Singled Out: "It Happened So Organically That Q-Tip Heard It & Said We Should Be A Group"

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012 12:50PM

Written by SOHH for Dres

[SOHH highlights a hot single each week and offers a unique look at the record. After Cavie revealed how he got T.I and the late Pimp C on "P.I.M.P.", Evitan's Dres explains how his and fellow hip-hop veteran Jarobi's "P.T.I. (Occupy Wall Street)" came into existence.]

Initially it was kind of going off the [ESPN show] "Pardon The Interruption" angle. That's kind of where the track started. It was an aggressive track. I kind of started focusing toward the meaning of the first verse, kind of with what was going on around me. [The inspiration can be heard] in the hook too, being the voice of the people.

I realized that there was a 99 percent of people [in America] being represented by a small fraction of people everywhere. Part of the 99 percent that they're speaking for, are beating them down. And I'm like, "Wow, that's just powerful." If anything, that was an interruption upon me into writing a song called "Pardon The Interruption." I felt like "Wow, I need to channel in all of that. There's people for me too, so let me speak to them." So penning this, that's kind of where my head was at.

The way me and Jarobi came together was organically. I'd asked him to [collaborate on] an EP. At the end of the day, it was going to be a Jarobi project and I just happened to do this record with him. It happened so organically that Q-Tip heard it and said we should be a group.

I was listening to the track and kept thinking, "Let's [record] some more." Each record that we did was better than the last record, and the first one was incredible. It's at the point now where we're 17 records in. I'm so proud to have been a part of this project. It's incredible. People are going to see why Jarobi might be one of the best emcees. You're really going to keep hearing Jarobi [demonstrating] his skills.

Evitan ("native" spelled backwards), the new hip-hop duo featuring Andres "Dres" Titus of Black Sheep and Jarobi White of A Tribe Called Quest, have officially debuted the first single, "P.T.I. (Occupy Wall St.)", from their forthcoming album due out sometime early this year. In 2010, Dres reemerged, releasing From The Black Pool Of Genius, and now the Black Sheep emcee is joining forces with Jarobi, one-fourth of the founding core behind fellow Native Tongues group, A Tribe Called Quest. The duo will release a currently untitled album under the moniker Evitan ("Native" spelled backwards) in early 2012, and the first single from that album is "P.T.I. (Occupy Wall St.)," a song that touches not only the specific happenings of the Occupy movement, but also on the broader feelings of anger, uncertainty, and a desire to mobilize felt by young and old people across the country.

Check out "P.T.I. (Occupy Wall Street)" below:

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