Today we’d like to introduce you to Sly Tha Deuce.
Hi Sly, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
The wham bam version of my story? Here goes! I was a geek named Sylvester with a glossy pair of GIGANTIC glasses who used to win spelling bees and say things like, “I’m ambidextrous.” Pure bully bait. Flash forward to middle school and I’ve jumped headfirst into the lunch table battle scene. I had a lot of fire inside from all my schoolmates helping me learn self-defense techniques in grade school. I used humor to take a different approach to hot-button topics and say stuff to girls the other guys were scared to say.
In 8th grade, I won a songwriting contest and got to perform for the Mayor and other city officials at a private event. That was a big deal to adolescent me and presented the idea of songwriting as a possible way to progress in life. A few years later I’m in high school. A distinct memory is a lock-in with the Warrior’s football team when a freestyle battle kicks off. So I’m laying waste to the battlefield with a barrage of bars. Young men are weeping at my wit and gnashing their teeth at my lyrical nastiness.
They summon their champion and he and I battled for an hour… Here I stand. This was a major memory as it built unshakable confidence in my ability to stand my ground and think on my feet. I went on to attend college and continued to grow as a creator but my focus was certainly on school first. During those years I was blessed to meet others who had a similar belief in their potential and approached life with Outlandish optimism.
Senior year, I earned an offer for a baller job from a Fortune 10 company. The experience I gained at the company is invaluable and I’m blessed for the experience. Nonetheless, a hundred racks in the bank and a new car didn’t keep away the nagging feeling that I had abandoned my true life. It was a classic debate between potential and production. I had already produced a semi-cushy lifestyle based on the results of academia. Yet I knew I had the potential for a more rewarding life based on the results of my creative endeavors combined.
So in 2019 I leaped and shifted my mind and heart to be more family-focused and build up other creatives around me. After becoming a full-blown press agent and helping get my very first client some life-changing deals like working with celebrities and being fortuned in Forbes (without paying for it). moved back to CO in 2022 and it’s been a wild ride since I touched down. This article is a great example. Thank you again for the opportunity!
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The biggest obstacle I’d say was owning up to my intelligence and striking the balance between potential and production. As a youngster, folks would often ask me something along the lines of, “You think you’re smart, huh?” To which I would defensively respond, “No!” in a juvenile attempt to maintain the perceived coherence of my social dynamic. (I used to win spelling bees dawg, of course, I think I’m smart. I think you’re smart too but you don’t think that’s cool or whatever…)
The challenge I faced was two-fold. First I had to come to terms with the fact that some people do not appreciate intelligence or support potential. They ONLY recognize production and results. In other words, the potential is what you could do, and the results are what you have done. Both are important. I was raised to believe in and tap into my potential to be a top performer both academically and socially.
I remember once as a Montbello Falcon when we were beating this other team 63-0. Coach Algee wasn’t having any of that call-the-game-off business. We were gonna play till the final whistle blew or the other team forfeited. The result was clear at halftime, we were going to win. But we had the potential to do even better in the second half and we stepped into that potential.
As you can see, the memory has stuck with me throughout my life. Everyone doesn’t have the same belief in their potential and unfortunately, everyone includes some people we may know and love. I felt hurt at times when loved ones didn’t show me the love or energy the way I felt I deserved for my endeavors. Hiding my intelligence or lowering my expectations to be more in line with others’ ideas of what is possible was a cancerous coping mechanism.
The second part of the challenge was managing the emotions that were unleashed as a result of the realizations from the first. Folks weren’t “hating on me” because they didn’t see my potential the same way I did. They weren’t supposed to. I needed to check myself. I needed to take the leap and step into my own potential instead of waiting for others to believe in something that I dreamed up.
Furthermore, while the potential is important, actions and results are the end-all-be-all. Pressure to perform at the highest level of your potential is critical as well. Appreciate those who don’t give a damn about your potential and only concern themselves with your results. We don’t remember MJ, Jay Z, Weezy, or Dr. Dre for what they shoulda, coulda, woulda done. In the end, your results are the bricks that your legacy will be built from.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I began writing my rhymes at the age of 14. @DaveyMadeit was cooking up beats on the Casio and me and Trezvon swore we were rappers. Real-world storytelling is the foundation and imagination is the decoration. The motivation in the music is real.
After surviving a spinal fraction as a high school athlete, I continue to write and defy the odds to make a complete recovery. After building a hometown buzz, I left Colorado to find a creative way to support those I love. I have since been blessed to work in New York, California, Texas, Japan, and more. I even climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and performed for some pretty cool people in Tanzania!
To the amazing genius community who supports me through this wild life, I happily shared the attitude of gratitude. My message to new fans: You won’t like every song that I make, but I promise that you will LOVE some songs. I enjoy the fact that you enjoy great music, but more importantly, I hope you hear the deeper message behind the tunes, which is Stay Motivated, Genius! For your convenience, I’ve included a link to my artist page here. https://songwhip.com/sly-tha-deuce
Now I currently partner with QoncertApp and Denver Open Media to bring local artists opportunities to perform in multiple markets and have their music played on FM radio. This helps expand their reach and increase the impact of the local music community as a whole.
Networking and finding a mentor can have a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
Step one is having a clear vision of what you want so you can identify the best mentor. Lots of people know more than we do in a general sense, so the question becomes who knows more about what we want to know about? Once you can develop clear questions you can begin to collect clear answers that move you toward your goal.
Mentors don’t come to find you; you’ve got to leap, and commit to your goals. Along the way more experienced people may drop gems from time to time but you’ve got to collect those gems and apply them yourself. There is no magic mentor or manager who is coming to make all the hard parts of the music game just disappear. Get out there and start failing. That’s how you find success.
- FM Radio Play- (Free!) Just email Slythadeuce@outlandishent.com
- Host/MC for events- $100+
- Private Consultation- $50+
- Personalized video Shoutout for song/event- $20
- Sly Deuce Feature on a song- Email Slythadeuce@outlandishent.com
- Website: https://motivated-composer-4446.ck.page/
- Instagram: Instagram.com/slythadeuce
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SlyThaDeuce?mibextid=ZbWKwL
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/SlyThaDeuce?t=DbN_XfBoubUW5w830C3PAQ&s=09
- Youtube: https://youtu.be/En9nstiOFEE
- SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/slydeuce
- Other: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/qoncert-perform-live/id1537042846