Behind The Music: Big Sima – Words To Live By [Part One]
Artist: Big Sima
Album: Words To Live By LP
1.No Place Like Home (Produced By Kajmir Royale)
I actually found this beat on Kajmirs Myspace Page! I emailed him and asked if it was available, I sent the money for the lease through paypal and got the wave almost straight away. I recorded the verse at Basics house one day when i was supposed to be at work. It was supposed to be for Snakes And Ladders 4 but when it came time to choose songs for the album, i decided this was better suited as the intro for the album instead, it has always been a huge hit at live shows and bangs hard on a big system. The content is based on a couple things that were going on at the time ie: the spout of murders and influx of meth related crimes in Christchurch, hence the line: “theres crackheads out here murder on the regular, drugs are the only thing serving as a plethora” I wanted to start by giving a darker insight before getting into the lighter shades.
2.Coming Home Ft.Young Focus (Produced By Young Focus)
So, i came home from being out at a gig partying all night, still buzzing off the pills and found this beat on producers market place, at first i jacked it just so i could write to it, then i found the song to be too strong to use for a mixtape joint so i contacted Young Focus and he ended up wanting to collab on it, so i bought it on a lease and he jumped on the chorus. I recorded this at Scribes house when Sirkuss was looking after it post earthquake and mixed it myself, the content is based on the east side where i was living at the time, and the crew i was kicking it with, they were mostly from the wrong side of the tracks so you hear alot of references to drugs, low life’s and thieves. Coming home is also a reference to getting out of jail where alot of my friends are at the moment, so its kind of an ode to the underbelly of my city as opposed to other joints where I’ve always shown the lighter side, once again i chose a darker perspective and once again just simply reporting on what was happening in my life at the time.
3. This Is Music (Produced By Inkredible)
Now this is no joke, ive literally had this beat since 2004. I first received it via email from Inkredible in the neighbourhoodwatch days, so if you do the math its almost 10 years old. It was basically a throw away back then, and only by chance i was at the mums one Sunday surfing on her computer and i found it in the downloads folder, i had written this joint over one of Dmain Events beats but i didn’t like the recording enough to zip it up, so i recorded the same lyrics over this beat at Basics house, this is one take, no cutting in. The content is on some braggadocios shit, but you can hear one reference in there to Basic (Aka GodMode) which goes “if you don’t understand hit the crates and dig, like basic did, see what kind of game you spit” i wrote that because at the time basic was listening to a bunch of old school rappers like big daddy kane etc just to school up, and his writing game was improving tenfold, which just goes to show for all the mc’s out there that don’t do there homework, your missing out on a vital part of your growth by ignoring your history.
4. Restart Ft.T13 (Produced By Dmain Event)
I was living with a friend when i got this beat from Dmain, he sent it in a zip folder with two others, but this was so hot, i literally wrote to it the day i got it, and that weekend i was in the studio at his house recording it. I met T13 when he was down in Christchurch doing a show with the blacked out whanau and we clicked straight away, hes a super cool cat, with a natural gift for double time plus it helps that I’ve always been a PHD fan, i admire there grind and professionalism and they know how to make a huge song. My verses were all slow so i didn’t expect him to come out double time like that, but me and Dmain were both blown away by his verse, he killed me on it to be honest! But i respect that from an mc’s point of view i feel like he showed me respect by coming so hard on it. My content is kind of straight forward everybody needs to restart sooner or later, its a fact of life. We actually shot a video for this but yeah, that’s another story.
5. Blowing Up (Produced By Dmain Event)
This is where it gets interesting, the 2nd time i had gone round to Dmain’s to get beats and record a demo, he had made this beat the night before, as soon as i got in his room he turned and said to me “check this one out, I’m not sure about it, see what you think” as you can imagine, hearing this beat for the first time, as an artist, i completely flipped. I sat there nodding my head saying “wow” haha, my usual reaction. Anyway we recorded a demo to it (Not the same as the album version) and i felt i had it locked up, he calls me the following week to tell me Scribe had come through and taken the beat, i was shattered but at the same time i knew the deal we had was that Scribble got first dibs, and being such a huge fan of his work i played my position and plus i would rather see Dmain get some shine outside of the underground and i knew that song would be the one. A couple months went by and Scribe had recorded an exclusive to the beat for Dj Sirveres late night hype anniversary show so my hopes of ever getting the beat back (which quite often happened due to scribble having such a huge selection of production) were all but gone. Then a funny thing happened, for some reason, and to this day i actually don’t know – i ended up getting it back. Dmain text me to let me know, i went and got the beat (after deleting it) and wrote the 3 verses you hear today. To date this has been my most successful song, 2454 downloads in one day, thousands of plays on Tahu Fm and the song i enjoy performing live the most. I can say though, scribbles version is amazing…maybe one day the world will get to hear it again. The content is all based on shit i was going through during the time i wrote it, i was supposed to go to court for an assault charge i picked up while on the snakes and ladders 3 tour and didn’t turn up, so i had a bunch of warrants out for my arrest and i was jumping from couch to couch trying to keep low from the cops. Everything i say in this song is factual, Shan Smiler, Jasmine Bastion and Joesph Clarke are my childhood friends who passed away recent to me writing the song which is why i reference them in the 2nd verse. “Rest in peace, Shan Smiler,Joey, Jaz B, everyday is but a gift we gon cherish every beat”
That was part one with Big Sima, in part two we have the remaining tracks and a summary of the album as a whole. Stay tuned, download ‘Words To Live By’ here.