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THIS IS THE FACE OF A MAN WHO OWNS HIS OWN RECORD LABEL, AND THE FACE OF A MAN WHO PUT THE MIDWEST ON THE HIP-HOP MAP. ONSTAGE, HE SPITS HIS TWO CENTS INTO A MICROPHONE AS FRONTMAN FOR ATMOSPHERE. ON THE PHONE, HE SPITS HIS TWO CENTS AT OUR VINNIE BAGGADONUTS. READ IT, BITCHES.
Vinnie Baggadonuts: You want me to call you back?
Slug: Nah, itís cool.
VB: Because itís a tax write-off?
S: (laughs) Yeah, actually. I forgot about that shit. But yeah, it is. God bless the right and the left. Theyíre all fucked up.
VB: Do you deal with the business shit for Rhymesayers anymore?
S: I do, because Iím a control freak. I like to be pathetically aware of my surroundings, so yeah, I deal with way more of it than I probably need to.
S: At this point, I should go around like, "Yo. What are you doing? Are you homeless? Okay. Iím gonna hire you. Hereís what youíre gonna do. See this little piece of paper? Itís a receipt. Keep all of them in your pocket for me. When I come around some time in January, holla."
VB: Iíll take that job, actually, if youíre serious.
S: (laughs) It doesnít pay much, but you get a lot of promos.
S: Shit. You already got that job.
VB: Yeah, thatís sort of true, I guess. So, youíre playing a sold-out show tonight?
S: Yes. In Missoula, Montana-- the mecca of hip-hop.
VB: Did you ever imagine youíd be playing sold-out shows?
S: When I first started, I thought I was gonna be L.L. [Cool J]. I thought I was gonna be playing in front of 20,000 people, and we were all gonna be wearing gold chains. I was gonna live in the back of a limo with my two roommates, who were also strippers. So, yeah, in my head I did. But by the time I was 25, Iíd given up on that notion.
S: But everything just keeps taking its turn. And now here I am, starting to get faux famous exactly when I donít want it. I figure itís just Godís way. Sheís totally getting back at me for all the dumb shit I did as a kid.
VB: So, in a way, youíre getting what you always wanted, but now you donít even want it.
S: Thatís how it works! Now I just have to convince myself I donít want to make love to Lisa Bonet so itíll happen.
VB: So then whatís Felt 3 gonna be about?
S: Oh, we havenít really quite figured that out yet. I know I want to throw a curve ball. Felt 2 was actually supposed to be for Nicole Richie.
S: Yeah. But the rules behind the Felt projects were that you had to take a B-level actress, regardless of whether or not she was ever A-level, and make an album for her to try and ascend her to A-level. It worked on [Christina] Ricci. Immediately after our album came out she got some little gig on TV, and the next thing you know, sheís in these movies that people are giving her credit for. She totally owes me a thank-you letter. With my luck, Iíll get a cease and desist.
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