What’s up everyone? This heat wave in the city got me fucked up. I broke a sweat eating baby carrots last night. Not a good look on multiple levels.
Anyway, you know the drill by now. Ask me stuff. I answer stuff. Anything within reason really. This is like reddit AMA but on my blog.
If you have queries , send them my way. Email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave them in comment section below. I answer on a first come first served basis so if you sent one in and feel like it’s been a while, don’t fret. Your time will come.
Okay…let’s start it out really classy like…
If it was suddenly legal to masturbate anywhere public in the United States, what 3 types of places do you think it would happen at most? Do you think all the places would be obvious, or would it become a popular pass-time somewhere unexpected like a Starbucks or fast-food drive through?
While I don’t think it would ever fully become “a popular pastime” , there would certainly be a bunch of absolute creeps who would take advantage of its legality.
I can’t speak for the entire world but I know the #1 place it would be popular in NYC would be Queens-bound subway trains. Why so specific, you may ask? Well…cause, even as something that’s illegal, it’s still the top place to catch people masturbating in public. I have no clue why it’s Queens bound trains but , since high school, I’ve known at least 10 different girls who all saw dudes jerking off on trains and they ALL were Queens bound/inside Queens. It makes no sense but, hey, you can’t argue with facts. I’d imagine, if this practice was made legal, perhaps NYC subway trains would just make a designated masturbation car. The mess alone would ceate jobs. Bring back the Squeegee men!That might be the best idea I ever had.
As for secondary places, Movie theaters seem like a prime location…and Library’s…cause they got computers there now and you can watch porn in public. You’d just have to do it really quietly. But any teenaged boy who grew up in a small house and a decent sized family should be able to pull that off.
How do you feel about small, aspiring artists using someone else’s beats to rap over them, if they don’t have a producer yet? Let’s say an upcoming songwriter found one of YOUR songs, and made their own video, rapping over it, but gave you the credit for the instrumental in the description? Do you think they deserve the tons of scrutiny that most people believe they do?
Isn’t that how mixtapes work? It doesn’t bother me as long as they aren’t making money from it and give credit. It should only be scrutinized when the artists try and make it seem like a collabo, and not them just using some strangers tracks.
That’s something aspiring artists do that piss me off. Sometimes they’ll use your beats and promote their mixtapes like you specifically made the beats for them. This has happened to me a bunch of time with all those throwaways beats I released a while back. People will ask me if they can use them for their mix tapes and I’m like “go for it, just don’t make any $ off it”. Then, when they put them out they promote it like “Check out my new mix tape produced by Blockhead!” and shouting me out on the tracks like we’re homeboys. That’s some bullshit. It makes it sound like I was in the studio with you and I’m a 50/50 contributor. Just cause I said you can use my old beats for your mix tape doesn’t mean I co-sign your work. It’s simply some public domain shit that doesn’t bother me for people to play around with. On that level, it’s harmless. You need beats to rap on. I made a bunch. Just don’t front like I had anything do with your album. Gimmie credit but not TOO much credit. Truth be told, I pretty much have never listened to anyone who’s made mix tapes out of my throwaway beats. Not a diss to them, I just was never that curious about them.
What female vocalist would make you turn around and not give a shit what she looked like?
I’m not sure if you mean this sexually or just as a fan.
As a fan, I don’t give a shit what a female singer looks like. If she can sing, she can sing. Nina Simone looked like hell but it probably my favorite female vocalist ever.
If you mean, who would I want to have sex with based entirely on her singing talent, then I’m afraid you don’t know how the male mind works. Unlike the girls who have been sleeping with Bob Dylan’s 80 year old ass or girls who boned biggie when he was alive, men are typically able to respect talent without feeling the need to to put our dick in it. This is mostly cause we are shallow creatures who care way too much about looks but, still, I’ll never be able to wrap my head around that groupie mindset of willfully sleeping with someone atrocious looking person simply cause they make good music or act well. Hell, a lot of girls will sleep with a dude who makes shitty music or a talentless guy who happens to be on TV simply cause he makes music and/or is on TV. Whatever that gene in some women is, it’s pretty fucked up. Is it so hard to admire someones wit, intelligence and talent without feeling the need to have sex with them? Thank god I’m a shallow piece of shit.
What’s your take on video games? Play them, used to play them, secretly cosplay them? Would you make beats for them?
I own a PS3 in which I use primarily for netflix. I do play video games but the only ones I fuck with are NBA 2K games and baseball games. So, yeah, I’m a sports only kinda gamer. I think a lot of those other games are cool and would be fun to play around with but I simply don’t have the patience for most of them. Also, fantasy games just don’t resonate with me. I barely even like sci-fi and fantasy movies. I’m very much a person who likes to be planted in reality so games that could be viewed as “escapes” never appealed to me.
Side note, I play the shit out of phone app games. Candy crush is ruining my life right now. Triple town got lots of run. Angry birds, obviously. I like those kinda games a lot.
As for making beats for them, sure. Pay me money and I’d do that in a heartbeat. I made beats for some game in like 2005 called “The Getaway 2”. I never played the game or saw it though.
i just turned 21 and i’ve been a little uneasy about how little i have done musically by this point in my life but seeing you say that you were barely making beats at 20 gives me some hope and also an idea for a question: what was the overall timeline of your creative pursuits when you were starting out? like what age did you start rapping or making beats or stop rapping to focus more on making beats etc?
My timeline goes as such:
Age 13: Wrote my first raps
Age 14: Tried rapping them
Age 15: still rapping
Age 16: Started looking through samples to give to a friend who made beats. Ghost wrote for a rapper friend
Age 17: Serious about rapping, beats were secondary.
Age 18: Started making beats with a friend who had a sampler.Still rapping heavily
Age 19:Got my own sampler, started making beats on my own. Still rapping.
Age 20-24: Focused way more on making beats but still rapping.
age 25: Focusing primarily on beats. Rap dreams fading. At this point I’m working with Aesop and have already put music out.
Age 26-and on: Only making beats. Retired from rapping for the betterment of the universe. My first solo album drops in 2003 , when I’m 26/27.
What do you think is the role of silence in music? By that I mean
brief pauses between either beats or any accompaniment; I’m listening
to Insomniac Olympics and I find it has a spacious feel to it just
because you leave room for silence and don’t cram in as much as
possible in a four minute interval. Also, what is your take on the UK
Silence in music is an extension of minimalism. It’s something I kinda wish I had a better grasp on cause, when done right, it’s fantastic. The problem with it is that it can also be used as a crutch. Kinda like the talentless painter who never learned how to do basic things in art but blows up cause he makes some half assed pop art that a child could draw. That’s the down side of minimalism. But good minimalism and usage of space in music can be a beautiful thing.
As for UK garage, I’m not familiar with it. I don’t really listen to much dance music or instrumental music at all so I’m pretty far removed from anything like that.
Yo Block, I vaguely remember you saying you were working on a project with Open Mike Eagle. What’s going on with that?
TOP SECRET STUFF RIGHT THERE.
Stay tuned for more info.
As of right now, Mike and I have fake twitter beef and that’s all I can tell you.