How Buying A Beat From My College Dorm Room Changed My Life

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For some reason in college, I decided to reach out to a Grammy Award winning producer– and the beat actually changed my life. That producer, which I met through a mutual friend in St. Louis, was behind a lot of the success of Nelly in the 2000’s…

Jayson “KoKo” Bridges of the production camp, Basement Beats, is who I’m referring to. You may have heard his work on ‘Shake Ya Tailfeather’ with Nelly, P. Diddy, and Murphy Lee, which was also the theme song on the movie Bad Boys 2.

Anyhow, I reached out to him and let him know I was working on putting together a new music project and I needed some beats. He shot me back a cool price at $25/per lease. I sent him the bread. And then I went to work.

At this time, I was working at Walmart as a part-time cashier and I didn’t have a car. So everyday on my way to work, I would rehearse what I was going to say over one of the beats I liked. One beat stuck out in particular and that’s the one I used to make a song called ‘Shittin’ On The Game.’ For the first verse, I actually recycled that from an old mixtape I made when I was in high school. I originally recorded that verse over Trick Daddy‘s beat to the song ‘Nann’ feat. Trina.

For the 2nd verse, that was based on my encounter with various females in my college dorm room LOL. As far as the hook, I recycled part of it from my old mixtape too, another part was new, and the other part (mainly the Don’t I part) was influenced by the ‘Ain’t I’ song by Yung LA, Young Dro, and T.I.

My hook went a little something like this:

I be shittin’ on the game (don’t I, don’t I, don’t I, don’t I) x2

I be shittin’ on the game every time I get a chance, I’m a mfkn hustla, it’s a must I be the man

I be shittin’ on the game (don’t I, don’t I, don’t I, don’t I) x2

I be shittin’ on the game, every time I get a chance, if you never ran your city, you wouldn’t even understand

Once I was confident enough in the song, I booked a session at The Kitchen Studios near Dallas, TX, then caught the bus to go record it (after leaving my internship at the radio station 97.9 The Beat).

That was in July of 2012.

From there, big things happened. I traveled back to St. Louis and shot my first professional music video (check that out below).

My song ‘Shittin’ On The Game’ got placement on the mixtape compilation ‘This That Southern Smoke Vol. 2’ hosted by T.I. & DJ Smallz, which reached over 400,000 people on LiveMixtapes.

And I got recognized by the local St. Louis newspaper, the Riverfront Times, and was able to put my story out there, from my success as both an artist and an entrepreneur.

Crazy huh? How that 1 beat I bought in my college dorm room at Collin College actually helped push me into being the professional, nationally recognized recording artist I am today.

If you like the track from the video above,  you might also consider checking out My Life Brazy. It’s my latest album and it’s full of trap-soul tunes that have helped me put a lot of my struggles in life into perspective. 🙂

Talk soon,

Farlin Ave (@farlinave)

Author: Farlin Ave

Naheem “Farlin Ave” Houston is a musician and founder of 7 Star Dreams. When not busy being an entrepreneur, he works as an entertainment news journalist for the mainstream Hip Hop station 97.9 The Beat in Dallas, TX.

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