“I was in the studio listening to Frenchie’s album, and he played the song for me like, ’Stunna you need to rock with this,’ ” Birdman told MTV News in October from the Las Vegas set of the song’s video.
Right now there is no set release date for Montana’s upcoming debut, Excuse My French, but the Bronx MC has been hard at work on the LP. Given his diligent in-studio work ethic, it’s not inconceivable that the “Pop That” spitter simply wanted to share a record with Birdman, who also has his Bigga Than Life LP to put out.
The pair then went on to add Young Money’s Gudda Gudda atop the Young Chop production and just like that, “Shout Out” was born. “I was upstairs in my session workin’ and I just came downstairs to holla at Birdman,” Gudda began to explain. “He was like, ’Gudda, French left me a banger my, n—a. Let’s rock out with it, and we laced it.”
The energetic bounce track serves as an ode to “real” women, though the MCs use more profane language to describe the ladies. Still, it is heartfelt. At the top of the record Birdman gives a shout out to some important women in his life who are no longer with us, like his sister and late rapper Magnolia Shorty. “There’s a lot of real, real chicks out there that really know how to hold you down and we wanted to give them their own song,” French explained.
For the video, the #1 Stunna recruited director Colin Tilley, and together, he and the trio of rap stars hit an under-construction casino on the Vegas strip and began to build a colorful and kinetic video for the new single. And it all started with a simple gift. “It just happened man,” French said. “Special things happen at special moments.”
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