Singled Out: "Dead Prez Came Through & Laid Their Joints Down"
Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 3:00PM
[SOHH highlights a hot record on Tuesdays and offers a unique look at the track in Singled Out. After Young Dro dished out how his T.I.-featured "Bad B*tch" came together, League of Extraordinary Gz's Greezo breaks down the Dead Prez-assisted "Still Bigger."]
Originally, "Still Bigger" was supposed to be a Dred Skott record. The League of Extraordinary Gz is made up of three separate groups coming together. One of the groups is Dred Skott which consists of Reggie Coby and a brother that passed away, Esbe.
So Dead Prez came through and laid their joints down and Reggie had wrote his verse at the same time. Unfortunately, Esbe wasn't able to finish his up before he passed. So Reggie put Tuk on the record and he did his verse last. When I say last, I mean a few months ago.
Reggie had already had his verse from when Dead Prez was there and it came together. But originally, it was a Dred Skott record. There's definitely some history behind the song.
We've had this record for a while and for the rest of us, it is hard to sit on music because of the excitement and trying to get that instant gratification. It's like, "Yeah, we got a song with Dead Prez." But if we would have put it out, then we wouldn't have received the same kind of response that we did.
I guess it's all part of taking and operating as a business versus as just a hip-hop head for hip-hop fans. You gotta really wait for the time to be right so that everything can sequence up. And it actually worked better than we thought it would.
That's evidence by me speaking to you right now.
When Austin, Texas reality rap collective League of Extraordinary Gz recorded "We Gone Make It" in spring 2010, Octavis "Esbe Da 6th Street Bully" Berry stepped in the recording booth and yelled his first two words: "League Sh-t!" Three short (and long) years later, it has become an emphatic anthem, mantra, slogan, brand and title. The League celebrated Berry's second birthday since his abrupt passing on February 9, 2013. As they strategized on their summer 2013 debut album #LeagueShit, The Bully was in the room. The Bully's vision formed in 2009 when his choice of eight members and three groups - Dred Skott, Da COD and Southbound - sat in a driveway at producer/singer/emcee Reggie Coby's birthday party plotting a collaborative mixtape. Each group had its own budding local buzz, and Berry had started sharing everyone's music with the others.
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