Interview: Git Fresh — "Our album should remind you of 'House Party'"
Fri, 02 Jul 2010 10:46:22
"We're R&B and so much more," exclaims Pretti Sly of Git Fresh.
That's actually quite the modest understatement.
Git Fresh infuse a slick swagger and hip hop bounce into their sound, making for R&B that grooves at all the right moments. The Florida trio of Pretti Sly, Penny and Rude Boi are about to ignite clubs worldwide with their new single "She Be Like." The song bristles with a modern energy a la Usher, but it's also got classic panache reminiscent of Motown's leading men—mainly arising from the interplay of the three enigmatic members of Git Fresh. It's a little bit of the old and the new that makes Git Fresh so groovy…
Git Fresh's Pretti Sly and Rude Boi spoke to ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino about "She Be Like," how their new album is like House Party and so much more.
Do you feel like the electronics add a futuristic bent to your sound?
Pretti Sly: Definitely, it's all a result of the tracks' production and the writing style.
Did you grow up listening to a lot of classic R&B?
Rude Boi: Some of the artists that really shaped us were definitely R. Kelly and Michael Jackson—we love those records. Obviously, we dig old school artists like The Commodores, Earth, Wind & Fire and The Chi-Lites. We love artists that innovate. I'm digging Drake's new album right now though too.
Pretti Sly: The only CDs in my car now are Gucci Mane and Git Fresh [Laughs].
How did "She Be Like" come together?
Rude Boi: That was actually from our producer LamB. He did a couple records with Monica and Missy Elliot. It's a definitely fun club song.
Pretti Sly: I agree! "She Be Like" describes the group because we're three young guys and the song talks about who we are. It just fits us. When LamB came with the record, we liked it and re-arranged it a little bit, and it was a hit. It's a hot record. The funny thing is we're actually singing the sample at the beginning ourselves [Laughs]. It sets the platform for the album and everything from there is going to be a step up. We just shot the video, and it's going to be amazing.
What's the story of the video?
Rude Boi: The video was a great experience for us. The director definitely made the vision of the song come out. It'll be out on YouTube and MTV scene; it's crazy.
Pretti Sly: It's just us and girls having fun, man! [Laughs] It's not the regular in-a-club type of video. We're with the girls in different settings. We had a lot of creative control too, and it was all on-location. There are five or six different settings. We wanted the video to showcase the group more than the club.
If you were to compare your album to a movie what would you compare it to?
Rude Boi: Our album would definitely remind you of House Party because it's a lot of fun [Laughs].
Pretti Sly: There are also going to be two more sequels [Laughs]. I like House Party because there's more than one installment too. That comparison works.
Is Miami a good place for R&B?
Pretti Sly: It's crazy! We know about the other cats that are doing R&B. We're definitely making good popular music, and we consider ourselves pop, R&B and hip hop—all of the above. Each of us has a different vibe. Personally, I'm more R&B. Rude Boi is R&B but more hip hop. He flows, raps and does it all. Penny does everything too. We're like superheroes coming together [Laughs]. We enjoy doing what we're doing and we're going to keep grinding until we get where we're going.