Producer: Diamond D
Album: Stunts, Blunts, & Hip Hop
Diamond D: “That was just me giving a wake-up call to all the young sisters out there. That’s all. I wasn’t trying to preach to anybody or anything like that. It was an album cut that became a single. Back then, a lot of people were doing concept songs, it wasn’t just rhyming about what you had. People were more into story rhymes. Some MCs still do it.
“I was already a Tower of Power fan. There were a couple of breakbeats that they made, so I was familiar with the group. I found the sample and flipped it on 45, and the bass line sounded so crazy. I was like, ‘Oh man, this is it right here.’ It took me about thirty minutes to make that beat.
“I had the beat first, and then from driving around in my car [listening to it], that’s the concept that jumped into my head. We filmed the video in my projects, shout out to Forest Projects. That’s one of the first videos we filmed there.
“The label suggested [we make it a single]. They were like, ‘We want to roll with this, and put our money behind this.’ I’m like, ‘Alright, cool.’ I wasn’t trying to go against the grain. The story had some depth to it, and that’s why I’m still able to go on tour and rock songs like that. People just felt it.”