We are back with another track dissection! We started off with Säge The 64th Wonder yesterday (read it here), and today we are talking to another Chicago artist named C$ (pronounced C Money.) I loved his new single Brand New which was even featured on Fake Shore Drive, so I decided to ask him a few more questions about the creation and details of the song. Give the song and listen and follow along with this interview.

Hey C$! Thanks for talking with us. How are you?

I’m great! Life’s been awesome as of late.

So we’re here to talk about your recent single Brand New. What inspired you to create this song?

Well the inspiration behind the song is that a lot of people, including myself, will only purchase certain things if it’s brand new. Whether it’s sneakers, cars, clothing or whatever. This song is for those that need certain things brand new and not used before they get it.

Did the lyrics or the beat come first?

The beat definitely came first. I was actually on my way to the studio when I wrote the song. With the beat came the catchy hook, then after that the verses kinda fell right into place!

What is your writing process like?

My writing process is a bit different from others. I do a lot of brainstorming and writing while driving. I feel like that’s where I get the best opinion of beats. So while driving, if I come up with something I’ll make voice memos on my phone or put notes on my phone to kinda start the song off and give it a platform, then once I’m home I fine tune it and finish off the song.

Taylor King produced it; how did you get introduced to him?

I got introduced to him straight through SoundCloud. This isn’t the last you’ll hear from us. More work on the way lol.

Your album ‘MoneyWave‘ was released in June (as a side note I loved it and think more people need to get in tune with it.) You also did a track by track commentary playlist on SoundCloud which really added to the experience of the album. Why was it important to you to do that commentary? Have you been getting good feedback on it?

I think it was very important that I do that commentary because that project was VERY important to me and who I am as a person. The commentary takes listeners through each track and why it was created the way it was. For everyone that’s heard Moneywave, it’s been nothing but love and positive feedback.

Going back to ‘Brand New’, how long did it take to record? What was the recording process like?

It didn’t take long to record. When I go in the studio my material is already ready to go. I usually do my verses in one take and the hook is simple but catchy so it didn’t take long at all. Took like 15-20 mins altogether. I record my songs in chronological order. So I go piece by piece. If the hook is first and it goes into a verse, I’ll do that hook then the verse then plug that hook back in and record the next verse. I just put in work lol no time for games in the studio.

What are some essentials while you’re in the studio?

Haha as of late I’ve been having this weird thing where my voice would be super raspy until my homie brought some hot fries into the stu one day. That shit opened me up and ever since then I keep hot fries and bottled water in the studio.

Where do you record?

I record out here in the south suburbs at my studio. It’s called Blue Heron Recording based out of Orland Hills.

You’re from Chicago (where flowsfordays.com is based.) Have any artists from the city inspired your music? Or any artists in general?

As far as Chicago artists, maybe Kanye and Chance. But they don’t inspire my music they just inspire me as a person. I don’t mold my music from any other Chicago artist but myself.

Can we expect some new material in the coming months?

Yes, this is just the beginning of what I’ve got coming. More details will be revealed later though.

Any final thoughts?

Final thoughts? Well thank you for rocking with my music and I hope the world is enjoying it as much as I am lol. Cmoneywave.com for everything about me.