Ludacris "Ho" (2000)

Bangladesh: "'Ho' was motivated by a dude I used to make beats with named Barry Walker. When I was cutting in the shop, I started making beats with this dude. His mom and dad had money, so they bought him some equipment. When he got his equipment he started being selfish and he kinda cut me out the loop. He stop calling, stop coming around, cut me outta doing a lot of things that we were doing together at first. So that drove me to get my own things.

"At this time I was cutting hair in the neighborhood shop and all his friends, I would be cutting their hair. Once I got my beat machine, I started making beats and I would play them in the shop. So his friends would go back and tell him that my beats sounded good. So [Barry] came up to the shop one day. I'm thinking he's coming to the shop to get a haircut or something.

"He goes, 'Nah, I'm just here to chill. But yo, I heard you had some beats.' I’m like, 'Yeah.' He's like, 'Lemme hear them.' So I played them. I was playing them and they was alright beats. And I notice he was pacing the floor. He was mad because he liked my music. So he's pacing back and forth. And after I played him my third beat he said, 'Yeah keep doing it man, you'll get better.'

"That just chewed me. What he said to me, just changed me. It put a drive into me and I made 'Ho' after he said that. And that [was on] the first beat tape I gave to Ludacris. I played it for him and he made that right away. I was thinking it would be a hard song for the streets or something. So when Luda sang the hook to me, it kinda threw me off. He was like, 'Yeah man, I got a hook for it: 'You's a hoooo!' I was like, 'Nah man, you fitting to ruin it.' But it was a hit though!"

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