After the success of “Bandz,” did you feel any pressure to make a hit that was as big as that song?
I’ve been working on this album for almost a year. Pretty much a year, I would say. I didn’t feel there was any stress. I just had to come up with another single. I mean I already know that my album is dope. I know I got great songs. I know I got great performances at my show. It’s on point. I’ve got confidence in myself that whatever I put out…it might not be as big as this or bigger than that but it’s definitely going to work. You can’t duplicate what you’ve already done. Once it’s done it’s done. “Bandz” came and now it’s done. I can’t make another “Bandz.” I just got to make another song and who knows what it’s gonna do?
There was a significant gap between the release of “Bandz” and the release of the album. Did you ever feel the album might not come out?
I was confident. I just wanted to make sure that everything was right. I didn’t want to just throw an album out there that’s not all put together. It had to be set up right. The marketing, the plans, everything has got to be on point. I consider myself a legend in the game. If I’m gonna be a legend in the game, its gotta be like “classic” whenever I drop. I feel good about it, though.
What was the thing that attracted to you about Mike WiLL Made It’s production?
When I first heard “Bandz A Make Her Dance,” I was like “Wow!” I was blown away with that beat. It sounded like an R&B-type beat. A slow song. Usually I hear what a song’s like to dance to like “Bandz A Make Her Dance.” It’s usually fast, so listening to that beat kind of put me back in the mode…what’s that song that came out a long time ago with Juvenile and Soulja Slim…“Slow Motion For Me.” Remember that song?
It kind of put me in the frame mind of that. It took me back to that. That’s what I like about it, because “Slow Motion” was definitely a dance record. You play it in the club and girls will start dancing, twerking their asses. It didn’t have a lot of energy, it was just chill. It was a chill strip club record. When I heard the beat that was what I wanted to make. I wanted to be different. I didn’t want to come out with a real turned up strip club record. It was almost like a slow song but still rap music. You can ride to “Bandz.” Most strip club records you’d be so turned up that you couldn’t do that. Who wants to ride to music that’s loud or has too much going on? I want to make songs you can ride to, chill, smoke a little weed or whatever.
One of the most prevalent themes on the album is your love of strip clubs. Do you have any good strip club stories?
Good strip club stories? I think all my strip club stories are good. I think everything I say about strip clubs is good because I’m having fun. K.O.D. is the best strip club in the world. You ever been there? It looks like a mall. It’s like if you walk in a mall and there are stripper poles everywhere.
That’s the one in Miami. It’s just like a shopping mall with poles in it but real getdown. I gave out a lot of money. I don’t remember a lot of stuff at strip clubs. I be drunk.