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Radio Host DJ Envy Returns to Music With Fetty Wap-Assisted 'Text Ur Number': Premiere

DJ Envy
Carl Timpone

DJ Envy

DJ Envy is everywhere these days. Most notably, he’s heard on Power 105.1’s popular syndicated radio show, The Breakfast Club, spending most mornings chatting up notable figures in the entertainment industry. Hosting gigs aside, Envy returns to music today (Aug. 10) with the premiere of his new single “Text Ur Number” (featuring Fetty Wap and DJ Sliink) off his forthcoming album Just A Kid From Queens.

Produced by Esentrik and Envy, the renowed DJ says he felt the Fetty Wap-assisted track would be a hit, but wanted to test the song out on his children, who “pretty much became my a&rs because they’re my young ears to the streets," to see what the song’s reception would be like. After witnessing the effect the song had on his youngsters, he knew it was time to unleash the track to the masses.

“For me, it was all about the feeling. When I first put that Fetty Wap song in my car, I knew that has a hit-record," Envy explains to Billboard. "It’s kind of like the first time I heard that Cardi B record [“Bodak Yellow”] that’s out right now. As soon as I heard it, it didn’t matter that it was Cardi B, it didn’t matter whether she had a long rap career, it didn’t matter that she wasn’t signed, I just knew that was a record that was going to take off. When that beat hits your soul and gives you that two-step rhythm, you know it’s going to be a hit.”

Sonically, “Text Ur Number” is a departure from Envy’s 2003 album The Desert Storm Mixtape: Blok Party, Vol. 1, where the vocal-sampling on “H.O.V.A” and the aggressiveness of “Deeper” by DMX, embodied the essence of east coast hip-hop back in the early aughts. “Text Ur Number” is in many ways a club banger. From the outset, finger snaps and a heavy bass permeate the bubbly arrangement that switches from a trap-heavy bassline to the swift bounciness of Jersey club, courtesy of DJ Sliinks and Envy.

“I wanted to create something that had that Jersey fist-pump vibe mixed with that Jersey club vibe but when the beat drops, you get that trap music vibe,” he continues. When asked why Fetty Wap was a suitable fit for the song, Envy states that the singer has “that raspy voice that urban music loves but can cross over to other genres."

Fetty Wap is just the first of many artists featured on DJ Envy’s upcoming album. The newly-signed name to Commission Music reveals that he journeys back to his roots on the album’s second single, which he says is “a New York love song” featuring New York MC’s Fabolous and A Boogie wit da Hoodie.

“The second single with Fabolous & A Boogie reminds you of that classic New York bop. I had this sample since my last album in 2003 that I wanted to do so when I thought about creating this project, I hit up Fabolous and we went in the studio. He did his verse and I asked him what he thought about A Boogie and he said A Boogie would kill it,” he explained. “A Boogie did his verse in less than 24 hours and called me out my sleep at 3 am. I headed to the studio and we finished it up.”

The Breakfast Club host said that he’s looking at an early 2018 release for the project. Listen to DJ Envy and Fetty Wap’s new track “Text Ur Number” below. You can purchase the record here