Singled Out: "Royce Da 5'9's Lyrical Skills Are Definitely Something I Kinda Envy"

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013 12:10AM

Written by SOHH for Havoc

[SOHH highlights hot records each Tuesday and offers a unique look at the track in Singled Out. After Lil Keke broke down his "Me & My Old School" anthem, Havoc explains his new "Tell Me To My Face" record.]

First things first, when I started making the beat, it was nighttime and I'm f*cking around with my keyboard and that was just the mood that I was in at the time. It wasn't really intentional, it was just the mood I was in. I'm always in dark moods and trying to find those dark sounds. That's how the beat came out.

I recorded the record with no feature in mind. I didn't have any feature in mind. It didn't even have a hook to it yet. I was thinking, "D*mn, we need some features." And so me and my manager were thinking of some features that would make sense and I just started going down the list in my mind of artists that I really like and appreciate. The idea I came up with was Royce Da 5'9.

His lyrical skills are definitely something I kinda envy because they're just so nice, but in a good way. We reached out to him and his manager and they were real receptive and I really appreciated that. When we got the record back from him, I was really surprised and thankful.

A lot of times when you go for features from a lot of artists, you can tell sometimes they don't give it their all because it's not their record and they're like, "Okay, f*ck it, let me just drop a verse." But the way he spit on it, you would have thought it was his record with the intensity that he brought to the record.

I didn't want to just come with some regular hook and I also don't like to overthink hooks. That's when they come out f*cked up, so this one I wanted to make it special. On this one, I'm kind of talking and then the beats and drums drop at the same time. That was my goal and that's what I did.

I've been working on this particular track for about two months before I finished it. I'm kind of a perfectionist to a certain extent and sometimes to a fault because sometimes I take too long but it's just because I want the sh*t to sound dope.

These days, I like to record in my attic. I record with one little desk light so it's just dark in the attic and I'm just playing on the keyboard. My place of preference is my attic. It's pretty much a finished attic with carpet and high ceilings. It's not your average attic and it's dope to me because I like to turn off all the lights and just keep one little one on from the desk.

Havoc produces most of the tracks on every Mobb Deep album, and has produced songs for MCs such as Method Man, Eminem, Nas, Foxy Brown, Onyx, O.G.C., The Notorious B.I.G., Jadakiss, Styles P, Game, Diddy, LL Cool J, La The Darkman, Big Noyd,Termanology, Jimmy Mserembo, Capone-N-Noreaga, and his own partner Prodigy on his solo work.

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