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$heed met a bad girl at an “Air Bnb” & she inspired him to make this song

Toronto, ON – Earlier this month Toronto artist $heed released new visuals for his track “Air Bnb” off the Ward 11 project.

“Air Bnb” was inspired by a female $heed met one time at an Air Bnb. While everyone’s been on the relevancy tip making songs about Uber and stuff, I actually haven’t yet seen a guy make a rap record about Air Bnb.

This is a playful R&B record about spending some quality time with a special someone. And (of course) it was shot at an Air Bnb. The video was directed by Rodzilla, and the track was co-produced by Rexyboy and 7:20. Check out the video for “Air Bnb” after the jump, and scope our Q&A with $heed.

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Q&A: $heed

HipHopCanada: Start off by telling me what this song means to you on a personal level.

$heed: This is my favourite song off the Ward 11 project. I felt like I started to find myself as an artist on this record and I just love the vibe of the song

HipHopCanada: This is a smart approach to writing a song and getting it to pop off… writing about things that are culturally relevant. Tell me how that idea for “Air Bnb” came to you and why you chose to approach it the way you did.

$heed: I always try to be original and come up with concepts no one has done yet. As a rapper I always find myself ending up in an Air Bnb for house parties or renting one for my personal use. At the time almost every song mentioned Uber; but not Air Bnb. So I thought it was a perfect idea. The vibe of the beat really inspired the song. Off the bat, I knew I wanted to tell a story about a day I once had with a girl. I also knew this idea was marketable.

HipHopCanada: What was the vision for this video and how did that all go down with Rodzilla?

$heed: The vision of the video was to capture a day in my life. I wanted the video to be funny so I had Ryan Swaze – a popular YouTuber – come do some scenes. I also wanted the video to feel like I was having a lot of fun, along with a sex appeal. But not too sexy because I know I have a younger audience watching my videos. So at the end of the video I smile and leave it up to your imagination [as] to what happens next.

HipHopCanada: Talk to me about the female (or females) who inspired you to write this one.

$heed: It was inspired by a girl I met randomly at a Air Bnb and we basically chilled there for the whole day. She was bad as f**k, so I also wanted the video girl to be bad as well. The girl in the video was actually in Drake’s “Hotline Bling” video.

HipHopCanada: Did you actually rent an Air Bnb to shoot this video?

$heed: Yeah. I wanted it to feel as authentic as possible.

Twitter: @dollasignsheed


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Sarah Jay is based in Calgary and works as a freelance journalist and photographer. Sarah is also a former A&R talent scout for the Universal Music Scouting Program, and runs a vintage store during the day. Sarah has juried the JUNO Awards, The Polaris Music Prize, and The Prism Prize. She has been fortunate enough to interview and photograph some of hip-hop's greatest influencers including Future, ScHoolboy Q, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Maestro Fresh Wes, Shad, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, and more. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @ThisIsSarahJay

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