#DaFiveFingerDiscount: Signif – Friction [Editorial]

Posted on September 29, 2014 by

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If you don’t know Signif’s name, you should really get familiar already! She has been making quality music for years now and spits better than most emcees out there.  We caught up with here to discuss her latest project Friction and catch some behind the scenes info on some of her favorite tracks.  Get Da Five Finger Discount below!

1.) Keep it Funky -

Keep it Funky was one of the last tracks I wrote for the album. It was around Christmas time and I was home visiting family and friends. I was feeling uneasy about the songs that I had recorded up into this point and felt I was missing that one track to sum things up, I let JBM know how I was feeling about the album and he sent this track over not too long after that conversation and I felt it was perfect.

2.) Late Night Jazz – 

Late Night Jazz was the 1st song I wrote for the Friction album, my 1st international tour was booked early 2013 and I felt the need to work on a new album. I was feeling inspired at the time,  before that moment I didn’t know when I would work in another album, let alone put another project out. Late Night Jazz was produced by Radio Raheim. He hit me with an email with some nice tracks and I got a jolt of energy from that song. I never planned to write a follow-up to Afternoon Jazz but I’m glad it happened the way it did. The title track Friction was also produced by Radio Raheim and was in the same folder as Late Night Jazz when he sent it over.

3.) Pressure -

I’ve been thinking for the longest on how to approach depression and suicide in my music. It’s a very taboo topic amongst Blacks and we don’t talk about it enough. Pressure also talks about the grass not being greener on the other side. The story is about a 12-year old girl who’s trying to figure out life at such a young age, instead of enjoying her wonder years. 

On this project I made sure to approach views from a young girl’s eyes on certain songs, which is something I can obviously relate to. I wanted to give young women and little girls a voice and a chance to see the world from our eyes. There are too many black girl (or women for that matter) lost songs from men and I think that’s sad. You’re constantly beating women over the head but you would never know what it’s like to be a woman, just like women will never know what it’s like to be a man. It would be nice if the men would talk to the young boys and men, instead of constantly beating women over the head on what you think they should be. “You’re Beautiful” and “Alright” also weighs in on these topics/issues.

4.) The L Word -

I have two love/sensual tracks on the Friction album: Eyes 4 You and The L Word (LikeLustLove). The L Word (LikeLustLove) is the one that stands out to me, it’s me being honest about my love life, which I do talk about in code and never straightforward, so I wanted to put that side of me upfront and show you that you can be sensual and sexy without being vulgar with it. That’s the music I appreciate the most anyways.

5.) Play to Win -

I know I wanted to feature a few artists on this project so I jotted a few names down of the artists that I thought would fit the feel of the music I was creating for this project. Elzhi was the most notable artist on the list and was the person that I thought would be least likely to come through. That just goes to show you, you never know if you don’t try. Elzhi showed up and showed out, what more could I ask for? Honestly I was leaning more towards female features but it didn’t happen that way. I will note that all the men I reached out to got back to me while the women didn’t. (the irony)

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