Guest Star: "We Had To Struggle & Grind Just To Get A Hint Of What The American Dream Is"
Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012 7:45PM
[With their follow-up to last winter's American Dream, American Nightmare, now available, Planet VI's Uptown and A.I. give SOHH readers the inside scoop on the album's content.]
It's so funny because as far as the American Dream, we wanted to make a general statement of what the American Dream meant to us and most people coming from our background and our culture. So the American Dream was what the American Dream was from our eyes, speaking for us and the masses and people that could understand and relate to what we said.
The American Nightmare was an idea from our manager which was us showing the opposite side of the dream and showing the nightmare. We just wanted to make it more personal. We don't come from the dream, we come from the nightmare. We grew up in a poverty, drug environment, guns, murder. We come from that and we wanted to speak on what we see and what we know.
I feel like there are certain things that we can try to get out of this motherf*cker. The American Nightmare also stands for the rebellious people out there where there's people that don't want our kids to go to their schools and colleges. They don't want us to be their neighbors. They hate the fact our money is legit. We're reading and following politics now and that's what they're scare of. We touch on all of that. -Uptown
The nightmare is basically representing that struggle, that struggle you've got to go through, for most people, to live the American Dream. Some people are lucky and the American Dream just falls right into their hands. Then you have people like me and Uptown where we've come from the projects and grew up around the violence and for us, we had to struggle and grind just to get a hint of what the American Dream is.
We wanted to showcase that and represent that just so people know we can all live the dream now but those who come from the American Nightmare, we want them to know we still represent that struggle but you can come from that and turn it into something great and something bright.
Small beginnings can turn out to be great endings. -A.I.
Planet VI dropped a mixtape titled American Dream towards the end of last year. It featured artists like 2 Chainz, Cashe N. Cash, Cassie, Dom Kennedy, Bei Majeor, and Musiq Soulchild and also production from Boi-1da. They've written records like the Pussy Cat Dolls' 'When I Grow Up,' Mario's 'Music For Love,' Rihanna's 'Man Down' and 'Raining Men,' Iggy Azalea's 'Murda Bizness' (co-wrote), plus a bunch of other joints. Most recently, they were in London working on Rihanna's next album.