Good day everyone. It’s March in NYC and it’s like 60 degrees outside. I dunno whether to put on some sandals and go tanning or start selling all my possessions to start saving up for a really nice panic room for when the tidal wave comes to swallow up Manhattan.
Anyway, send me more questions to Phatfriendblog@gmail.com or leave them in the comments below. The weirder the better. Feel free to stop asking me things like “Do you like (insert rapper here)” cause, really, who cares what I like? I’m 35 and listen to mostly old rap music. My opinion is pretty much useless.
I’d love to hear any comments you have on digging. How mush utter shit do you listen to and how depressing is it? Are there times when you know what you’re going to find on a record, or records you’re sure are gunna be useless or whatever? I was digging through 5 cent dj promos and it was mostly awful, it was tough to stand it.
The days of digging, for me, are kinda over. I used to sample only dollar bin records but that dried up once record stores caught drift of how much they can charge for a pretty terrible record just cause someone might wanna sample it. Eventually, the only things left in dollar bins were shit that was either way to known or just not usable forms of music. I got to the point where any record I would want to sample was way too expensive and I’m not about to pay like 20-80 bucks for a record just cause it has about 6 seconds of good music on it. I’ve moved from record stores to rare music blogs who post up obscure albums. I dig in the crates using a mouse and I-tunes. After that, the process is pretty much the same though. Now , I just wait for the all the albums to download and listen to them, song by song. It’s still very tedious and most of the music is still terrible outside of the little pieces I’m picking out of it. Though, i’ve been doing this for so many years I can usually tell within 10 seconds of the song whether or not I’m gonna find anything in it. So, that speeds the process for sure.
How about eminem? Whatever you have to say. I’ve got oppinions, but thats irrelevant.
What’s really irrelevant is Eminem. I mean, who the fuck is still checking for this guy that isn’t a teenager? Em was a great talent. When i first heard him , I was floored. But years of shitty taste in beats and just going crazy have not served him well. Nowadays, his music sounds like inspirational christian rap without the christian part. That “I’m not afraid” song is mind boggling. Was it made just so it could be used in a commercial for the Army? What the fuck is wrong with that dude…
Say a genie pops out of your bottle of lube after you get done jerking to Brazilian fart porn, which I know you love, genie says to you “Tony, if you vow to never jerk off/have an orgasm ever again there will be no more hunger or violence in the world…if you decide against it 10,000 more people will die a day and you will only live another 5 years..” What do you do?
Wow, this genie is a fucking asshole. I mean, I guess he’d (literally) force my hand and make me not jerk off. I don’t think busting nuts for five years is worth the world ending.
A life without busting nuts is a rough one though. I’d probably be an insomniac and always grumpy…but I suppose that would be a fair trade off for world peace. I’m not a selfless man by any means but i’m also not a psychopath. Goddamnit…on second thought, I wouldn’t choose and I’d try to beat the genie to death with the lube bottle.
You get asked about other trip hop a lot, but what about stuff like rock, classical, drum n bass, I dunno, other stuff outside of hip hop. Are you into anything else?
I like a little rock here and there…rarely anything new though. I listen to tons of old soul. I like reggae (the older the better). Outside of that, I may like a random song here or there form other genre’s but it’s not common. I don’t and have never listened to anything like Drum and bass, jungle, house, techno, ect…It’s just not my thing. It’s dance music and , unless I’m drunk, I’m not a dancer. Even then, if I hear any of those genre’s, I’m leaving that place I’m in.
How do you go about performing your tracks live, as in when you aren’t just DJ;ing. Do you use ableton / controller? Do you have your stems separated? How do you manipulate the tracks? Any insight would be much appreciated!
My live performance is pretty simple. I use ableton and a trigger pad. I pretty much just have all my sounds chopped up and organized and I sequence live, using the trigger pad. I use the effects on abelton as well.
Almost all the stems are separated. In fact , there’s a small portion of songs I can’t really perform (mostly songs from “Uncle tony’s coloring book”) that I can’t really execute how I’d like to cause I don’t have the stems for them. It sucks cause some of that stuff is really well suited for my live set.
would you rather fuck Madonna without a rubber or be tied to a tree while a hungry grizzly bear licks honey off your nuts?
Depends if the bear is friendly. The rubber is inconsequential for my decision. I mean, if madonna got herpes, that’s like 85th reason on the list of why I wouldn’t want to fuck her. So, as long as all he wants is honey and he’d leave once the honey was gone (and without taking a bite out of my pelvis), I’d choose the bear ball bath.
Hey Block We all know you hate the lakers but what do you think of the david stern veto now that 2 months have passed? The hornets are awful and have the worst record in the league.
It’s hard to say cause of eric gordon’s injury. They’ve just had a rough season in general with injuries so there’s really no way to tell how good they would have been. That said, they’d probably be a lottery team regarldess…but I think they woulda been if they hadn’t traded Paul.
I was happy Stern vetoed the Laker trade cause, like you said, I’m not a lakers fan. But I’d be full of shit if I said it was fair to the lakers.
Since the past few A’s for Q’s have had your opinions on rappers or other artists I figured i’d ask a few myself. What’s your opinion on MF Doom and Kool Keith and the “supervillain rapper” thing? Doom and dr.octagon have both been part of my top 5 favorite rappers for a very long time.
I’m a big fan of both Doom and Kool Keith. They’re very similar in that they both have super hero/villain alias’ and they both went through extremely prolific periods where they turned out some really quality material.
I will say this though, in general, I find when rappers take on Alter-ego’s to be really fucking corny and contrived. It’s some half baked excuse for them to rap slightly differently but, in reality, it’s just them being them. Doom and Dr. Octagon are separate of that to me though…unlike Nicki Minaj’s “Roman” character , which is the dumbest fucking thing I’ve ever heard.
After much waffling, and a few free download searches..sorry..I drunkenly caved in and made an official ITunes purchase of music by cavelight and the music scene. I never heard of you before coming across your blog in a search for “scared straight 99″ on google. I was hooked and now follow the blog religiously. That in turn got me interested in the albums, and I must say they are great. But it got me wondering, which would you prefer at this point? If you had a choice between me buying the albums once and never visiting the blog again, or never buying the albums but remaining a loyal reader, which would you choose and why?
That’s tough. I suppose , in this scenario , being a fan of both isn’t possible? Damn you.
I guess I’d want people to buy the albums cause that puts food on my plate. I don’t make money for this blog. It’s a labor of love, so really, if I lose a reader but gain a music fan , I could live with that.
I will say this though, anytime I’m out doing shows and someone gives me props on my blog, it makes my day. Almost more than when they’re like “Hey, I really like your music” cause this blog is something different. It’s more me than my music is, if that makes sense. So, when people appreciate the blog, i feel like it’s directly about me, as a person. Where as my music is something different. I dunno…I think you should both buy my music and read this blog…Don’t be a dick.