Savage, self-made, sadistic lyricism — the essence of the King of Copiah. King Ralo takes his place on the throne, because .... Every jungle needs a king. A true artist uses his pain as a tool: to connect, to inspire and to reveal a hurtful truth. The self-made savage takes a step back and humbly admits that just as every king can rise, he can fall. Ralo admits on the second track, “Hennessy”, when he is not on the top he wants to drown himself in a bottle, worrying about his troubles tomorrow. He is revealing a fear that every Black man is scared to admit, failure. By not succeeding, he is disappointing himself, those he cares for and those who said he wouldn’t make it. He defines himself as self-made, but everything around him is falling apart as he clashes with who he is and who he wants to be. “True Story” shows that someone’s reality can always be worse than yours. It presents two sides to the tale of the ghetto: one man is stuck and one makes it out. Tyree is a product of his environment, with a crackhead mother and a convicted drug dealing father, his family is the source of his pain.
Jessie is a prodigy whom everyone in the community expects to make it out. Every summer, Jessie comes back to the hood from school and both he and Tyree escape from their realities to simply be boys… two boys from the hood. What Jessie fails to realize is that the hood keeps going and Tyree’s pain kept building. Tyree fell prey to his surroundings and the gang life gave him a sense of belonging. This track shows how attempting to be someone’s salvation can turn into a tale of sacrifice. “True Story” channels vibes similar to 2Pac’s heart wrenching 1991 hit, “Brenda’s Got A Baby”. We can only hope to see this turned into a visual piece. It’s just that deep. The gun went off and blood started spraying. Red, white and blue no longer meant freedom and just like that — the young king Tyree had fallen from grace. Sometimes as a Black man, you end up paying for sins you never committed. King Ralo geniously addresses deeper meanings with this track and takes you on an emotional rollercoaster. Loyalty is a reoccurring theme seen throughout this album. The loyalty to himself, loyalty to his family and loyalty to his woman, or the lack thereof. We all know the line “You wasn’t with me shooting in the gym!”. Translation for those who aren’t familiar: We are loyal to the ones who were loyal to us when we had nothing. Ralo addresses the true face of this rap industry, everybody has their hand out without wanting to put anything in. Specifically, a certain kind of woman. On “Fuck My Money”, he calls out those women who don’t want him, but want to f_____. I’m certain you can fill in the blank. It is exactly that kind of woman that has him battling monogamy. He is facing an internal conflict, in “Other Woman” as he is caught between the love for his woman and his love for the industry (the good, the bad and the ugly).
A binary presents itself. On one end, he wants to build with the one who laid the foundation and on the other he wants to fully partake in the hip hop experience. Ultimately, he is immersed into the game — and another woman. All too well we feel the consequences of growing pains. As King Ralo and his woman feel them, the solidity of their relationship is called into question. “Gotta Be A Woman”, featuring K Smiles and P Jizzle, reveals the truth of relationships — we expect our other half to have it together individually, before we can grow as a unit. “A man is not supposed to waste his time turning a girl into a woman” -King Ralo How much of a role does a father play in his daughter’s life? Should we call on our other half to do the job our parents didn’t do? K smiles claps back on the track. “You say you’re a real man, but you keep playing games like the other guys…. And you say you’re a real man, but you’re acting like a woman” -King Ralo At what point do we stop blaming each other and build together? There is a lot of truth revealed on the “King of Copiah”, both necessary and hopeful. But what’s the point of it all if you can’t flash a little money and have fun? King Ralo leaves us on a trap high with “Money Me”, featuring IB and FG Deuce. King of Copiah is beautifully laid. The beats rock and the album production as a whole is a masterpiece.
Chef Slim, the album’s producer, is the strength behind this album. We see the inner workings of his brilliance with how the story is told. King Ralo and Chef Slim were definitely a great match-up and we’re praying for more collab projects in the future. Take a knee and bow for the upcoming king. In the words of King Ralo himself, every king needs a jungle so the kid is claiming the throne.We sat down to to good ole Q& A to pick Chef Slim's brain.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Houston Tx born and raised
How did you get into producing?
Music has always been in my life I played in a band until my freshman year in high school and stopped because I was heavy into basketball but music was always my passion .. I picked up making beats from my cousin who was also my college roommate he was djing freshman year and he would always be doing mixes and shit and then he starting playing around with beats and got this software on his phone where u could make simple beats the following year
I saw him get a keyboard and a beat making software called logic I use to go to his room and play around with it until I just got hook and was like I’m bout to get my own stuff and turn up and it went on from there I was like 19 going on 20 I only been doing this for like 3 years.
What are or who are you inspirations?
Man musically I would have to say on the producing side Mannie fresh , scotch Storch ,Lex Luger , and 808 mafia and also my big bro Ewill beats he is a musical genius he taught me the ropes of this producing shit I still learn from him til this day and on the artist side Lil Wayne and future.
How do you choose what artist to collaborate with?
I choose based on the seriousness of how they take their craft cuz I don’t have the time to be playing around like I plan on feeding my fam off this one day and I in all I just want to make good music and also the chemistry gotta be there between us and of course the style of the music and their flow has a impact on that too.
What’s your musically process?
Majority of the time I start off with a melody and I build on that then after I catch the vibe I can proceed with on how I can do my drums and bass and the snares hi hats it usually take me 30-40 min on a beat now but sometimes It can take up to an hour depending on if I feel there’s more that needs to be added the fastest I ever made a beat was 20 min lol I had Female record the time while i was making it and I make my beats from scratch no samples I rarely sample.
How do you feel about giving beats for free?
I don’t mind at all if I see the potential in the artist and I have faith in his music and if I feel we can make good music together or if the artist is at certain level that if they get on my beat I can benefit off it Then I don’t mind ..when it comes to music money doesn’t mean that much to me I didn’t get into this for that .. of course I plan to have financial achievements from this but that’s not the main reason I’m doing this .. but if it’s an artist that I feel is not a match to my musical style or not that serious ima tax him lol
Lets get into some hiphop. Biggie or Pac?
I would say pac because of his total influence that he had on ppl when he was alive and even til this day you have ppl that are inspired by him and barely could even talk when he was alive also I think his songs were better than biggies
Jay Z or Nas?
HOV!! I always rocked with his music me and my pops would jam his blueprint albums when i was younger nas is dope though.
What separates your work from other producers?
I think what separates me is the ability to have an ear for and make different genres of music like a lot of producers beats sound the same and they only be making 1 type of genre.. I want to be as diverse as I can and also the way I move too like i don’t think a lot of upcoming producers or other producers move like me like I’m tryna create my own lane and go about producing another way other than the normal.. don’t get me wrong tho its producers thats already done or doing what I’m tryna do but they already on and established tho I was just gearing towards the up and coming like myself.
Whens is your next project coming and who will be with?
Well of course King Ralo king of copiah album is out now executive prod by me and an artist that I’m working with now out of Houston is j $cales I have like 7 songs and played a huge executive role in his project it’s called “Paint The City “ that’s gone turn the city up and also
I’m working with this R&B Artist name J Love he is coming out with and album call “You Should Have Been Here” me and my big bro Ewill Beatz prod the songs for that project . Also I’m coming out with my project call “Belly of the beast” it’s going to be a compilation of songs that I prod and the songs on this will be all songs that hasn’t been released all exclusive Nd never heard before