Origins and the making of "Don't Like"
Young Chop was 12 years old when he started making beats. His older cousin, who lived about a mile away in the South Side of Chicago, showed up him the basics of Fruity Loops, downloaded the program onto Chop’s computer, and Chop was hooked.
Chop lived in a house with his brothers and cousins (his mother adopted five of her brother’s kids), but he still somehow managed to maintain a monopoly on the computer every day after school. “They couldn’t get on the computer,” he chuckled. “I was not letting them on that computer, I was on that motherfucker everyday. Like EVERYDAY. Fruity Loops, that was like my game. I don’t play video games. I sat there everyday on the computer, like ‘bro, I’m gonna learn this shit.’”
Chop’s production idols growing up were Pharrell, Drumma Boy, Zaytoven. Gucci Mane was in constant rotation. Chop used to post up in the lunchroom in high school, scouting out potential rappers to hop on his beats. Eventually he linked up with Chief Keef, Lil Durk, Lil JoJo, & Lil Reese, who attended the same school as him. Their studio sessions comprised of Chop hauling around his entire setup to various houses. He would bring his eMachine tower desktop, his monitor, his speakers, his mic stand, the whole nine yards. That was the nature of the hustle.
When Chop produced the “Don’t Like” beat at his house in early 2012, he didn’t immediately think it was fire. “It was like a regular beat to me, I didn’t think nothing of it,” he said.
Chop played the beat one day for Keef and Durk, and Keef heard something. “I pulled it up for Keef. He go: ‘Bro. this shit go crazy,’” said Chop. “He started writing to it instantly. And as he was writing, I was you know fixing that motherfucker up. Adding different shit to it to make it a song. And once he laid the vocals down, ‘snitch nigga, that’s that shit… ‘ I [still] didn’t think nothing of it."
At this point, Reese walked in the door. Chop urged him to spit a verse, and Reese obliged. Durk declined to hop on the beat. The song dropped alongside Keef’s Back From The Dead in March 2012. The video blew up immediately, garnering millions of views in a matter of weeks. Keef was 16 years old; Chop was 18.