Singled Out: "I'm From That Same Hood That Scarface Raps About"

Tuesday, Jul 3, 2012 12:05AM

Written by SOHH for XV

[SOHH highlights a hot record each week and offers a unique look at the track in Singled Out. After 8Ball broke down "Good Girl, Bad Girl" last week, rapper XV lets loose on his new "Chains, Whips and Bars" anthem.]

When I recorded "Chains" and most of my Awesome EP, I was in Los Angeles. This was the first time I've ever ventured outside of Kansas to record my own music. I've recorded music all throughout Kansas, but in bigger studios and my own studios. I've never gone out and just made a project in another city.

I just went out to Los Angeles and started working on the EP out there. I started a few records where I was kind of catering to the mainstream and it wasn't me. I wanted to say I'm an artist that's very inspiring and very fun.

But that doesn't mean I don't want a chain. That doesn't mean I don't want the craziest whip. I'm from that same hood that Scarface raps about. I'm from that same type of hood Andre 3000 said, "I ain't a hood n*gga but a n*gga from the hood/My mama stayed on me, so I turned out really good."

I'm from that same neighborhood. I still get a rush off those same types of things. So I wanted to make a statement about how those two things make me, as a person, feel free. I wanted to take that club, flashy element of hip-hop and turn it upside down and making a message out of it.

Why do chains, which I put around my neck, and whips, which I drive around the city in, get placed in my music and make me feel free when they really hold somebody back. I just came up with the concept that's so creative and that nobody's really taken the idea of taking those things and enslaving somebody.

We take those as all good things. Look at the word "N*gger." We have arguments all the time about that word and say "N*gga" and say it's not the same thing. We're taking something negative and turning it into a positive thing. It's the same thing with "Chains, Whips and Bars."

A chain put somebody in slavery. A whip kept them in slavery. Bars imprisoned many different people for many different reasons through many years. But in hip-hop, those are all positive things. That's dope to me.

XV is a burgeoning rapper/singer/songwriter from Wichita, Kansas. His rap alias represents the age when he first started creating music. He recently signed a record deal with Warner Bros. Records.

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