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Where did your name come from?
- In 10th Grade, my friend Charlie and I were getting off the bus. I must have been talking to him about my music as we were walking back to our houses and he asked me what my artist name was. I said I was still undecided but I was using either J2A or DJ Fresh Beatz at the time lol. He then told me I should call myself “Slender,” because I’ve always been skinny. I took off the -er and added an -ah for a more Afrocentric vibe and it’s been Slendah ever since that day.
Any quotes that have mentioned you online or in an article?
- I’ll be featured in different articles very soon. For now, this is my first published appearance! We [DJ Slym and I] were just recently able to work side-by-side since I’ve moved to Orlando in February of this year, but things are moving along quite rapidly!
Tell me a little bit about yourself (a bio for example). Basic information such as:
- Slendah (born Joseph Albany Jr.) is an American hip-hop recording artist, singer-songwriter and producer from Port St Lucie, Florida. His genre can be described as “Funk-Hop,” a form of experimental hip-hop, which transcends from his abstract, yet laid back thinking. Just within this past year of seriously pursuing a music career Slendah has already opened up for Cash Money Recording artist, Caskey, and garnished the attention of The Network FLA created by Florida born music heavyweight, DJ Slym.
The now 22-year-old began taking his musical skills seriously in the ninth grade after a freestyle between some friends on Halloween. The positive feedback from his peers and the purchase of a microphone immediately put him on his musical journey. As a teenager, he went by a couple different stage names while discovering his style but ended up with “Slender,” given to him by a bus mate highlighting his slender frame. He revamped the name into “Slendah” and it has stuck ever since! Though never having finished high school, he is always willing to learn to expand himself as an artist overall. He clearly states his vision, “to make a point that I can achieve what I want to achieve even if I’ve made some mistakes”.
The emerging artist’s most recent work (unreleased) is an EP entitled “About Time”, which relates to the infinitesimal topic of life. Slendah is very much into chakras, the metaphysical self and healing crystals. These interests along with his experiences help hone his craft and turn it into music with a message, the most important being unity. On the production side, he takes influence from unlikely methods, such as sampling microwave beeps or wind chimes to create a psychedelic beat. His musical inspirations include legends such as Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Prince, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and the list goes on! The influences have undoubtedly contributed to the development of his sound and fashion. Slendah can be seen wearing his statement afro paired with a funky get-up and “get-down,” whenever he performs. Currently located in Orlando, Slendah is working intensively to release more projects and spread an everlasting message throughout the world.