Singled Out: "A Lot Of People Don't Know Him Out Here, But In Europe He's Jay-Z"
Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012 12:05AM
[SOHH highlights a hot record each week and offers a unique look at the track in Singled Out. After League of Extraordinary Gz discussed their "Next Level" anthem, Cypress Hill's DJ Muggs unrolls his new single, "Snap Ya Neck Back."]
I had "Snap Ya Neck Back" awhile ago. My first approach to doing this was me wanting to do something real old-school, West Coast-sounding [mixed] with futuristic dubstep.
I worked with one of my boys named 6Blocc who is real big on dubstep. He's a really good friend of mine that's down with the Soul Assassins. So we finished up the track and then I got my boy Bambu from Los Angeles to rap on it. I took those vocals, chopped them up and I was going to have Bun B get on the track but he had a better idea instead.
He called me up and said, "Yo, Dizzee Rascal is out in LA and you should get him to go to the studio." Now a lot of people don't know Dizzee Rascal out here but in Europe, he's Jay-Z. You can't walk down the street with Dizzee Rascal without grandmothers turning around.
So Dizzee came to the studio and we worked on about four songs for his album and he asked me what I was working on. I played him the beat and he said he had to get on that sh*t. I told him it was the first single off my new album and he said it was hot.
He wrote his sh*t in about 20 minutes and jumped on it. We debuted the song out on the BBC [overseas radio] and it went crazy. They played it three times during daytime, primetime radio and the feedback was f*cking bananas.
This is the sound you can expect from me. This is the energy that I'm coming with now. If it gets on the radio, then it gets on the radio. I've never tried putting singers and all this sh*t on my music to get on the radio.
Muggs was born in Queens, New York of Italian and Norwegian descent. Muggs moved to L.A. at seventeen . He briefly DJ'd for the group '"7A3", putting out one album before disbanding. After linking up with B-Real and Sen Dog to form the group "Cypress Hill", he went on to produce seven studio albums with the group, from 1991 to 2004. Of the seven, four reached platinum status while the other three albums managed to attain gold. Meanwhile, he scored hits on the side with Ice Cube's "Check Yo Self" and House of Pain's "Jump Around." During Cypress Hill's early years, DJ Muggs met The Alchemist and his Dilated Peoples brethren on tour, deciding to take the young producer under his wing, providing a jump-start for his career.
Check out the "Snap Ya Neck Back" music video below: