Pretty Tony Talks Freestyle, Bass, and His New Track With Uncle Luke, "Do It for the Vine"
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Doin' it for the Vine is goin from the cell phone to the strip club.
That's thanks to a new club track by Uncle Luke and Pretty Tony, whose work out of a Liberty City studio called Music Specialists Incorporated in the 1980s and '90s took the sounds of Miami around the world.
Now, the popular phrase drawn from showing off in six-second, looping video clips has its own modern bass soundtrack, "Do It for the Vine," which signals the reemergence of good-time MIA dance music from one of the region's most prolific and creative duos. Here's what the track's producer, Pretty Tony, has to say about it.
Crossfade: Yo, that new shit is fire. It's sounds like today, but with the roots of your old stuff.
Pretty Tony: That was the idea.
How did this song come about?
You know, I gave Luke the 2 Live Crew back in the day. And about 6 months ago, I did the new 2 Live Crew album. I did all 14 songs. Got this one record, "Take It Off," hot as hell. So then Luke hit me. I think he heard that one. He said, "Let's go in!" So we worked it out and I think we did it in two days. I had the track already. He had wanted to record two or three songs he had ideas for, but as soon as he heard the track, dude jumped off the couch, and said "I got something for this shit!"
That shit goes like a motherfucker!
Everybody that hears it loves it. We're gonna start going for radio with it. Really, it's already on the radio. The DJs are playing it on the mix shows. It's playing on 99Jamz now, and we're gonna go for Power96 and 103.5 The Beat next.
I have 17 platinum records. That's what I do. I make the track, get the artist, and knock it out.