Key Wane Tells All: The Stories Behind His Biggest Hits

Tyga f/ The Game and Mario "Drink The Night Away" (2011)

Album: Black Thoughts Vol. 2
Label: 
YMCMB/Universal Republic

“I remember I didn’t have class. I was in Boyd, in my dorm, during the beginning of the school year, and I was just working. I was just thinking of this hook. ‘It’s a celebration, bottles by the cases.’ I just kept saying this shit to myself all day. I went back to my dorm—this was when my roommate was there. He left, and I was just making this beat loud as hell in my dorm, probably got a fine—I don’t remember. A couple niggas in the dorm were like, ‘Man, we want to rap on it.’ I was like, ‘Damn, this shit is kind of good. I just don’t want to put this out like that.’

“I sent it to Tyga, and he was like, ‘I’m about to make this my single.’ He got the Game and Mario on it, and it was my first—outside of ‘Memories’—my first really big song. I wrote it. I wrote a portion of it, so then, that shit leaked, but it was already out. It was a good step into the door, and I’m glad people got to recognize the talent, and the sound, and just the feel of the song. I’m glad that I was part of the responsibility.”

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