Before Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose officially became the NBA's youngest Most Valuable Player winner on Tuesday (May 3), fellow hometown native Yung Berg had already honored the basketball star with "Derrick Rose," a new single from his upcoming "More Money, More Condoms" mixtape.
"First quarter, feeling like I'm 'bout to drop fifty/Parked at the arena in a drop-top Bentley," raps Berg. A diehard Bulls fan, the MC says that he was given the idea to write a Derrick Rose tribute before the team's playoff run began last month. The track has been played on Chicago radio stations WGCI since its release, according to Nielsen BDS.
"The response has been phenomenal… Hopefully I got my own little 'Black and Yellow' thing going on," says Yung Berg. "My goal is for it to be playing inside the Bulls playoff [games], like when Derrick Rose scores, or for ESPN to show it. I would love for it to get played like that."
Although Yung Berg has yet to release a follow-up to 2008 debut "Look What You Made Me," which scored with singles like "Sexy Lady" and "Sexy Can I," the rapper has stayed busy as a songwriter and producer, most recently contributing production to Lil Wayne's single, "John."
"I took a little time and fell back… I wanted to get my production right, and wanted people to see me as not just an artist, but a producer and a songwriter -- a triple threat," says Berg, who lists Diddy, Rick Ross and Leighton Meester and some of his collaboration highlights.
After re-emerging with the "Mr. Ward" mixtape in March, Yung Berg is prepping the rest of "More Money, More Condoms," a double-disc project divided between standard rap bangers and sensual bedroom music. He is also eyeing a fall release for his second proper album, which he says will be titled "Humble Greatness" and will include tracks with Sean Kingston and Roscoe Dash, as well as a "Sexy Can I" sequel with Ray J. Jim Jones, whom the rapper describes as a big brother, is "in talks" to produce the album, says Berg.
A music video for "Derrick Rose," which was shot in Chicago last week, will be released shortly. As for the song's namesake winning the MVP award, Berg says that Rose "has been kicking ass all year. He deserves it. I definitely see [the Bulls] going to the finals, and I feel like they can win."