What’s for you isn’t always for me.

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A couple times a year I get into a conversation with someone who loves weed. Inevitably, the conversation sways towards me and my intake of the substance, where I regretfully inform said weed lover that I , in fact, do not partake. This is typically met with a face of disbelief and a noticeable physical retraction from the other person. What follows is not unlike a senate hearing where I am asked a rapid fire bunch of questions , where the weed enthusiast tires to either disprove that I actually do not enjoy smoking weed or find out why. The “It’s not for me” response is never enough for them. So, i go on to tell them about how I used to smoke weed regularly in my 20’s. I had a window where I loved it. I would smoke, freestyle with my friends, eat a shit ton of terrible food and then watch tv or listen to music. In it’s essence, that’s what weed was good for with me. Those specific things. Everything else? Not so much. I never enjoyed it socially and it never made me feel smarter or deeper. In fact, it made me feel like a complete idiot 95% of the time. As i grew older, it got less fun and more uncomfortable. It fucked with my sleep. It made me anxious. Around 28 I decided “fuck this shit” and stopped. Since then, I have tried it maybe once or twice a year just to be sure it hasn’t turned around for me. The last time I smoked. I almost had a panic attack. So, when the weed lover hears all this, they immediately go into how weed has changed and the different strains that do different things yada yada yada. This is generally where I stop them and say “hey man, it’s cool…I don’t have to smoke weed for you enjoy it”. And that kinda brings me to a point. We , in general, are obsessed with wanting everyone to feel and see things how we see them. When someone has a differing view point, it often rattles our fragile ego and leads to someone trying to shove their ideals down another persons throat even more.

Like, say I love Dr. Browns Cel-rey Soda (I do). I offer you a sip, you taste it and spit it out immediately cause it’s some soda made from celery. I would be crazy to try to then convince you that, even though your mouth rejected it, it’s actually amazing. No, the proper thing to do is shrug it off and accept that Cel-rey is an acquired taste. Here’s the thing….everything is an acquired taste. Chocolate is an acquired taste. Sex is an acquired state. A mothers unconditional love is an acquired taste. So, we gotta stop trying to force our own shit down other peoples throats.
Recently, Trump made statements about how people who burn the flag should lose citizenship or go to jail. Obviously, he’s a complete moron and lunatic but the point remains. He feels this way, so everyone else should too. And, to be fair, this works both ways. Liberals are no less guilty of this mindset either. cause it’s human nature to want other people to agree with you and connect on things you hold dear. But human nature can be petty sometimes.

I’m a guy who loves cities. I like the activity. I like the people. I like the availability of things i desire. I don’t like nature that much and things like skiing, boating and camping are not things I have any interest in. Now, just as i wrote that, I guarantee a decent amount of you rolled your eyes and thought of nature situations that i couldn’t possibly not enjoy. This is cause, to you, what you get out of such things is infallible. A sunset. A scenic landscape. Wildlife. The feel of the wind rushing over your face while you slide down a mountain on a wood plank. All that shit. And that’s great. But what is for you is not always for me and vice versa.

Do you play basketball?
No? Well, you should. you’d love it.
Oh, what? you’re not into sports and have no athletic ability?
Whatever dude…just do it. It’s basketball. How could you not love it.

So, yeah, the point of this rant is to just say “love what you love but don’t ever think anyone else should be expected to feel the same way”. After all, without these differences , how can we properly judge one another. And judging? That’s the real fun shit right.

Yes, I do still work with rappers

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I’ve been on tour the majority of the last few months and a question that keeps coming up from random people is “Are you ever gonna work with mc’s again?” to which i reply “Actually…”
Turns out, I’ve been making tons of music with rappers over the last 4 years or so and a lot of people haven’t really noticed. Granted, I can’t really knock them for that cause the projects haven’t been huge name artists but more rappers I personally fuck with as a person and a fan. Labors of love and respect. I figure I might as well just give the heads up to all those asking cause there is , in fact, lots of music I’ve done with MC’s. Entire albums produced by me, in fact. As well as some one offs here and there.
I’ll also add, I’m working on a compilation album that I plan dropping before my next full length that will feature rappers, singers and instrumental songs. It will be a free release too so get your wallets out and then immediately put them back in your pocket.
Anyway, here’s a quick refresher course of the albums I’ve done with rappers. Included are links but know that, if you wanna support and buy the album and the website i direct you to is not one you typically use, all these albums (with exception of the Ep’s with Illogic) are available EVERYWHERE digitally. I-tunes, amazon, etc as well spotify for streaming.
So, let’s start with Illogic.
Illogic is an incredibly gifted mc from Columbus, Ohio who I’ve been down with since before Def Jox existed. He worked with Aesop , as well as Atmosphere, Blueprint and ton of other talents. A few year back he hit me up asked if I wanted to do a project together and I jumped at the opportunity. Turns out…we were both in highly prolific points in our lives and we churned out an full length album and 3 Ep’s. So, we got MAD music together including two lead up EP’s to the full length and prologue EP we dropped afterwards.



https://illogic.bandcamp.com/album/preparing-for-capture

https://illogic.bandcamp.com/album/preparing-for-capture-2

https://illogic.bandcamp.com/album/capture-the-sun

https://illogic.bandcamp.com/album/after-capture

Next up, We got Billy Woods. Woods is a brooklyn based MC I was a huge fan of before i even met him. We got linked up through friends in common and immediately hit it off. We made the album “Dour Candy” soon after that and are currently finishing up another album together (Mostly produced by me but with a special guest producer on a couple tracks) that should be out next year.


https://www.amazon.com/Dour-Candy-BILLY-WOODS/dp/B00D9Q8NJW

Next we got Marq Spekt. He’s originally from philly and a guy I’ve been a fan of since the early 2000’s. He was one of those dudes that everyone I knew knew but I had never met before. I forget how it happened but we linked up and decided to do an album together out of mutual respect and admiration for each others work. We got two albums together on HipNott Records , the newest actually dropped pretty recently


https://marqspekt.bandcamp.com/album/justplaywitit
https://marqspekt.bandcamp.com/album/keep-playin

There’s also a few loosies I’ve done with various artists over the years you might have missed:
Lice (Aesop & Homeboy Sandman)- Environmental studies

Open Mike eagle- Billy’s Quagmire

Red Pill- Darlin’

Sum- Oblivion

Premrock- Criminal Childish

Premrock- Let me see your tongue

Sir Jarlsberg Ft. Aesop, lateef, Blockhead, Kimya dawson, Baby Dayliner and more- All’s Faire

Googie- Big mouth arcade

Googie- Googie Architecture

And shit…while I got you here, did you know I made an album as a part of a group called The Mighty Jones? It’s me on beats, two female vocalists and live guitar and bass. If you’re not so much a hip hop fan but like my beats and singing…this one should speak to your soul. This song in the video below is actually not even released but will be soon.

https://themightyjones.bandcamp.com/releases

So, there you have. I may have even forgotten a few things but that’s the answer to anyone who’s wondered if I still make music with other people. A resounding yes with much more to come.

New Song! “Tinder in the time of Cholera”

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So, I’ve been making a lot of new music lately. A new full length album called “Funeral balloons”, a new album with Billy Woods and a soon to be free album which will feature instrumental tracks as well as songs with vocals. I’m getting tired of sitting on all this music so I figured I’d just plop something down here today. This is a track that I plan to drop on the free album. It’s not mixed or mastered so…you know…keep that in mind.
Just wanted to remind you guys…I’m still here and shit!
Enjoy!

Upcoming shows! US and Europe!

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Hey everyone,
I’m about to hit the road and do some shows in select places over the next few months. You should come to my shows if you happen to live in the area cause…why the fuck not?
Here are my US dates this month with Lusine
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And in November, I head out to Europe. I’ll have more info on these soon, but for now, this is your warning!

November 10th: Ghent, Belgium @Lux ballroom
November 11th London, UK @Red Gallery
November 12th Poznan, Poland @Project Lab
2 Days offfffff
November 16th Bratislava, Slovakia @Nu Spirit
November 17th Budapest,Hungary, @Ötkert,
November 18th Berlin, Germany @Yaam
November 19th Athens,Greece, @Six Dogs,

A letter to a naked dude

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So, this past weekend, i played a festival in the outback of Australia. As different as it was from other festivals I’ve played (being on the other side of the planet, the people , the wildlife and the musical tastes), if you were to press mute on everyone and just look at it from afar, it was really no different than a festival in the woods of Oregon. Typically , I do my set and scurry off to the closest hotel to make love to some wifi and watch tv with a roof over my head, never to be seen on camp grounds again. However, this time, I stayed for the full 3 days of the festival. I was IN IT. So, with all this free time in a foreign land, at a festival where I only know a handful of people, i spent a good deal of my time roaming around the campsite. People watching. I mean, that’s kinda what you do at these things, right? It was packed with the usual suspects. Burners, people on drugs, burners on drugs, girls in road warrior outfits carrying hula hoops, people in footie pajamas covered in dirt, a few back woods wiggers and a surprising amount of children. In fact, this was , by far, the most kids I’ve seen at a festival. It was pretty cool to see actually cause i can only imagine how their tiny brains are taking it all in. I suppose to them it’s like a circus with REALLY loud music.
On the Saturday morning of the festival, i was in the food area just stuffing some sort of garbage into my mouth when , out of the corner of my eye, I caught what seemed to be an abundance of naked human flesh. Being the inquisitive soul that I am, I turned my head to see a man walking away from, butt naked, with some painted stuff on his shoulders and ass…think war paint. I tilted my head and thought “Well, surely he’s got something on covering his front parts…”. I then saw him walk up to someone and give a close hug to them (the receiver of said hug did a noticeable body jut to avoid pelvic contact). Right then I thought “no fucking way”. Lo and behold, he sashays his was back around and there it was, his naked dick flapping in the wind, parts of it were painted but, make no mistake, it was as uncovered as a cock can be in a public setting. So, i’m sure this particular aussie raver doesn’t read my blog (i bet he doesn’t even own a tv and on uses the internet for email cause, you know, he’s THAT guy) but I figured I’d write him a letter…just in case cause, you know, someone needs to talk to this guy.

Dear Naked guy,
What’s up? Chilling? cool. I was eating my breakfast the other day when I turned my head to see your dick bobbling as you walk. Nice cock, bro! I especially enjoyed the ornate colors you painted it. Did you, perhaps, have one of the children who were doing face paintings at the festival handle that for you? Whoever did it, they did a bang up job.
I see you there, prancing around like a proud peacock, winds blowing your hair, smugly strutting to give your dick that extra bounce. Balls hopping off your thighs as if to way “Hey! Don’t forget about us!”. Don’t worry balls, we could never forget you.
Your pride and self love are palpable. You must feel great!
Well…
I’m writing you this letter to let you in on something. That something is that, unless you’re part of art installation or the incredible hulk after turning back into David Banner, no one who’s not having sex with your penis should ever see it in public. I understand you’re probably a free spirit. You cannot be caged but the constraints of society around you. Cavemen walked around, dicks flailing, so why can’t you? Well, I’m sorry to say, you are not a caveman. You’re a male in 2016 , in a public place full of children running around. Now, that’s my #1 gripe. Your dick and kids eyes. It’s just…not okay. I dunno if you know this but dicks are gross. They aren’t tits. When a women thinks of a strangers cock, she frowns and they’re the #1 target audience for dicks (shout out to gay dudes but the sheer #’s put ladies in first place). Think about that. The people who enjoy dicks the most, are also repulsed by the majority of them. But beyond the sheer grossness of it (for everyone), what you’re doing is forcing your bullshit on everyone else. Now, I believe people should be able to do what they want. So, in a sense, if you WANT to walk around with your dick out, then live you life. But, with life’s choices come responsibility and consequences. The consequences being your dick waggling in front of a 4 year olds face and your responsibility being to NOT waggle you dick anywhere near the face of a child. Listen, it’s a free world. We have so much we can do. Is your right to express yourself via nudity that important to you? Perhaps you should go to a nude beach or a Hedonism resort where that kinda thing is accepted and monitored. Maybe one of those burning man fuck tents I’ve heard about. I know, i know, a fuck tent is not in public but I’m just spitballing ideas for you. Regardless, all those places seem more appropriate than here.
I think what gets me is that I 100% know you’re doing this cause you’re just so one with the earth and comfortable in your own skin. That’s great. But ,sometimes, we’re so far to the left, we swing around to the right again. You’re blissful, free love hippie freedom is so extreme that it is , in fact, bordering on sexual harassment to every single person that lays eyes on your paint chipped penis. Every woman and man who didn’t feel like looking at your freewheeling cock. Every male child who now probably thinks that, when he gets older, his dick will become a crusty orange and green hair cake.
Every little girl who has never seen a penis in her life will now have THAT as what she expects. In 12 years, when she’s old enough, she will pull out some dudes dick and be shocked it didn’t look like bravehearts face. That’s on you , dude. And I know that’s the furthest thing from your intentions but still…s
o, fuck your freedom. There are so many ways to express individuality and openness without having to ruin everyones day simply cause they looked in your direction. So, please, do me and everyone else a favor and cover that stupid cock up. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
Sincerely ,
Tony

Alternate version of this letter:
HEY ASSHOLE, I CAN SEE YOUR DICK. WE CAN ALL SEE YOUR DICK. THERE ARE KIDS HERE FOR CHRIST’S SAKE. PUT THIS SHIT AWAY, YOU FUCKING JERK OFF.
Regards,
Tony

Peep Googie’s new album ’tis what ’tis ! I did a few tracks on it.

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A while back, I wrote a “yay or nay” column about Googie. He’s a Jersey born, Queens based rapper with a relentless style and dominating presence.
What had happened was , I was at a show , chilling by the bar , waiting for Billy woods to go on and heard this dude absolutely murdering it on stage. It was that rare moment were an opening act really caught my attention. That man was Googie. I had met him that night and seen him around a few times after that. Well, he’s finally released a proper album and it was my pleasure to do a couple tracks on it.
Check out the whole album right here:
https://wearethekarmakids.bandcamp.com/album/tis-what-tis

Here’s one of the tracks I did off it. Good stuff.

Congrats on the release!

“Keep Playin” By Marq Spekt (produced by me) drops today!!!

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My Buddy Marq Spekt and have been working together for a few years now. A little while back we dropped an album called “Justplaywitit” on Hipp Nott Records. Today, we release the follow up “Keep Playing”. Real excited about this. If you like no bullshit rapping and , well, my beats then you are in for a treat.
It’s available today all over. Here it is, streaming on bandcamp:

You can buy it at all these wonderful locations. ENJOY!!!
https://marqspekt.bandcamp.com/album/keep-playin
https://www.undergroundhiphop.com/products/marq-spekt-and-blockhead-keep-playin-cd
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/keep-playin/id1134789221