After talking about serious society issues and making us groove with the Saïan Supa Crew as a multi talented DJ, singer, rapper, beatboxer, songwriter, co-compositor and interpret from 1997 to 2007, Sly Johnson AKA The Mic BUDDAH made his solo reappearance. He comes back to caress our eardrums with his positive vibes which is further prompted by his originality, worthy of the greatest.
Lulled by jazz, afro-cuban music, grew listening to Fat Boys, fascinated by « the pure sound » of the ‘70s, original versions and funk classics, soul, rumba, salsa etc, Sly Johnson has created a sphere nuanced of celestial body and we feel it ourselves.
Sly Johnson’s career started in 1997 within the mythic French hip hop band Saïan Supa Crew. The universe of the different members of the crew is quite diverse, the musical genres merge together and end up with an unique tone on each of their tracks.
In 2007 the crew came to an epic end after what had been a great journey. It wasn’t until 2010 that he returned as a solo artist under the name of Sly Johnson The Mic BUDDAH with his first solo album ’74’ which was produced by Jay Newland, who also gave a helping hand acquiring some of the best guitarists, keyboarders, drummers, bass players and musician arrangers who have also shaped the masterpieces of James Brown, Tina Turner, Lenny Kravitz, Norah Jones, Erykah Badu and The Roots amongst other. The album includes some great features from the likes of Slum Village. Elsewhere he has worked with Talib Kweli on a track produced by Union Analogtronics and also on China Moses’s « Cherry Wine ». As if that was not good enough, he also collaborated with RZA, Rhazel, The Pharcyde, Roots Manuva, Manu Katché, Erik Truffaz, Oxmo Puccino, Rokia Traoré and other many big names…
At the end of 2014 he dropped the « RUFFDRAFT » mixtape which includes remixes of his previous tracks. UGF was at Lauryn Hill’s concert at the Zénith de Paris in France. We were shocked by his surprise appearance for the first part of the gig and more recently at the D’Angelo Black Messiah tour. It was a very agitated experience, sweating of energy, but his sense of humor and stage presence put the crowd at ease and prepared us for his highly anticipated performance of his new single « EVRBDD (everybody dancin’) ». Acclaimed by a respective public audience including a few anonymous soul vocalists who were singing along to « Hey Mama » in perfect harmony around each other. At this particular moment the audience were in awe, a rare moment full of joy and happiness.
“RUFFDRAFT” Street Tape : free download on SoundCloud
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