Get to Know 'Backin' It Up' Rapper Pardison Fontaine: Watch
In this week’s episode of “You Should Know,” Billboard caught up with Pardison Fontaine to find out when he first started rapping, who his dream collaboration would be with, and what it was like meeting Cardi B for the very first time.
Fontaine, who grew up in Newburgh, New York, tells Billboard that he did his very first freestyle when he was in seventh grade, after his classmate gave him a tape with a beat on it and told him to rap on it. “I recorded it with one of those little toy Walkman things,” he recalls. “I think it was the Macaulay Culkin one, too, where it has the microphone right there.” [Editor's note: He's talking about The Talkboy from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York!]
If he could team up with any other musical artist, Fontaine reveals that he would choose either Ed Sheeran or Beyoncé, while if he had to pick someone to play him in a movie, he would want it to be Idris Elba.
Speaking of the first time he ever met his “Backin’ It Up” collaborator Cardi B, Fontaine recalls that she had “wild energy,” adding, “She was making a lot of noise, getting everybody's attention -- so she's probably exactly how you guys know her.”
As for what influenced his Cardi B track, Fontaine says that “Backin’ It Up” was inspired by “women that embodied that attitude” and is a “real salute to those women that are doing their thing.”
“Because women are amazing,” he adds. “They really do run shit and I just wanted to salute them on that and it got a great response, so I'm happy that they enjoyed it too.”
You can watch the full video above to find out much more about Pardison Fontaine, including what his biggest guilty pleasure is, which bands he listens to that might surprise people, and what the most sentimental item he owns is.