever lyrics and fine-tuned production to succeed in the market, and StiLL G is well-positioned to excel in this regard. Perhaps that's why critics had this to say about the rap / hip-hop artist's award-winning work: ‘A classic west coast soundtrack is a perfect foil for the relentlessly precise execution of StiLL G's deft duo of vocalists.’ Now that his new radio single ‘Ain't Nuthin' But A Westcoast Party’ is catching fire on radio, it's clear that we'll be hearing a lot more of him. Reporter Lauren Scott recently caught up with StiLL G to learn more about this intriguing new rap / hip-hop artist and what inspires him to create his music.

 

LAUREN: When did you first get that feeling that your music career was gaining momentum?
STILL G: I had that feeling when my music was first being played and gaining more fans and supporters outside of my country. I come from Milan, Italy where emerging artists are not taken seriously. It’s hard find a way into the music business if you don't have a deal with a major label that spreads your music to the local radio stations, internet, blogspot and local press. A self emerging artist in Italy has a short life and if peoole don't know you they don't support your music…it’s really sad.. When I saw the first royalties from my music came from US, UK, France, Japan and my Facebook artist’s page grew with a lot of Japanese, American, French, Russian, Brazilian, and Mexican fan, I finally understood my music career was gaining and I was very excited for what was happening to me and my music. Finally my music is starting to follow in the right direction. 

LAUREN: Your song ’Ain't Nuthin' But A Westcoast Party’ is receiving a positive listener response on radio. What was your initial reaction when you first heard your song playing on radio?
STILL G: When I heard for the first time “Ain’t Nuthin’ But A Westcoast Party” playing on radio, I told myself: “Damn,my track is playing on an international radio station, what the hell….” ah ah ah yes I still can’t believe it. I was very excited to reach a big career goal. Having my music spin on an international radio station with a lot of listeners is a big jump closer to mainstream music artists.

LAUREN: What was the inspiration behind your debut radio single?
STILL G: “Ain’t Nuthin’ But A Westcoast Party” was inspired by my favorite hip hop artists from the mid 90’s, the golden age of rap, especially from Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Tha Dogg Pound. I grew up with their music and when I was 15, everyday was a good day to write some lyrics in my personal scratch book, with music in background like “What’s my name”; “Nuthin’ But A G-Thang”; “California Love” that inspired my creativity. When I planned “Ain’t Nuthin’ But A Westcoast Party” I asked my producer and friend Peter (a.k.a. dj k.i.p.) if he had an instrumental more close to a g-funk,gangsta rap mood, because my lyrics speak about a classic west coast party, with girls, rap music and alcohol, the same way a Snoop Dogg speaks on “Gin & Juice” or “Nuthin’ But A G-Thang". My producer took my idea and composed with his team the bass line and melodies. The results: a classic west coast, g-funk track inspired by hip hop mid-90’s sonority. Such a good work.

LAUREN: It is often said that great art arises from difficult experience. Is there something in your life experience thus far that you would describe as the ‘catalyst’ or ‘fuel’ for your desire to create music?
STILL G: When I was 23 I lost my grandmother, my second mother for when my mother and my father were at work. My grandmother raised me and my sister. When she was gone I lost an important part of my life. I tried to face my fears by escaping from reality with too much drink and too much smoking, and everything making no sense. One day I decided to stop myself and wake up, make something bigger,something great to remember. So I decided to make a song for my grandmother inspired only by my experiences with her from when I was a little kid until the day she was gone. I took my midi keyboard and opened my DAW program and started to compose….something great happen, something special that I made for her. My parents started crying and I knew at that point music will be always part of my life.

LAUREN: How would you characterize yourself as an artist/musician? (Ex. Down-to-earth, serious, fun-loving, complicated…)
STILL G: I’m a serious artist. I love my music and when I plan a track or produce a beat for someone I put 100% into it. If you start a collaboration with me and decide to begin something you will find a great partner in music.

 

LAUREN: What has your experience been like working with the other people on your team?
STILL G: My experience was great. Fortunately I’m always working with serious artists. When there’s a special feeling between people everything will be alright. For example last summer I was in Sardinia (Italy) and worked with other great producers and rappers from the underground Sardinia scene and we passed a special summer in music. I had the opportunity to see how hard working artists took music more seriously than me. I was surprised and proud to work with great artists. We planned a lot of projects for this year and as soon as possible I will let you know how we do. 

LAUREN: Did you come from a musical background? Are there other musicians in your family?
STILL G: In my family we have a lot of music lovers. My grandfather when he was alive loved listened to classical music from his personal old record player. He had a big vinyl collection at home, from classical ,to blues, Italian oldies, movie sound tracksand so on. My cousin is a Trance/Chillout Music producer more notable in the UK and Europe. A lot of his production will be played by great and famous dj's in gigs across Europe. Another cousin is a big vinyls collector of italian soundtrack, funk, jazz, bossanova...he has over 500 vinyls. My mother loves to listen to music, great italian artists from the past. I think this ismore than a musical background, isn’t it eh eh eh.

LAUREN: What do you find most rewarding about being an artist? What do you find most challenging?
STILL G: I find it interesting how different people from different faraway countries support your music and share your track on the social network. They don’t understand what you say but love and support your music . If you go out with some new tracks they surely listen and support you. I'm an Italian rapper and producer and I’d like to know some people outside of Italy love my music and support my tracks by I-Tunes,Spotify or other social network. This means there are no existing musical frontiers, and music arrives everywhere whether you are Italian, Japanese, French, Mexican, Australian.. Making good music that touches people’s hearts is the most challenging. Sometimes you have a block and you don't always have the right inspiration. It's normal for an artist have a black period, but then your music will rise and sound fantastic. For every dark night there’s a brighter day like my music mentor 2pac Shakur said in one of his most famous tracks. 

LAUREN: Who are your role models in music?
STILL G: My role model? Surely 2pac Shakur. I fell in love with rap music listening to his tracks. I learned so much about life from his lyrics. Something changed in my mind when I first listened to “Brenda’s Got a Baby”. 2pac spoke about a baby mama's drama in the ghetto community. He taught me there was another side of rap music. I learned to speak the truth in all my lyrics, to scream about power abuse and to never give up. My music is a message and until my last breath I promise to do my part of make this world a better place.

LAUREN: Describe your best or most memorable performance.
STILL G: I was in Prague when my friend Peter (aka DJ K.I.P) organized a g-funk night with two special performers from Long Beach -Neb Luv (member of the 5 Footaz a Warren G female’s rapper group) and Pure Freedom (Female R&B singer from Long Beach). The night of Neb Luv's performance she asked if there is someone who wanted to make some freestyle music with her on stage. I accepted and when I jumped on stage we started free styling. She was unstopable, with real flow and when she passed me the mic I started to perform. People screamed and supported all my rhymes and when I finished big applause came…at this point I realized it was my first time on stage in front of so many people. It was memorable. When I finished Neb Luv she told me “real dope bro,you was great”.

LAUREN: What advice would you give to young, aspiring artists out there who are unsure and need guidance?
STILL G: Believe in yourself always. If someone tries to knock out your dreams don’t believe it, believe only in yourself and in what you do. Don’t give up your young dreams and don’t stop for anything. Stay focused on your music. There’s no guidance that can help you in this music business, you need to have experiences and when you have enough experience you can decide what is better for you and your career. If music is your life, make lives better with your music. Focus on your goals. You know who you are and where you want to go.



LAUREN: What's next for you as an artist? Is there a new single in the works? If so, what can you tell us about it?
STILL G: I hope my music arrives in every house, on every radio station and finally in every major label interested in investing in my music career because I am a great artist and when I make my music I put 100% into it. My music is my life and I hope to live for a long time with my music. I started as an emerging artist, and it was me against the world. I spend all my money for my music and now I’m here with a lot of tracks published everywhere in the worldwide digital music business with a lot of fans and supporters that love my music. I hope in my future I will have a great deal with a great record company that loves my music too and wants to believe in me as an artist. New single? Yes, I am working on a new track but this time as a producer only, with 2 R&B singers, a female singer and a male singer from Italy. The track will be in classic mid 90’s R&B mood. I want to back to classic R&B, emotional music fike Jodeci, Blackstreet, or Boyz II Men,it’s time to go back and listen ours souls.

LAUREN: Very exciting, I can't wait! Thank you for taking the time to let us into your world as an artist. I wish you continued success in your career.

http://www.stillgtharidah.com

© 2016 Marquix Global Network

Still G, our Italian G-Funk homie from Milan, released his new album «Nuthin’ But A G-Funksta» on7th October 2012. I admit I was sleeping on Still G before, but this album has somehow caught my attention and now after having listened to it, I realized that it’s some quite solid piece of work with decent flows, some dope features and tight G-Funk production. This album was produced (except for 3 tracks) & mixed by Still G himself , also the mastering was done by him with some of the trackes mastered by XL Middleton. The album features FOESUM (LONG BEACH), K.O.G. DA BRIDGE (JAPAN), TORMENTO, AZ CASTIGO, ROM LOCO, BABY BOO, EL BORO and VINNIE G. All in all, as Still G himself stated that on this album he’s talkin’ about experience in his whole life, bad experience, good experience, friends, family, love, with all of this explained in 12 tracks in typical g-funk mood, dope bass, cool strings, chords, rhodes & real g-funk vibes. This album is highly recommended by G-Funk.WS blog and you can buy digitally at http://stillgzup.bandcamp.com/ and for physical copies (CD) ya’ll can contact Still G himself at LastyGi@gmail.com or thru Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ILMauri Ya’ll better hurry up as this CD was pressed in 50 copies so no need to explain you how limited this press is…