Singled Out: "No Matter How Hard This Person F*cked Me Over Monetarily, I've Still Got..."

Tuesday, Dec 27, 2011 12:10AM

Written by SOHH for SlimKid3

[SOHH highlights a hot single each week and offers a unique look at the record. After the Bay's Mistah Fab asked "Who the F*ck is This" last week, The Pharcyde's SlimKid3 breaks down his new "Another Day, Another Dollar" record.]

I've been working on a solo project for quite a while, for years. It just so happened that I was hanging out one day and my wife told me, "Hey, you know DJ Nu-Mark is going to be deejaying over at this spot." I also deejay myself and so deejays like to go out and support each other. So I decided to go and check him out.

I've known Nu-Mark for quite some time just through being in the game with Jurassic 5 and Pharcyde stuff too. So I went down there and he was playing some cuts. It sounded good and I knew how he likes to mash things up and he's like, "Yo Tre! What's up with Pharcyde? When are you guys going to come up with something?" I was like, "Ah man, I don't know but I've been working on my own stuff," and he was like, "Dude, I'm going to shoot you over some beats."

I listened to the beats and I was like, "Wow." He sent me [about 30] beats. I was scrolling through them and I put them in my iPod so I could let the music jog through my mind. This was also at the time when things financially were kind of crazy. So I was thinking about the different issues that had been happening monetarily and just dealing with people f*cking you over. The way life is right now, it doesn't matter what's going on in your life, at the end of the day, you still need your paper and pay your bills, pay for your kids tuition, no matter what problems you've got.

So I was like, "Another Day just means another dollar." No matter how hard this person f*cked me over monetarily, I've still got a mortage, feed myself and my family, put gas in the car. Every time a person gets a raise, the cost of living goes up and they're still in a hole.

The music that Nu-Mark made went with what I was thinking about. So I just put that on the pen and wrote it down. I recorded a little bit and Nu-Mark was like, "Yo, that was hot. You should try to schedule some time to fly down from Portland to come to Los Angeles so we can get together and do this."

I was able to get down there and we didn't just work on that song, we worked on a lot of songs. Once I got to sit with "Another Day, Another Dollar," things really started coming to me. So we were able to smash it out at his studio. He's so good with making the beats real hip-hop. He's got that edge because he's a deejay. Sometimes deejays have that ear because they know what's going to trigger the fanbase.

That's how it all kind of came together.

SLIMKID3 also known as "Slim Kid Tre" and "Tre Hardson", was one of the four original members of Los Angeles innovative hip hop group The Pharcyde. Since his departure from The Pharcyde, Tre would often go by birth name of "Tre Hardson" rather than "Slimkid3". He has also formed a band 'Faqawi' which has accompanied him with his solo career. Tre's solo work has been greatly influenced by soul and old school hip hop and consists of live instrumentation (replacing the drum machines and sampled beats of his past work). In 2000, Tre Hardson released a very limited edition CD entitled The Legend Of Phoenix, which was a name he shortly performed under. In 2002, Tre released a solo album, Liberation on his record label 'Flying Baboon'. His second full length solo album SLIMKID3's Cafe was released on April 4, 2006. His new Another Day, Another Dollar is currently available.

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