Train of thought
YBN Nahmir on “Opp Stoppa” with 21 Savage.
Interview: Zoe Johnson
Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Spring 2021 issue of XXL Magazine, on the stands now.
“I keep a rocket in my pocket socket called a pocket rocket / If it’s war we don’t play games, bitch, we start / I’m the man, clearly keep a hundred, nigga, I am a gunna / When it’s beef, we don’t play games, we hit you and your mom / Know that choppa, it’s that oppa stopped, hit you and your pops / I fell in love with everything fuck money you love drama / say say baby i ain’t sosa baby but i keep a llama / i’m gonna ride in a new i8 you hiding in a (aye) honda all those tattoos on my fucking body, she say i’m a hottie / why your gf always wanna fuck me, wanna touch my body? / We got all kinds of fucking guns, maybe even got a Tommy / I remember those days in the jects, always free my nigga Ryan / And free Chris, though / ‘Member we was bouncin’ out with fo ‘-fo’s / A nigga keep it silent, in LA I keep a clip, while /’ Cause no, I can’t be missing in these streets, I keep a big pole (Aye) / And I can’t have a nigga with me if they will snitch us ”
XXL: For those who don’t already know, what is an opp?
YBN Nahmir: See, for those who don’t know an opp, for me it’s someone I don’t fuck with or someone on the other side. aka an enemy. You know that’s really it to be honest.
If anyone looked up “Opp StoppaIn the dictionary or on Google, how do you think it would be defined?
Something to use against another human being. Someone who’s not on your side, I guess. Like, it could be like a gun, a sword, anything.
How did you create the chorus?
To be honest, I was messing around in the studio. I was just rhyming. It was like freestyle all the way through. I was like a bar for a bar. I was like, “Stop me here. Let me go here, right here, ”shit. It just got out of my brain, out of my mind. I didn’t write it for this whole song. And it’s crazy, it exploded like, a year later. I did the song in 2018, gave it up in 2019. Yeah, it blew up in late 2020, and it’s been going crazy since I did the remix with 21 Savage and shit went crazy.
How does “Opp Stoppa” connect to your life as a rapper?
Well my whole life has been around ‘Opp Stoppa’ but to be honest it doesn’t connect me like that anymore. I really had a lot of cold stuff. Stay positive and make sure a lot of people around me are honest and I really haven’t had to use “opp stoppa” in a long time. And it’s a cold song. It’s really like you don’t need a gun or have to bullshit. It’s just a cool song and a fun song that people love.
What’s your beef with the Hondas?
No I like Hondas. For real. Not every Honda, it has to be the specific ones like the NSX or the old little Acura, Hondas or something like that. Wait, “Siri, is an Acura a Honda?” [Siri speak- ing] “An Acura is a luxury version of the Japanese automaker, Honda.” Yeah, yeah, like Acuras and Hondas and shit. I’m really not in tune with them. They fuck them here but I love them.
What made you yell Chef Keef on the track?
Damn, he’s got the influence of youth, damn close. I’m not really youth anymore, I’m 21 but shit I grew up listening Chief Keef. I felt like it was a must to scream because he was doing so much for everyone. He opened up a whole new wave of music.
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