“Hard White (Up In The Club)” f/ Lil Jon
Produced by: Tha Hydrox
Yelawolf: “This was the last song that we cut for the project. When you’re cutting records, you always just need that one. That frustrates the shit out of me because I don’t fuck with the clubs like that. I never have. It’s just not my zone. I’d rather go to a dive bar.
“They were like, ‘We need that one club joint,’ and I was like, ‘You know what? Play me the fucking beat!’ The first thing that came out was, ‘Up in the club/Don’t give a fuck’—just being kind of sarcastic about it, but there’s times when I enjoyed being out. If I go there, I’m trying to rage. I don’t want to just sit around and throw money. I want to throw alcohol and get wild and crazy!
I don’t fuck with the clubs like that. If I go there, I’m trying to rage. I don’t want to just sit around and throw money. I want to throw alcohol and get wild and crazy! - Yelawolf
“When I recorded it, I went back out to Atlanta, listened to the mix, and to my surprise Lil Jon was on it. KP made that feature happen. I had no idea. KP was like, ‘Yo, check this out.’ I heard his voice and was like, ‘Oh shit!’ Really, who is better to have to be a part of that world?
“[On the line ‘I don’t break it down for you motherfuckers out there waiting around for some rap savior’ comes from] people always searching for that next. I was just a MC saying ‘Here I am goddammit.’ You better look up at what it is that you’re facing now. There’s no need to search for what’s going on next, because I am. That’s just MC’ing. Full ego trip. [Laughs]”
Lil Jon: KP gave me a call. He said, ‘Me and Yela have this track and we think it’d be dope if you jump on it and hype it up a little bit.’ I came in the studio, I think Yela was on the road, but I knocked my stuff out in like 20 minutes. That was it.
“I’ve known KP forever. He was A&Ring at La Face, and I was A&Ring at So So Def. Back in the ‘90s, Atlanta was a tight-knit musical family. Everybody hung out with each other.
“The first time I met Yela we were at Maloof Money Cup in New York years ago. Later on, we got together in Atlanta and hung out in my studio and worked on some stuff. We never really finished it. After that, this came up, and I got to be a part of the project.
I haven’t had a big urban record in a while. I’ve been on all kinds of big crossover records but not a big urban look like that. - Lil Jon
“I haven’t had a big urban record in a while. I’ve been on all kinds of big crossover records but not a big urban look like that.”
Trey “Tre” Holla of Tha Hydrox: “It’s a beat that we did almost a year ago. The beat started when one of our members, Ace [Lex Cartanya], came up with the original context, but we didn’t quite know what to do with it. A few months later, Mike Jaxx [one of our other members] and I took another look at the [beat] and we started tweaking a few things. We changed the bass line, changed the drums, and then realized that we might have a hit on our hands.
“Our manager Jeremy Jones—who goes by J. Dot—got the record to Yelawolf. He’s one of Yelawolf’s managers, none of this would have been possible without him. After Yelawolf recorded the song, he set up the feature with Lil Jon. Within an hour it was done.”