Cheatin’: What’s your moral compass like?


I recently was talking about a situation with a friend. I’m not ashamed to say this situation was one that taking place on the newest season of the Real World. Okay, I’m a little ashamed to say that but , whatever, it’s too late now.

For those of you who did not see this season (I’m assuming that’s like 98% of the people reading this) let me break it down to you.

Two people in the house hook up. The dude has a “girl” back home that he doesn’t really speak on until after the initial hook up has happened. The girl in the house gets obsessed over the dude and, even after finding out there is someone else, she still pushes ahead in her goal to land this guy.

Now, my case was , in terms of blame, this dude is 100% at fault. I felt that because this girl was informed of a girl back home after they hooked up and , more importantly, she didn’t know that girl personally, it wasn’t really her problem.
My friend , who is a female, felt as though at least some blame should be put upon the shoulders of the “other women” because , even though she didn’t know his girl personally, it’s still not okay to be the other woman knowingly. Not to say that my friend didn’t acknowledge that the dude was mostly to blame, but she felt the girl was getting off easy.

I hope that makes sense to you.

So, here’s my question: Does the “other woman/man” owe anything to the person that is dating the person they’re hooking up with? This is assuming they don’t know that person even on the most acquaintance like level. If that person is a complete stranger, should the “other woman/man” even give a fuck about their feelings?

Now, I felt as though , while there might be karmic retribution (if you believe in that shit), no person is responsible for the feelings of a stranger. Sure, it’s a shitty thing to do and knowingly being the other person is not exactly an awesome way to live your life, but it’s also not your problem. I feel as if the blame falls heavily on the shoulders of the person in the relationship who is cheating. after all, that person is the one who knows all parties involved and that’s also the person who made any of the cheating possible in the first place.

My friend felt that , regardless of not knowing that person, it was still a super shitty thing to do (which I agree with, as i’m not a complete asshole) and , because of that, the other person deserves their fair share of the blame. (I’m sure she will write a much more specific viewpoint in the comments section upon reading this, and that’s fine)

Keep in mind, I’m slightly more sociopathic than my friend. I don’t really have “feelings” and kinda think that everyone is responsible for themselves. My friend is definitely more sympathetic and empathetic than I could ever be. But , my inner arm chair sociologist is curious. I wanna know, what’s your stance? What should ones moral compass be in this situation? I’m doing two polls. One for men and one for women cause I’m interested in how different the two will come out.
So, tell me, who’s to blame in this particular situation…

FOR MEN:

FOR WOMEN:

As an addition, here’s another poll concerning where the blame of cheating should land. This is more obvious to me but, with these polls you never know what crazy shit some of you people out there might think…after all some of you wipe standing up, jerk off dry and think wearing flip flops to bars is okay.

Tim and blockhead discuss music and stuff vol. 1


As you amy know, my buddy Tim AKA Alaska and I did an article called “trending topics” for 100 weeks. After 100 weeks of finding different ways to say Kim Kasdashian is a piece of shit, we have decided to move on. Here is our newest venture. It’s basically just our take on some videos. Old, new, weird and obscure. For more details, read the header that Alaska wrote but it’s not exactly rocket science.
Video’s this week include Kreayshawn and Lil’ debbie, The bushwackass, Slayer and The Skins. Good times guys.
Enjoy!
http://www.syffal.com/tim-and-blockhead-talk-about-music-and-stuff-vol-1

Answers for questions vol. 103


Hi there. Another week, another batch of questions. As always, I need more questions. This is where you come in. Send me questions to phatfriendblog@gmail.com or leave them in the comment section below. Also, I could really use a bunch of new “Ask Dr. Tony” questions so if anyone needs some love advice, holler at your boy. I’m here to help.

I was reading over your previous a for q & dr.tony stuff and you wrote something about that it’s not that good of an idea to go to Hip Hop shows with girls. Is it because the male gaze factor? Female intricacies in a male dominated environment?

Did I write that it’s “not a good idea”? I feel like there is some context missing there. Cause, on a basic level, there’s nothing wrong with girls going to hip hop shows. If i recall, I may have been referring to a situation I’ve come across a few times where a dude will come up to an artist , with his girlfriend, and just unabashedly gush over said artist. Meanwhile, his girlfriend is sitting there watching her boyfriend basically give another man a mental blow job and slowly losing respect for that guy and his fleeting manhood. especially if she’s not a huge fan of the artist he’s fawning over (which, girls who get dragged to rap shows often aren’t).
Or there’s the other side of the coin where the girl is a huge fan and the boyfriend just sits there and watches as an artist contemplates how he might be able to have sex with this girl…right in front on her man. Both situations are super uncomfortable but, still, I don’t see either being a big enough issue to effect whether girls should go to hip hop shows or not. The only thing is that they’re always gonna be filled with more dudes than girls. As far as I see it, that can work both ways for a female hip hop fan. Either it’s a cock overload or a smorgasbord of men for them to chose from.

There seems to be a growing sentiment among a growing portion of females nowadays that “men are the new women”. What’s your take on this?

I’d say this is all due to the pussification of society that’s running wild. Instead of trying to find a happy medium between back when men ruled over women like barbaric animals and the current sniffling pussy that men have become, there seems to be a movement for men to embrace their inner woman (and vice versa). There’s nothing wrong with opening up a little but , at some point, it just gets out of hand. A sensitive man is one thing, but a pussy is another.
I tend to think it’s all an act. Well, in most cases. I’m sure there are some legitimately sensitive dudes out there who’ve been waiting for a time when they could let their emotional flag fly. But, for most, I think it’s dudes just doing what they think they’re supposed to do. Like most things on this planet, it’s guided by the underlying need for men to put their penises inside vaginas. If you were to tell men that women only liked guys who wore ballerina outfits, it would become a trend. That’s just how it is.
This topic is honestly the type of thing scholars could write a 45 page paper on so I really don’t know how deeply I can get into it off the top of my head. Just know, it’s very real and also very pathetic.

Got a question. What are your thoughts on the explosion of vomit related content over the past decade or so? Online, tv, movies, etc? I am close your age(57, right?) and I remember a time when you pretty much never someone throwing up outside of being near a drunk/sick person or maybe a horror flick. Now i find myself flipping channels, or running across endless videos that are all about puking. I guess it’s funny once in awhile, but WTF? Why do people need to see it so often? Do you enjoy its current status in culture? Do you even notice it/care? Do you want to see more?

First off, fuck your 57, brah. I’m 55.
I have noticed this and I’m not into it. It began with viral videos and then exploded once shows like Jackass and Tosh.0 took off. Personally, I NEVER need to see someone throw up. I look at it the same as I would videos of someone taking a shit. I get that there is humor in the urgency and surprise of it but the actual act is fucking revolting. It’s that “look away and groan” type of humor. The thing about it though is that it ALWAYS works. There’s no one who watches that kinda thing and doesn’t have the same visceral reaction.
I’m afraid this is just another case of how numb to things we’ve become. We’ve seen it all to the point where there is literally an entire porn subculture dedicated to vomiting. Hell, even blow jobs in normal porn have been walking the line with all that gagging and coughing. This is like the other side of the “Pussification of the world” I was referring to earlier. While men are starting to over accept their inner bitch ass, we got things on TV that are simply not acceptable for human eyes. It’s like our souls are simultaneously crying and fighting at the same time.

You’ve just been abducted by aliens and are now being forced to star in your own sit-com about life on earth for them. They tell you they are willing to go back to earth and another person to co-star in the sit-com with you, however this person must have at one-point or another been imprisoned for a felony offense (in order to spice things up a bit on the show). Who would you choose to be your co-star and why?

How high were you when you wrote this question? Seriously…I’m all for these random , completely non-sensical hypothetical situations but this may be the most abstract one ever.
Anyway…
I’d probably pick Robert Downey Jr. I’m pretty sure he’s a felon and he’s also a great actor with a lot of versatility. If not him, any rapper would suffice.

Thoughts on this “half-season” of Breaking Bad? The second to last episode was heavy but they better have some pretty good shit planned for the finale if they want their full audience back.

Obviously, this was sent to me a few weeks ago, but I kinda scoff at the idea of people who are watching “Breaking bad” in it’s 4th season who are checking out now. It’s one of those shows that, if you’re in, you’re in.
I thought the half season was awesome. But I think every season of Breaking BAd is awesome…because it is. It’s crazy to see people on the internet complain and pick apart the minutia of this show instead of just sitting back and enjoying what is possibly the greatest television drama of all time. Even crazier are the theories I’ve seen people post online. It’s gotten to the point where it’s all masturbatory fan fiction.
So, yeah, it’s an amazing show and , barring any total fuck up during the last 8 episodes, it will go down as a top 3 tv show of all time in my book.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture of you without a hat on. You bald bro? And at what age are baseball caps a wrap? I rock a fitted myself, and I’m not getting any younger, so I was wondering what your thoughts are on that.

I’m not bald but my hair is definitely not kicking ass. I’m on some bruce willis in the later seasons of moonlighting type shit. It’s not dope but, hey, thank god for hip hop’s acceptance of wearing hats. As for an age when you can no longer wear baseball hats? Hmm…I mean, I’d say I’m past it but it’s also very situational. The hat wearing man must adapt with age I suppose. I’m not saying a guy who hits 30 should start rocking a fedora (Fuck those things) but maybe look into something without a sports team on it…or something more woolen. Not a wool beanie, I mean like a real hat with lining and definitive shape. I’ve been rocking the same stetson wool hat for years and it’s served me well. In fact, it’s become my “fancy” hat that I can wear to places that a baseball cap might not be accepted in.
Regardless, losing your hair fucking blows.

I have a friend that claims its not necessary to look at the paper when you wipe your ass. On several occasions, we’ve had him randomly wipe his ass, knowing his no-look stance, and there is ALWAYS some shit on the paper. Do you look or just go by feel alone? Or, as I see it, do you care if you have a shit-free asshole?

I think it’s good to take a peak but it’s also not crazy if you trust your sense of feel. As a thorough wiper, I’ve never had this problem but I’m sure there are plenty of dudes out there who treat wiping as an afterthought and leave all sorts of shit (literally) unattended to. For those guys, I think it just means they go through underwear quicker.

Song of the day 9/14/12


Dreamer By Marq Spekt and Gary Wilson
http://www.divshare.com/download/19559028-0bc

Here’s a new song from Marq Spekt of his upcoming “Broken Mazes” ep. This is a special project Spekt has put together with Jazz Fusion/experimental artist Gary Wilson. For those who don’t know, Wilson isn’t some new jack jazzmatazz bullshit. Although he only put out a few things back in the day ,he’s the real deal.
I’ve heard the entire project and it’s pretty fucking awesome. It’s rare that you get an MC of this caliber and a musician of this caliber together. Get excited. So, here’s a first taste of what’s coming soon.

Behold my childhood art Vol. 3

It’s time once again where I let you into the mind of the weird little kid that was once me. These drawings ,and all the volumes prior, we done by me between the ages of 8 and 10. As you will see, I was not exactly a prodigy when it came to drawing but I was a huge fan of Garbage Pail kids.


“Ann Tek” (pronounced “Antique”)

First off, for a lady, Ann is missing some serious curves. But that might have to do with all that partying she does. I mean, come on! she literally has got a lampshade on her head. She must go hard in the paint. It’s funny cause it kinda looks like Darth Vadar out of his outfit but with his helmet still on, looking behind himself.


“Harry”
Simple. Effective. Why waste time on two word puns when you can just drop a one word banger. While he may look like the peanuts character Pigpen, he’s actually just a walking muff , before I probably knew what a muff was.


“Hippie Harry”

Look at this piece of shit. No shoes, no shirt, no problem. He’s smoking a big old joints and is seemingly being circled by flies. Why? Cause hippies stink. Even I knew that back then. They apparently also all wear headbands. I’m curious what I based this portrayal on but , you know, sometimes you just know what you’re talking about without really knowing what you’re talking about. Even as a child.


“Tourist Ted”

Living in NY, you become acutely aware of people called “tourists”. Those out of towners who come to times square and eat at Ruby Tuesdays for a week. Back then, I don’t think my grasp on this concept was as refined as it is now. Judging from this drawing, I thought tourists all wore two watches, they were glasses wearing nerds, they had shorts on (I can only assume that’s what I was trying to get across) and they strived to not be considered tourists. Now, that last one might be kinda true in a deeper sense of the people who move here from other places and attempt to just fit in like they’ve been here forever. Good call, 8 year old me.


“Disinagrat dan” AKA Disintegrate Dan

This might be my favorite of the batch. How fucked up is Dan? All that’s left is a torso and half a head. I’d like to think this was inspired by that scene in “Robocop” once where the toxic waste dumps on that dude and then he liquifies once a car hits him. Or, maybe I was just in science class that day and learned what disintegrate meant. Regardless, I feel like there’s a movie in there somewhere. The man who’s body just keeps disintegrating. Kinda like Benjamin Buttons but way more disgusting. All you movie executives out there, you can have that one for free. You’re welcome.

And, to finish this all off , here’s a weird drawing I did of all characters from Sesame Street , if they were in a disgusting , drug abusing rock band. No clue what spawned this one but ,whatever it was, it was epic enough to inspire a two page fold out. So, pardon the lack of continuity. You’re just going to have to imagine what they would look like if they were taped together.

It’s a pretty awesome insight into my idea of what rock bands did. They all smoked, they all frowned and Grover was suicidal.

Demo reviews vol. 7


Hello again.
Well, here we are. Back to review more demos that you sent me.
As always, take everything I say with a grain of salt. I am but one man with my own opinions. I mean no harm. In fact, I wont you to get better…But sometimes you must destroy something to rebuild it.
The reviews are based on a write up then a rating scale on three very particular elements:
Originality: Obviously rating how much this differs from other music out there in a positive way. I’ll be shocked if anyone gets above a 5 out of 10 as this is a pretty tough category.
Listenability: Rating how hard/easy it was to sit through. This could go a few ways as I often find humor in music that’s extra bad so, it’s not always a compliment.
Production technique: Rating how well crafted the song was. Was it “professional”. How was it recorded and mixed.
Honestly, don’t get too caught up on the point system. It’s the nitpick-ish part of the review. The write up is where the real truths come out.
So, with that said, let’s get into it…

Artist: Beaker
Song: Cosmic sound (feat. UFO)

http://beaknasty.bandcamp.com/track/cosmic-bounce-feat-ufo

This was a pretty interesting reworking of a very familiar song (“Apache”).

I’m actually impressed when anyone can take something so engrained in our heads and turn it it to something else. So props for that.
I’m not quite sure what’s going on with the vocals though. At first I thought it was just a sample and then the guy starts rapping but it’s mixed so low I couldn’t tell if it was just this producer using someone else’s acapella or it was an actual person he worked with. Regardless, it SOUNDED promising but it’s hard to tell cause you can barely make out a single word he says.
Other than that, this is solid. Decent use of “Womps” , considering I detest womps. The drums weren’t great but they weren’t bad either.

Originality:6 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out 10
Production technique:3.5 out of 10

Artist: Dead Horse Beats
Song: Redeemed

http://deadhorsebeats.bandcamp.com/track/redeemed

I don’t know why but this kinda reminded me of music you might har in a tampon commercial. But like “natural” tampons made out of soy and hemp.
This really comes down to preference. This certainly isn’t bad, it’s just not for me. I’m not big on folky guitar riffs as the back bone of a track. The drums are not really my flavor either but I get the feeling this song isn’t really coming from a hip hop background so the drums probably aren’t really trying to anything more than they are.
But, you know, this is fine. I feel like, in order for me to enjoy this, I’d have be sitting by a bubbling brook after a long hike and that’s simply something I will never do.

Originality: 4 out 10
Listenability: 4.5 out of 10
Production technique: 4.5 out of 10

Artist: Hoyt Latte
song: 5 Inches

http://hoytlatte.bandcamp.com/track/5-inches

This was entertaining. Brutally honest and painfully misinformed on human anatomy (Vaginas are like dicks, guys. They’re all different sizes). But I think that’s the point. I don’t often get jokey songs submitted so it kinda hard to rate them. I mean, it’s kinda funny (I’d say the idea of it and the hook is funnier than the actual finished product) but , from a rap perspective, it’s also greatly flawed. The flows are amateur and the voices are as white as fresh snow but it’s a joke song so does that mean it’s okay? I really don’t know. The beat was fine, so that’s a plus. I think when you boil this one down it’s just some dudes having fun so I can’t really knock it.

Originality: 5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Production technique:5 out of 10

Artist: James Vega X Yosef Una
song: i.DN’T.Wnt.2 Feat. Micah Chavez

http://jamesvegamusic.bandcamp.com/track/04-i-dnt-wnt-2-feat-micah-chavez

The first thing that jumps out to me is the beat. It’s pretty dope. Some “Cloud hop” sounding shit. The thing about “cloud hop” is when that kinda stuff works, it usually hits a chord. This works.
I think the rapping is good too but , topically, I’m not typically into songs about love and family. Maybe I’m an asshole? Yeah. I probably am. I woulda liked to peep a different type of song from these dudes but this one is definitely a solid showing.
Just a heads up to people who send me songs in the future: If you’re choosing between sending me your emotional personal song or your banger, always send me the banger.

Originality: 5 out of 10
Listenability:6.5 out of 10
Production technique:7.5 out of 10

Artist: Kave Dwella
song: Myxptlk

http://kavedwella.bandcamp.com/track/myxptlk

Hmm…Well, on one hand this is a dope beat. But on the other hand, that’s all it is. It’s a beat with two parts. That’s it. Throw a rapper on here or something and we’re talking but as a stand alone piece this simply isn’t enough. I like everything about it from a listeners standpoint but this is a demo review, not “check out this unfinished beat I made” review. So, I’d say, either get a rapper to rap on this or add about 5 more parts to it so it can work on it’s own as a song. The foundation is there right now, it just needs to be built more.

Originality:3 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Production technique:5.5 out of 10

Artist:Elronncee
Song: No Te Vayas

http://m.soundcloud.com/elronncee/no-te-vayas

This is like the saddest rave in Barcelona.

I honestly don’t know what to make of this cause it’s well executed (aside from the cheap-ish drum sounds) but it’s nothing I’d ever listen to. I prefer the more ambient parts cause the further it gets into some strange “bullfighters disco” vibe ,the less I wanted to peep it. But, hey, at least it builds and has a direction. I kept waiting for it to break into either “Waiting for the night” by J-lo or “Bailamos” by your dude Enrique Eglesias.
So, umm…yeah. I guess it’s good but I’m really not the right guy to make the call.

Originality:4 out of 10
Listenability: 3.5 out of 10
Production technique:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Nazzy
song: The Winds

http://nazzymusic.com/track/the-winds

This is pretty much Identical to the Kave Dwella track above in that it’s just a beat. It’s a decent beat. The drums are hard and the sampling is well done…but that’s all it is. Again, it needs a rapper or it needs to be greatly expanded on for it to actually be something that resembles a song. But, like I said, it’s solid for what it is…I just wish people wouldn’t send me things that aren’t really songs. This isn’t a beat battle.
Also, there are obvious DJ Premier influences going on here. That’s not exactly a bad thing but I hope Nazzy finds his own sound cause people have been biting Primo since the 90’s.

Originality:3 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Production technique: 5 out of 10

Artist: SmacOne
Song: Shout out

http://smacone.bandcamp.com/album/the-deadly-medley

Well, first off, he used one of my throwaway beats from the 90’s. So, that’s not good. Half of the point of this is reviewing a complete product and when you’re rapping over a beat I made, it kinda defeats the purpose.
So, to review this I’ll just say that the rapper isn’t very good. He’s got the personality but the lyrics and flow don’t really cut it, in my opinion. I’ve certainly heard worse (WAY worse) but still, it just seems like he’s not there yet.
Also, a personal peeve of mine is when hooks just mimic the instrument. Like how this dude just sings over the harmonica and VIOLA, that’s the hook. That shit’s just kinda lazy to me. Granted, I’m sure I’ve done it before but I’d try to avoid that in the future.

Originality: 2 out of 10
Listenability: 3 out of 10
production technique: 2 out of 10 (due to not having your own beat)

Artist: Wangzoom
Song: So cold

http://soundcloud.com/wangzoom/fresh-t-death-so-cold-produced

This is extremely amateur but there is something likable about this. It reminds me of some G-funk shit in a way.
Production wise, the drums are some terrible stock sounds and the instrument sounds aren’t great either but he does as well with those type of sounds as you’re going to. It strikes me as someone who’s just beginning so it’s actually pretty promising. Musically, once he gets a handle on the equipment he’s using and maybe some new sounds, it could all come together nicely.
As far as the rapping goes, it’s fine. It’s not great but it’s not bad either. It’s just kinda there. With the right production it could work but it’s very middle of the road right now.

Originality:4 out of 10
listenability:5.5 out of 10
Production technique: 3 out of 10 (but with a lot of potential)

Artist: Mixmaster McDiffitt
Song: Sunburn

http://soundcloud.com/mixmaster-mcdiffitt/the-blos-sunburn

I’m mixed on this one. I actually think the musical element is pretty awesome. That loop (or whatever it is) is dope but the drums suuuuuuuuuck. I’m not the guy to do it but someone needs to create a “How to make good hip hop drums” class for the internet. It’s too bad though cause, aside from those drums, the beat is tight.
The rapping is solid. I think it’s two guys or maybe even three? I can’t really tell cause it’s mixed kinda low. It reminds me of some Project Blowed run off shit from the late 90’s. It’s well executed rapping that doesn’t really break much new ground.

Originality: 4 out of 10
Listenability: 5 out of 10
Production technique: 3.5 out of 10 (poor mix and shitty drums…too bad cause it would rated much higher otherwise)

What demo did you like the most?

Little note to those who submitted this last time:
I’ve mentioned this before on the blog but I recently had a hard drive issue and, because of that, all sorts of random files got corrupted. Some of those were saved links to your demo’s. Now, this doesn’t mean you need to resend me links (Don’t do that) but I’m just putting the bug in your ear that there’s a small chance that a few of the submissions have been lost. I still have like 40 more to review so don’t jump to any conclusions that your’s may be one of the corrupted files. You’re just gonna have to wait till this batch is done. If you’re got lost, lemme know and I’ll add you to the next round , top priority. Also, don’t lie about it cause I know how may got corrupted and if I get 30 people claiming I didn’t review their shit, I’ll know they are mostly lying.

Trending topics vol 100 AKA THE END


(Oh, whattup Tiger Woods niece, wanna make out? Cool.)
This is it. This is the last one of these we’re doing. I can say, from the bottom of my heart, thank fucking god. Both Alaska and I have been brain farting our opinions on the googling whims of middle america for almost two years now and it can finally be put to rest.
Just to recap the last two years:
Kim kardashian is a piece of shit
Miley Cyrus does things
famous people die
Sports happen
famous people get divorced
Scientists discover things
Obama
America is as dumb as ever

That about covers it…So, without further ado, here is the final installment of “trending topics”
http://www.syffal.com/miley-cyrus-blake-lively?fb_action_ids=10152092330035398&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_ref=.UE9eSsPwr74.like&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%2210152092330035398%22%3A442286222488302%7D&action_type_map=%7B%2210152092330035398%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=%7B%2210152092330035398%22%3A%22.UE9eSsPwr74.like%22%7D

Also, fear not , those few of you who might actually miss this weekly article, Alaska and I will be back soon with a whole new program. Stay tuned…the judging and complaining has just begun.