Despite the overabundance of rap artist emerging from the “music city” otherwise known as Atlanta, Georgia, Slim Goody still remains unique. His individuality and artistic mind, raised his popularity over his dirty south competition. Although his music career developed in Atlanta, he was born Randy James Lewis in Chicago, IL on July 20,1984. Making music became an early hobby, and he played piano throughout grade school. By the time he was in high school he had already mastered piano and the snare drum, favoring in the genre of jazz. At age 18, he moved to Atlanta to further his career in music. In 2004, for the first time his Atlanta family learned of his musical talents and began entering him in weekly open mics around south-side Atlanta. His older brother, Derrick Lewis, whom he calls “Pop”, purchased studio equipment so that he could produce and record his own songs. Later, he formed two groups “First Born” then “Goodfellas”, managed by his brother Derrick Lewis.Goody performed at many musical events around Atlanta including the Atlanta Music Conference and Power Fest. Goody later found his comfort as a solo artist nick-naming himself “Chi-City Rebel”. From 2006-2011, he moved from Chicago to Atlanta to California, to Oklahoma. Goody inherited the respect and different music styles of each area, which only boosted his own creative ideas in music and lyrics. Being independent in thought and action; exhibiting such independence, he titled his first album Maverick. This album, which he also produced, won him more shows, production sells, magazine interviews, radio plays, and distribution opportunities. Maverick includes the singles Something You Should Know featuring Libido Ink, Rock-n-Rollin, Chi Lights, and Who is She. Slim Goody is currently pushing this album Maverick, touring from state to state, increasing his fan base, and collaborating with major artists. Slim Goody, is patiently awaiting his moment to be claimed as one of the best musicians, produces,lyricists, artists of his generation.
IAA: What is your music background?
SLIM GOODY: My music background comes from being inspired by my father. He was a musician as well, and had a great influenced on me. Jazz and blues was played regularly in my household. When I first move to Atlanta, I decided to become an artist and I incorporated hip hop into my music.
IAA: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
SLIM GOODY: I want to record and release my own music because I feel my music and lyrics are worth listening too. My music is relatable to my audience, and I want to put a new sound on the waves. Everybody wants to be accepted for something. Don’t you want to be accepted? Well I do, and this is what I want to be accepted for.
IAA: What are your songs about?
SLIM GOODY: My songs are about real life struggles, trying to make it in the music industry. My music is definitely about me, and whatever influences me at the time.
IAA: Who is your fan base directed towards?
SLIM GOODY: My fan base is directed towards independent individuals. People like me, who have been through what I have been through. My music is for people who are looking for something new, looking for something original and real. My music is for people who like real talent. I like to refer to my music as “interstate music”. Anytime you are riding, you can bump something from me.
IAA: Who are your musical influences?
SLIM GOODY: I am influence myself. Whatever comes to mind and heart, is what you will hear on a track. Rap artists that influence me would be Twista, Kanye and T.I. Twista was arguably the king of Chi and his fast flow pretty much molded me. Kanye being the heavy hitting producer with the cheap beats in the city has influenced me greatly. T.I. gave me my southern pieces, elegance, class while still keeping it G. Everybody else, I’m aware of. I’m a fan of a few.
IAA: How would you describe your music to people?
SLIM GOODY: I would describe my music as hiphop/Indie Rock. Not all of it is outside the commercial canon, but most of it refers to the community of musicians, fans and others that support non-commercial, or independent music.
IAA: What makes you stand out from other artist?
SLIM GOODY: Professionalism is what separates me from other artist. I treat my music like it’s a career. I always take the time to thank the promoter, club owner, sound guy, etc for allowing me to perform while the other artist don’t. I do the homework and tap into experts like IAA to help guide me. I’m unique in as many ways as possible, and work hard at it. I built my brand around it.
IAA: What are some upcoming projects, you are currently working on?
SLIM GOODY: I am currently finishing my latest mix tape “Necessary Roughness” set to be released beginning of 2nd quarter. Also, I’m working on my authentic album, for which I haven’t decided on the title yet. I am also working on projects with other artist in Georgia as well.
IAA: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
SLIM GOODY: My first career goal is to get established as a artist. Secondly, I would like to have a worldwide fan base and headlining tours. I want to make hip hop/ Indie rock genre more known. I want to sell over 500,000 my 1st album signed. I want to be known as 1 of the top Artist/producers of all time. I also want to work with artists that have influenced me. I plan to stay current for the next 10 years. Winning a Grammy for my 1st album would be sweet. I want to be known as a great producer and already crossed over to movie scores within the next 10 years. The list goes on, I’m a pretty goal oriented person.
IAA: How can your fans access your music and contact you?