Singled Out: "I Took It To Roscoe First, Tyga Did His Verse Next & [Wale] Sent It Right Back To Me"

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 12:35AM

Written by Amber McKynzie for DJ Drama

[SOHH highlights a hot record each Tuesday and offers a unique look at the track in Singled Out. After Ying Yang Twins busted out their "Fist Pump" anthem, DJ Drama tells the story behind his new."]

I got the record from Rock City--Rock City wrote the hook for that record.

My first thought was that I wanted to get Roscoe on the record. That was probably one of the first songs I had for Quality Street Music and I wanted a record like that because of the success me and Roscoe did with "Oh My," so I wanted to have a record that was in the same family.

And that's what it felt like to me. I took it to Roscoe first, and [he] did the hook. Tyga did his verse next. He heard it and pretty much banged it out. He kinda even referenced "Oh My." Wale, I sent it to him and I think he got it done within the day. He sent it right back to me.

It didn't take too long [to put the track together]. Actually...from the time I got it to the time it was completed I would say it took about two months. I would say [the song] is becoming the most popular fast, and has the potential to be the next single off the album.

One of the most important, famous, and even infamous players in the mixtape game, Drama certainly lives up to his moniker thanks to some high-profile legal problems. Drama began his career in hip-hop in his native Philadelphia under the name DJ Drama. It was in Philly that he befriended Bahamadia, although he wouldn't become her DJ until he made the move to Atlanta to attend Clark Atlanta University. While at CAU, he also began his popular Automatic Relaxation mixtape series, which focused on neo-soul and soulful rap, plus he formed his crew the Aphilliates featuring DJ Don Cannon, DJ Jamad, Ox Banger, and DJ Sense. After a short gig as DJ for Slum Village, he began a new mixtape series, Gangsta Grillz, which would become the prime showcase for hardcore artists looking to connect or reconnect with the streets. Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, and Jim Jones were just a few of the artists to host a volume of Gangsta Grillz, but it was during the making of volume seven that he met his future employer, T.I.

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