The other day brought us all the way out to Malibu and it wasn't for Taco Tuesday, dawg. We were in the lab with Kevin Federline.
Federline played us about 12 completed tracks from his debut Off The Record that he plans to release on April 25. Whether it's through a major label or an indie release, that still has to be determined, but your man is firm on the release date. Most of the songs were produced by up-and-comer Disco D or unknown dude Notes, and Federline's unexpected beat selection bears influence from dirty south space dust to baile funk to epic Journey samples. He also snagged Petey Pablo for a guest verse. Federline says that growing up in Fresno, California he got into hip-hop through classic Bay Area acts like Digital Underground, Too $hort, Dru Down and E-40. At times his vocal approach mimics The Ballatician himself, while other touchstones include Eminem and Pharrell. His lyrical concerns are the hating-ass media and loose women.
Afterwards Federline and his manager Dan shot the shit with us about his music and his career, audio clips of the conversation are posted below.
We're the ones saying "right" and "yeah" too much.
When that was over we went to the patio where we ate hotdogs and talked about what foods our girls will and won't eat.