Interview With Jersey’s Own Slim Rig
Tell us about your background getting to where you are today?
Slim Rig goes all the way back to 2012, When I was younger, I was lowkey chubby. As i grew a little taller i started to “slim” out as my soccer coaches would say and from being exposed to eminem at a young age i loved it and it kinda just stuck with me as i grew up. Obviously Rig comes from my last name being Riggio people would always call me Rig for short…hence Slim Rig.
Where are you from?
Even Though I was born in New Brunswick and lived in Sayreville until I was 5, East Brunswick will forever be my home. #732!!!
When did you start music?
So I started writing lyrics in like 2014 but I never really did anything with them. The first time I ever released a song was in October of 2015. It wasn’t really a song, it was actually a diss track responding to another kid who has “dissed” me. My song on soundcloud hit over 2k views in under 24 hours and that’s how I knew it was over lol. After that I just kept writing and freestyling until I met my producer and close friend Chris in 2017 who really introduced me to a whole new world of music.
How did you get into music?
So I started really getting into music when I was in 6th grade and my Dad had played me Licensed to Ill by Beastie Boys and then the 8 Mile soundtrack which is where I discovered Lose Yourself. To this day it is still one of my favorite songs ever. After hearing that for the first time I went out on my own and I really fell in love with music. Because of this you would never find me without my headphones.
What is the most challenging thing you have overcome in your life?
This isn’t music related but one of the most challenging obstacles I had to overcome in my life was tearing the meniscus and ACL in my left knee not only once but twice. Growing up I was always playing soccer whether it was recreational or for my town and I would always put in work. After tearing my knee both times in soccer games I thought my career would be over but, I made sure I worked hard Never Gave Up and worked my way into playing D3 soccer for The College Of St. Elizabeth and being ranked in the top 10 in conference and top 100 in all of D3 soccer.
Are you currently signed or independent?
I am currently independent but who knows what can happen, something can happen tomorrow or never change at all. I just want to work hard to continue to perfect myself, my style and my sound.
Who inspires you the most musically?
“Named myself after the GOAT that’s why my styles so Shady” I say that in the intro song on my album called Not The Same. Eminem will forever be my biggest inspiration musically. Ever since I was 11 I wanted to be just like him. Jay-Z, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and Chris Cadence, our also other artists I look up to alot.
Any new music coming out soon?
Yes. My debut album 2 Sides To Every Story will be dropping on January 17th, 2021 which happens to be my 21st birthday. This will be the third year in a row I drop on my birthday. My first single “19” in 2019, “The First Drip EP” in 2020 and now my Debut Album this year, I did this to not only prove to myself but also show everyone who listens the progression over the years and to get ready for what’s on the way.
Do you produce your own music? If not, who do you work with?
The production of all the beats for the album along with the majority of my songs out are all produced by Chris Cadence. Not only is he the king of hooks and an animal on versus he is a wizard on the keys. I always joke around and call him Dr. Chris Cadence because he is the dre to my slim.
Who is one artist you wish you could work with?
Obviously I want to work with Eminem just because it would be a dream come true, I would also love to work with artists like Jack Harlow, Cordae, Lil Durk and Tory Lanez. I would also love to tap in with local talents out of East Brunswick especially Doov.
What does a day inside your shoes look like?
A day inside my shoes consists of waking up, blasting music while i take a shower, blast music while i eat breakfast and if i don’t have to work at the seafood restaurant i manage i try to lock in with whatever Cadence beats i have and I get lost in the music till i’m ready to record.