Falling Back After Gucci's Imprisonment
One can’t mention C4 without making note of his work on Rome Fortune’s Beautiful Pimp, which was also released near the beginning of his Brick Squad hot streak. “We were so ahead of our time with that shit,” said C4, who produced four tracks on the wonderfully eclectic trap tape. “Help Wanted” begins with a disorienting attack of UFO sounds. Suddenly, as Rome begins rapping, the beat switches into nothing but a muted guitar sample, sounding like a recording of an old AM radio broadcast. Some trap drums are added to the mix and then the pattern repeats itself, moving between wildly different frequencies.
C4 was at a good place here, working freely with exciting artists on different ends of the spectrum. A few months later, though, Gucci Mane would be sent to prison, where he remains today, almost two years later.
“It was a big blow,” said of Gucci’s incarceration, “Because everybody, or every producer that’s poppin’ -- Mike Will, Metro -- they had somebody attached to them, artist-wise, who they rocked with, and that was Future. And Gucci was my guy.”
Gucci kept up the work from behind bars, especially at first, and C4 was able to score a few beats on Trap House 4, Wop’s 11th official album. He also dropped a couple more songs with Thug, including “You the World,” proof that Thug has gotten less weird as he’s broken into the mainstream. The beat is an example of off-kilter EDM -- with elements of Eurodance, techno, and dubstep -- rather than anything hip-hop, but it shows how far-out an untamed Thug was willing to go back in mid-2014.
By this point, Young Thug had switched his mentor from Gucci to Birdman, and C4 wouldn’t see much of him (until more recently) as he went on to become the face of Rich Gang alongside Rich Homie Quan. Looking back, C4 said, “It was like, ‘Damn, I’m completely on my own.’”
In Gucci’s absence, C4 felt that the collaborative energy that first attracted him to Atlanta had begun to fade. Wanting a break from the fiercely competitive southern climate, he moved to L.A., seeking a destination where music and trapping weren’t the only things popping. Soon after he moved, however, his spirit was reignited when he learned that Lil Wayne, who was in a world of his own drama, had selected a C4 beat for Tha Carter V.