Compton rapper Buddy’s major-label debut, Harlan & Alondra, is packed with gummy G-funk moments and West Coast energy. Amidst those sunny melodies, the headliner veered left for the more grating and politically minded “Black,” a standout selection featuring an incredible A$AP Ferg feature that, as Buddy revealed during an interview with Billboard, came about because Pharrell had to ditch the studio and be with his kids.
“It was super random how it came about,” Buddy said of “Black.” “It was February, Black History Month. So I was already in a black vibe. Then, Jahaan Sweet came through played the beat and I was just kinda freestyling to the beat and I was just like ‘black, black, black, black.’ It sounded so tight… Then, I was working with Pharrell trying to get some beats for the album and he was working with A$AP Ferg at the same time, but then he went home because he got kids. I was hanging out with A$AP Ferg. I played him the record. He’s like, ‘Oh yeah, send this over I’m gonna rap on this right now.’ So that was tight.”
Already a tight and blown-out track, with the added boom and grip of Ferg’s voice, “Black” went from an interesting record to among the album's best moments.
We often hear of artists struggling to balance their work and family lives, but as Buddy's story proves, prioritizing family can turn out to be a net positive for everyone, not just the kids.
Make out those royalty checks to Pharrell’s children.