Singled Out: "I Sent The Record To Bun B, He Shredded It. I Sent It To T.I., He Shredded It"
Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 12:10AM
[SOHH highlights a hot single each week and offers a unique look at the record. After Schoolboy Q discussed his A$AP Rocky-assisted "Hands On The Wheel," Atlanta rapper Killer Mike spills the details on "Big Beast."]
The long version of how "Big Beast" came together is when I dropped Monster, like nine years ago, I wanted my second to be with me, T.I. and Bun B but Columbia was more of a radio-push company so they wanted the single to be "A.D.I.D.A.S."
[A.D.I.D.A.S] got a lot of radio play out West but didn't really do anything for me because most of my songs were coming from the South with the crunk and street sound that I was doing. I told myself, "If I ever get a chance to do a record that's crazy, I'd want to do it with Tip and Bun."
It took me years to get over that "A.D.I.D.A.S." single. I say it with a giggle but there's some truth to it. Me and [producer] El-P were working on a track and the beat was crazy. It was almost like a intro record and then I said, "Yo, we need to get Bun and Tip on here." Tip was recently home [from jail] and Bun is always down to collaborate.
I sent the record to Bun first- he shredded it. I sent it to Tip- he shredded it. I then hit up Trouble, who I feel ls the next dude to come out of Atlanta. I gave him an opportunity to get a buzz and let him do his thing. It made a lot of sense.
When the record was finished, it was just a big beast type of record and I couldn't think of a better title for it so I went with "Big Beast."
OutKast associate Killer Mike earned his own hit in 2003 with "A.D.I.D.A.S." He debuted two years earlier on "The Whole World," from the greatest-hits Big Boi and Dre Present...OutKast. After signing to Columbia, his first single, "A.D.I.D.A.S.," hit the pop charts in March 2003, and the subsequent album, Monster, debuted in the Top Ten. In 2006 he released the first volume of his mixtape series I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind. Two years later a second volume appeared and then, in 2011, the series graduated to "aboveground" status when the third volume, PL3DGE, landed on the SMC label.
Check out "Big Beast" below: