A press release from early this morning has left the hip-hop community shook. See the full press release below:
As I’m sure many of you know, I now have the most played video on all of YouTube. This is an exciting milestone in my career; a career that has been, above all things, progressive and honest. Well, honest for the most part…
You see, as an artist, I face the potential risk of being misinterpreted every time I release a new track. More often than not, that risk never comes to fruition. I applaud my fan base for almost always taking my songs for what they are: party songs to hang out and get high to.
With that being said, there is a weight on my shoulder that I have been carrying for too long. I must clear the air and get honest about the thematic content of one of my biggest songs.
I’m sure everybody reading this is familiar with my track “We Dem Boyz.”
“We Dem Boyz” was released as the first single to my fifth studio album, Blacc Hollywood. The response was overwhelming— “We Dem Boyz” received more radio play than any of my previous singles.
Having a song take off is bittersweet. Of course, you want as many people to listen to your music as possible; but you also want to make sure they listen to it in the right context.
“We Dem Boyz” was never meant to be listened to at the club, in the car, or at a party. As a matter of fact, the track was supposed to mark a shift in my career from pop-rap music to introspective, conscious-rap.
I wrote “We Dem Boyz” as a meditation on the 1993 sports-comedy film The Sandlot. If you are unfamiliar with The Sandlot, I suggest watching it immediately. It’s the cute, heartfelt story of a bunch of boys who love playin’ baseball in the neighborhood. The Sandlot has impacted me as an artist more than any other piece of media I have consumed in my entire life.
I understand this may come as a shock to my fans, but I ask you to go back and read the lyrics of “We Dem Boyz.” For instance, consider the break halfway through the song where the beat stops and someone says “Oh my god, this is amazing.” That line is meant to represent how amazing it feels when you’re with your boys, playing good ol’ American baseball. This is just one of many references to The Sandlot in “We Dem Boyz.” If you go back and listen attentively, you will see.
This was very hard for me to write— it makes me feel like a liar. With that being said, I know my true fans will stick with me and accept the song for what it is.
Thanks a lot gang,
Wow. That's a lot to process. Thanks for keeping Monday interesting Wiz.