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Adler kept a studio in his house and produced tracks for artists such as Mickey Avalon and Tila Tequila. Shwayze took Adler at his word and practically moved in, planting himself on the couch, often sleeping there, while waiting for Adler to give him an opportunity. Shwayze figured Adler would be producing his rap record, but from the first track, they realized they went together, like, well, Corona and lime.
"We didn't know what we were doing right off," Shwayze says with a laugh. "We just went into the studio and made music. But from the first track that we made, we just felt there was a cool vibe."
It took some tweaking, but the pair eventually stumbled onto the realization that laid-back acoustic beach vibes meshed incredibly well with hip-hop. After cutting "Buzzin'," they knew they had a winning song, one that would cross over from hip-hop to rock, score big on college radio and eventually become an in-demand party staple.
"Cisco actually sang the hook on that song. It was an entirely different song before that," Shwayze notes. "He just mixed it up, and I did my rap. We looked at each other after that, and it was, 'Yo, this is kind of dope.'"
The real test, as they sing in "Corona and Lime," was taking it to the streets, where Shwayze began "giving it away to all the girls in town. Everyone loved it right away; it was kind of one of those songs." That tune ended up becoming the prototype for the rest of the album.
"There was no plan," Shwayze adds. "It wasn't like, let's just make a summertime-sound record. There was no preconceived thing; it just happened."
Likewise, it just "happened" that Adler placed "Buzzin'" on a demo disc he handed to a label executive during a meeting. The intention was to showcase the other music, but it was "Buzzin'" that got noticed — and landed the pair a contract. Two years later, millions of fans are kicking it Shwayze style.
It this all sounds like a too-good-to-be-true story — from the endless beach parties with hot chicks, plenty of kind bud and chillin' to the happenstance of musical success — Shwayze swears it's all exactly as it appears.
"It's true, it's true — it's all true, dude," he exclaims. "Hopefully, that's why kids like it. You're not going to hear me rapping about money, or cars with big rims. That's not the life I live. I'm writing about real stuff, the parties and all. I'll look back at this twenty years from now and know what I was doing, and it's all going to be true, dude, true, true, true."