The Genoese rapper publishes a new project full of feat: “They are all artists who have shared pieces of life with me”.
Genoa – An album capable of overcoming barriers, on a journey that ranges from the London drill to the most authentic Chicago production, passing through France of heavyweights such as Elams and Kamikaz, Morocco and Spain. This is “Drill Life”, Young Slash’s new album. “I wanted to do something completely different, it’s an international record with French, German, Polish and English artists” says Slash “they are people who have shared pieces of life with me, I went to their countries, I made them come here to Genoa. They understood the historical importance of the city, especially the Marseillais: to unite us there is the port, that international gaze that for me represents music. All the strength of my new pieces is in sharing ».
From Thabiti and Moubarak to Żabson & Skore Beezy, there are many names involved in the tracks. In his early twenties, of Mauritian origins, Young Slash is closely linked to Genoa, in particular to his Voltri. On the cover of “Popular”, his previous album, he was depicted right among the buildings in his neighborhood. The new project is produced by Demo, the spearhead of the Genoese scene for many years now. There is no local rapper, capable of going beyond the city limits, who has not somehow passed through the “hands” of Demo. Slash has long been linked to his Hostile Study. “We were able to give a varied sound, to make the record truly European, as all the feats show” he continues “they are not collaborations resulting from payments, but of true friendships. And having the respect of important artists means everything to me. There are more drill pieces, others with straight kick, others still have almost Afro sounds: it is my way of seeing music. And I believe that Genoa, in this, has given me a lot: it has given me a vision capable of going further, an open way of thinking ».
In his imagination there are neighborhood and street dynamics, but there are also pieces in which Slash looks inwardly, looking for answers to an existence often marked by problems that, however, do not bring him down. But why “Drill Life”? «’Drill’ means ‘to drill’» concludes Slash «I try to put all of myself into the music. This record is a celebration of friendship, of my style of conceiving rap, but in general of everything I do to be a better artist. Some artists in the tracks call me “brother” without ever having met each other, they say the same things, because all together in some way we form a family without borders. My favorite piece is the one that gives the album its title ».