Singled Out: "Action Bronson & French Montana Are My Bros - They're Both Kings Of Their Own Realm"
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 2:55PM
[SOHH highlights a hot record each Tuesday and offers a unique look at the track in Singled Out. After Talib Kweli took off with his "Rocket Ships" track, New York producer Harry Fraud dissects his Action Bronson and French Montana-assisted "Mean" anthem.]
I had the idea that I definitely wanted to get Action Bronson and French Montana when I decided I was going to do the High Tide EP and was gonna do collaborations and stuff. That was one of the first things that popped inside of my head.
Action Bronson and French Montana are my bros. They're my friends. I bond very close with those two dudes and I just think that they're both kings of their own realm. So I just thought it would be good to put them together.
I wrote the beat with my bass player, Cowboy, we did the beat together, like the bass lines and the drums and stuff. What I initially did was I wrote the beat with my bass player and then we got Bronson on it and he did a verse and then I brought it to French when he was recording his album and I was like, "Yo, I need this."
He had to go somewhere and make an appearance. So he was like, "Aight, just wait in the studio and when I come back, I'll do it."
So I waited there and waited there and was like, "D*mn. Is this guy going to come back," because sometimes you go to make an appearance and then something happens in the club and then off to do something else. You know how sh*t goes but I also know that I made it very clear like, "Yo bro, I need to get this done tonight."
We were coming down to the wire to release. "Mean" was released last year and so it was coming down to the wire on deciding like, "I need a song to go out with." I had a million songs but I needed something to just be like "Boom."
So he ended up coming back to the studio at around 1 AM or something like that and you know, we did what we do which is bounce ideas off and go back and forth. We actually recorded all of French's stuff at Daddy's House.
We were just bouncing ideas off and I played him what Bronson had done and he liked it. I told him I wanted him to do the hook. Long story short, we did that whole record that night and I took it back to disassemble it, which is what I did with everything. I like to disassemble everything and start it from scratch and rebuild the beat around everyone's sh*t.
The finished product, obviously, they both loved. French loved it so much he put it on Mac & Cheese 3 and everybody loves it.
Harry Fraud has been in the rap game remixing and producing tracks since 2009. In just a few years, Harry Fraud has put together a powerful catalogue, featuring collaborations with many of this generation's most influential hip-hop artists. From mainstream to the underground, Fraud has enlisted a true who's-who of the rap game, including including French Montana, Jadakiss, Nicki Minaj, P. Diddy, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Sean Price, Styles P, Fat Joe, Action Bronson, Joey BADA$$, Pusha T, Mistah FAB, and Mac Miller. This past November, Scion A/V hosted an open mic event at Public Assembly in Brooklyn, NY, a one-time-only performance of Harry Fraud's previously released EP Cigarette Boats.
Check out "Mean":