If you’ve seen YG perform at any of shows, you probably saw Slim 400 right next to him, emceeing and serving as his hypeman. While he’s been consistently putting out his own music and records for his loyal fanbase, he’s ready to take the rap game to the next level with his new project. Read more…
High Off TTreez arrives right before the summertime, keeping that same level of litness that landed him to be one of YG’s closest companions. The name Slim 400 alone represents all things Los Angeles, keeping his loyalty and focus to his people and making sure everybody around him eats.
For those who don’t know, who is Slim 400?
A young entrepreneur. A businessman that’s ready to take it to the next level within my brand.
You were actually born in Germany, when did you come to Compton?
I don’t know too much because I was only 11 months when I came to the States. Moving month to month, my mama said I was trippin’. I was little little — walking on the snow, making noise. I’ve been out here ever since. My father was in the military, he was flying different states and different countries. He had to post there for a couple months, a year, couple years. They birthed me out there.
What was the household like growing up?
That’s the thing. I took my mama’s side because my daddy was always moving, doing what he was doing. My mama felt that wasn’t cool for me. Raising a child, you gotta be steady. She went back with her mother in Compton. The area I grew up in, I stayed there all my life. Brought up in that house, I was raised by my grandma and moms. My uncle would come through time to time, check on us. Get on my ass about certain shit we did he heard about, etc. It was cool for me ‘cause this is the ghetto. I learned to deal with it and here I am. Period.
What does LA mean to you?
Everything! That’s my heart. That’s like my daughter, I love her to death. It ain’t never gonna change no matter where I am in the world. Compton’s where it’s at. Los Angeles, I’m going up for us. It’s universal out here, I’m gonna hit every market.
At what point did you realize this music thing was forreal?
When my boy told me “come over here, I got something for you.” That’s YG, he told me “I’ma put you on, try some shit. We goin’ up.” I ain’t look back since.
When did you and YG meet?
In our teens. I had a song called “Call It A Go” maybe 12 years ago. That was our first song with my relative Big Budda, which is his big homie. We were in a relationship before on some homie shit. Chillin’, hanging, seeing what he’s doing, seeing what I’m doing. We’re from the same neighborhood, but I had my little issues and my corners I had to hit. Make my money,
he was doing what he was doing. Everybody’s doing what they doing but we came together time to time with the music.
What was it like seeing his career take off?
Mind-blowing! It’s a certain dude you hang with and chill with every day, on the regular. To see them on another platform and really doing his shit, that’s really dope. There’s a lot of people from Compton who want to rap. Come from Long Beach and say they can do this, come from Lynwood and feel “I can be the different one.” When you got a certain brother from Bompton doing shit and making a difference, it’s real as ever. That made everybody step it up a notch or two. A lot of people going the fuck up now just because YG was a young soul who put his mind to it. Did it and made the shit happen.
What’s the dynamic in the studio?
If it’s just us, we good. Go HAM, period. Our bond is straight. I go off of what he’ll tell me or I’ll bring up something or say something, it’s good!
What’s the biggest piece of advice he’s given you?
We all bosses. We can do whatever we want to do and make it happen. Stay true to it and handle your business. Be really focused and dedicated to it.
What sets you apart from these other street rappers?
It’s the grind, the ethic. It’s me going HAM. I ain’t work this much to go into something else. I ain’t gonna stop. I don’t know why it ain’t come through but I’ma get it. Now I’m on top. It’s a goal that you set. That’s the difference, I go and go until it happens. Other people, they somewhat give up and act like “fuck rap! That’s out.”
You dropped High Of TTreez on 4/26. What’s the creative process & how long did it take you?
It took me a couple months trying to come up with the right formula, certain beats. If I’m gonna go with a certain producer or keep using the couple producers I know. I’m getting used to Cyko on the beat, that’s my boy up north. You gon’ start to really see him around. He’s gonna go up just like I’m going up. Getting his feel and vibe, going off him. “Don’t put that in there, put that there.” It’s that stage now. Taking my time with the beat, the lyrics, everything. I ain’t tryna put anything out and it be weak. “Oh this n*gga full of stuff.” Had to take my time and do what’s right in respect of my name.
How much gas do you smoke in a day?
I really don’t really smoke that much. I have a high tolerance. I might smoke an eighth. If I’m not smoking my own eighth, than I’m with the bros. I smoke Backwoods, Dutch, papers, all of it.
What are some goals yourself as an artist at this point of your career?
I’m trying to get my Ice Wata label off the ground and move forward in life on some rap shit. Bring artists to the table who do something within their community because that’s where it starts. If you poppin’ and got a really big fanbase and core following, that should take you to the county and across the world. You can be a big guy if you come up with the right song and keep linking with the right people. I’m a big scouter. I’ll sit down and hang with a couple other dudes who scout. Shit, we gon’ pick up that right Drake! [laughs]
What’s a normal day in the life?
Get up and thank the Lord. Take that phone call, check text messages. Majority of them is “fuck you! You’s a bitchass n*gga!” [laughs] Tap in with that business, shower up, hit these streets. Watch my ass, hit these studios, turn back in. I’ve went through a lot and it was from unnecessary hanging. Now, I just make my moves, handle my business, and get right back in the house.
3 things you need in the studio?
For sure some pot, some Hennessy, and good friends. People I consider my buddies, my pals, my bros. Some homegirls, that’s regular. We gon’ talk that shit, turn it up so you get that vibe. That’s how you get one of them songs.
What’s the best encounter you had with a fan?
She swore she hated me so much that she stole my shoes. I walked out the studio with no shoes on that day. I was flabbergasted. That was beyond me. I was hot. Luckily, the homie had some slippers. That’s why nowadays in my truck, I be having some shits on the safe side. Plan B. She stole my shoes. I tried to tell her “hold on, give me a minute! Let me talk to the homie.”
She insisted on getting the picture. I’m like “baby just hold on!” I’m the type of guy, I’m trying to get in that field. I’m used to being in my apartment just recording. I got my own set up. I’m in that mothafucka with the slippers on, no shoes, but I got socks on running around the carpet. To this day, big studio, small studio, I take off my shoes if I’m getting comfortable. Took off my shoes that night and this bitch just hit me. I was like “ohh, you thirsty!” It was some real Air Max’s, they was going for $180. She really got me, that was wild.
What would you be doing if you weren’t doing music?
I used to work for this company called ACD, Air Conditioning Distribution. I used to put certain products and units they needed for the whole system to be put in the person’s house. I knew all the parts, the little pieces they needed, all that. Got a little certification for it, but that shit’s out. You gotta slide up in the house with mice and all that. I’m not with that! They get dough though, for real.
Who’s the most played artist on your phone?
I fuck with Kevin Gates. He go up.
How important is social media for your career?
At this level, it’s very important because it’s so easy to just hit multiple people. Back in the day, it’s a word of mouth thing. You call a couple people. Now if they follow you and love you, post this up, all of them gonna see it. If they really love you, they gonna copy and paste it on their shit. Their friends see it and they’ll follow. Social media is unbelievable.
Who’s your favorite person to follow on IG?
Probably HaHa Davis or Killer Mike. They my boys, they funny. I like to wake up and be inspired to do good. Sometimes, you wake up and get that phone call — if they talking the wrong thing, your whole day’s messed up. Damn, I got all these hours to be mad? But if I wake up and get on this, I’m laughing because they just so ignorant. That’s their occupation. It keeps me motivated to go throughout the day and handle my business.
Is there anything else you want to let us know?
High Off TTreez, we goin’ up! It’s new things coming with Slim 400, just be ready. I’m not stoppin’. I’m goin’ up! I’m not a quitter.