So where do we begin?
When they called me the first time, they offered to fly me to NYC. I was at Suffolk University at this point; I stepped out of class and saw that I had like 15 missed calls and voice mails. I Googled the name of the dude from the voice mails, because that is the gift the Internet gave to the antisocial, and eventually called him back.
He picked up and immediately gave me both barrels of enthusiasm: Cause we can get you Rondo's jock. He's one member of a tiny group that runs the record industry, and he came over to chill with me and have dinner.
Because that's not going to inflate a broke year-old's ego. He asked, "You wrote this song all by yourself? Then he sent me an email on the weekend, mainly to let me know that he never sends emails on the weekend. Your song played huge when we tested it in Miami, we want to sign you and fly you down.
Although the record industry does shut down completely by 5 p. Hip-hop apparently keeps DMV hours. It was all just smoke being blown up my ass. Monte sent excited email after excited email about how big I was about to be and how we were "just getting started.
I guess he was trying to type "We're just getting started on the process of firing you" and hit enter too soon. I'd do it in my live show, put it on an album, and then roll about in piles of literally dozens of dollar bills.
Continue Reading Below Advertisement But in the recording industry, you might make 25 songs and none of them ever see the light of day. You develop real thick skin. I'd pour my heart into a song, spend all day making it, everyone in the recording room would be feeling it We'd all be stoked, and then I'd send it to Universal in an email, and a few minutes later: I realized then that we were at the "you either win a Grammy and sell lots of records or get the fuck out of Hollywood" point.
I didn't realize I had sent you the "not it" song, when I clearly meant to attach the "it" file. And that's part of what I love about music -- great descriptions and verses. But that's the opposite of what my label wanted.
I got in the studio for the first time and spent like five hours writing what I thought was one of my best songs yet, only to hear: We just need the hook.
All Universal really cares about is a catchy chorus. The label comes up with a chorus, a pre-chorus, and a melody, and then they fill in the blanks with people like me. In pop music, artists are like those Styrofoam packing peanuts, just there to make sure nothing shifts around too much in transit.
When it comes down to the music, the labels have a very narrow idea of what they want, and no new artist is going to change their minds.
The producer they paired me with did a lot of dance music. You know -- "bottles in the club, bitches on my junk, Cadillacs literally infesting my house" type stuff. I don't do that, and the song that got me noticed was nothing like that. But once I was signed, that's the only thing they wanted from me.
Like a fool, I thought that meant they wanted me to keep making my style of music. But they just wanted to take my name, my sorta-notoriety from one hit, and plug "Spose" into a bunch of pop songs.
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