Singled Out: "50 Heard It & Was Like, 'Yo, What The F*ck?'"
Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011 11:00AM
[SOHH highlights a newly-released single each week and offers a unique look at the song. After producer Verse Simmonds explained the creation of the Watch the Throne track "Who Gon Stop Me", G-Note artist Hot Rod discusses how he won 50 Cent over with the song "Hot Girl."]
I submitted a new record to 50 Cent. I was experimentin' with Auto-Tune. Also, while on tour overseas, I became influenced by the euro-sound that is getting more popular. I wasn't even knowing if he was gonna approve it or not, I was just like, "Look. This what I'm doin' -- what you think?"
50 heard it and was like, "Yo, what the f*ck?"
It was something new and different, and he liked that. Look at the top 40 charts. At one point, it was dominated by Hip Hop. But now you look at for and you see Lady Gaga and Justin Beiber. So he saw my vision, and [signed me to] G-Note.
G-Note is the home for the more pop side. G-Unit is has been branded as the more aggressive side of Hip Hop. I'm more like the pop-rap guys that are out now.
I actually wrote "Hot Girl" as a rap. But started messing around decided to Auto-Tune it. It's a track produced by All-Star. Producers usually title a beat based on whatever it makes 'em feel like -- so it was already named "Hot Girl".
The recording process took about six hours.
Its just a feel-good, timeless record, man. The feeling of it doesn't really fit in any type of lane, the vibe of it is just real smooth. A 5-year-old girl could listen to it or a 75-year-old grandma could listen and feel comfortable. Its real easy on the ears, I created it that way to have a wider audience.
I feel like I made a record everyone can enjoy.
West Coast artist Hot Rod, formerly of G-Unit, has now signed with 50's G-Note record. Looking to return with a fresh, new sound, Hot Rod is currently working on a new project.
Check out "Hot Girl" below