Singled Out: "It's Not A Record About The Yankees At All. It's A Record About New York"
Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 2:25PM
[SOHH highlights a hot record every week and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the smash in Singled Out. After Apollo Brown dissected his "My Answer" Thirty Eight instrumental, Brooklyn rapper Skyzoo uncaps his "My Blue Yankee Fitted" anthem.]
The song "Blue Yankee Fitted" came about from us hearing the beat and writing to it. It really started with my first line. We didn't start out saying let's do a record about the Yankees. It's not a record about the Yankees at all. It's a record about New York.
It's not even saying this is what New York is, but it's really just a hard New York record. It's saying we're from New York and this is what we're about and this is what we sound like. It started with my first line. I started writing my first verse and I said my blood type is Yankee blue.
I told Torae my first line and it's important to know I write everything on the spot. I was in the studio writing my rhymes and he writes on the spot too. I don't write on the planes, I don't write at my crib, I only write at the studio. It's just a little thing I have where it only comes together in the lab. I wrote four bars and I told them to him. He was like, "Oh word." But it really started with the hook.
I freestyle all of my hooks. I go, sit there and Rainman it a little bit but only with the hooks. I go in there and play around with the hooks. I'll say a few lines, put them together and then I'll put the whole hook together. I started doing my lines and it kept going and I was like, 'Yo, that's the hook!'
So we really just went with the whole New York vibe and once we got to the third verse where we went half and half, that's when we really harped in on New York. Our first verses are us just rapping but it all started with my opening line, talking about my blood type is Yankee blue. Then I just went to the booth and freestyled it and it worked out.
Check out "Blue Yankee Fitted"