Singled Out: "This Is One Of The Craziest Records I've Ever Done"
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 12:15AM
[SOHH highlights a hot record each week and offers a unique look at the track in Singled Out. After Cy Fyre analyzed his new "I'm On 2.0" anthem, West Coast rapper Mann wakes up with "4 A.M."]
This is one of the craziest records I've ever done and we shot one of the most amazing music videos out in the desert. It's so wonderful. I couldn't wait to release it to the people and we kept it a secret for such a long time.
I had been out in London for so long and dubstep was one of the biggest influences out there. So when I got back, I knew I wanted to make a record with that sound. I'm in my 20's, I'm young and I'm having fun and that's what I wanted to do.
I'm getting money, living the life and I feel like this is one of those records with that kind of feel. I told Fingas, that's the producer, this is how I wanted to do it. "4 A.M." is just a perfect title because it's just about being up late, wilding out at 4 A.M.
When I shot the video, I just figured it would be something virally we'd do so we made it out of pocket. The video is done at a car junkyard where we're just busting windows and smashing stuff. It's kind of just out there and I can't wait for the world to see this side of me.
Besides being the rare West Coast rapper signed to the East Coast-centric Def Jam, Mann was only 18 years old when he was signed to the label. The L.A. native studied acting and dance in high school and joined a number of local hip-hop crews before attempting a solo career. In 2008 he signed with the A2Z Entertainment agency and a year later he signed with Def Jam. In 2010 the label issued his singles "Text" with Jason Derülo and "Buzzin'" with 50 Cent.
Check out the "4 A.M." music video below:
You can also peep Mann's new Freshmann On Varsity mixtape below: