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The Success Of “Thug Waffle”

Meech: “I’m not trying to say I’m not grateful, but I still can’t really grasp it. It’s weird. I didn’t think it was going to be so infectious—pun intended. I really did not expect that. The way people react to it. When we perform, it’s just weird the way people react to that fucking song.

Erick: “We had to wait for [our manager] Phil to tell us it was hot. I didn’t even know. It was just a song we made that day.”

Meech: “I was like, ‘Yo, I like this shit a lot. I think niggas are going to fuck with it.’ But Juice hated it.”

Juice: [Laughs.] “I hated it. I was like, ‘Yo this is the worse.’”

Meech: “He was like, ‘Yo, Meech is fucking my life up right now. This whack song is about to come out [Laughs.] We are never going to make it.’”

Juice: I’m about to get “Thug Waffle” tatted on my forehead [Laughs.]

Erick: “The thing about that song-only thing I can say-is most rap music that comes out from Brooklyn doesn’t sound like that. It was just like a mindfuck. To me sonically, even the structure of the beat, the shit I used to make it was old. It was an old keyboard. They don’t make it anymore. I guess people were looking for nostalgic and this was something that was new and reminded them of something old.

Meech: It was called “Thug Pancake.” And then it was like, ‘Fuck that, pancakes suck.’

Juice: “I think we were eating waffles or something.”

Erick: “We wanted to eat that shit because it was mad early.”

Meech:“We were talking about Tupac though. I remember Tupac. I remember it being “Thug Pancake.” We were thinking of Tupac and breakfast. It must have been 4 in the morning. The beat was made. And we were talking about Tupac. I was like, ‘Yo, pancakes suck. Let’s make it waffles.’

Juice: “There was no direction for the video. We were in front of a brick wall. We smoke weed everyday. We were eating waffles. We’ve been wearing gold teeth since we were in junior high school. There’s no fucking direction. It’s just thug waffles!”

Meech:“That’s what it really was. That’s just displayed in that way. There was no full on scheme. No George Lucas planning and shit. ‘Yo, we got this location. I want to shoot this shit with mad waffles. Let’s just go bring ourselves.’ And that’s it. The video is simple as fuck and people love it. It’s really nothing but two men in front of a camera.”

Erick: “Eating waffles and smoking weed.”

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