Free Open Mike Eagle EP!


Open Mike Eagle is one of the handful of current rappers that I’m a big fan of. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’d know that,bro. Anyway, coming of his great “Rappers will die of natural Causes” album (released earlier this year) he’s back with a free EP. Including a song I did with him. So, you know, even more reason to want this.

EXTENDED NIGHTMARES GETDOWN (THE DARK BLUE DOOR)
1. Nightmares (Busdriver Remix)
2. Billy’s Quagmire (prod. Blockhead)
3. Four Days feat. Serengeti (prod. Busdriver)
4. The Secret to Negro Alchemy (prod. N/A)
5. Experimental Dream FLCL (prod. Awkward)

Download it here:
http://www.mediafire.com/?23919457eb59vh5
Enjoy.

On a side note, Mike and I are planning on making an Ep together so, definitely keep an eye out for that. I’m really psyched about it.

RIP Patrice O’Neal


If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you may know that I’m not a particularly sentimental guy. Especially when it comes to the deaths of people I don’t know who happen to be famous. However, every now and then, a celebrity will pass on and I’ll be legitimately bummed about it. Patrice O’Neal is one of those people. Easily one of my favorite comedians of our time. You may not be familiar with his work or only know him from seeing him randomly on a terrible VH1 show but, trust, me, the dude was hilarious.
Not only is it sad that he passed in general, but there’s a sense that he was just getting started. He seemed to be finally breaking through in his career and taking it to that next level.
Anyway, this post isn’t about me lamenting the life of a guy I have never met. Nope, it’s about me showing you clips of why I was a huge fan of this man. Just a heads up though, Patrice says some outlandish shit so, obviously, this isn’t for everybody (women, in particular will not be a fan of most of this).
He are some of my favorite Patrice moments (That I could find on the internet):







Trending topics vol. 65


This week, Tim and I discuss Miley cyrus smoking trees and Newt Gingrich smoking crack if he thinks he can actually win the presidency.
http://www.syffal.com/miley-cyrus-christian-bale-newt-gingrich-urban-meyer-wyclef

(my apologies for posting a Miley Cyrus pic but she was the only female in the whole top ten and, you know, I gotta maintain some order around here. At least I didn’t choose one of her weird “Sexy” pics.)

Answers for questions vol. 61

(I hate hate cats but even I am not immune to this fucking picture. Goddamnit)
Sup yo.
So I’m in this awesome cycle of when I get drunk, the next day I wake up with allergies, which then turn into a full fledged cold. Needless to say, my nose looks like I’ve been blowing lines of coke off of sandpaper for the last 5 days. You know what the definition of “not swag” is? Blowing your nose with an already soaking wet tissue you’ve been using and that tissue going in your mouth. Not dope.
Cool story, bro…
Anyway, send me more questions (Ask Dr. Tony questions as well) to Phatfriendblog@gmail.com or leave’em in the comments below. I can always use more.
This weeks questions are somewhat somber…i dunno why. Cheer up people! Ask me weird funny questions. It helps all of us.
And on with the show…

So I was recently bumping that Saigon album and this question re-popped in my head. Why is the rap community so certain about crack cocaine being invented/intended to destroy black/latinos? I do understand that due to its low quality and value, it is likely going to end up as a drug for the poor, it happens like that in other countries, with similar drugs. But theres a large number of rappers that talk about crack as it was a real government program. Thoughts? Was my question useless?

This can be filed under conspiracy theories. Meaning, sure, it could be true, but I really have no fucking idea. Does it seem kinda far fetched that the government would create a drug to keep poor minorities down? Yeah, kinda. But, you know, The Tuskegee airmen thing was real so you can never really totally say it’s not true.
The thing about crack is that it’s just an extension of free based cocaine. People were smoking coke well before crack ever existed. Not only that, but wealthy people free based like a motherfucker. It’s what people who were rich enough to do tons of coke did when they’re addiction needed something stronger.
There are few things less founded than rapper supported conspiracy theories. I’m not writing it off, but some of these dudes definitely sit around smoking 5 blunts in a row while hypothesizing on everything from where crack came from to why some asian girls suddenly have asses. In both cases, their theories rarely have any more validity than me explaining how a plane engine works.

These next few are all related:
You said: “This was before any of us had really realized what we were a part of. Before making music had any pressure involved, back when it was just us having fun doing something that we loved.”
When did it change for you?

It changed when it started being the way I make a living. It got much more crucial. It also changed with notoriety. The bigger name you are, the more scrutinized you become. Both artistically and for things like samples. When you’re doing it for free , for the love of just doing it, none of that is in your head. You don’t sit around thinking “I dunno if I can use this sample cause I want to one day maybe get it in a commercial”, You just make music. That’s often why a lot of peoples best work is their first album cause it’s unsullied by all the bullshit that comes along with being a professional musician.

Was it when it became a full time job?

I quit my last job in late 2003/early 2004.

Do you consider your work was better back then?
You recently tweeted apologizing (maybe jokingly) about labor days’ drums… in case you were serious, do you think that even though it might have been technically flawed your stuff was better then?
Definitely not. I know many of my fans will disagree but I’ve gotten so much better since I began. As any artist should. Listening to “Float” and “Labor Days”, i was getting by. I had an idea but it was actualized. I couldn’t make drums for shit. My song structures were pretty simple and based on assumptions of how songs were supposed to sound, as opposed to having a grasp on the right way to make music for myself.
The one thing I’ve always had was a good ear for melody and that hasn’t changed but , in every other respect, I’ve improved greatly.

how many people are associated with your career (i.e.
booking agent, manager, blah blah)?

You pretty much named them. I got a manager , who i’ve had since I started doing Solo stuff and a booking agent. That’s more than enough.
On a side note, I can’t stress how nice it is to have a good manager. People complain about it being expensive but fuck that shit. Because of him, I don’t have t deal with ANYTHING. I don’t talk to record label people. I don’t deal with annoying internet rappers who wanna buy beats for $50. His job is to be the asshole and it’s enabled me to keep a low profile in situations where a bridge may have been burned. Feels good, man.

Have you ever met Kool Keith? I have always been a Keith fan and he seems pretty funny and it would be interesting to chill with him.

Nope. But I applaud how completely random the question is.

Regarding like hip hop beef and stuff like that, do you know any rappers or emcees that are prone to getting into fights or who are known for checking people? Have you ever seen any rappers fight? I figure since you’ve been around this is something you may have been around or know about?

There have been little scraps here and there over the years but nothing too serious. Underground rap beef is similar to high school graffiti beef. it’s always a lot more posturing than anything else. Most of the dudes who do underground rap aren’t really about that.
I’ve never seen an actual fight between two rappers. Which is too bad cause I’d probably enjoy watching that.
On a larger level, I’ve heard stories of more known rappers who take no shit like Fat joe, Showbiz, Freddie Foxxx, maino, Kieth Murray. Those guys apparently do not fuck around . That’s the thing though, there are real hood dudes who do dirt and dudes who just rap. It’s rare those two qualities are in one person. Deep down, most rappers are nerds on some level. A typical Thorough thug doesn’t have time for writing raps and recording ad libs.

Hey Blockhead,

I wanna start by saying thanks for throwing up that ICP documentary a while back. That shit was fascinating/hilarious. I knew what ICP fans were like and that they gathered, but I still wasn’t ready to see that madness. My friend and I have great inside jokes because of that shit.

Anyway, after watching it, my friend and I checked out the actual event page just to laugh a little more at the thing. To our surprise, there were a lot of artists on the line-up, and a fair amount of artists I wouldn’t mind seeing (E-40, Georgia Clinton and Parliament, Ice Cube). I’d still require a roofied Fago to end up at that little slice of armageddon, but it got me thinking… What if you were asked to preform there?

Hypothetically, for whatever reason, the upper echelon juggalo big-bodies start bumping your music and promoted it to their fans (maybe playing it as a time filler before they perform on stage and lots of other examples I can’t think of right now). This ultimately culminates in a lot of juggalos being like, “Yeah I fucking fuck with motherfucking Blockhead! WHOOP WHOOP! He should perform here.”

Then, they ask you. What do you say? They got mounds of money and they’ll probably hook you up, but you would have to actively go there and perform/hang out for a little. Would you accept your new fan base. If so, how would you feel about them? Phatfriend is getting “whoops” all up in the comments. Outsiders start attaching the juggalo stigma to your music before they give it a chance (bad way to judge music, but it happens). What do you do, man?

This is a tough one. Cause, to be honest, if i got offered insanely good money to play an hour long set anywhere, I’d probably take it (within reason). Thing is, there is no fucking way I’d be willing to stay on the Juggalo festival campsite before or after I was done. I’d need to be carted out of there as soon as I finished. I don’t even stick around hippie electronica festivals when I do them so I’d be eager to bounce the fuck out of what I imagine to be hell on earth. So, it would have to pay EXTREMELY well (Like 5 digits) and I’d need to be out as quick as possible.
The fucked up thing about a lot of these respected acts they get is that they get booed like they were Tila Tequila. Unless you have face paint and say Whoop Whoop all the time, the Juggalo’s are hard eggs to crack.

As for the hypothetical new fan base, well, shit…it’s not like i don’t already have a few terrible fans (NO OFFENSE YO!) , what’s a few more? If they support the music and help me pay my bills while not asking me to change into a clown make up wearing mongoloid, Why not? That said, there is no way in a bazillion years I’ll ever be the kind of music Juggalo’s flock to. Judging from the template that they go for, I’m pretty much in the clear on that one.

How do you consider urself……..a rich,poor?Or just an average person,considering your income.

I’m good for now. As a musician, it’s all relative and everything could change for better or worse at any moment. so, you know, I just kinda roll with it.
I own my apartment so that’s huge cause my living costs are very low for NYC. Not to mention , I live with my girl so those already low bills are cut in half.
However, I don’t make a ton of money on a year to year basis and it fluctuates like crazy. I certainly make less than I’d guess most people assume I do. But I also don’t spend tons of money. I’m a naturally frugal person in that I pretty much only spend money on food, drink and my bills. And not cause I do that on purpose, I just don’t tend to really need much else.

i remember when I was younger, I’d see underground rap dudes on the street and assume that, just cause they got 12” record out, they were set. Holy shit was I wrong. Whenever I think about that Andre 3000’s second verse from Elevators pops in my head.

That’s some truthful shit right there.

Song(s) of the day 11/25/11


In the spirit of Black friday and all that is greedy, I figured I’d give a little extra today and make it a three song day. YOU’RE WELCOME, BRO’s & BROETTES!

I did something recently I haven’t done in a long time. Kill a hooker. Just kidding. What I actually did was go to a store and purchase a physical copy of a CD. I was in San Fran and we decided to stop by Amoeba for some good old fashion music shopping.
Because I either have pretty much all the music I want at this point, there are very few places I can go and see something that will pique my interest. Amoeba is one of those places. The first thing I got was by this man:


Let me Pimp or Let me Die By Suga Free
http://limelinx.com/files/b7ac57c19a74cba12f3143ae651818bf

Suge free is not for everyone. Not even close. But he’s definitely one of the most entertaining rappers ever. If you’re easily offended, this will not be you shit (don’t sweat that, there’s three songs today, a little something for everyone). He’s the pimpiest of all pimp rappers. Some talk the talk but I feel as though Free has lived this life…and he’s also a genuinely funny motherfucker. I purchased his album
“Sunday School” (2007) at Amoeba and was quite pleased with myself. This song is my pick from that album.


Gather Round By Diamond D
http://limelinx.com/files/64c5a1e67c67f7cf79910ae2c0fc5672

The other album I bought was Diamond D’s oft overlooked second album “Hatred, Passion, and Infidelity”.This album is so overlooked, I lost the cassette sometime in the late 90’s and never bothered re-upping. To be honest, until I bought it at Amoeba, I hadn’t heard it since it came out. It was a step down from his classic debut and I think, at the time, I just kinda brushed it off. Coming back to it, there are definitely some great songs on here. Sure, it misses a fair amount too but, hey, in this day and age, this album would be an album of year contender.


Thuggin’ By Freddie Gibb and Madlib
http://limelinx.com/files/5c2f0100a7ca5cf209984a913f2b9dbd

The final song of this trio isn’t something I purchased but something I recently heard that I feel as if you guys will be into. It’s new , so that covers that base. It’s dope, so that doesn’t hurt. Yeah…so enjoy. Gobble gobble.

Holiday Poll


The holidays are officially upon us. Turkey themed nonsense is everywhere and you can smell the Christmas crap brewing. If you’re like me, you don’t give a fuck about any of this shit. I’m to the point where, if it wasn’t completely socially unacceptable, I’d tell my unborn kid as soon as possible that Santa is bullshit. He/she could still get the gifts but why lie to my kid?
Anyway, In honor of these exciting holidays (and by request from a phat friend reader for some school project) I figured I’d get your take on the holidays through the magic of a poll.
If these polls have taught me anything, not every is like me. Some of you wipe your asses standing up, after jerking off dry to porn with hairy vaginas. So, I wondered what’s consensus for our feelings about the holidays.

Anyway, enjoy your turkey or whatever it is you’ll end up eating. I’m taking the day off tomorrow to honor dead indians and pilgrim racists. I should hope you all do the same.

Answers for questions Vol. 60


Hello everyone. I know you’re all gearing up for Thanksgiving. Or not. Who gives a shit? What’s more important is that we’ve reached volume 60 of this fucking questions blog. I’d like to thank all the people out there who’s spent the time to send me questions ranging from super interesting to mind numbingly terrible. YOu’re all a part of this machine and it’s appreciated.
Anyway send me more questions to Phatfriendblog@gmail.com or leve them in the comments below. Also, Send me any “Ask Dr. Tony” questions so I can help fix your retarded love lives.
Anyway, there are some good ones in this batch so enjoy the deep insights to what a piece of shit I was as a single man.

I’ve experienced a strange phenomenon in the past with girls: I lust after them for a long time without any real interest in a relationship. We finally hook up (not even necessarily sex… but even as little as making out/heavy petting). After that, regardless of how far we’ve gone, the conquest is over, and I no longer have any sexual interest whatsoever. Have you experienced this?

Oh god yes. It’s called being single. Personally, it was sex based though. Just hooking up would make me want it more. The problem with this is that girls tend to not be very fond of you fucking them and feeling like you got what you came for.
When I was single I used to call these things “the three week fling”. I even had that in my interests on my personal Myspace page (this was a long time a go). Basically, you meet a girl you’re attracted to but who you also realize immediately that it’s not gonna go anywhere seriously. You hook up with her for about three weeks and it fizzles after that. It’s weird but three weeks was constantly the time frame this worked in. This is when they’d either
a)get sick of you
b)You’d be bored of sex with them
c)they start to catch feelings and you have the “talk” that ends with you two never hooking up again
d)they become an alternate booty call that eventually ends badly.

I can’t stress enough, this shit was like clockwork. Something about that third week. I have no clue what it was. This sounds terrible (Cause it is) but , I found after having sex with a girl on like three different occasions, I was good. It was like an “Okay, I get it…next!” kinda thing. That’s when my interest would wane. unless it was an obvious mistake, once was never enough but four times felt like I was pushing my luck and fucking with her emotions (if there were any getting involved).
I don’t believe in hell but I’d imagine I just made a pretty strong case for myself with this answer.

What do you think of Nas? Love him, overrated, washed up, poor beats, just okay? You can’t hate on Illmatic (though I think he has other great albums).

Obviously , Illmatic is one of the greatest albums ever made. For that, Nas will always be respected.
To be honest though, with the exception of a few songs here and there, I haven’t been checking for Nas over the past decade or so. I don’t doubt he’s made some good music over that period of time but I just don’t care enough to find out. He’s in that group of rappers for me (with guys like Black Thought and Mos Def) who I know are extremely talented yet I never feel like listening to. I can’t really diss any of their music cause they’ve all put out MOSTLY quality stuff for years but it just kinda bores me. I really don’t even know why.

Does your current apartment have roaches? Any personal stories of note about roaches from your years living in NYC?

My apartment has some roaches. I’m on the ground floor so they’re around more than I’d like. However, it’s not that bad. The building has an exterminator come regularly so that helps.
However, the first night I ever slept here (like 10 years ago), I woke up from my first night of slumber to a tickling feeling near my ear. I scratched that shit and there was a huge roach (or waterbug if you’re fancy) crawling on the side of my head. I flipped out and swatted it across the room, grabbed the closest solid object I could find and decimated that motherfucker. That was certainly an extremely jarring way to be welcomed into the house.

Do you ever jerk off on the toilet post-shitting?

What? Please tell me people don’t do that? Do i have to make another poll connecting shitting and masturbation habits?
No. I never do that. Ever. I don’t even jerk off on the toilet in general. There’s not place to rest my laptop.

Saw a little while ago an answer you gave about Daily Routine and the thought behind it. I’m not trying to delve into the mind of the block, but i was wondering what the story is behind the “meals with Blockhead” on Aesop’s Float. I always figure they might represent different times in your careers together, like Breakfast being when you guys started and dinner being where you guys saw yourselves like around now. Would love some explanation.

Ready to be totally disappointed? There is absolutely no deep meaning to those tracks. They were three unfinished beats that we used to space out the album. Cause there were three, I thought using the meal theme made sense. That’s it. Sorry for the lame truth…but sometimes that’s all we have, bro. The lame truth.

Is there any celebrity who you know is completely 100% busted, yet there is some part deep inside you that really wants to fuck them? If no celebrity, has this phenomenon happened to you with someone you know?

“Completely busted” is a strong term. I’m pretty sure I’ve never wanted to fuck anyone who fits that description. Celebrities aren’t real people to me so I’ve always based them strictly off looks. Sure, there are quirky ones who I’ve taken a liking to but none of them were even close to unattractive. In real life , however, I had a time where I was obsessed with girls with dope bodies. The face didn’t matter to me at all. This led to me lusting after girls who, in all reality, I probably didn’t even wanna make out with. I think this comes from just being around the same girls a lot and , if they show enough body over a time period, it’s gonna get you. A single man’s walls are not hard to break down, when it comes to who we’re willing to have sex with. I got a friend who would literally fuck any girl with big tits. She could be a swamp goon but if her breasts were huge, he was all in. Personally, nice breasts attached to a flat stomach would get me every time. and lower back dimples. I suppose we all have our little things.

Quickfire:
1. Yo man, you’re music is not an option in bar jukeboxes…what the fuck?
I’ve seen it on a few very random ones but, let’s be honest, I don’t exactly make good music for places where jukeboxes might be. Not to mention, Jukeboxes tend to overlook niche genres of music. I’d bet Aesop is on a fair amount though.

2. Any takers yet for the new album?
Yup. It’s looking like Ninja tune will be putting it out next year.

3. What can we expect sound-wise for the new shit? A continuation of The Music Scene, a revert back to your older sound, or something new?

The song structure will be similar to “The Music Scene” in that the songs tend to start in one place and end up somewhere completely different. Musically, it’s hard to say. I got all types of different types of songs on there. all different types of moods. But, of all my albums, I’d say it’s most like “The Music Scene”.

4. Thoughts on the NBA lockout?

I think it fucking sucks. I’m not a football guy , Hockey is a joke and I hate all college sports as if they were wedding shows. So I’m not watching any sports right now. I haven’t turned on sportscenter since the Yankess got knocked out of the playoffs. That’s a strange thing for me.
I honestly don’t follow the inner workings of why this lockout is happening but, if I had to guess, it’s rich people being greedy. Whether it’s the players, owners or both (most likely) , I dunno. I don’t really care to be honest. I just want basketball back. I did read something about the players talking how they’re gonna “start a new league” and I pretty much laughed myself into a coma. Yeah, that’ll happen.