Answers for questions vol. 254

Hi there and welcome to this weeks “Answers for questions”. I was in Miami this past weekend, chilling and shit. I got a mild sun burn and a revitalized appreciation for latina women of all kinds. So, you go Miami.
Anyway, this is Answers for Questions. You ask, i answer. Simple stuff. I noticed my question queue is running a little thin so…ASK ME STUFF!!!!! I need it. Anything. This weeks questions are actually a really good example of the type of stuff I’m talking about. Get weird. Think outside the box. Send questions to: or leave them in the comment section below. Feel free to ask multiple questions if you feel inspired.
Okay, let’s get into this…

Let’s say you woke up one day in a world suddenly where large animals other then humans were now the size of insects. Lions and tigers and giraffes and bears were now miniature but they’re fucking every where and they’re major pests. Dogs and regular cats were the same size though. And at the same time insects of all types were the size of lions and tigers and shit. Again, this all happens over night. Would you dare to venture outside? Would you stay in and watch the news? What would you do and how would you react.
Well, if that were to happen, my walls would burst open and I’d be running for my life. I live in NYC. There’s insects all over the place. The ants and roaches alone would fill my apartment and murder me before I had a chance to even wake up. The fucking fruit flies who show up every how and then would be like vultures circling my garbage can. So, really, no matter what I did, I’d be screwed. It’s not like I live in the Serengeti and I’d be rejoicing cause all the lions that want to ill me are now tiny. My home would be the new Serengeti. I’d also point out that , the world would probably end within a week of that happening. aside from most insects basically being like prehistoric monsters , if they were huge, imagine the blow to the food cycle. No more cow, lamb or chicken. No more milk. Nothing. Vegans rejoice! You’d be dead too though.

Yo Block, I have a few friends that are cyclists and I occasionally join them on rides that aren’t too bad. The other day we did a 25 mile trek, and after the ride my buddy was complaining about penile numbness. Apparently this is not uncommon among cyclists. You figure a lot of pressure is placed on your undercarriage; nerves get compressed/pinched, etc. He said it usually goes away after a few days, and that he can still get a boner/bust a nut if he tries hard enough, but he equated it to having a super thick condom on. My question is this: would you rather A) suffer the same ordeal for the rest of your life, but sleep with only the hottest women in the world, or B) have full sensation in your penis, but be forced into fucking ugly women?

Oooof…I think I’d have to go with option A cause I’m not really into having sex with people I’m not attracted to. I’m sure that would cause all sorts of erectile dysfunction issues but I’ve never been one of those “get laid to get laid!” kinda guys. So, quality over quantity for sure.

Let’s say Donald Trump gets elected president. Predict in some detail the possibilities of what kind of world we would have to look forward to.

Well, I think our country would collapse within the first year. There would be riots. There would be murder attempts. It could really go one of two ways: Idiocracy or Mad Max. I actually thing the “Idiocracy” direction is inevitable , no matter who becomes president, but Trump would speed the process ten fold. We’d have a gold white house, ethnic cleansing and hookers would be legal. Woman’s rights would be fucked. We’d probably file for bankruptcy within months. No other country would ever wanna talk to us HOWEVER, I bet our relationship with wealthy oil baron scum bags from other countries would never be better.
I understand people are freaking out about this prospect but, let’s be real, he will never win the presidency. The same way these tea party morons were the big thing last time Trump supporters are not a threat. Well, they are, in the sense that they exist and are so dumb they’d vote for Trump but still…If it came down to a nationwide vote, NO WAY he is winning. We’re dumb , but not THAT dumb. This isn’t wrestling.
Any democrat should pray he gets the nomination cause then it’s a guaranteed win for them in the election. I bet a ton of republicans would even go democrat if he was their candidate. The election would be fucking entertaining though. Trump verse Bernie? The best.

What were the biggest challenges and benefits of releasing ‘Bells & Whistles’ on your own instead of through a label? Moving forward, is this the new business model?
The biggest challenge was paying for everything. I had never had to do that before. As an artist on a label, you don’t think of all the expenses cause all that stuff is covered and accounted for. Paying for the pressing, the mastering, the mixing, the press, the art work etc…Granted, there are cheaper ways to do all these things and I went the way I did cause I wanted it to be right but still…it’s not cheap to put out an album. It’s also not THAT expensive, on larger scale so when you see an artist asking for money to put out their album on kickstarter, know that $50,000 is a silly amount to ask for. You can make a good records for under $5000. Easily. Just saying.
Moving forward, I dunno. I didn’t put it out myself cause I wanted to. I did it cause it was the best option. If a label wants to put my shit out, I will do that (assuming it’s a good, trust worthy situation). I don’t think i really have any of that set it stone. Whatever is best for the record.

Have you encountered the phenomenon of actresses on Instagram having ugly dogs and never shutting up about how cute the dogs is? What is up with that?

I think that phenomenon is not just on instagram. It’s life, bro. People and their fucking dogs. People and their fucking cats. People and their fucking babies. There’s just something about ownership of a smaller life form that makes people lose their mind. Sure, all those things can be cute. Without question. And loving them is obviously fine (except cats, they don’t deserve real love). The need to constantly put them on display for a bunch of people who don’t actually care, though? I don’t get it. I mean, I get it…but I think it’s pathetic. And that rhymed!

Are you going to see Straight Outta Compton?
I actually saw it. I went against everything I had believed in and saw it in the theater. I was planning on it being a cable movie and , honestly, i probably should have stuck to that plan. I had just heard such overwhelming response to it I couldn’t deny it anymore.
Here’s the thing about that movie. It’s decent. It’s like 50%-60% good. That other 40%? Lifetime movie garbage. I thought the acting was good. I was impressed with a few scenes where they really went in and showed how fucked up things were. On the flip side, the dude that directed it is terrible. Had anyone with an even remotely stylized vision handled it, it would have been twice as good. All the emotional scenes were handled like a soap opera. They could have had actual power in the hands of another film maker.
There’s also the aspect of the movie being made by Dr. Dre and Ice Cube. Those two come out looking like fucking genius saints. At no point do either of them seem in the wrong about anything and that’s the problem when you let the people the movie is about, make the movie.
On a positive note, I thought Yella was the best thing in the movie. The dude who played Eazy really did a good job of getting his electric personality across. Suge was pretty perfect. There are a few amazing scenes and I don’t doubt it will be highly re-watchable (the last 30 minutes, not so much). It’s tough for me cause i know the story and there were definitely details I wanted to see more of and other aspects they covered heavily that I didn’t give a shit about. So, I’m gonna be a little biased. Two fucking scenes on “Efil4zaggin”? Come on…I’d give it a soft 6 out of 10.

Answers for Questions vol. 253

What up. Welcome to another edition of “Answers for Questions”. You guys send me questions and I answer them. I can always use more so don’t be shy. Send me questions! or leave them in the comment section below. Be weird. Be creative. Don’t ask me about music equipment. I don’t know shit about that.
Anyway let’s see what we got this week…

Say you can have your ideal life (socially, sexually, financially); basically, you can choose whatever course your life will take. However, instead of being a man, you’ll be a heterosexual woman. You won’t remember your life as a male, and you will possess all of the normal urges of a heterosexual woman. Do you do it?

My guess is that most men will say no, and most women will say yes. Based on people I’ve asked that’s definitely been the case. I say fuckit, I’ll do it!

I think what sells me on this is the “ideal life” angle. You’re saying that I could have a absolute happiness as woman? It wouldn’t make sense to turn that down. Sure, being a woman would be a lot rougher than being a man but, like you said, I’d have no memory of being a man so that wouldn’t even come into play. Pretty obvious choice, if you ask me.

How computer saavy is your mom?
Not at all. She knows how to play solitaire and send emails. Outside of that, I’d say she’s pretty limited. My mom isn’t exactly young though so you gotta cut her a break. If I could just get her into texting, it would be a game changer but I don’t see that happening ever. It should also be noted that she’s savvy enough to read this blog so, Hi mom!

I’m sure you’ve been to your fair share of weddings. Which wedding tradition do you think is the wackest? (e.g. white dress, bouquet toss, etc.)
I hate weddings in general. I’m not a fan of that type of tradition as it’s all a bunch of made up bullshit to me. In a perfect world, a wedding would be two people in a room signing marriage documents, then a party afterwards with their friends. No first dance, No vows, No biblical readings. None of that shit.

Food, drinks, a few words said by people close to the couple and partying. That’s all it should be. Cause, if you think about it, while a wedding is a celebration of a union, it’s only really important to a handful of people. The couple, the parents , maybe some very close friends. The rest of the people there don’t ACTUALLY really give a shit. Don’t get me wrong, they’re happy for you but you getting married doesn’t really matter to anyone but you. It’s kinda like how I look at other peoples birthdays “Congrats but, also, who gives a shit? Now, let’s party”.

Downtown science is my favourite Blockhead album. I’m also a big fan of Moondog’s music and Tony Schwartz’s media works. I guess I love New York City even though I’ve never been there.

I said this because I was listening to Moondog’s “Manhattan Music Vol.1″ and I think you sampled some parts from that album on Downtown Science or Uncle Tony’s Col…

The question is: did you ever met Moondog? Thoughts on Tony Schwartz’s work? What was your idea for the voice samples on Downtown Science? Or did they just sound good?

This is where I let you down and tell you I have no idea who you’re talking about. It’s very possible I sampled him. I’ve sampled thousands of things. But I never paid close attention to the sources. ESPECIALLY back when I was making “Downtown Science”. I would literally have a stack of records and blaze through them, often not even looking at the cover.
As for the voice samples on Downtown Science (I’m assuming you mean the sped up talking parts), the album was an ode to downtown Manhattan. I found a record that had tons of clips talking about the city and wanted to push that feeling through. So, yes, they sounded good but it was more just setting a tone for the album as a whole.

No one can’t deny that Def Jux had a huge influence on underground hip hop in the early 2000s. What album from that label do you consider your favorite or which album do you think had the most impact towards hip hop in that era?

It’s hard to say cause I can’t really judge the ones I was involved with. But, when it’s all said and done, “Cold vein” is the best Jux record ever and had the most impact. Sonically, no other album had sounded like that and it’s merged street raps with nerd rap sensibilities. I would say it kinda stepped on the line that had been drawn in the sand for that whole era of underground rap. Prior to that album, you were a backpacker nerd or you were a thug rap fan. That album was the first of that generation to bridge the gap. Also, it holds up still to this day, which you can’t say for a lot of rap from that era.

Being newly single after a long term relationship, What is the best part and worst part so far?
Hmmm…it’s hard to say cause , while it’s been a month or so, my life hasn’t fully slipped into “I’m a single guy!” mode. Mostly cause there are still some logistical loose ends that need tying up that are out of both my ex and my control.
That said, the best part is the freedom. I can literally do anything I want whenever I want to. My ex wasn’t needy or controlling at all so it’s not like that was a problem in the past but there is something great about not having to ever check in. If I get a call on a wednesday at 11:30 at night to go out, I can do that with no guilt or worries. I enjoy the ability to be able to just get up and go. Basically, having my own life schedule. Again, this wasn’t thwarted in the past by my ex but when you live with someone you have to take that kinda thing into consideration at all times.
The worst part? I think it’s too early to tell. The only thing I can think of is the social aspect of a break up where you both have the same friends but even that hasn’t been that bad. It also is the type of thing that generally will get better as time passes.

Actually, you know what the worst part is? My focus. I’ve been all over the place the last month cause it’s like , socially, it’s a free for all. When in a relationship, you have structure and the desire to be out and about is muffled. So, I think I haven’t been thinking much about music the last month or so and I probably should try and regain a little focus on that. It is my job, after all.

If you were on an island with no food and the corpses of your mother and your father, wich one would you eat first and why? Would you start by a particular body part?
Jesus, that’s an awful question.
Well, I’d eat my mom cause my dad has been dead for almost 20 years. He was cremated so suppose I could make an ovaltine like drink out of him but, still, that’s not much food.
I doubt I’d be too selective about what body part to eat first. I mean, arms and legs? Those seems to be the obvious choices.
Again, fuck you for this horrific question.

In defense of the Fat Jew

NEW YORK - June 3, 2014. For Features. The fat Jew, Fabrizio Goldstein in his Chelsea neighborhood.(photo by Tamara Beckwith/NY Post).

NEW YORK – June 3, 2014. For Features. The fat Jew, Fabrizio Goldstein in his Chelsea neighborhood.(photo by Tamara Beckwith/NY Post).

I’ve had a bunch of people ask me about this so I figured I’d write a whole post about it. Give the people (those three people who asked) what they want.
This week has been a rough one for the Fat Jew. If you’re on social media, you’re probably familiar the man. His Instagram and Twitter are followed by millions. He’s known for posting hilarious Memes and tweeting subversive and funny one liners. If you don’t know who he is, you’re probably confused and wondering why I’m calling someone a fat jew. Rest easy, my thin skinned friend, that is a self given moniker by the NYC born and bred Manhattanite of jewish descent. His name has been building steam for years and, finally, in the age of internet backlash, his time has come.
Gawker dropped this article:
Writers and comedians everywhere were quick to step up to the plate and take their swings at the Fat Jew. It’s was an all out lambasting.

Now, I’m not here to say fat jew doesn’t steal jokes. Cause, on twitter and instagram, he certainly does. But, there are two things people are overlooking

1)Instagram accounts like his (and “fuck Jerry”) are here for entertainment purposes. You can look at them as curators of the bowels of the internet. Soooooo many accounts just post meme’s they found on the internet. These two just happen to be the two biggest accounts that do that on the planet. As someone who also tends to post funny pics I find on the internet on instagram, it’s all for fun. Better that then picture of you stupid fucking cat or a sunset. Add a funny caption and there you go!  At least Fat Jew does write captions (unlike “Fuck Jerry” who typically just posts pics with no caption. The fact he seems to be avoiding the brunt of this heat is kind of amazing). So, if he’s out trolling the internet for funny pics all day and posts one, he’s just doing exactly what 1000’s of other less successful instagram accounts do. The difference being, he’s famous. And, contrary to popular belief, he does give often credit to the source. How do I know? Cause he’s taken pics I’ve posted and given me credit. Pics, I might add, that I didn’t take and that I found on the internet. It’s a vicious cycle, I know.
Also, how is this a new thing? I don’t think the man has ever made any bold claims that he’s a functional meme factory , creating all original content. In fact, every thing I’ve ever read about him refers to him finding all his pics on the internet. So, no, he’s not sitting there with photoshop and creating 20 meme’s a day. No one is. But he knows where to go to find the best ones. Now, I’m not a “meme” guy on my account. I prefer finding outlandish pics and writing a funny caption. But is that so different? It’s all found material. Kinda reminds me of sampling, in a way. I’d bet that, when he has a source he can credit he does. When it’s just some random pic he found on reddit? The original source is not going to be that easy to track down and, honestly, I doubt he cares that much to search.

2)Now, his twitter/facebook joke stealing, I can’t really defend. From what I see, it’s real. I fully understand how this would infuriate anyone involved , as well as other comedians and writers in general. Hell, some of the people going at him are some of my favorite comedians. All I can lend that too is that he’s lazy on twitter. At the same time he doesn’t rely on either of those mediums nearly as much as he does instagram. It’s the lesser of his outlets for sure. Doesn’t make it okay but, I dunno people are acting like he’s never had an original thought in his life. Which is total bullshit. Regardless, the comedian backlash has been heavy and bitter. It’s to the point where I can say a comedian making a joke about Fat jew being a fraud is somewhat hack. Having been someone who’s followed him for years (and known him personally since he was just a rapper in “Team Facelift“) If the fat jew is one thing, it’s a funny person. He’s always been funny. You run into him on the street, and he’s riffing some ridiculous shit that only comes from his brain. In person, he’s one of the quickest witted people I’ve ever met. When he does write his own stuff, it’s always on point and has a very specific voice. He’s a naturally funny person. He’s not Carlos Mencia. He’s not Carrot Top. At the same time, he’s not a comedian. There is a difference. His “bits” don’t work in the construct. He’s never stood on stage and told jokes. His humor often comes from reacting to people and basic human interaction.

My buddy Evil and him had a short lived public access show on Manhattan cable for a few year back in the mid 2000’s. On this show they would take calls from various random new york lunatics, most of whom lived in washington heights and simply yelled out their crew names, called them both “white boy faggots!” and hung up. Now, this may not sound like entertainment but, trust me, it was must watch tv every week. Why? Cause Fat jew is a extremely astute and quick dude (So is Evil , btw, but this isn’t about him). His live banter with strangers and Evil, was great. He’s a guy who very much has his own brand of humor. It’s self depreciating, overtly NYC and weird. i wish I could find clips but, somehow, they have alluded the internet. That’s a feat in itself, honestly.

So, basically, my point is this: let him live. If you don’t like his social media ethics, then unfollow him. If you’re a comedian who is salty about his success, more power to you. If he took a tweet from you and didn’t give you credit, by all means, call him out. But to take all this and immediately strip him of being a funny person is not fair and not true. I haven’t known him for my whole life and we aren’t close friends. We’re friendly acquaintances who have been around each other for probably 10-15 years. That said, I’ve always respected the guy and he’s always been a good dude in general. But, most of all, he’s always been genuinely funny. He’s not a joke stealing sociopath. If anything, he’s got a brand he’s constantly pushing to stay popular. I think he knows that instagram and twitter are outlets to keep his name out there. But the real creative stuff he does is in writing TV show pilots and simply being himself in front of a microphone and camera. All the social media is a stepping stone towards that. It’s extra. Sure, instagram made him really famous but it’s never been something I’ve looked at as more than just recreational bullshit for him. A few years back him and his writing partner Jonny Sollis made a few trailers for show ideas they had. This was in the era of “The Hills” and “Laguna beach”. Well, they were fucking awesome. THIS is the type of stuff he’s meant to be doing. And I just hope this corny backlash doesn’t make that impossible for him.

So, To summarize,
Does fat jew take meme’s of the internet: Yes. Like 1000’s of others. In fact, it’s safe to say he’s the grandfather of that brand of instagram account.
Does he steal jokes on twitter: 100% and he should be ashamed of himself.
But, is he a truly funny guy with talent: absolutely.
yeah, that’s my take. Keep your head up, fatty.

Answers for Questions vol. 252

Hi there everyone.
Before I start, I just wanted to say that I was lucky enough to catch the screening of the Stretch and Bobbito documentary last night in central park. It was awesome and I highly recommend it to any rap nerd out there. I think it will be on netflix and other such places in the near future. Support that shit.
Welcome to another edition of answers for questions. You ask it, I answer it.
If you’d like to ask me stuff, DO IT! Email questions to me at OR leave them in the comment section below. Be creative. Get weird. It helps.
Let’s peep this weeks batch…

Hey Block,

I read that Despot has been to jail, got shot and killed someone. Is that true or just someone messing about on wikipedia?

Also, does the release of House Made of Bricks mean that his album is finally on the way?

Pretty sure he’s never been shot and pretty sure he’s never killed anyone. The Jail thing is possible but, if it happened, I don’t remember it. Sounds like some internet tomfoolery. As for his album, i would think the new video is a good sign but with Despot, you never know. He’s truly gonna just do it when he feels like it. He’s a pretty busy dude in general so , you know, putting out an album isn’t super high on his to-do list. He’s got people to shoot and kill and jail time to serve.
ALso, he’s been clearly spending lot of time working out cause dude is kinda ripped nowadays.

Blockhead Vs. Nature. You’re invited to play some big festival in South America, but on your way, the plane goes down in the deep Amazon. You are the lone survivor of the crash, and regain consciousness to find yourself surrounded by a large group of “Uncontacted Peoples”, who have no knowledge of modern society. What happens next?
I’m assuming the would either murder me on sight or make me their leader. Isn’t that how it works? First off, I’d probably be a giant compared to them , as those lost societies tend to be full of inbreeding and south americans aren’t typically large people to start with. I wouldn’t be shocked it they brutally stabbed me to death with whatever weird cave man ass spears they made and then ate me. But, perhaps, they’re a gentle and kind people. They’d take me in, feed me, nurse me back to wellness with their ancient herbs. Then, when I was 100% , I’d kill and eat them. You know, these kinda things are all a coin toss, right?

Hey, you mentioned recently that you’re single again. I’m wondering what your thoughts are on jumping back into the dating pool? Also, might we see a new segment dedicated to that experience?

I definitely don’t see a segment dedicated to my dating experience. Simply out of respect for my ex and whoever I would be talking about. It would be a lot of fun to write about (especially tinder cause that shit is soooooo dumb) but I don’t really wanna air all my personal shit out like that.
As for jumping into the dating pool, I honestly haven’t really done it yet. I don’t know if “dating” is something I ever did. I was more and “hang around and see what happens” kinda guy. Like proper dates? I’m not opposed to them but they’re also nerve wracking and can be the worst.
Being single is bugged out for sure though. It’s fun and very free but also unpredictable. I’ve used this metaphor before a ton in real life (and maybe on this blog already) but, being single for the first time in 7-8 years is kinda like being released from prison after a 20 year bid. I don’t mean that in the sense that “relationships are prison!” kinda way. I mean, it’s been so long, the landscape of dating has changed. Not only am I waaaaay older than i was before but now internet dating is huge and meeting online in the norm. I’m walking out of jail in the same clothes I went into jail in , looking at how the city has changed like “whoa…what the fuck? There’s a starbucks there now?!?!”. I feel like I kinda used to know how to traverse these waters but it’s not the same anymore. The attention span has lessened. If you’re talking to a girl, it’s going fine, then all of sudden, the communication stops. I mean, that shit has happened forever but, nowadays, it seems to happen before you even hang out with them. I’m sure it works both ways too.
But yeah, I’m single, old, pale , I travel all the time and I’m fairly emotionally unavailable. Anyone wanna make out?

Have you noticed a recent upsurge in women applying full-on makeup while on the subway? I’m talking blush, eyeliner, mascara, eyebrows, etc. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I’ve noticed a ton of this on the metro in my city lately….so weird!

I have not noticed this. I mean, I’ve seen it over the course of my life but never enough to feel any certain way about it. I also don’t really ride the train during the morning rush hour so I’d guess that’s a factor in this as well. People rushing to work and cutting their time by doing their make up on the train. Regardless, it’s way better than the animals who eat Mcdonalds on the train. That’s for sure.

I’ve been a big Jedi mind tricks fan for a while and obviously Vinnie Paz is incredibly talented. I am also very open minded and believe people should be free to be homosexual, trans, etc. obviously he is against these lifestyles and mentions it frequently in his music. Vinnie has the right to say what he wants to say and it won’t stop me from listening to his music, but it does bother me. What are your views on this?

To me, if a rapper is a good rapper, his content doesn’t really matter to me. I disagree with tons of shit rappers say but it doesn’t make me dislike their music. It just lets me know that, if I knew them as real people, we’d probably not be friends. That said, if a rapper is obsessively rapping about that stuff, it can be too much. Like, if Vinnie Paz (Who I’m not really a fan of, btw) made an entire song about why he hates gay people, that’s fucking ridiculous and I could easily see how that would make a person wanna stop listening to him. But if it’s just cause he says “faggot” here and there? That’s different. I could see and understand why that might turn a person away from his music but, personally, it wouldn’t really phase me (if i were a fan of his music, I mean). I realize it’s hugely different but I’m not a proponent of selling drugs or killing people. Still, I listen to tons of rappers who talk about that. I’d argue that killing people is a worse offense than homophobia in real life.
It’s really more about your ability to overlook that kinda stuff and also realize that lots of rap is not real. To me, it’s not hard to see the difference. I’ve loved songs that were about killing white people. It’s just music to me. I can generally appreciate it without relating to it. ESPECIALLY rap music.

Im curious to know how your podcast partner in crime is doing with her new life in LA? Loves it? Hates it?

Spoke to Pollyne yesterday. She’s doing well. She definitely loves it. The one thing she’s said is she wishes she could replace all the people in it with NYC people and it would be perfect. I know what she means.
But, yeah, things are going well for her out there.

What’s your favorite type of salad?
I tend to like a simple salad with a good balsamic vinaigrette. Cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado. Nothing too extra. My mom makes the best salad dressing ever so I grew up loving that shit.
Lately, I’ve found this spot that makes an amazing greek salad. Which is odd cause I’ve never liked greek salad in my life but the veggies are so fresh and the dressing is perfect. Also, they have this barrel aged feta that doesn’t even really taste like feta. Snack Taverna on Bedford st in Manhattan. Look into it!

Answers for Questions vol. 251

Hi there and welcome to another edition of “Answers for questions”. You guys ask me stuff, and I answer. If you’d like to join the fun, by all means, ask me anything. Either leave the question(s) in the comment section below or email them to me at All I ask is that you try and keep it interesting. be weird. Think outside the box. It makes it better for both of us.
Let’s peep this weeks batch.

Every now and then (especially outside gigs) some guy will try to sell me his demo on the street. I never go for it, cuz I know most music produced in any genre is crap – but if it was free I’d totally be down to listen to it. This never made sense to me! Surely they’d be better off handing them out. Have you ever bought a demo like this ever in your life (I did once when I young and innocent)? If someone gave you one for free would you try it out?

This was a huge thing in NYC for a while. Dudes used to run up on you with cd’s and be like “Yo, you like hip hop?” then try and sell you their album. I have never bought one in my life and was always kinda offended , in general , by that type of salesmanship. The pushy “wheeler dealer” types of the world have always rubbed me the wrong way and trying to stuff your garbage demo down peoples throats on broadway and 14th street is just not a good look for anyone. It’s different than when dudes would sell cd’s outside Fat beats cause some of those guys were actually good rappers with some cache. Dudes like Percee P, Subconscious or Creature. They actually had a foot in the game, talent and fans. But random dudes who just burn a cd of their music you’ve never heard of? Fuck that noise.
I always made the joke that , asking a stranger if they like an entire genre of music, as a selling point, is kinda like me being like “Yo, you like food? buy this bag. There’s food in it!”
Thankfully, that era is gone cause nobody even listens to cd’s anymore. Those dudes have been forced onto soundcloud, i guess.

Is it pretty easy to figure out which borough a native new yorker is from based on their slang/accent?
It can be but, in general, i don’t think it’s that easy. it’s way easier to tell if someone if some Long Island or Jersey. Basically, if I hear an accent at all, I assume that’s there the person is from. They could be from Queens or Brooklyn too but that thick “New York” accent is usually not based in the city. Certainly not in Manhattan.

Are you a knicks fan? If so how do you feel about them for the last 10 years?
I am but I am a realistic Knicks fan. I have accepted that they will, in all likelihood, never win a championship while I’m alive. That’s just how it is.
The last ten years have been brutal. But, there’s a part of me that hopes they will have a Mets like resurgence one day. More than a knicks fan, I’m an Anti-net’s fan. Anyone rooting for that team that isn’t a carry over from Jersey or wasn’t born in the last 5 years is a total dipshit.

Blockhead Vs. Nature. Would you rather be viciously attacked by a polar bear, shark or snake?
I mean, I’d probably die in all these attacks. So, it comes down to which one would kill me quickest and with the least pain.
With a shark, you get torn up AND you drown so I’ll pass on that. With a polar bear, I’d get shredded and probably left to bleed out on a tundra somewhere. With the snake, I’m assuming it would be a poison based death. While that sounds awful, it would be less awful than having my limbs forcibly removed from my body. Dying in a poison induced paralysis sounds shitty but , compared to the other two options, it’s an easy choice. Snake, all the way.

Yo yo yo. What do you think about the whole “LA beat scene” that artists like samiyam,flying lotus and gaslamp killer have sort of created?
I think they make dope beats. I’m glad they exist and it’s cool that they made their own sound that rejuvenated the beat scene in general.
That said, I don’t really have a super deep opinion on it, to be honest, cause I don’t really listen to much instrumental stuff. I like when they work with rappers/singers though.

If Aesop moves back to nyc, would you do a podcast with him out of your living room?
I think we would, actually. That would be fun.

What do you think of statik selektah? Just wondering since you guys are both middle-aged white men from NYC who make sample based hip hop music.

When I ask for questions every week, I try to stress the “be weird/interesting” angle. I appreciate all people who send in questions, I really do. That said, these “what do you think of(rapper/producers name here)” questions are kinda the worst. Mostly cause they’re pointless. Either I like them or I don’t. OR I’m not that familiar with the artist. Whatever the case, I always feel as though this kinda question is baiting me to diss someone. Well, not gonna happen.
I think Statik Salektah is a good producer. he makes good beats. The spelling of his name is a touch cringeworthy but they guy certainly knows his way around a sampler.
But, seriously, stop asking me these types of boring ass questions. I’mma just start ignoring them cause, really, who gives a shit?

Answers for Questions vol. 250

250 volumes of this shit? Can you believe that? That’s over 1000 questions. Jesus christ. I’m amazed you guys have anything left to ask me but I’m grateful you do! If you’d like to ask em stuff, please do it. Either leave the question in the comment section below or email it right to me at Get weird. Be creative. It’s more fun that way.
This weeks batch is a fun one. Nice wide variety of topics. Let’s see what we got…

Can you brainstorm any reason why public masturbation on new york trains is a thing? (I keep on seeing news about these stories)
I’ve mentioned this before but, when I was in high school, the F train (particularly in Queens) was known to be the #1 train for public masturbation. I heard countless stories from people I knew who saw dudes beating off during a daytime commute through forest hills , all the way to jamaica estates.
There is no valid or good reason why men do this. Well, there is one. They’re disgusting perverts. I think you gotta look at this the same way you would look at any sexual harassment or even something as serious as rape. It’s just a fucked up person who doesn’t know boundaries.
On a more technical level (Ignoring the obvious personal issues one must have to actually pleasure themselves in public), train rides can be very long for some people. Sometimes, you’re just wearing some sweatpants and your mind starts wandering. Next thing you know, you got a boner. The mind continues to wander. You follow the lead of the boner. Now, you’re in sweatpants, with a boner thinking of sexy stuff. Now, this is where a normal person would be deeply embarrassed and try to conceal their erection and drop it altogether. But, this train jerker doesn’t stop. He doesn’t have the thing in his head saying “Hey, bro, there are other people sitting near you in the public and crowded area, maybe you shouldn’t start touching your erect penis?”. So, cause that defense isn’t there, he acts like a caveman and takes it down the worst path possible. I’d guess that WHY it happens. Basically, there are a very large amount of creeps out there.

What does it take to get you to purchase a physical copy of something these days?

I’m assuming you’ve kept your records, but do you still have CDs, tapes, DVDs, VHS, Betamax, Laser Discs laying around?

I don’t buy physical copies of anything anymore. I download stuff from I tunes and Bandcamp but I haven’t bought a cd or record in years. I don’t even have a usable cd player in my house at this point. As, as for records, I stopped sampling them years ago cause it was too expensive to get the obscure records I needed. Instead of supporting some greedy record collector, I just go online and find those records on random music blogs.
I do have tons of records and cassettes in my house though. Cd’s, not so much. I mean, they’re scattered around but I got rid of most of them a while back.

Hey blockhead. I apologize in advance if this is a basic bitch question to you.

on illogic and blockhead’s “preparing for capture” project there’s a track entitled “nails” with rob sonic. This song is catchy as fuck to me i love everyone’s flow and i even thought the “please don’t putcher nails there” chorus was cool the way it kind of went back and forth with illogic. this is a very generic description for such a good song. Anyway i go on youtube and find the song and it has maybe 119 hits or so. Now i know blockhead and ill aren’t the big time names but i felt like that song got criminally slept on too much even among underground heads. Could you elaborate more on the background story/meaning behind “nails” if you remember it and whether or not you thought it sounded as good as i think it does when you hear it? Thanks. PS you ever seen rob sonic without the bandana or is that the stuff of folklore and myth?
I honestly don’t have much background story to that song. wHen Illogic and i were working on those album/ep’s, he just made so many songs. I’d send him beats, he’d write and a week later, there’d be a whole new batch of joints. In the case of the song with Rob, it kinda popped outta nowhere. I like that song a lot though. But I wasn’t deeply involved in the creative process beyond the beat. That was all Illogic and Rob.
As for Rob’s bandana. I have seen him with it off and it was like the scene in Pulp fiction where they open the suitcase.

What’s your take on the lack of music (preferably LOUD music) in virtually every public restroom that exists? Of all the places on earth where we need some background noise this spot is always silent. Why? We all know what’s going on in there but why are we forced to listen to it? Pump some Slayer or something. Maybe it’s a conspiracy to make people too embarrassed to blow the toilet up?

That’s an interesting point. I dunno if loud music would be ideal cause, let’s be honest, most people are not trying to enter a mosh pit every time they take a piss but some sort of noise cancellation would be nice. The fan sound doesn’t really cover the plops and pops of your average shit. Something that might work would be a subtle wall of sound made up entirely of farting and shitting sounds. That way, no one would know who did what. It would become so common that people forget to even put those sounds in the context of public shitting. I’m sure, at first, people would take issue with the wall of sound being unsettling but I think that would be more because people are afraid of change. After all, these sounds are natural, everyone makes them. And, most of all, farts are ALWAYS funny. Walking into a room with a nice Bose system playing various types of farts , water splashing sounds and wet slapping on porcelain? That would be hilarious and it would save people a ton of embarrassment. Add in a strong vacuum that sucks up all the bad scents and you have the perfect public toilet experience.

I know a few Youtube content creators who tend to make rap songs on video games. The beats that they use are varied from Drake to Jedi Mind Tricks and many more. I read on your blog that you don’t mind others using your music as long as they don’t make money off of it. Would that ring true for other artists? These content creators haven’t had any problems so far using instrumentals from others and as far as I know, they do not make any money directly from these rap songs. Are they simply not popular enough to be noticed by the creator or a record label for using the instrumental? Or is the lack of money gained from the songs enough for the artist/label to just let them be?
Every artist is different about that kinda thing. Some labels seek that stuff out to either get money off it or shut it down. There’s really no absolute answer for this kinda question.
I think, if you make youtube videos and a few thousand people see them, no one cares. There’s no harm in that cause it’s basically like you don’t even exist on a larger scale. It’s when the viewership starts getting into the millions that I think people will take notice and try and get their money from that somehow. I’ve never personally cared or been proactive about that kinda thing but, as the artist, it’s not really my job to be. That’s on the label to figure out.

When was the last time you wore a suit? If you could get rid of one article of male clothing, what would it be and why?

The only time I wear suits are at funerals and weddings. The last time i wore one was at a wedding maybe a year ago. I don’t like wearing suits. i think they’re uncomfortable and dressing up doesn’t mean shit to me. Never has. I literally own one suit, two ties , one pair of “nice” shoes and MAYBE 2 nice button up shirts that I could wear with a suit. It’s just not something I put much care into.
If I could get rid of one article of male clothing? Sweater vests. Vests , in general, really. They just serve no purpose. Oh, it’s a little warm but not so much that you need to cover your arms? Thank god I have this fucking sweater vest!

Let’s talk Tinder

So, a few weeks ago, I joined Tinder. I am recently single but I’d be lying if I said my intention was to actually meet people on there. Tinder was always something I had heard about, as a guy in a relationship, that made me curious. I had been out of the game so long that , in the span of my relationship, internet dating had become not only acceptable but the thing to do. Sure, there was E-harmony and back when I was single but , with Tinder, it seemed like the walls of dating sites had been broken down. Fuck all the match making and dating metrics, let’s judge a book by it’s cover. in my mind, it was Grindr for straight people. A place where low lives meet up, that’s slightly more respectable than craigslist intimate encounters at 5 am. Well, clearly, i was mistaken. Perhaps there was a time when Tinder was the meat market it was meant to be but those days are long gone. That said, seeing that I’m more on it for the social experiment aspect of it than then “having sex with strangers” aspect, it’s been a lot of fun. I’ve learned a lot. I figured it might be fun to tell you all what i’ve learned from Tinder….In list form! Also, just to be clear, this is just what I’ve seen as a guy. I’m sure what females see is truly fucking awful. For that reason, I plan on getting that perspective for a future installment. Stay tuned…

1)Women ,apparently, LOVE whiskey
I will say that , in about 4 out of every 10 profiles I check out, there is a girl bragging about how much she loves whiskey. Now, i know some girls in real life that enjoy a whiskey but it’s definitely not a point of introduction for any of them. This leads me to think that the women writing that they love whiskey are doing so as to put forth an image. An image of a girl who can hang with the BOYZ! On some “Oh, you prefer whiskey to a cosmo?!?! you must be the coolest fucking person on earth!”
Again, I have no issue with ladies enjoying whiskey, I just think it’s a weird trait to single out. It would be like promoting that you love a good steak or know how to fist fight. That’s cool and all but leading with that kinda thing as a defining characteristic is a little odd to me.

2)Transexuals look good these days
I swear to god and satan, the amount of times I’ve clicked on a pic to get a better look , to find out it’s a transexual is crazy. These ladies really put themselves together. Granted, once I realize there’s a second penis involved i don’t look much deeper but props to them for looking that good and also for being honest. A large portion of these trans ladies could easily fool most guys on tinder. Granted, that could result in harm on their person if they do it to the wrong guy but still, the honesty is refreshing.

3)People who write “No hook ups!” on tinder are fucking boring
Listen, this isn’t a real dating site. I mean, it is…but it’s the one where you judge people 100% off of their looks.Tinder is shallow on purpose. To sign up and be legitimately looking for a soul mate isn’t crazy, but it’s short sided. I understand the need to weed out the creeps only looking for sex on sight (as , I’m sure tinder is about 85% that, in terms of dudes) but the overtures towards meeting the love of your life on tinder are kinda ridiculous. I’m sure it can happen. I’m sure plenty of people met the love of their life on tinder. The same way plenty of people have met the love of their life drunk at a bar. I have a friend who’s been married for 12 years who met his wife as a one night stand. When he woke up, he didn’t remember her name. They’ve been together ever since. I’m just saying, setting up limits for yourself seems to defeat the purpose and, once again, this is Tinder. One of the lower forms of dating sites. I see that “No hook ups” I swipe left cause, clearly, you’re doing it wrong. Never forget…on tinder. It’s never THAT serious.

4)I am a type
This has probably been the most sobering realization for me. I swipe all sorts of girls. various races, sizes, hair colors. I don’t discriminate at all. Not to say I’m not selective , cause i am. But the matches I get have really clarified my target audience. That audience? Brown haired white girls. That’s it. occasionally a latina girl with sneak in there but, in general, that’s who swipes back at me. No blonde girls. No black girls. No asian girls. Just brown haired girls. I mean, I love me some brunettes and all but what the fuck? I need to start working out or something. Maybe wearing a suit all the time? Who knows…

5)The longer the profile, the less I care.
I got lots of respect for girls who don’t write a word in their profile. Mystery is good.
On the other side of things, we got girls who think a tinder profile is there chance to work on that novella they’ve been thinking about. Whether it’s faux deep quotes from famous people or a 4 paragraph synopsis of them as a person, it’s never interesting and it never doesn’t seem like some vapid assholes yearbook page. I have no issue with ones that are bullet points, cause that’s direct. But once they get into writing prose? I mentally check out in a way only known by those monks who meditate for weeks on end.

6)Pets are deal breaker
Now, it’s a known fact that I loath cats. That said, I don’t think a cat is a deal breaker. I mean, I’m allergic to them but it can be worked around. However, for some people, the first thing they write is that you must love cats or dogs. They often write this before they even admit to having a child or not. Pets are serious business!

You know what, on second thought, I think having a cat might actually be a deal breaker for me. Not as much as the girl having kids, but close.

7)People don’t know how to pick pictures
So many demented smiles. So many pics of the same two or more girls together so you have no clue who’s profile you’re looking at (here’s a hint it’s always the wackest looking one), so many pics of people making the exact same face , over and over until you question if the person is, in fact, a wax statue. I feel as though , with tinder pics, you can go one of two ways
a)put your best foot forward
b)be a little wacky
Doing “a” means putting a pic that looks like you but is flattering. I feel as though this is the obvious choice and it leads me to believe that a lot of people don’t realize how cracked out they look when they smile. This is where your friends should step in a maybe pick a picture for you.
If you do “b”, you’re very likely eliminating a huge portion of people who might swipe right but, then again, maybe you don’t want those shallow people liking you in the first place.
Also, it’s nice to see the old myspace camera trick of taking a pic from above that makes you look 70 pounds lighter is still in effect. I missed that.

8)no love in the dm’s
I haven’t really gone to hard with conversing with any of my matches. A few here and there. But, when I have, I have noticed that there is no room for bullshit. You say one thing they deem boring and the convo stops. In fact, that’s literally how every exchange I’ve had has gone. We go back a forth like 4 or 5 times and they girls checks out. Granted, I can’t say I’ve been interesting or charming (this whole thing is still a work in progress for me) but, man…they speed in which you can get cut off is incredible. No wonder dudes start the conversations with overt sexual harassment. I guess they figure they’re gonna get shut down anyway so they might as well swing for the fences. Granted, those guys are pieces of shit but, you know, I kinda get it on some level.

9)The beauty of misguided self awareness
In most profiles I read , a girl will refer to her dark sense of humor and how funny she is. Here’s a fun fact, no funny person has every promoted how funny they are. If you’re actually funny, you write funny things. That’s how that works. This isn’t just a female thing either, I’m sure guys do this just as much , if not more
I find this sort of baseless self promotion hilarious. To really believe it, I’mma need a few testimonials from acquaintances at the very least. Perhaps a picture of you in a clown suit? Something other than your word.

10)Tindering takes over your brain
I’m not the first person to say this but, after being on tinder for a few days, it starts to transfer into real life. Walking down the street, swiping in my mind. It’s like the grand theft auto of dating sites.
A funny thing about it all is that, in person, I’m far less picky. When you see a real breathing human in front of you, their nuances come out. The subtle attractiveness peeks through. Looking at pictures, you only get a vague idea. Sure, someone may be photogenic but maybe they’re a hunchback or they have an awful laugh. It’s really a dice roll. For that reason alone, i can only take tinder so seriously. I suppose that’s more a defense mechanism but still…in the world of cyber “dating”, you gotta be somewhat careful on all fronts.

The Top 10 things people write that make me swipe left
1) I belong to the lord
2)No hook ups
3)I have a penis
4)i have kids
5)a poem of some sort
6)when they give a checklist of what kind of guy you need to be
7)anything “sex in the city” related
8)Looking for a sugar daddy
9)Must love cats
10)Looking for my knight in shining armor