The Making of “Survival Tactics”
“Me and STEEZ, we got this older homie named Bagir, and he’s just like, an older hip-hop head. He’s a producer, and an older hip-hop cat from around my school’s neighborhood. A little older than me, not like, old. I normally don’t call people older than me that are in my age range ‘old.’ That’s the respect that I have for him. Everybody knew him around the school.
That video was supposed to be out way, way back. We shot it in the fall, and it was supposed to come out in December. But we weren’t really trippin’ off that... Hell yeah [we had fun making it]. It was surreal.
“One day STEEZ was like [to Bagir], ‘Yo, put me on to some shit.’ Then he sent STEEZ that [Styles of Beyond] beat. And then STEEZ sent it to me, and as soon as he sent it to me, I had a verse ready. Then STEEZ made his verse. Honestly, me nor STEEZ knew who Styles of Beyond was.
“Then, that same weekend, we were in the studio, and we just knocked it out. This was like last summer. Shipes was overlooking us at this point, but we did this on our own, in [a home studio].
“That video was supposed to be out way, way back. We shot it in the fall, and it was supposed to come out in December. But we weren’t really trippin’ off that. We had to wait on some shots because the weather got bad. It came together as a success. We were proud of it.
“Hell yeah [we had fun making it]. It was surreal. I met [the Creative Control] guys through Shipes. They’re part of the team, and they’re like genuine, good guys. Those are my homies, Coodie and Chike. We were coming up with ideas as we were going along [with the masks from Urban Outfitters and different shots to use], so it was perfect synchronization.”