Guest Star: "I'm Not One Of Those N*ggas That Just Runs Around Looking For Trouble"
Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 4:00PM
[With the support of 50 Cent & G-Note on his side, rapper Hot Rod gives SOHH readers the inside on how he ditched dropping gangster rhymes for a wider audience.]
The transition was introduced after I created a record called "I Like to F*ck." I think that was in, I believe, 2007, 2008, and when I did that record, it never came out officially due to legal situations. People couldn't come to agreements with the legal paperwork and what not and so it just became a viral sensation on YouTube where girls are dancing to it.
It pretty much got huge on the underground circuit and especially overseas. So then all of a sudden, my phone started blowing up and this was after [gossip blogger] Perez Hilton put it on his site and that's when everybody just started going crazy as far as performances.
That's when I started traveling overseas. I was going everywhere. I went everywhere and it wasn't going everywhere with 50 [Cent], I was actually going everywhere on my own tours off the strength of that record.
The first time I even went out, I believe I was in Germany, and it was one of my favorite shows out there. The record is a pop record and before, I was performing in the United States and I was performing hip-hop records.
When I go out there, the clubs are all dance clubs. They're playing nothing but dancehall music all night. Before I get on stage, it's nothing but house music playing and I was uncomfortable because I'm not used to being in that scene. But if I'm doing 20 dates and every f*cking club is a dance record club, I started getting used to it. Everybody in there was all happy and wanted to have a good time.
It was a totally different world. I'm not gonna lie, I'm not one of those n*ggas that just runs around looking for trouble like, "If you step on my Jordans, there's gonna be problems." I'm not like that. I'm with the people who like to have a good time, have some drinks, dance and have fun. That whole dance music world is all about love and peace and good times.
That's when I really took to it. That's really when the whole transition started taking place for me, right after that song "I Like to F*ck."
A Phoenix, Arizona rapper and singer that originally signed to G-Unit Records back in 2006. After failing to release his original project, Fastlane, on the label, and being dropped from Interscope around 2007, Hot Rod modified his musical style to pop. For that reason 50 Cent thought it would be a good idea to make him the first official artist on the subsidiary label. He is currently working on his debut album, "My Life" that will be released under G-Unit Records and G-Note Records.