Singled Out: "Next Thing I Know, Talib Kweli E-Mailed Me My Plane Tickets & I'm On My Way To Chicago To Meet Bun B & GLC"
Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 2:15PM
[SOHH highlights a hot record on Tuesdays and offers a unique look at the track in Singled Out. After Hot Boys' Turk premiered his new "Eddie King Jr" banger for SOHH, UGK producer Cory Mo breaks down his new Bun B, Snoop Dogg and GLC-featured "Chose Me" track.]
"Chose Me" really came about from a good friend of mine. He came up with the foundation of that beat. It was actually an old school sample and a friend of mine e-mailed it to me like, "Yo, C Mo, I know you're working but my producer wants to send you some beats and I said, "Okay, send me something."
A lot of cats get intimidated and they don't want to send me beats. I'm like, "Man, I'm not trying to produce the whole record. Just send me something." So dude sent me the beat and it had a whole sample. I think it was an O'Jays or [Bobby] Womack, but anyway, it was jamming and I was like, "Okay, I'm going to take the sample out, I'm going to call my guitar guy over here and I'm probably going to re-do the drums a little bit so I can mess with the beat for a few more days." I ended up singing that hook.
I even put a little Snoop sample in there and it started to turn into something. Then GLC jumped right on it. I sent it to Bun and I couldn't find him. I was like, "Bun, I need you on this record. I need you on this record!" Bun kind of disappeared and I kept calling him. I was like, "Yo Bun, what's the deal?" Bun finally got on it at the last minute and we ended up doing the record and it turned out great.
Talib Kweli had the vision and said, "Yo, we need to shoot a video." I was thinking I didn't even want to shoot a music video because of the subject matter and I didn't really think it was going to be a single. Kweli was like, "Yo, let's all go to Chicago, meet up with GL, we'll fly Bun B out."
Next thing I know, Talib e-mailed me my plane tickets and I'm on my way to Chicago to meet Bun B and GLC. It was a one-day shoot and GLC called all the women up.
It was a very, very, serious production. They called out the red camera and I had a big crew. It was dope man. It was really like one of my first official music videos and it made its way onto MTV Jams.
That boy Kweli. He be putting it together behind the scenes. So, I definitely give props to Kweli for having that vision.
Cory Mo is one of the most gifted, passionate and dependable artists coming from the South. With fifteen years of experience as an MC, producer and recording engineer under his belt, his latest effort, Take It Or Leave It, brings Cory Mo to the next level- an artist with integrity and drive who can compete with the best artists of the day in the same arena if given the opportunity.
Check out the "Chose Me" music video: