Exclusive: Kottonmouth Kings Premiere “Down 4 Life” Remix, featuring (hed)P.E.’s Jared Gomes
Rap fusionists Kottonmouth Kings put out their 12th studio album, Sunrise Sessions (Suburban Noize), earlier this year. You can hear a special rock remix of one of the songs, “Down 4 Life,” which features (hed)P.E.’s Jared Gomes below. It will be featured on their new album, Hidden Stash 5: Bong Loads & B-Sides, which will come out November 8. The Kings’ Daddy X fills us in on it below. Let us know what you think of it in the comments.
REVOLVER What’s this song about?
DADDY X “Down 4 Life” is a track that features Jared from (Hed)p.e. He is a labelmate of ours on Suburban Noize Records, a radical revolutionary figure and true freedom fighter. “Down 4 Life” is just a song about commitment and sacrifice to the underground movement that we are a part of and helped create. It is a song about going all out, loyalty and dedication. It is a song about our experience traveling across the land and having so many experiences on this journey as a renegade underground group. What a long strange trip it has been…
What was the inspiration to do this remix?
The track came first; it had a real aggressive feel. It evolved from that and we wanted to collaborate with Jared from (Hed)p.e., and this felt like the right track. We have done a couple remixes of the track, including a real heavy guitar-driven version that really captures the energy and magnitude of the track. It is great to be able to musically interpret a track different ways via remix.
Was this an easy song to write?
The song came together in stages, but the initial idea came pretty smoothly. The tricky part was Johnny Richter [from Kottonmouth Kings] was on a solo tour and we needed his parts. He actually went to Jared’s studio in Idaho and they recorded their parts together there and sent them back to us in our California studio. Technology is amazing and arranging the song was a little tricky putting all of the pieces of the puzzle together, but in the end it all worked out. It was one of the last tracks that we did, but I am happy we kept pushing and “Down 4 Life”.
What sort of feedback have you gotten on this song so far?
Our fans really connect to this song due to their deep commitment to the group. We are doing a whole campaign around the track with Tattoo Magazine. Fans are sending in their KMK tats. We have received thousands of pics from fans that are “Down 4 Life.” It has been pretty mind-blowing. We are fortunate enough that the Kottonmouth Kings really connect with people from all walks of life. We are blessed to still be making music, 15 years and going strong.