[SOHH highlights a hot record every week and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the smash in Singled Out. After Jarren Benton broke his "Silence,” Miami’s DJ EFN dissects his star-studded "Who’s Crazy” Another Time smash.]
When I started to conceptualize the [Another Time]ject, I knew most of my production was going to be in-house or it would be people that I worked with in the local Miami community.
But I knew I wanted to work with DJ Premier. Any true hip-hop head, come on, who wouldn’t want to work with him? So I reached out and made sure to get him on a track.
Then when I got Preemo, I thought in the back of my mind I had these Guru vocals. He used to come to Miami and host mixtapes of mine and do freestyles. So I had a bunch of vocals from him. I knew if I got Preemo, there was no way I couldn’t ask if he could cut up these vocals for me.
He obliged and he did it which was amazing. And then originally that track was supposed to have Rick Ross on it but scheduling and different things, me and Ross go back from the Miami scene, we know each other well, and that’s the original concept with Ross on the track.
We didn’t get him on it so, to me, Scarface is a Southern and hip-hop legend. He’s one of the top emcees in the game. I wanted someone of that caliber.
Troy Ave fit the mold of getting new and older cats on the project. But also, I was interested in getting people from different regions with guys you’re not used to hearing together.
Stalley came into the mix and really blew things away. That’s really the making of “Who’s Crazy.”
At the end of the day, if I’m going to have such an incredible track, I figured I should go ahead and make it a great branding opportunity.
The slogan for my Crazy Hood Productions is Who’s Crazy. So I figured, “Why not name the track that and make sure that’s in the hook.”
Check out “Who’s Crazy” below: