Singled Out: "We Wrote The Chopped & Screwed Part Of Beyoncé's 'I Been On'"

Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 4:25AM

Written by SOHH for Planet VI

[SOHH highlights a hot record each Tuesday and offers a unique look at the track in Singled Out. After Ace Hood went in on his "Have Mercy" smash, Planet VI's Uptown and A1 collectively decode putting together Beyoncé's hard-hitting "Bow Down/I Been On.".]

Let me just tell you something, we wrote the "Chopped & Screwed" part of Beyoncé's "I Been On." We did that part. It's so funny because we were in Miami with Polow Da Don and I told him I had an idea.

I said I wanted to do a whole entire song "Chopped & Screwed" and he was like, "What!?" I remember telling him "Yeah, the whole song but I want a singer to sing it." He said, "Huh?" and so I told him, "I want to do a rap song, 'Chopped & Screwed,' but I want a singer to do the song."

So Polow's like, "Well, how would it go? That idea is dope but how woudl it go?" That's when I said, "I been on, I been on, I been on/Tell me who's gonna take me off, take me off," because I could just see me in the club going, "Yo dog, whose gonna take me off this couch?"

I just felt that and he loved it and the record just kind of turned into this thing and we played the demo over and over and over and over. We kept asking, "Who could do this song? Who could do this song?" Polow said, "Beyoncé" and I said, "Do you think she would do this?" He was like, "She's from Houston." And I'm like, "Oh my God. That's the best idea ever."

If anybody is familiar with Houston, with the culture and what they represent, I think "I Been On" is just the perfect thing to represent where she's from. It's just that whole vibe. She had so much fun with it and it's so hard.

Planet VI (formerly known as Rock City) is a Virgin Islands-born American R&B duo, composed of brothers Timothy (b. 1984) and Theron Thomas (b. 1982), who go by the stage names of Don't Talk Much and Da Spokesman. They were formerly signed to Akon's Kon Live Distribution and Geffen Records. They got signed to Kon Live and Geffen Records In 2006 and released a single entitled "Losing It" following this the official music video for "Losing It" was shot and posted on Youtube. When the song failed to match the predicted success the labels predicted like many other artists Rock City were caught in a slew of label politics. In 2011 after releasing eight mixtapes, as well as writing hits for other artists, they decided to jump ship and leave Geffen/Kon Live, then took their chances as being independent artists. In 2012, Planet VI released their independent debut mixtape entitled "The American Dream"

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