Fazer wrote Killer single for Chris Brown
Fazer initially wrote his debut solo single 'Killer' with Chris Brown in mind, but he liked the song so much he decided to keep it for himself.
Fazer initially wrote his debut solo single 'Killer' for Chris Brown.
The 25-year-old rapper - who shot to fame in pop group N-Dubz alongside ex-girlfriend Tulisa Contostavlos and her cousin Dappy Contostavlos - was penning the track for the 'Beautiful People' hitmaker but he liked it so much he wanted to keep it for himself.
He said: "I'm gonna be brutally honest with you, I wrote the record for another artist - it was Chris Brown I was writing for at the time. And when I started putting the vocals and stuff down, I thought, 'You know what, my vocals sound great on this record.' I wanted a record that was literally gonna shut the place down when I go out and perform it, and it's been doing exactly that man."
Fazer - whose real name is Richard Rawson - insists there was no pressure on him to make his first solo single a particular style because his career with N-Dubz, who have been described as both a pop and hip-hop group, left people unaware of exactly what to expect.
When asked what the response was like when he released 'Killer', he added to AltSounds: "Phenomenal man! It's funny though cos I know for a fact that no matter what I released, I would've got the same response.
"Coming out of the back of N-Dubz, there weren't really any expectations for what I was going to do - I could've done anything, I could've done the maddest hip-hop record and people would've been like, 'It's not what I expected Fazer to do, I thought he would've done something more commercial.'
"But with 'Killer', they're like, 'I wouldn't expect Fazer to do something like this, I was expecting something more like hip-hop.' I could've released any record and people would have expected me to do something different. But that's put myself in a good position in a sense, because people won't know what to expect from Fazer next."