Singled Out: "Killa's Always Had That Hunger, But Now It's Bigger Than Ever"
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 12:05PM
[SOHH highlights a hot record each week and offers a unique look at the track in Singled Out. After rap veteran Warren G breaks down his new "Party We Will Throw Now" anthem, Texas DJ Rapid Ric reflects on his work with Killa Kyleon and Southern icon Bun B on the track, "Bodies Hit the Floor."]
Candy Paint & Texas Plates 1 was kinda like ... 65 percent original and 35 percent industry beats or whatever. So I think on part two we were actually workin' on an industry beat.
The way I record Killa and all the other artists is I kinda do the engineering while I record, so if they say something dope I might copy and paste that, filter it and make it sounds like a Screw sample while they're rappin'. So that's how "Let the bodies hit the floor" came in. I think that line was part of some long verse that he was saying. I heard it and said, "Yo -- that's the hook."
I took that line, filtered it, turned it up and made it sound like he was on a megaphone. I think I got that idea from Mike Dean on the last Kanye album. We did that, made the hook and the next day Killa was like, "Lex gave me some beats, I think we should take that hook we made and put it on this."
Bun B came through the next day and did his part. That song was done in two days.
The cool thing about this job is you can relax. Bun is cool, he comes in the studio and does his thing. He has things to do, I have things to do -- he's always very respectful and on time, you know what I'm saying? Alotta people respect him because he's very genuine.
Killa Kyleon is like an up-and-coming veteran, is the best way I can describe it. He's not new to the scene. He's new to having his own spotlight, and now that he's doing his own thing, he's making alotta new relationships with up-and-coming artists, producers and has the kind of hunger you'd see in a 16 or 17-year-old new guy.
He's always had that hunger, but right now it's bigger than ever. His focus is crazy.
I been doing mixtapes for about 10 years for alotta regional artists. For the past few years, I've had a recording studio here in Houston. We still do the mixtape stuff, but we really focus on doing alotta original music. We've worked with a whole array of people, from Big Sean, to Big KRIT, to everyone who's ever been hot in the city.
Check out "Bodies Hit the Floor" below: