Singled Out: "We All Hung Out & Earl [Sweatshirt] Was Like, 'Yo, We Should Put Riff [Raff] On This Record"
Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013 12:25AM
[SOHH highlights a hot record each Tuesday and offers a unique look at the track in Singled Out. After Aaradhna broke down P-Money and Talib Kweli's "Celebration Flow," New York producer Harry Fraud dissects his infectious "Yacht Lash" anthem.]
It's weird how sh*t works because "Yacht Lash" came together through Action Bronson because Bronson kept telling me, "Yo, Earl loves the 'Bird on the Wire' record. That was a record I had done with Bronson and Riff.
A lot of producers would hear that as "Earl heard the record, he wants to work with you," and then you'd say, "Oh word, give me his number!" and then they start hammering motherf*ckers. That's not really my style.
So I'm like, "Oh word, next time you're around him, let me come through and play some beats." Earl and Bronson were doing a track over at Converse Rubber Tracks studio which is a dope, free, sponsored studio in Brooklyn.
I had never been there before this and it's weird because I had an apartment like four blocks away down by the water and I had never been over there to that spot. So Bronson called me up when he was working with Earl to come over and play some sh*t and I go through. We were really just kicking it and Earl is f*cking cool as sh*t.
That's how I really am with people, I like to build a rapport with people. They were all in there working on some sh*t, 88-Keys was there, it was mad cool over there. Fresh Daily was over there. It was all types of cool people there.
It's so weird because before I sat down to play them the beats, that was the day Riff Raff came out with this freestyle on "Sway In The Morning," and that was like a f*cking incredible freestyle. We were sitting in there just watching the freestyle, me and Sweatshirt, just losing our minds, freaking out to this Riff Raff sh*t. This is before we even talked about doing a song, we were just appreciating his sh*t.
I played some beats and Earl literally took the beat and said, "Yo, I love this beat but I really want to take it," and it was a really weird beat, probably one of the weirdest ones I played. He was like, "I want to take it, maybe we can mess with it, slow it up." So we did all of this sh*t to the beat, like toned it down and we sat, wrote the record and just goofing around.
The hook came together because we were watching this sh*t on World Star and they're in a f*cking nice boat, speeding, and they crash and the camera is on the dashboard of the boat.
It's [called] "Boat Lash" so we just called it "Yacht Lash" because in the video, this motherf*cker goes down so hard and his neck, it's so crazy. The whole song came from that. We were just goofing and the whole song came from that.
We actually had the song for a while, me and Earl, because the song was kind of left and we were like, "What are we going to do with this?" We were at the Odd Future carnival hanging out with Bronson and Riff came out. We all hung out and Earl was like, 'Yo, we should put Riff on this record.' We put him on and Riff delievered the most classic verse ever.
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. His new High Tide EP is currently available at Scion AV
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