On a balmy May morning inside a posh Encino house, rapper James Dunn (who goes by Killa F Supernigga) and his partner, Anthony Brown (aka EZ the Great), are mugging for the camera. They're members of the Finatticz, a rap group who hail from the east side of South Central and are currently in the process of blowing the fuck up. The mid-twentysomethings are filming the video for the group's infectious, near-ubiquitous single "Don't Drop That Thun Thun," but there's a problem.
"Do you have any eye drops, Killa?" asks Marleny Dominguez, a rep from their label, eOne Music. "You look high as shit!" Indeed, the smell of pot emanates from him, and he falls back onto the couch with a laugh. The phrases "I Love Me" and "I'm Single" are tattooed above his eyebrows, drawing attention to just how crimson his eyes are.
The breakout hit plays in the background: Nursery rhyme-simple, it's little more than a rubbery bass line, electronic cymbal crashes and a vocal hook, "Don't drop that thun thun thun," repeated ad infinitum. It has burrowed into the ears of radio listeners all over the Southland, and programmers have taken notice. Power 106 DJ Carisma picked up on it early, and it's now up to 40 spins per week, putting it among the station's most-played tracks. "The song is very catchy," notes the station's DJ E-Man over the phone, understating things significantly.
"Don't Drop That Thun Thun" was recorded three years ago, and it began building organically. "I remember we recorded it during the day, and that night we played it for a huge party at my girl O Titty's house," EZ recalls. "Everyone told us to turn it up!"
A remix featuring Tyga dropped in February. Soon after, Compton-based producer Payso B -- who made the song's beat -- played it for his friend, singer and sex-tape star Ray J, who brought the track to the attention of eOne president Alan Grunblatt. The label proceeded to sign the crew to a single deal, with an album option.
"These guys are about to go to the next level," declares Ray J, who's hanging out today on the video set. "For us to be part of something big like this is a blessing from God."