[SOHH highlights a hot record every week and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the smash in Singled Out. After Dave East dissected his “Hermes” record, Baltimore’s own Damond Blue decodes his Fat Trel and AC-assisted “Keep It 100” anthem.]

I remember getting the track from my producer and immediately when I heard it, I knew what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to speak to the streets with this one. I’m coming out of the gate and didn’t want to have something that people couldn’t understand or couldn’t relate to.

So I got the track and put my vocals to it and reached out to Fat Trel and the rest is history. They see me grinding and I see them grinding. I wanted to bridge the gap. I told Fat Trel I wanted to bridge the gap and bring together Washington, DC and Baltimore.

People really don’t consider Baltimore part of the DMV (DC-Maryland-Virginia) although we’re only 20 minutes from one another. That’s how it came together.

We were picky on the track. We already had the track together before we put Trel on it. I like to be in the studio and trying things out, really exploring my horizons. I like to be a different artist.

It didn’t take too long. It took about a week. Trel actually came to Baltimore, came to my hood, came to my studio and we shot the video and all that. It was a great experience. We built a foundation to start something different.

I didn’t send him a verse. He actually came and laid his verse down in-studio.

Check out the “Keep It 100” music video: