Ask Dr. Tony Vol. 22

Love, love love…You won’t find much in here but that’s kinda the point.
Hi, I’m Dr. Tony. I’m here to answer any questions you may have concerning your love life or lack thereof. If you’ve got any questions that need answering or if you just need an adults opinions on your childish relationship issues, holler at me…
send me questions to or leave them in the comments below.
The doctor is in…

I know how you’ve touched on teenage love and how it’s a motherfucker, but what are your thoughts on high school couples splitting up just because they’re going to college in different places. I know love is pretty stupid at this age, but isn’t it kind of shitty that something like this can end an otherwise healthy relationship?

I think it’s somewhat necessary. While there are people out there who fell in love with their high school sweethearts , married them and lived happily ever after, there are way more people fell in love, got married and ended up hating each other 5 years later while also realizing they have floundered a good piece of their youth.
Granted, with divorce rates, the same could be said about any long term relationship. Bottom line is the odds are not in anyone’s favor. Add on both participants being teenagers and it’s even worse.
I think a thing that often get swept under the table when discussing this kind of situation is the FACT that long distance relationships are terrible. I mean, even people who have gotten out of them unscathed would attest to them just not being a fully functional relationship. So, if you take two teenagers who are all of sudden thrown into a new social existence full of booze, new people and freedom, the chances of them holding on to the teenaged love is pretty slim. It’s no ones fault. It’s just how it is.
I think I like poke fun at teenaged love cause it’s something you can only understand once you’re well out of it. I’ve been there. I remember thinking life could not go on over some girl or thinking how much every feeling I had mattered. Well, 15 plus years later and that shit is comical to me. I realize this is just something we all have to figure out for ourselves but, if you can, just take my word for it. It’ll at least save you a little time and anguish.

Yo, sup, I got a question for dr. Tony.
I’ve been dating this girl for more than four years now and I’m 100% percent sure she’s the right one for me. Our personalities match great, she really can’t get me mad, we have fun together, she gives me the space I need, she is really cute with hot body, sex is still fantastic and improving even after all this time,…I could go on, but you get the point. There isn’t a thing on her that would bother me too much and after all this time i know her pretty well. So, the problem is this. I’m in my mid twenties, in the prime of my life and I’m a handsome mothafucka (not trying to brag, I just never had problems getting girls, mostly hot ones, some grenades also, but fuck it:)), I work out regularly and I am not ready to say goodbye to all the other girls. I am attracted to them, I check them out on the streets and I want to bang them. I never cheated in my life and I don’t know it it would be the right thing to do here, but I also don’t want to end this great relationship because of a year or two of single action, which I would eventually get tired of and I would be back to square one, trying to find another long term girl again and it would be hard to do. There are a lot of great girls to have sex with, but not nearly as many good ones to be with them long term. So what should I do? I feel that my time is running out and this are definitely my best years right now. My single friends are having the time of their love lives, fucking everything that moves, but at the same time I don’t want to throw it all away. My friend is telling me that cheating is the way to go, but I don’t really know, I’m afraid it would make me feel too bad and change everything, but on the other hand it might be the shit I need, just a little spark here and there (not too often), but it sound really wrong, plus I don’t want to hurt her (if she finds out somehow).
Thanks for advice, peace.

Well, welcome to the world of every guy ever who’s ever been in a long term relationship and owns a functional penis.
I’ve always been a proponent of people not really settling down till their late 20’s/early 30’s. For the very reasons you have discussed. However, I hate to inform you, these feeling don’t go away. There are certain dudes out there who get in relationships who seemingly resign their dicks and don’t even look at other girls or harmlessly flirt. But, the rest of us? It’s just something we gotta deal with. It’s the thing all people should consider when embarking on a new relationship: Is this person worth me not fucking other people for? It’s a real simple question and has many many complicated layers to it but that’s the basic gist of it. Are you willing to forfeit all other partners for this one person? It’s never an easy question to answer.
Look at it this way:
Sure, you could break up with this girl, get a few years of random sex in and then settle down with someone else. problem with that is, if this current girl really is all you claim she is, you will have regrets. Once you plow through a few hot yet moronic girls, it might dawn on you that , perhaps, you traded in something of real value for a few random busted nuts. OR it could work out fine. you sew your oats and meet some other similar perfect girl down the line when you’re ready. There’s no right or wrong in this scenario. It is what you make it.
As for the whole cheating thing, I’d advise against it. Some dudes are built to cheat, others are not. Your friends are just telling you to do that cause, in all likelihood, they want their single friend back. The fact you have reservations at all tells me you’re not bout that life. Even if you did do it, I’m pretty sure you’d feel like total shit about it and it would become an issue.
The only honorable way about this would be to suggest a “break” with your current girl. The only problem is that people don’t usually come back from “breaks”. But , hey, if that’s what you think you need to do…go for it. Cause, don’t forget, you’re a handsome motherfucka. Just remember while you’re you fucking all those girls, she’s also out there…sucking others guy off and telling them how much she loves their cock. If you can handle that, than maybe you guys are meant for each other.

Ok. There is this girl who I liked since the beginning of this year – haven’t always considered her on my radar, but she’s always been there. She’s young, was 17 earlier this year, and I didn’t know how I felt about that being in my mid 20’s. I live in a small town where everyone kind of knows everyone, from mid teens to mid 30’s, and my friends (guys and girls,) were supportive, like, “go for it.” I decided against though, hearing a couple horror stories from a friend about people he knew in the past that were like 17 and 18… + disgruntled parents = registered sex offender. So I hung back, still maintaining contact as friends, and we were both pretty close for a little while. At one point she was asking me where I lived and if I drove at 2 o clock in the morning. But I digress. We sort of faded in and out of conversations over the months, and she’s legal now though I’ve come to terms w the fact I’m not fit for a relationship w anyone at this point.

So as of recent, whenever I ran into her I could tell she’s genuinely happy to see me, and I’d text her, about once every two weeks, getting a response about half the time. She’s cute, and nice personality so of course she’s the center of attention, not necessarily by choice, but though she wasn’t too big on getting back to me.. i dunno, I figured she was maybe she was just like that, or playing games or something – but the other day I got the text back, “you’re making me uncomfortable” .. “I’m sorry, how” .. “you come into my work, text me all the time.” I forgot to mention that she works by my house and I had stopped in a couple times, just to say hi and stuff, didn’t think much of it – and I know exactly what this looks like. She had told me where she works, I didn’t stalk her – though honestly that’s completely how I felt, and was exhibiting that kind of behavior, in how i was a bit relentless making contact. I totally didn’t mean to, I just kind of had it in my head we still had that same connection as before + how she was when she’d see me, and I let that divert me from the feeling something wasn’t right. I said “I got ya,” in that text conversation and she said “sorry.” I said “no need,” being as I found it kind of insulting and implicative to me being weak. She wrote “?” and I was a bit confused, didn’t quite know what to say, so I said “because you didn’t hurt my feelings,” which wasn’t exactly true, but I meant that I didn’t need her to be sorry for me, and that would be messed up if i did … need her to make me feel ok when i was out of line.

After letting it swirl around, I decide to send her a message the next day (i know, i know,) only to tell her I understand how i was being, and to say there’s no bad blood from this end … I figured that would put her more at ease. And I mentioned cause it’s my birthday (25,) in a week or two, that I invited her, totally don’t expect her to show, but didn’t want to exclude her.. with everyone we know. Anyhow, she comes back to say why she can’t go, and gives the impression she’s bummed about it, which I was really taken aback by, cause one minute i’m like creepy-stalker-guy, and the next it seems like how it was before, no hitches – so I don’t really know who I am to her.

Granted she’s young, and on looking back at this point I really don’t feel too good about that, and perhaps I should persecute her for said interacitions .. plus I totally backed off since then, and though it’d be cool to still be friends, don’t have a problem with completely keeping distance, especially with the fact it’s better for me to be alone at this point. And definitely didn’t feel too good about this stalkerish behavior. The situation isn’t really a “problem” at this point, though kind of a loose end as to wondering what’s what. In general wanted to see what you thought. Hoping you won’t need to twist the knife much.

Eh, I’d say just fall back. She sounds like she’s either too nice, confused or flighty. All three of those things are not worth sweating over. She’s 18 dude…You’re 25. That age difference is okay when you’re in your mid 30’s and she’s in her late 20’s but 18 is YOUNG. If you just were angling to fuck her, that’d be one thing (although it is a little creepy that you’ve known her for as long as you have and seemingly have had her in your mental farm team this entire time) but it sounds to me like you don’t even like her that much. She’s kinda cute and nice? Well, how bout you find a girl closer to your age that fits those standards? I mean, it’s not like you sound like the pickiest guy on the block.
As for your stalkerish behavior, I feel like that was just some texting miscommunication. Times like that are when actually speaking to someone comes in handy as it leaves no room for misinterpretation. Still, for someone you’re not super interested in, it does seem kinda unnecessary that you stop by her job all the time.
is it possible all this has to do with you fulfilling this long term fantasy of having sex with the young girl? I mean, shit, it happens. I get that. It just seems like something you could take a step back from and realize that it’s best to just drop it.

So , yeah, fall back. If she wants to see you, she’ll make it happen. If not, you just saved yourself having to have extended conversations with an 18 year old. congrats!

Alright. So I’m in my younger 20s, stuck in a shitty place in America, and struggling financially. Awesome… What I have going for me with the ladies is purely personality, skill, etc. My history goes as such: made lots of mistakes with the females who were involved with me, but also was taken advantage of to the point of not believing any chick…really at all. So now I don’t seek relationships. I’ve been fairly unsuccessful playing the “careless” part trying to get with girls, but it’s anything but an act. Once you crossover to indifference…well I’m not sure if you can come back, but I think the answer is that your most likely not gonna give a fuck. Generally I believe that most people suck and if they have a vagina and expect shit…they qualify twice for sucking. Here’s my question. Yes. A very selfish thought. Seems to me as though girls(maybe just hoes…) are down with dudes in a relationship. Would it be so horrible to have a chick around (that I most likely wouldn’t trust…she most likely wouldn’t trust me either) so as to increase my chances of running into better ones? I know…total asshole thought but I’m not seeking something to last…too cynical.

Jesus christ dude. Get it together. You don’t sound like you’ve even experienced that much. I get a feeling one specific girl burned you pretty badly (recently) and this if your reaction to it. You just seem butt hurt and depressed. You can’t pile all women into one “type”. Sure, some of them are untrustworthy hoes. But there are plenty that aren’t.
so, you’re asking if getting a fake girlfriend will help you land better girls? No, man. It won’t. What might help you is to not be so cynical about the whole thing. Listen, I get it. I’m the king of indifference. But, the thing is, if you REALLY are indifferent, that would work in your favor. For some reason, lots of girls are drawn to the challenge of an indifferent guy. However, your “indifference” sounds more just like straight up bitterness and disdain. I’m afraid that’s not the shit that gets the panties moist. I dunno dude, I think you’re coming at this from a really skewed angle on every level. My advice to you would be to step back from it all and really consider what humanity is about and maybe try to generalize a little less. Yes, I just told someone to generalize less. That’s how deep this is.

Song of the day 1/11/13

Live and Stink by Mike Zoot

That Tony Bones post from earlier this week got me listening to a bunch of old indy shit I hadn’t heard in a while. One song that popped up was this joint by brooklyn (If i recall correctly) rapper Mike Zoot. Zoot had a bunch of 12″ records out back in the day and made a little buzz but it never really went beyond that. That was unfortunate cause I always felt he was a good rapper with an original style. This one in particular was always my favorite as the playful Buckwild beat went perfectly with Zoot’s carefree rhymes. This is one of those songs that certain lyrics of will just pop into my had to this day. Good stuff, bros.

Also, I was recently on the “Shot’s Fired” Podcast with Jeff Weiss, Nocando and Open Mike eagle. We discussed the history of rap alter ego’s. It’s got some really funny moments and, if you listen, you just might learn a thing or two.

You and your kids

Man, I like kids. I swear. Granted, I feel strange holding small babies out of fear I might drop them or accidentally throw them but, overall, I think babies are cool.
But this isn’t about that. This is about other peoples kids and the expectations they have towards the people around them. I don’t know if it’s my age or where I live or how people have decided to raise children in 2012/13 but I’ve never felt more like I’m living in a world for children. It’s subtle, but it’s there. I imagine few things have actually changed and that I’m just more acutely aware of kids and their parents now but it doesn’t feel that way. It just feels as if , now more than ever, the world is one big safe guarded living room being imposed by the judging eyes of young parents. I guess what I’m trying to say is: Be a good parent to your kids but don’t expect me , a stranger who lives on the same planet as you, to give a shit. Maybe that’s a touch harsh. Lemme explain.

As a man who has no kids, I realize I’m in no place to say anything about the subject. What do I know? All i know is what I see my friends with kids go through. A mixture of joy, hardship, profound love and many sleepless nights. For someone like myself, it is a daunting prospect as, not only am I generally selfish, but I’ve never been a fan of putting in a ton of work into anything (we call that “Lazy” in the biz). Most of the time, I barely feel like starting a new album, let alone a human life so it’s very much a “from the outside looking in” type deal for me. At least at the moment.
The other day, I was walking down the street. I came to a red light on 16th street and no cars were coming, so I crossed. I noticed a woman with two young children waiting for the light to change. She was doing the right thing. Aside from teaching her kids when to cross, she was also being very conscious of their safety. However, she shot me a shitty look like I just offered her 3 year old daughter an ecstasy pill at a rave. This is my issue. It’s YOUR job as a parent to raise your kids right. Lord knows that shit isn’t easy. Like I said, I can’t even fathom how hard it is. But it’s not my job to stop what I’ m doing at any time of my day to make your life easier. As n adult, in most situations, I have the right of way. You may get to board a plane first, but, at the same time, I can freely go about my life as if that kid you’re pushing in a stroller is not in the room. That’s not to say I wouldn’t help a mom with her hands full carry her groceries or help her carry a stroller down subway stairs. That’s just common decency. But the second you think, because you opted to bring a child into this world, that anyone else owes you anything beyond common decency, you can blow me.
I liken it to athletes being held up as role models by the media. That’s bullshit. They’re just some dudes that are gifted at a sport. It would be better if they didn’t snort lines off hookers tits and smoke crack but the bottom line is their only job is to be good at that sport. As a non-child haver, my only job is to not harm your child. That’s a pretty easy job for someone who’s not a complete psychopath.
A while back I wrote about how the over protective and entitled parents of the world were taking over. I spoke about playing in a game of 3 on 3 at a park and having a mother come ask us (6 grown adults) to stop playing so her 3 year old son could shoot on that hoop. She got laughed off the court but still…what parents have to understand is that , as adults, we get first pick. We are the ones who run things. The safety and well being of a child is of the upmost importance, but beyond that, everything is YOUR (the parents) issue to deal with. Your baby shit his pants and you need to change him? I’ll gladly let you cut in my line for the bathroom. But If you over hear me say a curse word in a restaurant during dinner and shoot me a dirty look? Eat shit , bro. This is grown ups talking. You wanna shelter your kid from that, throw him in a sound proof, germ proof hamster ball and feed him through tubes until he’s 12. Otherwise, just accept that this world doesn’t revolve around your child. Your life does, but not ours. ACCEPT IT. The same way we, as people without children, have to accept that kids on planes are just gonna be awful. It’s not their parents faults it’s just how it is. The same way, we as people without children, accept that when a friend’s baby is anywhere social, it is officially “The baby show” and all eyes , conversation and attention is to be paid to that baby the entire time. I have no problem with that cause, like i said before, I like babies. They are cute and them doing inane bullshit is actually entertaining sometimes. I just ask, as a trade off, that when it comes to raising your child you (the parents of the world) just realize that, on a larger scale, your baby should never be MY problem. That’s all. Is that crazy to assume? I dunno…Maybe I just need to go get a Vasectomy and live in an igloo or something.

Tony Bones: A look back at someone you probably never heard of

A question that pops up fairly often , at least in the “answers for questions” part of this blog, is whether or not I listen to rappers from other countries. The answer is always “not really…” but what I really wanna say is “Definitively no BUT there is one dude who was an exception”. That person is an underground rapper from NY (Not sure if he was from new Rochelle, Yonkers or even an actual borough) by way of the UK named Tony Bones. Tony Bones was a guy who used to pop up on Stretch Armstrong and Bobitto’s radio show now and then during the mid to late 90’s that I was obsessed with. Perhaps it was his minimal output. Perhaps it was that he was indeed a british rapper that “worked” for me. Or maybe it was just that he was straight up good and entertaining as an MC. Who knows? Whatever the case, his random radio appearances, demo leaks and guest spots on Mr. Live songs were something I always looked forward to.
Over 15 years later, I can’t say I’m checking for him much. I mean, shit, he never even put out a proper solo release. Not even a 12” (as far as I know). That said, I still can go back and check his stuff out and enjoy it. That’s saying a lot considering how poorly a lot of underground rap from that era has aged. He was clever, had a smooth flow and he actually made rapping in a british accent sound cool (shout out to SLick Rick though cause , as we all know, he’s the only other dude to pull this off on a large scale level).
Last I heard, he had long quit rapping and was designing clothing for Akademiks or some shit. This was something I heard a long time ago so who knows what he’s actually up to. Wherever he is, I hope he is well cause he made a young me very happy in the 90’s.
I figured it might be cool to compile all the Tony Bones stuff I had and let you guys peep it. This is by no means a complete compilation of the mans work, but it’s all the shit I have. If you own more, feel free to share it in the comments. I’d certainly appreciate it.
Oh and PS, to all the people who will no doubt be outraged at me not liking other UK sounding rap, deal with it. I can’t help what I like and dislike. I’m not saying that stuff is bad, it’s just not for me. I think the reason Tony Bones works for me is cause , while he has the accent, he still rapped like an american. USA USA!!! (just kidding…calm down, european people)
Here’s a run down of the songs and the link:

1)Tony Bones Freestyle from Stretch and Bobbito

This was the first thing I ever heard by him. I was an immediate fan
2)Mr Live and Tony Bones 89.9 Promo
You will notice many of his songs are with his right hand man MR. Live AKA J-Live (not that one…). While Mr. Live is fine and dandy it definitely was always a wish of mine to get more solo joint with just Bones on them…
3)Hold me Back Feat. Mr. Live
An unreleased demo produced by Pharaoh Monch
4)Freestyle from stretch featuring Mr. Live and Breezly Bruin
This is some classic shit right here. Not only do all three of them go in on it but they rap over some never heard before beats off a Pharaoh Monch beat tape
5)Come inside
6)Deep in your bones

Both of those are demos as well. Organized Konfusion has their hands all over these. Both Prince Po and Monch do small cameos on a few of his solo demos.
7)Hunger Strike
Yet another song with Mr. Live.
8)Current Affair
This is the most recent thing I have by him. It popped up in the 2000’s out of nowhere. No clue who leaked it or what it was for but this is Bones absolutely crushing a terrible drum track. I’d kill for a accapella of this cause it would be remix heaven.
9)Splashing over Monica
This was off a Mr. Live 12”. Not the greatest song ever as the topic is pretty played out but , still, Bones’ verse is pretty entertaining.

Tim and I discuss music and stuff Vol. 14

This week, Tim AKA Alaska and I talk about videos by Pusha T, Showbiz and AG and Real estate. It’s also the week where Tim breaks down and admits he has never liked Stevie wonder and the Beatles, which make me very sad. Dude, come on…I mean…COME ONNNN. (I’m with you on Bruce Springsteen though…)

Answers for questions vol. 118

Hello everyone. I hope your new year is treating you well. Mine has been 7 days of wonderment. I’m actually glad the holidays are over. Now we can all get back to our normal lives and not have to deal with “plans”. That shit is exhausting.
Anyway, this is where I answer questions you sent me. If you’d like to send me questions (really, any question) send it to my email or leave it in the comment section below. Also, I know beggars can’t be choosers but more questions like the first one would be nice. This shit is only as funny/interesting as you make it. I can answer boring technical question all day but , really, who needs that shit? Jazz it up, yo.

if you could see farts, would life be better or worse. two scenarios: one where you’re the only one who can see them, the other where every person can see them.
second question: how long before it got old, if the following were true-
all body functions made sounds like their names. so every fart said fart, but the pitch, tone, length and all that shit varied. and every poop sound said “poop” but the specifics of the sounds varied as they already do (similar concept to when people say “burp” as they burp, except involuntary) personally, that shit would be hilarious, and i’m not sure if it would ever get old, but i imagine a lifetime of anything gets old eventually.

Good question. I think life would be funnier but far worse if people could see farts. Right off the bat, I fart a lot. I don’t need people knowing it was me. The great thing about farts is that you can take the truth of who did them to the grave. I’m a fairly bad liar in that respect but at least it’s an option. Being able to see them would literally blow up spots.
As far as having the power to see them when no one else does, I’d rather not. It would be like that movie with Mel gibson where he hears women’s thoughts.
On paper, it sounds awesome but after a while you’d probably just rather not know these kinda things for your own sanity’s sake. I think farts should remain as they are. They’re funny enough without all the bells and whistles.
In regards to the body functions sounding like their names, I think that would be awesome. I already often try and say “burp” when I burp so that’s covered. But , if you think about the hilarious variations of the word “fart” when spoken by a butthole…that would never get old. The poop thing might be weird but more so cause people use different words for pooping. Like one guy might take a shit that sounds like “Shiiiiiiiit”. Or a french dude would shit like “Merrrrrrddddee”. That would actually be funny. But i feel like it would get old quicker than the fart idea. Also, barfing the sound “barrrfff” would be a great improvement to what barfing sounds like currently.

Just was looking through your blog and noticed The Mighty Jones video you have up. Near the end a dude walks in by you who looks a lot like Adrian Grenier…maybe I’m just seeing shit. If I’m not, want to explain that one?

Yes. That is Adrian Grenier. It was recorded at his studio Wreckroom records. He records all types of awesome shit in there. I suggest peeping his youtube channel. As for Adrian and I, I’ve actually known him for a while now. He went to high school with a couple of my closest friends and we’ve been friendly acquaintances since were were in our late teens.

So, without asking for specifics, when it comes to drugs, what do you consider best for making beats? Excluding the herb… More down to be focused, or more down to be not giving a fuck? Very broad as I’m sure it changes, but on an average night.

Obviously, mainlining heroin into your dickhole is the only pure way to make beat. Anyone doing things differently is a fraud in my eyes.
Just kidding.
I don’t do any drugs. I don’t mean that in a straight edge kinda way (I do drink and, if the situation was right, I’d do mushrooms). I just don’t enjoy being high. The uppers make my heart feel like it’s going to explode and the downers make me wanna throw up. I can’t even take sleeping pills cause my body reacts so weirdly to them.
I used to smoke weed but stopped cause I simply wasn’t enjoying it and I kinda like having my wits about me. Even when I did smoke weed, I almost never made beats on it. The few times I did , I thought i was making some next level shit and the next day it would be some out of tune, horrific piece of shit with terrible drums.
I’m of the school of thought that if you HAVE TO be high to make music, you’re kind of a dipshit. I mean, do what feels right but , to me, it just reads as being insecure in your own brain. I understand that certain drugs take your mind to other places but that doesn’t always translate musically. You ever hear a bunch of people on shrooms jamming? it’s fucking awful to everyone except them. When I used to freestyle, I’d always get high before and it definitely expanded how I thought about shit. But when it comes to being technical and focused , like you have to be when making beats, it often just doesn’t translate.

Whats your opinion/explanation of the phrase, “on line” when referring to people waiting in line at a grocery store? As a non-native, it baffles me. what about Brooklynite’s obsession with the word “mad” as in, “this avant-garde, 1 person stage performance is mad corny yo.”

I’ve never thought about the “on line” vs. “in line” thing. Probably cause who gives a shit? Is it really that hard to grasp? I wouldn’t bat an eye at hearing either of those things.
As for the usage of “mad”, you’re barking up the wrong tree. “Mad” is the east coasts “Hella”. I use it. My friends use it. Every one from NYC from a certain era uses it. It’s definitely not just a brooklyn thing. That’s how New Yorkers of a certain age talk. Mad>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Hella

Having had many experiences, I personally believe psychedelic substances absolutely enhance a person’s thinking/understanding capacity, and generally add color to a person’s life. Are you a fan of psychedelics? And if so do you believe they are a powerful tool rather than just a fun trip?

Like I said above, Mushrooms is something I’d consider doing again. I love them under the right circumstances. Living in NYC is not at all conducive to tripping. Too many people, too busy, too many things can go terribly wrong.
Do I think they can be a powerful tool? I mean…maybe? It depends on the person. As a staunchly unspiritual person, there is a ceiling with how much my life as I know it can be effected by a trip. Sure, I might have some revelations about things here and there but my life would never be permanently altered from a trip. But I know people who claim that they have. I’m a bit too buried in reality to either have that happen or allow it to happen. So, to me, it’s more of a fun trip. It’s certainly a life experience but nothing that’s gonna change my world view cause, when it’s over, it’s over and life goes on.

When you go to Europe, how big is your fanbase? Thats something I wonder about a lot when it comes to artists going over seas. I mean shit, if you were in my town 2 years ago, I never woulda known. Are people just out to see some random show and party or do they come out for YOU?
Semi-followup question, what are your favorite places in Euro?

I honestly haven’t been to Europe THAT much. Just recently I’ve started getting shows out there again (after a very extended hiatus). So far , so good. I haven’t had a lame show there yet (aside from when my computer broke and I had to dj). The one thing I’ve noticed is that the big fans there are like my biggest fans. Maybe it just feels that way cause , at times, they can’t express themselves due to the language barrier but they seem the most hyped to meet me and take pictures after the show. The only difference between US and Euro audiences is that a lot of the rap references (be it aesop or just rap in general) that i throw in my set get lost on the euro audience. Aside from that, it’s not that different.
As for my favorite places in Europe. That’s tough cause I’ve never really been any one place for that long except London. I think Paris is up my alley. BErlin is rpetty awesome. Lithuania had the most beautiful girls. Everyone in poland is super nice. It’s hard to say.

Song of the day 1/4/13

It was a very good year By Richie Havens
Here’s an alternate link on the off chance the above one gets taken down…
I gotta admit something. I’ve pretty much ignored the work of Richie Havens my entire life entirely due to mistaking him for someone else. Up until last week, I’m ashamed to say that I always got him and Richie Valens (of La bamba fame) mixed up and just kinda assume he was on some early rock and roll, Big Bopper type bullshit that I had no interest in. Well…fuck me. I was wrong.
I saw “Django Unchained” last week and , in it, there was an amazing cover of “Motherless child”. I had no clue who made it but , lo and behold, it was Richie Havens. Ever since finding that out, I’ve been on a search to find that song. That search has come up empty (anyone out there with an mp3 would be my best friend if they threw a download link in the comments section) but the bright side of it all is that it’s made me delve a little into Mr. Havens Catalogue. Basically, I’ve been sitting and listening to snippets of him on the I-Tunes store all day cause, you know, that’s how you listen to music nowadays when you’re too lazy to deal with spotify.
This particular song jumped out at me as a nice way to start the year in “songs of the day” as , like everyone else, I hope this to be a very good year.
But more than anything, I feel like a dick for sleeping on Richie Havens this long…For shame.

Demo Reviews Vol. 13

It’s a new year and the demos are still being reviewed. I’m not gonna lie, I slept like shit last night and I’m a touch cranky so if these come off as harsh at times , my bad. But , then again, I mean everything I say. It’s just that on a day where I was more well rested I might find a way to word it more kindly….whatever. You sent your demos to me to review them so you knew what you were getting into.
Anyway, to all those asking, I’m not accepting submissions now. I’ll let you know when I am but please refrain from sending me demos until then. I literally don’t even open the emails.
Oh and you’ll notice that I’ve started embedding soundcloud links instead of making you click on them. Dunno why I never did that before. Durrrrrrr….
In case you’ve never seen my demo reviews, I have readers send in their music for me to critique. I do a little write up then rate the songs on a scale of 1-10 in these categories:

I’m harsh but fair…I swear I am…

Artist: Mozaic The Animated
Song: Limitless

This is one of those “organized confusion” type tracks. Not meaning it sounds like the great rap group “Organized Konfusion” but that it’s kinda all over the place but I’m assuming it’s like that for a reason. The beat is kinda cool but also kind of annoying. I can’t really hate on it though cause like, like i said, it was done that way for a reason.
As for the rapper he’s okay but kinda extending himself farther than his actual skills might let him. Flow wise, when he gets into the fast stuff, you can tell it’s a struggle. fall back into the pocket a little and it would be greatly improved.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Song:Leanin’ on a bluewall

This rapper is a great example of having “something” that sets him apart. Great voice and presence on the mike. Cause, let’s be honest, his lyrics aren’t mind blowing (not bad either…just saying) but he sounds good. Sometimes, that’s more important than the actual words.
Musically, this sounds like it was recorded in a garage or maybe even at a live show. I honestly, didn’t know people still made lo-fi shit like this any more. It also is kinda straddling the “rock/rap” line which is never good.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:5.5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Johnny Five
Song:Too large a factor

I’m no trying to be a dick but I giggled when the rapping started. That super dramatic intro really set it up too well…all of a sudden, the whitest voice of all the white voices comes booming through the speaker. I’m talking like the voice black comedians use as the voice for all white people, but rapping.
It reminded me of a far less embarrassing version this:

So, um…anyway, the beat is what it is. An overly dramatic tear jerker kinda track. I’ve never loved these types of tracks but a lot of other people do so I can’t really diss it. The rapping, outside the voice, simply isn’t there yet. He falls off beat and just doesn’t sound comfortable on the mike. Did I mention the white voice?
Production:3 out of 10
Vocals:2 out of 10
Listenability:3 out of 10
Originality:2.5 out of 10

Artist: Grasshopper
Song: A happy Medium

Hmm…this is literally someone taking another song and looping a few parts of it. I’m not saying it wouldn’t make an awesome Ghostface track but, from a creative and production standpoint, it’s too simple. I mean, he literally did NOTHING but loop up different parts. I’m all for sampling (duh…) but there’s got to be more to it than this.
Production:2 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:1 out of 10

Song:If you want

This is actually an interesting companion piece to the demo above. It’s someone doing the opposite and taking a soul sample that he built an entirely different track around. The creativity is there for sure. Can’t say I’m crazy about it but that has more to do with it leaning more towards the electro side of things that I’m simply not that into. It is kinda funny that this dude, who is no doubt more talented that the dude above, made an original track yet I can’t help but think I’d rather just listen to the dude who just looped shit. I think that speaks more about me that either of these two though.
Production:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Astrological
Song:Evening out
This is pretty cool. Kinda bordering on elevator music if it was produced by Clams Casino but I like it. The changes are nice and the mood very mellow. I’m a fan of any instrumental music that progresses throughout the song in a logical manner. This song is a good example for a lot of you producers out there who try and force changes that don’t have a natural flow to them. Follow their/his/her lead and you should be okay.
Production:5.5 out of 10
Listenability:6 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Artist: Tee Why
song: Giant

This dude kinda sounds like an emo Copywrite. Cool voice and he can rap but I dunno…The beat is like an Eminem production starter kit and it’s one of those attempted gut wrencher type tracks that just doesn’t resonate with me. But, like i said, he can rap. This just isn’t really in the lane of stuff I’d bump personally.
Production:3 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist: George Peterson
Song: November in Seattle

This intro…NEEDS TO BE SHORTER. Jesus christ. Sorry, I’m admittedly a little cranky today but a minute and a half intro to a song is never okay.
This is some pretty Amateur stuff in general. It definitely shows some potential down the line but I get the feeling this is someone in the beginning of their musical journey (or whatever). The sounds and drums are all pretty basic but that will get more refined with time.
Production:3 out of 10
Listenability:3 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Nil
song: Train of thought

Well, isn’t today a day of lucky song placement as this is also a great companion piece for the song above. This is the type of thing I could see the above artist eventually becoming when he figures shit out a little more. This is a cool mixture of synth, samples, breaks and live instruments all working together very nicely. As always, I should preface this by saying, you know, I don’t really listen to this kinda stuff in my own time but this is undoubtedly well made.
Also, this would be very popular in Burning Man circles…just saying. Nil, look into that.
Production:5.5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:5 out 10

Artist: Rezin Feat. Leagacy and Misk
Song:Above average

Above average indeed! Slightly.
This is dope. I like this beat a lot. The little subtle short sounds that bleep in really are a nice touch.
The rapping is solid. Nothing game changing but certainly very listenable. There’s a Wu-tangish quality to it all but that’s not exactly a bad thing…
Production:6 out of 10
Vocals:5.5 out 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Now you tell me what you think…Which demo did you like the best?

A free song from Aesop Rock and I. It’s old. So are we. Happy New year.

Aesop and I figured it would be cool to start the new year out with a gift for all you fine people who like our music. Here’s a song we made around 2000 that didn’t make the cut on Labor Days. Until right now, you’ve never heard this song. So, in a way, it’s brand new even though it’s actually nearing the age that we might consider throwing it a Bar mitzvah.
It’s aes on the raps and me on the beat. Enjoy and don’t ever ay we never gave you anything.