At the beginning of the pandemic shutdown in March, California rapper Saweetie was cooking a lot — and wondering when would be the right time to release music again. “You know the Spider-Man meme?” she asks, comparing the one where two or more Spider-Men point at one another to how she and other artists felt at the time. “It was like, ‘Who’s going to go?’”
Two months prior, the 26-year-old was in a Hollywood studio preparing tracks for her upcoming debut album, Pretty Bitch Music. One day, she walked in wearing camo pants and a jersey, lit some vanilla candles, poured a drink and wrote what became the project’s lead single, “Tap In.” The bouncy hip-hop track, featuring a Bay Area beat produced by Dr. Luke that samples Too $hort’s “Blow the Whistle,” came together quickly, and her family’s high-energy reactions over FaceTime convinced her of its potential.