“I’m Better Than You” Breakdown [Part 3]

“Trinity” (Prod by Soundsmith & Neenyo)
[Audio:http://www.xxlmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/13-13-trinity.mp3]

The hook was already on this and I wanted to write about my ex-girlfriend. I’m deeply into The Matrix and I thought that naming my ex Trinity would be dope. I used auto-tune on this record because the record was so sonically futuristic. Never have I used it after. I thought it fit with The Matrix theme. I think people really love this record because of the honesty and sonic vibes that it gives off. I recorded this record a couple of times as well. But the last version is the best by far!

“Get By” Feat. Big K.R.I.T. (Prod By Big K.R.I.T.)
[Audio:http://www.xxlmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/14-14-get-by-feat-big-krit.mp3]

Steve-O and I felt like we needed an up-tempo record to show my hunger and kind of address my past movements and achievements to my critics. Big K.R.I.T.’s hook spoke to me in so many volumes. I love being able to speak my life into words. It’s one of the easiest things for me to do. I talked about leaving school as well as me getting a national commercial campaign before I signed my deal. Those two things affected me the most in the past couple of months. I felt I had to let people know what was going on in my life.

“Skyscraper” (Prod by Precize)
[Audio:http://www.xxlmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/15-15-skyscraper.mp3]

My favorite record on the mixtape. I wrote this record previously and it was just me popping shit. I had a different hook and everything. I had to switch it up. What I did was crazy though. I turned it up and for 5 minutes poured my heart out on the track. Precize’s production talked to me and let me know that I can be honest when I rap. I’m glad I met him. He knows exactly what I would sound dope over. It’s the first video I shot and I’m glad that people love the record as well. Come on now, who doesn’t want a skyscraper? Or to at least live in one? Them shits is hot and people love ‘em!

“Melodic Nightmares” (Prod by M83)
[Audio:http://www.xxlmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/16-16-melodic-nightmares.mp3]

I always have to end the mixtape on a serious level. M83 was a band that I discovered and I love with all my heart. I sampled them on the Dark Phoenix project. I also did on this show. I loved this song so much. My manager Saint wanted me to sample it and I did. I had to reflect and let the people know exactly what I’m Better Than You meant to me. It doesn’t mean I’m better than every rapper, It just means I need to be better than myself— that’s all. That’s how I feel. I think it’s a universal feeling that everybody can relate to.

  • realtalk

    pussy.

  • http://www.therealshyt.com/ JCITYHUSTLA617

    THIS NIGGA HAS A SONG WHERE HE SAYS HE PUTS ON HIS SNEAKERS THEN HE PUTS ON HIS JEANS UMMMM WHO THE FUCK DOES THAT FUCKIN BOOZO THE CLOWN SHOWIN THIS DUMB ASS NIGGA HOW 2 DRESS

    MICKEY FACTS = FAIL

  • Da Face

    Aye yo Mickey, I rate your mixtape tho, one of the best for this year. I hate the song “Trinity” though, real talk. Love “Skyscrapers”. I noticed you experimented a lot on this but I think “Skyscrapers” and “I am Legend” is the real you.