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SL Jones, The Number 23

Originally coming up with Killer Mike, Arkansas’s own SL Jones looks to make a name for himself in the game with the release of The Number 23, an ode to his 23rd and Wolfe Street neighborhood. The Little Rock native partners up with Don Cannon for the mixtape, also grabbing guest features from other buzzing Southern acts Yo Gotti, Waka Flocka, Pill, and Trae Tha Truth.

SL Jones isn’t your stereotypically lyrically lacking Southern rapper, and his range is on display throughout. From riding out on a slowed down Lex Luger beat on “Driveby Music” to letting loose on the high energy “Hear Me,” SL shows he has versatility. On the latter, Jones boasts over a blaring Don Cannon beat, “Hang-glidin’ on an island, para-sailing with a Sarah Palin/I’m fuckin’ awesome, had a one night stand with amazing.” Tracks like “Swervin” and “NWA” exhibit the upstart in his comfort zone, as well.

The tape does lose a bit of steam towards the end, and listeners could probably do without hearing Jones’s verses on “Black and Yellow,” and “Runaway.” Despite needing a little trimming, though, The Number 23 should peak fans’ interest in the Grind Time Lieutenant as he looks to leave a mark on hip-hop for Arkansas. —NMB

  • WhitleyGilbert

    Great music! Looking forward to hearing more from SL Jones!

  • Seth F

    i’m so happy that Neil Martinez-Belkin decided you speak directly on “hear me”!!! and quoted one of my favorite lines of the tape! great review, and thank you SO much for the consideration!

  • thareleast

    fux with this mixtape, quality review. when they gonna release this joint with no dj tho?

  • http://XXLMAG.COM s.w.a.tsZONE4

    SL Jones isn’t your stereotypically lyrically lacking Southern rapper!? WTF! really, really.

    Scarface
    Andre 3000
    Ludacris
    Ceelow
    Pimp C
    Bun B
    Killer Mike
    Eight Ball
    T.I.
    Phonte
    Big Pooh
    Dead Prez ( FLA if you from BROOKLYN, BASED IN ATL)
    ETC..ETC..ETC..OH T-WAYNE!! man look at yourself

    Again with the up NORTH B.S. we got the mic AND AINT GIVING IT BACK! oh sterotypical up north perception. GTFOH!

    WOW, Hiphop awards with OUTKAST WINNING, the look on salt an pep face said it all! THE SOUTH HAS SOMETHING TO SAY- Andre 3000! 1994