Answers for question vol. 119


Ahhh, it’s seemed like forever since I’ve answered questions.
I skipped last week due to an ill timed bout with food poisoning. Now that that is all cleared up, I’m back to do what I do best. SELF INDULGE.
Anyway, if you have anything you wanna ask me (the weirder the better), send me questions to or leave them in the comments below. Get inventive. I know you can do it.

Do you have any favorite words or words you cant stand? I am a fan of “sequester” and use it every chance I get. But if you say “cunt” to the wrong person, its like hitting a nerve.

I recently learned that girls hate the word “moist”. I had no idea. That one never really bothered me.
Anyway, I can’t really say I have any real words that really irk me. I’m way more offended by made up words or phrases. The terms “amazeballs” and “weaksauce” are like nails on a chalkboard to me. They also give me douche chills towards anyone who just said them. Same with the word “swag” being spoken by anyone over the age of 30.
As for words I love, I really don’t know. I love offensive words but most of them are not appropriate to say in public. It’s a shame some of the most satisfying words to actually just say always have to also be the most offensive. Like, I wish “faggot” simply meant “idiot” cause then everyone could say it freely and it would be okay. Cause, just from a speaking standpoint, it’s a fun word to say. It rolls off the tongue so nicely. It’s too bad it means what it means. I’d imagine in a different world, “faggot” would be something you could name your kids and a name like “chandler” would mean what “faggot” means. I bet then, and only then, people would stop using that word cause, really, who wants to call anyone a “chandler”? Oh to dream…

Would you ever go into the middle of the amazon and do one of those “shaman ritual” things with DMT? I seen a video of Joe Rogan’s buddy saying it was life changing… How do you feel about DMT/Shamanism/joe rogan? haha

Fuuuuuuuuuuuck no. I don’t play any of that shit. Not only am I the least spiritual person you will ever meet but I also don’t really enjoy the fruits of nature. If the recent blackout taught me anything it’s that I’m not cut out for roughing it on any level. Let alone in a seriously desolate and unpredictable place like the amazon. But beyond that, you want me to take a mind altering drugs? In a fucking forrest? In the middle of nowhere where they probably got cockroaches the size of ottomans? Never in a million, zillion years would I subject myself to that. I probably would even wanna go on a weekend fishing trip where a powerless cabin was involved, let alone that horse shit.
As for DMT/shamanism/Joe rogan. I actually like Rogan’s podcast at times EXCEPT when he get’s too deep into his spiritual/weed head bullshit. I think he’s a smart and funny dude but he’s also a dude who would look at the sky and say “man, you ever think how small we really are…”. Put the weed down, bro.

do you have any regrets about your career? do you ever wish you did more or wished you never were envolved in a paticular project? any artist you wished you worked with? do you plan on making music for the rest of your life or do you think of someday retiring?

i know this the kinda question they ask inducties at the rock n roll fame but youve been behind some really fucking good music in your career.

I don’t have any really defined regrets. I mean, sure, I woulda loved to work with Doom or other rappers I loved from the earlier days but I don’t regret not working with them.
I think my biggest regret might be not being more of one of those “go getter” type dudes. I was never one to go out, shmooze and socialize with other musicians as a means to work with new people. I opted to just hang with my real friends like a normal person. While I think not doing that benefitted my sanity , it very likely limited my scope as far as artists I coulda worked with. I don’t think I fully grasped what was going on in the late 90’s/early 2000’s while it was happening. When I sit back and see music trends pop off now, it’s clear to me what going on but being inside of one of those trends is a different feeling. You don’t really see it for what it is because you’re immersed in it. So, basically, I’m saying had I known what was going on during the indie rap explosion, I wish I woulda capitalized on it more. Worked with more people Spread myself a round more. I’m very proud of working with all the people I did during that time but it’s just unfortunate that my indifference and basic disinterest in “playing the game” probably cut me out of some really cool possibilities.
As for the future, I really don’t know. I’m not good at anything else but I’m also not delusional. I can’t be making beats in my 60’s. Honestly, I try to just not think about it cause the idea of getting a real job down the line is fucking terrifying.

what goes through your mind when people post the same variation of the same question for the 8734th time? Does it make you worry about the future or does it make you wish you never made the beat for ‘Daylight; at all?

hahaha…I expect it. I don’t think most people who ask questions to me have read all the other volumes. That would be insane. Still, I do scratch my head when someone takes their time out to write me a question that is so dull and typical that it just seems like they did it hear themselves type.
Honestly, it’s way worse in real interviews than on this blog. With blog/magazine/video interviews they ask the same questions everytime and that shit is truly mind numbing.
“What inspires you?”
“Where’d you get the name blockhead?”
“What are you listening to right now?”
or questions asking about why I named something something. Ughh…The worst.

Have you ever seen a porno with narration? I did and at first was all “wtf…” But it actually kind of worked afte a while. Thoughts?

Wait…like a voice off camera saying “And then he placed his hard cock betwixt her thighs…”? That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Like I needs the assist from Hans Christian Anderson every time I jerk off. I don’t even like it when the dude in the scene (or the fucking guy holding the camera) are too vocal , let alone some dude reading a play by play. The secret to a good porn, for me, is simplicity. One girl, one guy, indoors having sex. Anything added beyond that is just not needed. At least for me.

How many samples do you usually use in one track? Also, what is the highest number of samples you’ve used and the least for a single track? Comparing all your LP’s which one would you say had the most amount of samples? Is there a big difference between them sample quantity on each album?

Wow, lot’s of questions…this ones kinda asperger’s-ish.
I don’t have a specific amount of samples I use per track. I just keep adding shit until I feel it’s done. Basically, I’m trying to fill in the dots.
I don’t know a specific number but I’d say one of the songs off my album “The music scene” would have the most samples per song. Perhaps “Daily routine”. I’m just guessing that one cause it’s the longest song on the album…

I’d venture to guess that, as I’ve progressed, I’ve added more samples per song. My last two albums have WAY more bits and pieces per song than the previous three albums. That’s cause I started really using ableton on those albums and it allowed me to go nuts with layering like I never had before. So, it’s safe to say that the amount of samples I use per album has gone up with each new album.
Also, I appreciate this question but, holy shit, it was probably boring to 99% of the people who read this blog..

Ethical dilemma coming at ya! What do you do when you enter a bathroom stall only to discover that the guy who used it before you absolutely plastered the toilet bowl with shit. Not the seat itself, mind you, just the inside of the bowl.

However, do you clean his shit using the toilet brush, knowing that you are effectively spending your time cleaning another mans shit, or do you chance it: do your thing and leave, knowing that if you meet someone you know as you exit, who are about to go in, this person is going to think that you’re the kind of guy who’ll shit all over and just not give a shit… No pun intended…

I mean, if I’m just there to pee, I’m just doing my thing and getting out as quick as possible. I’m not even thinking about cleaning up some other dudes mess. I might give it a second flush to see if it loosens anything up but that’s about it.
If I gotta take a deuce than I’m assuming it’s a high stake emergency. I’m not the type who just shits anywhere so if I’m faced with this issue, chances are, the shit is already halfway out my body. So, I’d probably just do my thing and keep it moving. Cleaning another mans shit of anything is not on my “to do” list ever so, as long as that shit is directly effecting me, then I’ll just ignore it. But, on the real, if I saw a plastered toilet and I could hold it until I found a more appealing bowl, I would.

Demo reviews Vol. 14

What’s up everyone?
I’m back again with more reviews of demos you sent me. Before you ask “where/when can i send my demo!?!?!” let me clarify that I’m not accepting submissions right now. I won’t be for a while (still waiting for this current batch to run out) but , when i am, I’ll certainly announce it.
Anyway, as a refresher of what this is…People send me demo’s, I give my honest opinion on them and then rate them on these categories:

As I stress every time, I’m just one man with opinions. What i say isn’t law. So, if I didn’t like your demo, don’t go hang yourself or quit music (unless it was so bad that I said you should). Just take it as constructive criticism. After all, what do i know? I’m just some dude you don’t know in real life. It’s not that serious.
Okay? cool.

Artist:Supanova Helix
Song:Word up
I’m kinda torn on this one. One one hand, he says some clever shit and his flow is pretty good. On the other, there something very amateur about the whole thing. Not just the shitty recording quality but like the rapper sounds pretty wet behind the ears to me. I dunno…maybe it’s the “raps complaining about rap” thing. Regardless, it’s the type of song that shows more potential than anything. The beat is neither here nor there. Definitely needs to step it up on the recording quality tip though.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist:Shonsteez Feat. HimpC
song: Blunts and bacon

This isn’t bad at all but I had pretty high hopes for a song called “Blunts and Bacon”.
This is actually pretty good. It’s a well crafted song with some good raps and even a decent hook. To be honest, the thing that jumped out to me the most was the dope vibraphone chop on the hook. Loved that shit.
While this may not be something that i’d come back to a bunch of times it’s certainly a very strong demo.
Production:6 out of 10
Vocals:5.5 out of 10
Listenability:6 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Tasha
Song: Find my way

Woah, did someone send me a R&B song? That’s new.
Well, I’m not much of an R&B head but, then again, I’d sooner listen to some R&B than I would instrumental stuff so I suppose reviewing this isn’t that far out of my comfort zone.
Anyway, this is okay. I mean, the song/lyrics are pretty typical R&B fare. The only difference is the production is a little outside the box of what you might consider the average R&B song. The singer is ALMOST really good. A few flat notes peppered in aren’t a good look but, for the most part, she does her thing.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Artist: MOsley WOtto
Song: Kinkonk
Ughh…I’m way to old for this kinda shit. This sounds to me like the natural progression from rap/rock into dupstep/rap. I kept waiting to hear someone yell “Break something!”. That said, for what it is, it is well made. I just never ever wanna hear anything remotely like this ever.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:3 out of 10
Listenability:2 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Artist: yOtz
Song:Was made to kick around

I truly have no clue what i just listened to. I don’t even mean that in a bad way. I mean like I’m trying to figure out when the right time to listen to a song like this would be? Running through a castle in the 30’s?
So, on the bright side, this is certainly interesting. It’s just kinda without aim. I’m all for people not adhering to genre and labels but the music has to make sense in some fashion.
Production:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:5.5 out of 10

Artist:Samuel Nordstrom
Song:Funky Friday
Is this like Nu-lounge? is that a thing?
Not to read too much into the artist and song name but this shit is extremely european to me.
It’s pretty typical, inoffensive background music for people who don’t really like music that much. On the bright side, there is a place in the world for this kinda stuff and it’s every hotel lobby on earth.
Production:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Just Driz
Song:Going World Wide

This beat is pretty dope. Very simple but it hits in a very satisfying way. In that Jay-z “who you wit” kinda way.

The rapping could not be more average. He’s not bad and he’s got swag (whatever the fuck that means) but it’s pretty uninteresting in general. I feel like this is a kid taking song crafting cues from the right people (older Kanye comes to mind) but he hasn’t really found an original voice just yet. It remains to be seen if he ever will though cause i get the feeling striving for originality isn’t his number one concern.
Production:6 out of 10
Vocals:3 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Song: Unmixed random beat

I was gonna just not even post this one but I think this needs to be addressed.
This is a forum for me to review songs, not that thing you made in an hour while high the night before. I mean, I can deal with some low fi amateur shit…but when i get stuff like this I can’t even fathom what the person who sent it was thinking.
Oh, and to review it? Who cares. it’s not a song. It’s a beat with weak drums that has a few subtle changes.
Heads up to anyone who sends me shit like this in the future: I’m not reviewing it. At least, have a title for your “song”. That’s all i ask.
Production:3 out of 10
Listenability:2 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Desmond Cheese
Song: Swampy

This took an unexpected turn. It started out as some ambient shit I assumed would flip into something more heavy. That seemed like the logical way to go with that whole intro. But the drums and bass come in and it was just…strange. It reminded me of the beginning of “Black velvet” by Allanah Miles.

Strange. Also, not particularly in my wheelhouse. This could be someone else’s shit though…it’s just not mine.
Production:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Song: Mission Statement

This is one of those songs I like better on paper than in real life. All the parts work. The beat is cool, the rapper is on point. The song structure is even interesting. But, with all that, I didn’t want to really sit through the whole thing. But, to be fair, that’s more my issues and patience than anything. Overall, this is pretty strong and I could actually see people who are fans of the rap I’ve worked on over the years really digging this one.
Production:5.5 out of 10
Vocals:5.5 out 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Artist: MakCheese Feat:Artezeus and Wilful
Song: Flame On

Woah, what’s up multicultural rap!
As I’ve covered on here before, I got some issues with rappers with accents. They just rarely work for me. Add on someone rapping in a language I don’t understand and you’ve lost me. So, basically, this song makes no sense to me. The rapping is…well…foreign. The beat is pretty half assed as well.
Production:3 out of 10
Vocals:3 out 10
Listenability:3.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Which one did you like best? VOTE!

Song of the day 1/17/13

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Nino By Tree feat. Young Giftz

I posted a Tree song a month or two ago to mixed reactions. In fact, I wasn’t really sold on him fully at the time. While I still don’t think he’s the second coming of rap, I’ve certainly come around to his stuff more recently.
So, let’s try this again.
Chicago rapper who is somewhat gangster but not in an over the top way with beats that blend soul samples and trap like drums to great results. I like it. Perhaps you should too?
This is a joint off his new mixtape. Peep it.

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.