STS RJD2 Album Art Square
STS RJD2 Album Art Square

RJD2 Connects With One Of Philly's Finest For New LP 'STS x RJD2'

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Renowned beatmaker RJD2 has returned with a brand new collaborative LP, one on which he synthesizes his skillful, grandiose productions with the dicing lyrics of fellow Philadelphian STS (aka Sugar Tongue Slim). A 12 track cooking session of funky beats and snarling rhymes, the album is a demonstration of both artists' eclectic might. STS speeds through "Trunk" as a snide soul track watches his back, and on "Hold On Here It Go" packs all the resounding horn hooks you could ever hope for.

Although it's an album that makes its bread through bigness, STS x RJD2 isn't afraid to show its soft side. As "Hold On Here It Go" winds through its mid-section STS reminisces about good days gone by over a shrinking rhodes motive. And while "Dice Game" packs plenty volume, its lesson of life's unpredictable tendencies is a tender one, buffeted by forlorn vocal loops that rise and fall.

“STS meets a number of criteria for me," RTJ said of their cooperative work. For one, he has a great voice. His sense of rhythm is really great. He’s a funny guy – that’s a plus. And the other thing is that he has a way of taking a thought that has deep meaning to it, and making it seem innocuous." The two have already collaborated once before--STS dished out vocals on "See You Leave" from RJD2's excellent 2013 LP More Is Than Isn't. With his Atlanta-by-way-of-Philly intelligent drawl, STS pulls and punches the massive beats that RJD2 has delivered, proving he's in every way just as big and bold. STS x RJD2 sees both at the height of their powers; listen to it in full below and purchase your own copy on iTunes.