A week ago Rapper Big Pooh announced he would be releasing an album produced entirely by the great Apollo Brown. If you’ve heard output from either of these guys (preferably both) you’ll already know that this is going to end up being a seriously great album; and so that you don’t have to wait in silence until it’s release on March 24 they’ve given us Stop to spin until then. Stop and it’s Steve Roxx feature will sit alongside features from Rass Kass, Blakk Soul, Jalen Santoy, Novej and Lute; and the whole thing will be coming out through Mello Music Group. Hit the jump to read what Rapper Pooh has to say (via XXL) about the single. Enjoy.
The crazy thing is, of course, a lot of the stuff that’s going on—Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown—all this stuff has been going on. But I was sitting in the crib—it’s one of the last records I did for the EP—and I was watching the news, and there was a story from down in Columbia, South Carolina, which is like an hour and a half away from me. And this kid had just gotten off work and he got pulled over at a gas station. And when he got pulled over at the gas station he got out of the car and the cop said, ‘I want to see your license.’ It was in the car, so [the kid] went to reach for it in the car and the cop fired off one. He didn’t kill him but he injured him, he shot him in the leg. And right after that I went out, I went driving around and I got pulled over that night. And that was going through my mind the other time: All these black youth getting killed by police officers, and I get pulled over the night after I watched a man get shot at the gas station. So that was like the longest, quickest police stop I’ve ever had in my life.
Two days later when I got home I was like, ‘I gotta write about this.’ You know, as a black man, it used to be the joke that you always tense up when a cop get behind you while you’re driving, but now it’s real, you know what I’m sayin’? That’s real now. So I definitely wanted to document it in some shape or form. – Rapper Big Pooh