Simon aka Sly Eaze was born in New York into a West Indian house hold. His mother from Barbados and his father was Native American. Spending his childhood between Spring Valley (NY) and Newark (NJ), Simon started playing the piano at 10, followed by the alto sax in the 4th grade onwards. It was while majoring in Music Production and Technology at Mercy College that a tragic period in Simon’s life occurred. He discovered that his father had stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver and desperately needed a liver transplant. At the same time, he was going through financial struggles in his life. His mother returned to Barbados as soon as he started college, his sister had moved to D.C. and his brother was living in Texas. This left Simon no-one, and nowhere to channel his pain and uncertainty…except through his music…
Sly Eaze’s musical vision covers a whole lot of ground, from Hip-hop and R&B, to Rock, Club Music and doing Film Scores. A recent 3rd Place Winner of ShowBizSpotlight.com Showcase, with judges from Warner Bros. Records, Sony Music, and Grammy Winner Buck3000, Sly Eaze aka The Chemist has been steadily growing his catalog as he works towards his next major project.
In the meantime we caught up with his single “Survive”. No doubt, Sly Eaze has grinded hard to come thus far in his life and career. It’s been a tumultuous ride filled with highs and lows; triumphs and obstacles. Yet through it all, he’s been able to sustain himself.
Sly Eaze’s determination to control his destiny and be the captain of his own ship makes him a compelling emcee, and looking at his life history, probably the title, “Survive”, aptly describes his journey thus far. The intrigue of his personal story, and the tenacious drive that seeps through his music is what makes this track ring true.
So when Sly Eaze asks: “What would you do to survive,” he’s looking to see to what extremities you would be prepared to go to achieve such. “Would you kill a nigga that’s alive?” The intensity of his ambition is what makes this track so liberating and inspiring. You can’t listen to this track and not be motivated by Sly Eaze’s contagious energy in some way.
“Survive” is a metaphorical rap about survival and ambition, and what it takes to get to where you want to be. It’s both a fuel and a warning for the everyday lives of listeners. Motivated, determined, and empowered, is how Sly Eaze sounds on this track.
One thing that the rapper does really well is that he keeps his momentum going. Even when he switches his tone and flow up or down. He maintains a perpetual intensity, while the confidence in his rhymes leave a lasting impression. All-round, Sly Eaze aka The Chemist proves himself to be genuine and authentic in his craft.