[SOHH highlights a hot record every week and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the smash in Singled Out. After Fashawn broke down his “Guess Who’s Back” anthem, Germany native Joe Young decodes his Cormega and Dave East-assisted “Free” anthem.]
I was just sitting on my computer one day and I had this Heatmakerz beat laying around. The whole beat concept was really based off Black History Month.
When the beat came to me, it was already called “Free.” I was kind of like, “Okay, this was put together for Black History Month by the Heatmakerz.” You can see that on YouTube, how it all came together.
So I had this beat and I was sitting at the crib thinking, “Who am I going to get on this joint?” I think I tweeted out something like, “You can’t tell me who’s hot, let the music speak.” So Cormega hit me back with a response like, “That’s the realest sh*t.”
So me and Cormega got to talking and we have a relationship. We talk everyday about projects and what can we do. Cormega is a good dude so I was like, “Yo, Cormega, I got this record, this Heatmakerz beat,” and I asked if he could get on it. He was like, “Yeah, cool, just send it through. I’m going to go to the studio and just bless it.”
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I sent him the beat and he sent it right back so I had the hook. Prior to that, I was kind of listening to The Firm album and I kinda heard Nas [for the song]. I know they had their little discrepancies in the past. Dave East is now signed to Nas now. So I’m like, “Yo, let me do something classic right now. Let me take Dave East and put him on the record with Cormega and produced by The Heatmakerz and let the world hear how that sh*t can sound.”
So I told Cormega before I put him on, I said, “I’m putting Dave East on the record,” and at the time he was like, “Who?,” then he checked him out and was like, “Word. Cool.” I wanted to check with him because he’s the OG.
I sent it over to the Heatmakerz, they tweaked it a little bit and they just cooked it up for me.
Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg loved the joint. Tony Touch played the record on Shade 45 and the fans have been responding to the record. They’re liking it.
I even put it together and posted it onto my YouTube channel for the fans supporting me.