The Surf Club Shoutout On “9 AM In Dallas”
Chase N. Cashe:“It started off with me going to Record Plant just to stop by. Boi-1da was in the studio and he was playing beats for Stat Quo. I always fuck with people who are my real homeys, so I always walk in the room and talk shit like, ‘Nigga what you got? Play me something.’ Drake had told me a few days prior that he was trying to wrap the album up.
“He had the ‘You Know, You Know’ joint and I was pressing him to put that shit on the album. But some shit happened where they couldn’t find the files and it was only the two track.
"So I was in the studio feeling the vibe from ‘You Know, You Know’ and was like you need something touching, something where you’re just venting and letting it all out. Something that’s touching, but acoustic because a lot of his shit was so moody and synthetic. ‘Fear’ was the only thing that I’d ever heard that was ‘in your face.’
“Stat Quo asked Boi-1da to play some beats and he played that [‘9 AM In Dallas’] beat. I didn’t say nothing, I just let it play. Stat Quo left the room and I was like, ‘I need that beat for Drake. He’s at Nightbird Studios right now. I’m about to go over to the studio. E-mail that shit. I’m about to go over here and tell him to ask you for this beat.’
“I left Record Plant and went over to Nightbird studios and got up with Drake. I walked in and was like, ‘Yo man, 1da got this beat that you need to rap on right now.’ 1da sent it, played it, and as soon as the pianos dropped and the base dropped, I just seen Drake’s face scrunch and he just stopped the beat and was like, ‘Yo, good look nigga.’ And, the next thing I know, I just ended up hearing it.
“When it dropped that morning motherfuckers just start hitting me like, ‘Man, you didn’t hear Drake shout you out?’ I was just like, ‘Nah, where did he shout me out at?’ And Drake was like, ‘Chase N. Cashe, that’s my brother from the Surf Club.’ He shouted me out and they thought I did the beat. I had to run around for the longest telling everybody that I didn’t do the beat. To me that just signifies how I get down with people. I just want to see my people win.
“I used to be around Boi-1da and he would be like, ‘I’m trying to get my shit cracking.’ I would be like, ‘I feel you man, but the guy you’re working with is the guy that’s gonna be cracking for the next ten years. Fuck everybody and all the guys you wanna work with now. We all wanna work with Eminem, but this is something y’all really built from scratch from Canada. Y’all can literally be a legacy out of this shit and be big in your hometown. ’
“I just always wanted them to have a better perspective especially because they came up differently. That’s one thing about Drake I always try to tell people, they haven’t heard the music that we came up on.
“Not too long ago Drake asked me for some albums to listen to. I told him to listen to Outkast’s Aquemini which he had never heard before. But to really sit there and digest Erykah Badu’s Baduizm and Outkast’s Aquemini and Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik and all that shit because these guys are from Canada, they weren’t raised up on that shit.
“So he hears this shit and he listens to it like a kid like, ‘Oh, this shit is real! Is this what y’all was on?’ I got Lil Wayne songs that I played before and he’s like, ‘Damn when this came out?’ I’m like, “Man, this was the squad when I was in middle school.’ He’s never heard this shit and this is a person that has bangers. You would’ve thought he knew Wayne’s whole catalog, but he didn’t and he’s learning everyday.
“Him being from Canada and coming over here, they really had to get Americanized. They didn’t know about no strip club lifestyle in Atlanta. They didn’t know about sipping no lean and smoking no Kush the way we really cherish that shit out here. I mean, they got free health care! That’s some real shit. They’re just different.
“Even in how they talk and when I first got around him it took me a while to figure what we could converse about. Like, these guys are Canadian! They’re literally talking about Poitín [a highly alcoholic Irish liquor] and other Canadian shit. I’m New Orleans, L.A. hood. I’m thinking about fucking bitches and they’re probably thinking about something completely different like, ‘What’s your mom doing?’ They just weren’t Americanized.”