David May – It’d Never Be Enough ft. Fashawn [Song + Interview]

Posted on February 20, 2015 by


Walnut, California rapper David May presents “It’d Never Be Enough”, his new single featuring Fresno rapper Fashawn. The song is produced by Gunnah, who produced the entire of David May’s previous EP VIDEO 94. Born to a drug-addicted mother, David lived in foster homes before being adopted by a couple who had previously lost a daughter to leukemia. In 2012 Black Cloud released David’s debut album The Lifestyle Of A Dream Chaser and performed alongside Pac Div, Curren$y and joined The Road To Paid Dues Tour with Murs and Fashawn. Now independent, David presents “It’d Never Be Enough” via his new collective OSA (One Step Ahead). May first met Fashawn on the Deal Or No Deal Tour but the two got closer as co-performers on the 2013 Road To Paid Dues Tour. “One day Fash hits me while he’s in LA,” says David. “I meet up with him and we go to my little lab I have set up at my pad. While we’re chilling we throw on some of Gunnah’s beats, and one beat stuck out to us. We both started coming up with concepts for the song, and then one of us suggested: let’s go back and forth, trade bars, play off each other’s lines. It came out real natural because nobody forced anything. It was just two homies making music.”

Da-What: Tell us about your hometown of Walnut, California?

David May: Walnut is a small town, fairly new as far as a town. Used to be ranch land. Rich kids moved in. When they’re bored and have money what do they do? Drugs. That was my role. Sold ‘em, used ‘em and I was the guy you came to if you needed something. Everybody smokes – bare minimum. I hated the town for a while because they saw me as a nobody. Now they see I’m still at this music shit and they are way more supportive. They saw my accomplishments on social media so now they want to support. I’ll take the support however I can get it, because now it’s genuine support. Needless to say, I lived in Walnut but it was too boring for my tastes and I found plenty of trouble to get into once I got a car and I hit the surrounding cities. I got love where I came from. They educated the fuck out of me. But they need someone to bring hip hop to the city and give them something to be proud of.

DW: How did you and Fashawn come up with “It’d Never Be Enough”? What’s the song about and how was it recorded?

DM: Fash and I go back to when I opened for Wiz in Pomona. First met him there. Over the years I’d see him more and more. Eventually I get to tag along and rap with Murs, Fash, Prof, Curtiss King, and Noa James on The Road To Paid Dues Tour. We clicked on that tour, and it didn’t stop when the tour ended. Anytime he’s in SoCal he hits my line and we share Henny, greenery, and music. One day we decided to head to my lab, and I started playing a bunch of beats Gunnah sent me. He heard it and immediately wanted to work on it. We decided to go back and forth with our bars, which is less common, and tell a story of two men who will take the world for everything. It came out so awesome cause it was two homies in a lab just flowing creatively. Here’s a cat I had been listening to for years and he’s at my lab writing a hook with me and putting a story together. It was absolutely surreal but awesome. Fash is mad down to earth. He takes care of his homies.

DW: Who else is in OSA and what’s it all about?

DM: OSA has five rappers; myself, Damar, Waju, Phantom Thrett, and Vince Moore. We have some producers too, Gunnah is the newest addition and works the hardest. Chris Charles is another producer we have and Thrett makes beat tapes. OSA stands for One Step Ahead. It’s a lifestyle. If you’re not planning your next move or if you haven’t taken steps to put yourself in front of others you won’t reach your goals. It’s a lifestyle we chose to live by and apply to everything.

DW: How do you think your turbulent personal history has contributed to your music style?

DM: My turbulent personal history has caused me to grow up faster, for one. I just turned 24. People think I’m 26-27 all the time. But it’s given me a greater appreciation and a new drive because you never know what could happen. I could have been a ward of the state till 18. I could have got some shitty adoptive parents. One had cancer. I raised myself almost for a few years. That’s tough. I don’t blame my dad for a disease, but a boy needs a father figure. I’d say overall it’s made me want to help people as much as I can, whether we’re sharing our sorrows or I’m helping them forget about them. I wanna change lives and society positively, but in a Tupac-esque way.

DW: What are your plans for 2015?

DM: I have one video single I’m making now and that’s my next drop. It’s called “OBE” – look out for that in March. After that I got a collab with Trizz I’m dropping. That’ll be fun. He’s my G. I think you’ll enjoy it. After that Gunnah and I are working on a new EP, about 8-10 songs. I’m working on it already. Look for it to be fun and bass-heavy, Think Video 94 pt 2 minus as many weed references. My big project is my full-length project. I have no timetable for it – maybe the fall or sooner. It’s gonna be a much more introspective and heartfelt album. I want to open up to my listeners more. I’m only working with a few producers this time. Folk, Corbin, Gunnah and maybe a fourth if it makes sense. I want something really cohesive as a project. I’m making way more songs than needed and thinning it down to the best. I have to take my career to the next level. It’s time.