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$heed discusses “Like Me”: People don’t really start f**king with you until you have a hit single

Toronto, ON – Earlier this month Toronto artist $heed released a brand new single titled “Like Me” (produced by JP Soundz). This track comes to us as $heed’s first new single since the release of the Ward 11 mixtape.

“Like Me” is a shot fired at the sheep mentality of music fans. It’s a commentary on how people only seem to want to support an artist once it’s cool to do so. As $heed pointed out, music fans like the security of knowing that they’re not the only ones putting on for an artist. Because – god forbid – you should bump an artist with no hype. Unfortunately, that’s how it goes. And that’s how it’s always gone.

And it’s not just about the music fans, either. Females and friends do the exact same thing. People only seem to catch interest once you start making moves and getting places. Take in the track below, and scope our Q&A with $heed after the jump.

$heed discusses

Q&A: $heed

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

$heed: On a personal level this song means a lot because I remember when I started making music no one really cared to listen. They basically seen me as another SoundCloud rapper. People don’t really start f**king with you until you have a hit single or get a co-sign which is pretty lame.

HipHopCanada: I love this song because it’s a commentary on all the people who only want to f**k with you when you start to get hype. Because people are sheep. And they wait until something is popping before they start to support it.

$heed: Yeah. People nowadays are sheep but it’s been like that. It’s nothing new. I guess people like to feel security in what they are supporting. I always thought it was weird that people would rather promote other artists that might have a buzz at the moment than their best friend who’s been making music.

HipHopCanada: What sort of experiences served as the inspiration for this track? It sounds like certain people were acting a certain kind of way.

$heed: Just a lot of small situations with people and different artists behind the scenes that really inspired the record. Also The haters in my YouTube comments that didn’t believe in the vision.

HipHopCanada: Also I noticed how you touched on your relations with females and how a lot of them have that same mentality… how they’re only taking interest now that you’re starting to pop off. Talk to me about that.

$heed: There’s been girls that I tried talking to before I started making music that dissed. Now those “I’m kinda busy” turn into “When can I see you?” and the replies come extra fast.

HipHopCanada: Tell me the story behind how the collaboration with JP came about for this one, and how you two built this track from start to finish.

$heed: My manger put me on to JP Soundz’ beats. At the time I was looking for a grime type beat that I could add my flavour to and this was the perfect one. Be on the look-out for more collaboration with me and Jp Soundz

HipHopCanada: I liked your little nod to J-Soul there. This is not a question. Just a comment. Because I get sick of guys always giving Drake the nod in their songs. And J-Soul is someone who deserves more co-signs from the guys in the GTA. You’re practicing what you’re preaching in this track and I respect that.

$heed: Yeah. That’s my label mate so it only made sense to. He’s very talented and underrated. He’ll be a superstar in the next couple years.

Twitter: @dollasignsheed

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