Singled Out: "After The Surgery, Traveling Actually Made The Pain Worse"

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012 6:51PM

Written by Amber McKynzie for Nitty Scott

[SOHH highlights a hot record each Tuesday and offers a unique look at the track in Singled Out. After Kid Named Breezy spilled the goods behind his "Whoa Dere" music video, female rapper Nitty Scott tells the un-glamorous story of life in the fast lane.]

The concept [for this song] existed way before the song came to fruition. I remember getting my first taste of life on the road, and how un-glamorous it really is--receiving my own reality check, and [seeing] it's not all that sexy. So I started working on something that would really capture that emotion. Most of the time you hear a rapper talking about their travels, it's about first class flights and champagne on the airplane, and that wasn't my experience. I was waiting for the first instrumental to bring those emotions to life, and when I heard the instrumental from JET audio, I knew that was the one. It was the beat that was going to marry the concept to [track]. As far as taking a couple different studio sessions, reconstructing the whole record, and playing with different sounds, JET audio was very involved with that.

[When it came to the idea for the video], I would say it [came to me] when I was getting ready to go overseas for the first time. I had a performance with Rah Digga in Oslo, Norway as well as an appearance in London. Right before we left I had a really bad pain in my tooth, and I didn't think it wasn't anything Orajel couldn't fix. But when I ended up going to the dentist, I needed emergency surgery. I remember telling the dentist 'No! I have a performance in a couple days. I'll come back when I get back, just give me something for the pain.' He didn't agree with that, so we had to take it out that day. After the surgery, traveling actually made the pain worse. [The doctor] gave me two different set up meds: one that wouldn't get me drowsy during my performances, and another more along the lines of Vicodin. So I just got my prescriptions and got on the plane, and everywhere I went I had ice packs. The people at the hotel got accustomed to me. I [was going] to the hotel bar ever couple hours asking them for packs of ice. I really had to tolerate the pain while we were there the whole time. The only real enjoyment [from being there] came from performing, but I had to time that out where I would take my medication just in time for it to knock out the pain so I could get to the set. That whole thing made it a really rough trip, combined with being tired and having to go straight to the plane from the show and make up and this, that and the third.

I felt as an independent artist this was something I really needed to write about. Any artist who is traveling, you are not immune to things--delays and all these things that happen in the airport. And you still have to get out there and finish your job, and deliver. I even thought about the irony of traveling miles across the Atlantic, and miles upon miles just to get out that stage where you might have just a 15 minute set to perform and make and impact on people. When you put those next to each other--the amount of time you put in compared to the amount of hours you have to actually do your job--I think it's just a very ironic thing, and that really inspired me to make a record out of it.

Even with the [pain] medication, I still felt a little bit of pain and I just worked through it. I reminded myself why I was [there], how long the travel was and how hard I worked to even be in this position, and I wasn't going to let some b*tch ass tooth ruin it. That was basically the inspiration for "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles."

Nitty Scott is an MC originally from Michigan that now resides in New York City. She is a part of the BOOMBOX FAMILY movement. Earlier this year she released her "Doobies x Popsicles Sticks" mixtape and was one of many MC's to spit in the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher.

Check out Nitty Scott's "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" music video:

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