Singled Out: "They Figured It'd Sound Dope To Have Freddie Gibbs & Myself Just Spitting On There"
Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 4:00PM
[SOHH highlights a hot record on Tuesdays and offers a unique look at the track in Singled Out. After The Clipse's No Malice broke down his "Shame The Devil" anthem, New Zealand's David Dallas decodes his Freddie Gibbs' assisted "My Mentality".]
Freddie Gibbs and I had worked together on a song called 'Caught In A Daze' off my last album. That tune turned out real nice, our voices and styles are super different but I always thought they contrasted well.
Also Gibbs is a cool dude, so it was a no brainer to reach out when we had something we thought he'd suit.
My bros Fire & Ice produced the song and what they came through with was this really pretty, almost ethereal sounding beat. Keeping with that idea of contrast, they figured it'd sound dope to have Gibbs & myself just spitting on there.
Nothing too melodic or conceptual, just straight rapping. Hip-hop sh*t. We sent the track to Gibbs to set it off, and he came back straight away - killed it as per usual, and that really helped to set the tone overall.
As a song I think the whole thing meshed really well, even had to quote some classic lines from Nas and AZ in the hook. Wicked.
David Dallas was born and raised in Auckland, NZ, where he has quickly become one of the top music talents in his country. He has debuted on several occasions with #1 records and was honored as the 'Best Male Rapper' at the New Zealand Music Awards - a far cry from when he first started recording with a $60 microphone and software downloaded from the Internet. With the support of his country behind him, David is packing his bags and making the bold jump to the U.S. to bring his music to our shores. Over the last year he continues to impress with millions of views on his music videos, licensing synchs with the likes of HBO, CBS, NFL, Adidas, The Harvey Weinstein Company, ESPN, WWE, EA Sports and Viacom, and a recent nationwide tour as support for Aer.
Check out David Dallas & Freddie Gibbs' "My Mentality" anthem: