Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)
“If you look at the time span of rap, you can find my name in a lot of people’s discography,” producer/rapper Chase N. Cashe told us on the heels of the release of his new, sample-free, Scion AV-sponsored EP Cashe Rules, which features appearances by Casey Veggies and Smoke DZA. “When you hear me, you’re going to get quality music, quality product, and quality rollout. I’m not gonna force feed it to you. I’m gonna give you an opportunity to fuck with it.” Well, your opportunity is RIGHT HERE, and it’s our pleasure to present it to you on his behalf.
To find out more about what Chase N. Cashe is listening to when he’s not producing bangers like Lil Wayne and Eminem’s Rebirth collabo “Drop the World” and Drake’s Take Care gem “Look What You’ve Done,” or joints for himself to rap over, we caught up with him during his recent trip to Miami for Art Basel to discuss what songs he currently has in Heavy Rotation. And he divulged that he’s been listening to the new Troy Ave album heavy (he produced a track on there, too), and he always keeps a couple classic songs from his hometown of New Orleans close, especially when he’s traveling. Find out about those selections and more in our latest edition of Heavy Rotation with Chase N. Cashe.
1. Troy Ave New York City: The Album
Chase N. Cashe: “‘My Grind’ is one of my personal favorites from Troy Ave, mainly [because] of the beat. That horn sample by Rubirosa is ridiculous, and the drums. Me being a producer, I fuck with that shit. I fuck with how it just drops off the rip, and it comes on. And Troy’s spitting crazy on it. I really like the anthemic feel. It’s like some wake up and get motivated music. I like feeling like that, and then going to get paid, man. I like to feel motivated, so I wake up and crank that.”
“Dimes & Divas”
“That’s another favorite. I think that’s a good record for Troy, and it’s gonna grow in the street. I like the old G-Unit feel to it. I like John Scino’s beat on it, and the sounds he picked. And I fuck with Troy’s hook, and his second verse. He killed the second verse. It was like 50 bars, but he killed it. [Laughs.]”
“Lullaby” (Prod. by Chase N. Cashe)
“Me and Troy actually started that record when we wanted to do a project together. I went by his house, and we worked on some tracks together. We did like five tracks, and started that one, but he never had a second verse to it. Then he hit me up one day, and he was going crazy, talking about how he finished the second verse. I don’t think I even knew the title of the album at that time. I’ma keep it real, I didn’t even hear the [finished] track until the album dropped. It reminds me of the Timbaland era, and the Jay Z era.
“I’m playing my part in history, and Troy is a pivotal person right now in my life. I fuck with him so much, and Hovain, and the whole BSB. We’re tying our brands together with the Crown Bearers. We got some shit coming on White Christmas 2. ‘Lullaby’ is really a prequel. We’re just warming niggas up.
“[Those are my favorites, but] the whole album is quality. Every record is official, from top the bottom. It’s very diverse. Troy is in a groove right now.”
2. Soulja Slim “Make it Bounce”
“It’s an anthem. It’s one of the original records with Soulja Slim rapping over a bounce beat. And it’s one of the few moments in New Orleans rap where you got gangsters rapping over some party shit. Him and Juvenile are true originators of being real gangsters and being able to rap over party tracks and make the people dance, and at the same time spit game from the streets. It’s a well-rounded track. It’s catchy, and it’s relevant. It’s got some real catchy flows. It’s a record that I listen to that makes me remember the true essence of New Orleans, even though I know it’s never going to go back to that period. But it’s just that sense of fun. You can be whoever you want and make a fun song. You can be a gangster, a hipster, whoever you are. That’s why I listen to that shit, to let it be known, there ain’t no boundaries. Soulja Slim has a variety of music.
“That’s like one of those records in New Orleans that if you go out every night, you’re probably gonna hear that. The bitches just be going crazy when that chorus comes on. It’s the ultimate party record. And a lot of bounce records are just catered to females, but that’s one of the bounce records that niggas can fuck with and listen to and party with it, and not have it all female, twerk teamed-out and shit. [Laughs.]”
3. B.G. “Uptown Thang (Wait’n on Your Picture)”
“That’s such a legendary track. That makes me feel like a kid. It came out in the late ‘90s, like ‘95 to ‘97, when Cash Money was just grinding locally. B.G. was just a young cat, like a newer Soulja Slim, but a different Ward version. And he had his lingo with it. Shit, you know, those niggas were just repping hard.
“That’s a classic Mannie Fresh beat. It’s got the Wild Wild West synth in the shit. There was like a Western theme to it. And a lot of the shit B.G. says he originated. Him and Soulja Slim originated a lot of the lingo. Playing the game, raw, bustin’ niggas heads, niggas shouting out their projects, shouting out UPT. That was very, very big shit for us, because at the time, New Orleans didn’t have any superstars. So that was our way of connecting to the world.
“At this moment in time, I don’t really feel like New Orleans has a newer, fresh sound. And that’s what I get when I listen to ‘Uptown Thang.’ That was just some unheard shit at the time. It was very underground and raw. You really had to be around it to know it. You weren’t just from Miami and heard ‘Uptown Thang.’ You maybe were from Miami and came to New Orleans and heard it, then you went back to Miami and told some niggas.
“Back then, shit was all on CDs and tapes, so when you heard it, it was really meaningful. Everyone used to act like it was their song, like they were B.G. It was bigger than B.G. before B.G. was big. That’s how everyone knew the Cash Money shit was going to be crazy, early. Even with ‘Bling Bling,’ and all the other songs, we repped that shit because it was ours, because of the lingo. Everyone shared that same dialect. I travel a lot, so that’s like my piece of home when I listen to that. And the beats Mannie Fresh were making at that time sound a lot like the shit niggas be trying to make now on the EDM/trap side. It’s a good time stamp.”
4. PartyNextDoor PartyNextDoor
“I’m gonna keep it all the real, that PartyNextDoor album is the shit from top to bottom. My sequence is like number 3 to 8. That record’s a banger, man. That shit’s crazy. I listen to that shit a lot, and I really don’t be on no R&B kick, but I listen to that and my man Ty Dolla Sign.
“I like the feel. It makes you want to go to Miami when you listen to it. It feels masculine, too. A lot of times, I used to listen to a lot of niggas singing, and niggas be sounding gay, bro. No disrespect, but they would sound out of touch. But he just sounds like a real nigga when he’s singing. I like the beats, too. They got a knock to them. It ain’t soft R&B. It’s very beachy and Miami-ish, but that shit knocks.”
5. Casey Veggies Life Changes (“Faces”/”Whip It”)
“I fuck with that project. I fuck with ‘Faces.’ I fuck with it, too, because I’ve been able to grow with him, Anwar [Carrots], and Josh [Peas]. I share the same thought process as them. I listen to ‘Whip It’ on there all the time. I like the production, and how Casey came lyrically on that. That’s my young nigga. I fuck with him and the whole Peas & Carrots.
“I like the color on ‘Whip It,’ and the color on ‘Faces.’ Them shits got a certain texture to them, and a youthfulness to them. Me being a producer, and being a part of a lot of shit, I like to hear something that I don’t have in me anymore. Not that I’m old. I’m 26, but I’m not the same age as Casey. So it’s a different, youthful feel.”
Previously: Heavy Rotation with Tree (Chi-Town Edition) | Heavy Rotation with Eddie Huang | Heavy Rotation with Doley Bernays | Heavy Rotation with Black Dave | Heavy Rotation with Mistah F.A.B. (Bay Area Edition) | Heavy Rotation with Hannibal Buress | Heavy Rotation with Chuck Strangers | Heavy Rotation with Sean Price | Heavy Rotation with MTV’s Rob Markman