Singled Out: "I Remember Recording This Record In Memphis & Then I Sent It To Rick Ross"
Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 12:05AM
[SOHH highlights a hot single each week and offers a unique look at the record. After Dancehall star Cham discussed the success of "Wine" last week, Yo Gotti gets to the bottom of his Rick Ross-assisted anthem, "Harder."]
The "Harder" record came together by Lil' Lody doing the beat and I was actually doing this record for a mixtape. The beat was beating so hard that I was just like, "That's hard!" The beat was just kicking and that's why you me saying, "The beat goes hard but I go harder."
It was kind of like a game type sh*t. The beat got played, I went into the booth and we really didn't do too much and the sh*t just came out. I came off the top of my head with the verses and then we decided to say "Harder" because the beat was beating so hard.
I kept saying, "This beat is so harder." Literally. I remember recording this record in Memphis and then I sent it to Rick Ross. He sent it back to me [via computer]. But I kind of record everywhere. I recorded the "Red, White & Blue" with Jadakiss all the way out there in Las Vegas.
Along with "Harder," I remember putting together the "Go Girl" record in New York and St. Louis. Big Sean did his part in New York and then we went to St. Louis for a Summer Jam concert and went to the studio. "Go Girl" got done in about three or four cities.
Yo Gotti is among the many hardcore rappers who came out of hip-hop's Dirty South school in the late '90s. He is also one of the hip-hoppers who derive part of their stage names from the late New York mafioso John Gotti; others have included Big Gotti, Don Gotti, Juan Gotti, Bazooka Joe Gotti, and Irv Gotti. Not all Dirty South recordings are gangsta rap, but Yo Gotti has favored the thugged-out gangsta side of the Dirty South, and he gets his inspiration from both Southern and non-Southern rappers. Master P and his New Orleans-based No Limit posse are an influence; so are N.W.A., Dr. Dre, and the late Tupac Shakur.
Check out Yo Gotti's "Harder" record below: