Singled Out: "I Probably Had A 101 Fever. I Was Like, Stopping & Choking Between Cuts"
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 2:55PM
[SOHH highlights a hot record each Tuesday and offers a unique look at the track in Singled Out. After Bobby Brackins undressed the "I Hit It First" smash, hip-hop artist Franco Anthony breaks down Joell Ortiz's "Giant Killah" anthem.]
This whole thing started from a guy I used to go to high school with in Long Island. He has a music group called Majestik Music Group and he's been making a lot of moves. He's a guy I've been trying to get at for about three or four years.
I kept doing my thing, in the meantime I've been featured on several other tracks, keeping busy on the production side and on the hook side. So this guy just calls me up, out of the blue, randomly, just about a month ago and he's like, "My artist needs to cut a track at your studio. Can you accomodate today? I know it's short notice." So I tell him of course and I had them come through.
He's been paying attention to what I've been doing lately and so he pulled out the track right there and got everyone together. He got Joell Ortiz on the track and had me do the hook. Cutting the hook was a thing in itself because I probably had a 101 fever. I was like, stopping and choking between cuts. But they were in a rush and wanted to get it going.
It was a great opportunity that was presented to me out of the blue and I guess now as a result, I'm going to keep working hard and doing my thing.
I got to hear all three verses on the track. There's three artists on it and they had sent me the rough cuts separately because the artists recorded their stuff remotely at their own studio. I had Joell's MP3 which was his own verse and everyone else's.
Franco Anthony, a New York-based writer, producer and artist has had success in the urban/R&B/hip-hop area before. Last year, his re-make of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man" with JtheS and Pill was named one of the top 25 records in Boston, and two years ago, he produced "Put Your Cape On" for The Official OD and JtheS, and it went to Number Two on the College Hip Hop charts. Majestic Music brought Franco Anthony onto the track to get his trademark sound and also his musician's way of working well with other artists in the studio.
Check out "Giant Killah":