Hey! Check this new song off my new album (and let’s talk about all that)

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So, over the last few years I’ve been working on a new solo album. About 6 months ago, I finally finished it. It is called “Bells and Whistles” and I’d like to chat with you about it (as well as leak a song off it, but that comes a little later).

So, the first question I’ve been getting about this album is “Who’s putting it out?”
Well, first off, my time with Ninja Tune is done. After 5 albums, they opted to pass on the new record. “Why?” you ask. Basically cause sampling is too much of a pain in the ass to deal with for a record label. This is something I fully understand and there is absolutely no ill will between us. The writing had been on the wall for a while and them not putting this album out was not a shock to me at all. In fact, I’d like to thank Ninja Tune for the years we had together and say they are, without question, one of the most professional and organized record labels I’ve ever seen. They’re even fair, which is an under rated quality for a record label to have.
Anyway, once it was definitive that Ninja wasn’t doing it, I set out to find a label that would. I (my manager actually) sent the album out to a bunch of labels. The response was good but the same issue kept coming up. People were scared of the samples. After all, I make sample heavy music. While I’d argue that the stuff I’m using is pretty obscure, I can’t blame labels for being hesitant. After all, the way they make money off music in 2014 is by licensing songs for tv, movies and commercials. When a song is chock full of samples (as mine tend to be) that severely limits what these labels can do with your music. At the end of the day, this is a business and someone putting out my album for me doesn’t make sense financially cause it’s not like enough people still buy records to recoup those costs. I realize all this business talk is very unsexy, especially when leading into a new release but it’s the reality of putting out music in 2014.
So, after all that, I opted to just put the album out myself. I could blow smoke up your ass right here and give a manifesto on why I’m so happy to be self releasing this album but I’ll save that bullshit for people work in the press. This is not my ideal situation (At my core, I’m lazy and would rather have someone else do all this bullshit for me) but at least I have 100% control over my work. That’s always nice. It also makes this project far more intimate for me cause it’s literally all me. My music and my money, going directly into it. No other hands in the pot, financially or creatively. It’s weird to land in this position cause, as someone who’s been putting music out since the late 90’s, it’s like I’ve come full circle. I started out selling Aesop cd’s on the internet out of my mom’s house. We pressed them up ourselves, cut the covers ourselves and I’d send them all , one by one to random strangers. 15 years , 5 solo albums, countless works with rappers, and here I am again. The hustle has got more refined but it’s still very similar.

As for the album itself, it’s 12 songs long. Clocking in over an hour. It features no guests (accept Damian paris who has played guitar,synth and bass on all my albums). It’s all beats. I’m still waiting on the artwork and getting vinyl pressed, thus the non-definitive release date. I can say it should almost certainly drop in 2014. I’m gunning for a late fall/early winter release.
My plan is to press up a limited amount of vinyl. Maybe 1000 copies. That’s it. This will be some truly collectors type stuff right here. I plan on selling them on the road, as well as online. Otherwise, I’ll sell the album online digitally. The details aren’t ironed out but I’m hoping to sell it at a slightly lower price than normal. Like $7. Still gotta see if that makes sense. Regardless, it’ll be up on all the digital music sites for your buying pleasure. One thing I’m probably not gonna do is press up cd’s. I dunno…if touring has taught me anything it’s that people don’t really buy cd’s anymore. So, I’mma just skip that altogether.

As for this song right here…
I tweeted this yesterday
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The response was heavy (which was nice to see) and the final tally of votes was actually incredibly close. Turns out, people like being depressed a tiny bit more than they like feeling good. I should note though, this song isn’t exactly depressing. It’s more just emotive. So, while it may not put a smile on your face , it also won’t be the thing pushing you over to the dark side. Basically, it’s an intro to this album I’ve got dropping. The rest of the album is all over the place, mood wise. I got that sad slow shit. I got that upbeat happy shit. I got that “driving in your car at 4 am on an empty highway” shit. I got that “walking home drunk after getting that girls number” shit. I’ve got that “scared in the woods” shit. It’s all there. I can’t wait for you guys to hear it. Until that is possible, I leave you this one song. It’s called “Kaput!”. Enjoy and thanks for listening. You guys are literally what make this all possible.

Rogglecast 20-There isn’t enough purple in the world

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This week, it appears Pollyne has finally found her soul mates…and they are the hosts of Catfish. We also discuss my weekend of doing drugs at a music festival as well as the always interesting topic of booty calls. Not to be confused with the movie “Booty Call” , which is pretty interesting too but not the same thing.
Oh, and subscribe to the podcast on I-tunes! Download it! Kiss it on the temple and tell it everything is gonna be alright. Do all that stuff.
Here’s this weeks ‘cast for you mind.

Yay or Nay: Ugly Frank

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I got mixed feelings about this one. Well, not personally. I know I like it. But I have a feeling most of you might not feel the same way. I’m basing this entirely on past “yay or nay” rappers I’ve posted who rap a certain way about certain things. Basically, the less nerdy the rapper, the less you guys seem to like him. In the case of Tacoma Washington’s Ugly Frank , he is not that nerd. but he’s also not really a get the partty started thug either. Not even close. He’s a quick fire , talk shit about his bitches , mention his cars type of relentless kinda rapper. He’s part of a group called ILLFIGHTYOU and he recently released his first solo ep called “The Bobby Hill EP”.
http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/ugly-frank-bobby-hill-ep-new-mixtape.112308.html
Beats wise, I found his music to be somewhere between synthy cloud rap stuff, G-funk and some double time southern type style. Whatever it is, it’s interesting when coupled with his pin point flow. Here are some examples…


So, what do you think?

Answers for questions vol. 199

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What up? Welcome to another edition of “Answers for questions”. The internets longer interview. This is where you guys ask me whatever the fuck you can think of and I do my best to answer it. No rules , except don’t be boring with your questions. If you’d like to ask me anything, holler at my email- phatfriendblog@gmail.com or just leave your question in the comments below. Go nuts. I always need more questions.
Here’s this week batch , for dat azz…

Question. You are obviously friends with a lot of fairly well known musicians. Has any of them ever released something that might get a little or a lot of positive buzz, and you are just like, man “I love the person and most of their music in general, but I am not feeling this shit at all. In fact I actively dislike it”. Follow up. Obviously you would never tell them their work flat out sucks(or maybe you would), but do you avoid the subject unless pressed, tell them you dig it and just not go into details, or be brutally honest from the start? No names required, I don’t expect you to call anyone out, just
wondering your thoughts in general. Any musicians you know who don’t give a fuck and will say something is trash even if it got nominated for an award or something?

Hmm…that’s tough. I have friends who make other genre’s of music (rock and electronic type stuff) that just isn’t my cup of tea in general. So, in that way, I don’t generally praise them cause it’s simply not my thing. However, when they do something that definitely jumps out as special, I certainly let them know.
As for the rappers, I can’t say I’m really close friends with anyone who I think makes shitty music. Sure, I like some projects/songs more than others but there’s rarely (none I can think of off the top) a situation where I’m like “wow, that dude just made a total piece of shit album…”.
It should also be noted that I don’t have that large a circle of close (close being the key word here) friends in the music industry.I know a lot of people but my actual real life friends are typically separate of that. So, it’s not like I have every rapper and producer I know sending me their album and begging me for an in depth critique. I’ve found, in general, most people don’t care. I know when I make a new album, i don’t send it to anyone unless they specifically ask to hear it.
Also, musicians in circles are generally supportive of each others work. Almost to a fault. It’s rare you meet someone who will tell another artist (a peer) “yeah, that sucks”. I’d say, the one person I know who flat out honest is probably Despot. He pulls no punches when it comes to his opinion on his friends music and he’ll say it to their face. I definitely respect that.

How do you feel about your birth name? Do you wish you had a more unusual name than you were given? (Judging by your comment section, ‘Tony’ seems like a pretty common name)
I’ve never really though about it. Tony is actually my middle name (short for Anthony). My first name is really James but, for some reason, no one ever called me that. My older bother has a similar situation too as his first name is John but everyone calls him Nick.
I don’t really feel either way about my name. I like that it sounds italian, even though I’m not at all italian. That always throws people off. But, I can’t say there’s a name i’d want more. People go a bit crazy with the names nowadays and I feel like it’s a lot to live up to for some of these kids. I met a dude named Elegance a few days ago. Real name! That’s a tall order. A name like that pretty much means you have to be a clothing designer or a dancer…can’t nobody wants to be working at some shitty office job and being called “Elegance” all day.

In this day and age, what do guys like, in terms of a downstairs haircut? I know it varies from man to man. but, generally? Does the average, normal, nice guy desire a landing strip? Or hairless? Or just a nice trim? or full throttle bush?

I think every guy has their preference but, personally, I like a well kept strip of hair (or just well trimmed in general) with no hair below. Basically,enough hair that makes me think I’m not hooking up with a child but also not a gorilla salad where the actual vagina is.
In general, the only one I have an issue with is the completely unkept vagina.Never trimmed, never shaved, never waxed. On a scent level, it’s worse and visually it’s not that appealing. I’ve had a few bad experiences with those types and it turned me on them forever.
But, hey, that’s just me. I know a few dudes who love that shit. I should add they’re also total creeps but they do exist.

Hello block! Im a big fan of your music, and an even bigger fan of your blog!haha.Thought id send you a question and im not sure if it goes with your usual format, but i thought id submit something dumb and different
If youre down, go to my page on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/rachael.bringgold?fref=ts
And tell me in all honesty ‘two things you l Ike iabout me’ and ‘two things you dont like about me’ after a five minute thumb through.

Wow…this is a next level idea and a very bold move on your part, young lady. I don’t now whether to give you props or think you’re crazy. But , I shall proceed…
I like
1)Your baby is cute and put him in funny outfits. Disgruntled baby face + a costume he was forced to wear = comedy gold. I don’t typically love tons of baby pics on facebook but, because you’re not actually clogging up my time line, it doesn’t bother me that much.
2)I like that “To catch a predator” is in your tv show likes.

I don’t like
1)Ear gauges. That shit’s gross. I’ve said it before but it’s basically like putting too loose buttholes in your ears.
2)In general, your updates are kinda wack. Not bad or anything…just boring. To be fair, you’re clearly a new mom and , if facebook has taught me anything, It’s that new moms are bored as fuck. It’s not like your updates are extra terrible…just kinda “meh”. If we were friends, I would probably unfollow your feed. Don’t feel bad though, I got a quick trigger with that and it’s never personal.

I’ve recently been reading a bunch about how a lot of women experience the best orgasm of their life during a rape (not fantasy, the real deal) and afterward they seek out non-consensual like sex. This has got me feeling all types of ways. One being I’ve lost a lot of respect for women. I don’t know why, I just have. If my girl got raped and started to hint she enjoyed it I’d probably have to end the relationship. You seem like a dude where sex is just sex and you wouldn’t care as long as your girl didn’t become pen-pals with the rapist. Still I feel like I can’t bring this to anyone else. Would you care if your girl had the best sex of her life with some rapist? Does this subject make you feel something weird in your stomach (or dick)?

I feel as though your info is a little off. I’m not expert on this but, from what I’ve learned/know/understand, women who get raped are pretty fucking effected by that attack. This can manifest itself in many different ways. Some might become asexual and just avoid human contact. Some compartmentalize it and can carry on with a somewhat normal sex life and some go the other direction and act out sexually and probably get into all sorts of strange shit. Rape fantasies being an example. Now, to say that’s the norm is fucking crazy. But I’m sure it happens here and there.
However, this “best orgasm during a rape” thing seems preeeeetty far fetched. When you write “A lot of women experience the best orgasm of their life during rape”, you realize how crazy that sounds, right? I know a decent amount of girls who have been sexually assaulted and none of them seem to speak of their trauma in that way. Not even close. Sure, maybe a handful of women on earth might make this claim. Lots of things are possible. I’m sure those women have had fucked up shit happen to them before that rape even happened for them to react that way to actually being raped. Like I said, I’m not an expert on anything remotely close to this topic but that would be my uneducated guess. So, I dunno if the article you read was bullshit or if you read it wrong or misunderstood key points. But something doesn’t smell right with this entire premise.

So, to answer your questions, this question doesn’t really make me feel some kinda way cause it’s so specific and devoid of concrete facts. Would this bother me if it was a girl I dated? I mean, sure. I don’t want to have to pretend rape a girl every time I have sex. But, in reality, I’ve never really found myself attracted to damaged girls like that. So, I doubt I’d ever find myself in this situation for very long.

Questions for Answers – Are you aware that you’re pretty heavily represented on the NPR music segue front? I definitely remember a Labor Days track, a Music by Cavelight track and just today a Dour Candy track all used as segment segues… What do you think that says about you, NPR, and the fact that you’re probably about as hip hop as its going to get as far as being endorsed by NPR? But, even though you’re a white guy I’ll guess that since you’re a Manhattan boy/don’t drive you probably don’t even know what NPR is?

I know what NPR is ,dude. I grew up with radios and , also, have a mom who still listens to it all the time. “All things considered” was on every morning before I went to school when I was a kid.
As for them using my music, I really have no clue why but I’m down with it. My guess would be there is simply someone working there in programming who likes my shit and fits it in when ever he can. Whoever that person is, thanks! My mom gets super hyped whenever she hears me on there.

Demo reviews vol. 53

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Oh hi there…Welcome to another edition of Demo Reviews. This is where you were kind enough to send me your music so I can let you know what I think about it. Problem with that is I’m old and over everything so I end up shitting on most of it. i try to be constructive though…sometimes. but , hey, you knew that was the deal before you sent in the music so, for that, I applaud you and your positive self image.
I am not currently accepting demo submissions so please don’t send me any.
The reviews work like so:
I write a paragraph or two about the song then arbitrarily rank the songs from 1-10 in the categories:
Production
Vocals
Listenability
Originality

That’s about it. This is weird ass bunch of songs this week. Something must be in the water. Check them out and then vote in the poll below for your favorite song.

Artist:The far EXP
Song: For you/Love it


This is decent. On the bright side, it’s a good posse cut with a bunch of capable rappers on it. No one guy stands out too much but there also isn’t one shitty guy holding them all back. The beat is a little lo-fi (badly mixed?) and could use a few more changes. I could be wrong but I think it’s just a loop. The recording quality , in general, is a little bit of an issue. The vocals are mixed low but the scratches are clear as can be…which is odd. Not bad though, over all.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:6 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:3.5 out of 10

Artist:Blahsum (I think that’s the name?)
Song: Decomposition in AB minor


What on earth is going on here? This seems to be the outcome when too many influences come together. It’s kinda like if you take 6 different fruit juices and mix them up. It’s not fruit punch…it’s just some muddled brownish colored fruit like thing that taste vaguely like orange juice no matter what you put in it.
This is a lil’ Death grips, a lil’ Stitches and a lil’ high school angst rap with some high school emo rock thrown in. I dunno…I’m too old for this shit. Maybe you young people can get on board with this…Not me though. There is something weirdly listenable to it for me though…i can’t front. It’s like it annoys the shit out of me but i can’t take my eyes off it. So, that’s something.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Artist:War Head
Song: Every Time I die


Am I crazy of does this guy sound a little like a less refined Despot?
Anyway, this has some potential. He’s got a decent voice and good presence on the mike. Lyrically, he’s not quite there yet but he’s definitely close. Problem is, it’s mixed terribly and recorded badly. If the technical aspects can catch up to the intensity of the raps, he might be on to something.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:5.5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist:4th Sound
Song: I could Kill a cop


This is the funkiest cop killing anthem ever! It’s like a bar band that wants to kill a cop. Also, this dude really doesn’t sound like a guy who would kill a cop. Or maybe his voice isn’t selling his anger very well.
The song concept is just kinda poorly thought out (considering how many anti cop songs have existed, you gotta come with more than this to make it stick out) and the recording of the beat is a little all over the place.
i feel like this would have been better suited to be a song about having a bbq in the park than killing all cops cause that’s what the mood felt like.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Kickstart Rockers
Song:Midsummer Rock


Is this a mistake? Every now and then I get a real deal rock song to review and I feel completely lost. I honestly can’t tell if this is a joke or not. As i always do when i get songs like this, I’m in no position to review rock songs. To me, this sounds like every other rock song I’ve ever heard. Th singer sounds kinda like a dick head. Sorry. That’s all I got. It’s not you, it’s me.
Production: Umm…
Vocals:Nah b.
Listenability: No idea
Originality: Probably not much

Artist:Cymbalik
Song:Summertime


This is kinda cool. I’m a sucker for old jazz standard vocal samples. The vibraphone loop is cool but, i dunno, the song doesn’t really go anywhere and relies entirely on the vocal sample to keep it interesting. I mean, shit, it’s a five minute song with 3 parts and 4 instruments. It needs much more to work as a complete song but it’s a decent start.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: AB-Life
Song: Ghost Feat. Dr. Sherman


The first dude can definitely rap. The second guy is a little less evolved as a rapper. Problem is, both of their voices have me feeling like, when I envision them rapping, i see two dudes in Lacoste t-shirts rapping with their collars up. No clue what that means but it’s the first thing that popped in my head. Actually , i do know what it means: Painfully white. But, hey, aren’t we all?
The production is a wash. It’s not bad but very forgettable at the same time. Like, if these two were fantastic rappers, it wouldn’t ruin the song at all. But cause they’re simply okay, the beat is just kinda there.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist:DTND
Song:Nigga hate me


Whoa, that intro song is fuuuuuucked up. wow.
This is a bit of a bummer cause it has some great potential. It’s a good concept song and the rapper actually has something to say. Sure, it’s something that’s been said before by others but I feel as though he’s got his own take on it. The problem is all technical. This is recorded like dog shit and the beat is a little bit of a mess. It’s too bad cause a good remix and rerecording of the vocals would make for a really dope song. This reminds me of something I might hear on KMD’s first album.

Production:3 out of 10
Vocals:Tough call…The actual raps are a 6.5/10 but the recording quality is like 2/10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Artist:Tatlock and Creech
Song:The stranger


I realize this is “demo reviews” but this song is extra demo-y. The beat is actually well recorded and well made for what it is. It sounds like some back rub music but it’s well executed. The rapping though…the guy sounds like he’s not ready to be recorded but did it anyway. His voice is also an issue. Well, so it his flow. Basically, rapping just isn’t in this guys long term future. It weirdly sounds like a guy a karaoke bar freestyling from his diary.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:2.5 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist:Agrume de Cerveau
Song:Looking for the magical toad

Love that vocal sample. No idea what it’s saying or talking about but it sounds cool.
This song progresses nicely and has a really dope texture to it. My only minor critique of it is i don’t love the drum sounds but, at the same time, they’re not even that bad. Well done.
Production:6.5 out of 10
Vocals:n/a
Listenability:6 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

So, which demo do you like the best?

Ask Dr. Tony Vol. 37

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Hello there. It’s been a long time since the Doctor was in, but I’m back.
This is where you guys ask my advice on various topics. Life, love, and…other shit too. If You have something you need a second opinion on and don’t feel like asking your dumb ass friends, i’m your guy. Send questions to me at phatfriendblog@gmail.com It’s always anonymous and I’m only here to help.
To be clear, I’m not a doctor on any real level and , while I stand by my advice, take it all with a grain of salt. Remember, I’m just some stranger that makes beats. why on earth would you listen to me?
Oh, by the way, is there anyone out there who’s question I’ve answered in bast volumes that would like to write in with an update on your situation? I’d love to hear them. It would be cool if you could tell me exactly what volume of “ask Dr. Tony” you were featured in but, even if you don’t do that, lemme know how your problems turned out. I got my money on lots of “I’m single now and…”
Let’s get into this weeks batch…
So I have a question..

Are most guys not into rough fucking? or am I just awful ?

Im 22 and I’m totally into some rough ass sex, biting, hair pulling, a little light choking (no grapefruits)haha I mean I don’t want a motherfucker to make me bleed or any shit like that but I definitely don’t mind a soar vagina or some fucking bite marks.

Whats the deal? Is it that some men are down and need there women to ask first?
or is this just some unrealistic expectation I’m having that dudes want to “murder vaginas” haha?

opinions!

Most guys? I dunno about that but some guys certainly are to varying degrees. I think most guys won’t scoff as hair pulling. Biting may not be as widely accepted. Choking could go either way. I know dudes who like all these things. I also know dudes who want nothing to do with them. Personally, the biting and choking has never been my steeze. Partially cause, you know, I don’t like how it feels (giving or taking). Not to mention, there’s also a part of me that feels that girls who are REALLY into that shit are kinda damaged and that’s not something I’ve ever sought out. On the bright side, there are tons of guys who do seek out damaged girls. They’re mostly awful people but they definitely exist.
Now, Making an actual pussy sore is another subject all together. Pounding the shit out a girl is something I think most dudes can get on board with, within reason. Cause, in our mind, that’s super dominant and if you’re like “harder! Harder!” we can do that without feeling like a murderer. It plays into both our ego AND our natural instincts.

As for how you find out what every guys “thing” is, i’m afraid it’s one of those things you gotta work up toward. Get comfortable with a dude sexually and then, slowly, start introducing these things into the act. The last thing you should do is put a guys dick in your for the first time then immediately stark choking and biting him. All this needs to be worked up to. It should be noted that some dudes only need a little hint and they’ll go full force into this shit. It should also be noted that, by opening this pandora’s box you might end up exposing some dudes true fetishes , which may be completely horrifying. Like, you came for some light slapping but, a week later he’s fucking your toes and asking you to step on his nutsack with your heels. It’s all relative.
But, really, my advice would be to seek out dudes with tons of tattoos and body modification. I bet they’re all about the kinda sex you’re looking for.

I’m a 20 year old female, graduated 3 years ago, since then I haven’t done shit with my life if we’re being honest. I tried community college last year, took random classes, it wasn’t that bad but it wasn’t great either so I stopped going. I’ve never had a real job until recently. I now work in the fields with my brother. I suffer from depression, was seeing a therapist for a while but ever since I started working it’s sorta fucked off for the moment. But I know once the season is over and I stop working I know ima go back to feeling shitty. I’ve sorta been thinking about the future a lot..what am I gonna do next after working in the fields. I literally have no idea what I wanna study, or be, or whatever.. and obviously I don’t wanna work in the fields forever. Being lost SUCKS dude. Any tips, ideas, advice on what I should try to do next? I know you’re not some god and have the answers for me but your opinion would be appreciated.

I can actually relate to this question pretty deeply as I was once just like you. I dropped out of college after one year, moved back to NYC and had no fucking idea what I was gonna do. So, I took bullshit jobs and that was that. My game plan was “just work and see what happens” That said, I did have a deep passion for music. So, on the side, I did that while I worked. I never thought the music thing would become a reality though so I kinda was just floating through life waiting for something to grab me. It sounds to me that you’re in a similar situation so I ask you, is there anything you’re passionate about? Do you like doing anything in particular? Are you good at anything?
If your answer is “weed” then that may be part of the problem but even that can turn into something more. Especially with it becoming legal all over. Who knows, you could get in on one of the thousands of week stores and work there. No more field work!
The thing is, 20 is so fucking young. I still have friends who are in their mid 30’s that seem unsure of what they are gonna do with their lives. I shouldn’t tell you this but I’d say you have a nice 5 year window left of years where you can truly not do shit and just fuck off. Work their fields, smoke weed every day. Whatever. I don’t recommend it but, let’s be honest, your life is only as urgent at your options. If you still have a place to stay and can still feed yourself, that’s really on you. Terrible advice, huh? It really is but I’m not gonna blow smoke up your ass and tell you some dream job is just gonna fall in your lap. In general, that shit doesn’t just happen.
So, I give you a few options.
1)Keep working those fields with no ambition outside of that.
2)Keep working those fields but figure out something you enjoy doing and focus a ton of your off time on somehow making that a part of your life. Even if it means working the fields and doing that thing for free on your off time. At least it’s a start.
3)Quit the fields and think of a job (that you’re somehow qualified for) that you may not love, but you can tolerate. Seek out such a job or go to school to learn about that job so, somewhere down the line you can get that job.
I understand feeling hopeless at age 20 but, eventually, you gotta push that to the side and realize that “Shit, this is life…I gotta handle my existence”. It may not be exactly what you want but, sadly, that’s the reality of most people. Not everyone is living the dream. Most people simply get by. There’s no shame if you end up like one of those people cause, in reality, none of us are that special.

Without going into a long drawn out story, is it ever okay to sleep with a good friend’s ex-girlfriend. They dated for quite a while (5+ years?) then broke up, I remained friends with both of them. I think I can fuck her, but probably wouldn’t be able to look my buddy in the eye again, even if he never found out. Scumbag move? P.S.- She’s hot as fuck. Thanks doc!

It’s funny cause , so often, these questions are long and drawn out for no reason but, in this case, you kept it short. Sadly, this is a situation where a long drawn out story might have helped.
I think it depends on your buddy. Would he be cool with it? Is he in a new relationship?
I’ve done this before and it was definitely a dick move on my part but the friendship persevered. I actually had a friend who used to use me as a means to get rid of ex-girlfriends who wouldn’t leave him alone. Like, he’d hook them up with me so , when they’d be all up on his shit, he could be like “nah, you fucked my friend…we’re over”. Pretty fucked up, looking back on it but , whatever, I’m not complaining.
But back to the question at hand, these situations are generally pretty delicate. Like i said, if your friend is in a new serious relationship, he really can’t tell you shit. It was 5 years ago. The only downside of that is if he’s secretly still in love with her.
I should also add that , if you do start hooking up with her, you can’t be bringing her around socially. That’s one of the biggest problems with things like this. I’d imagine, even if your friend is okay with you and her hooking up. he definitely doesn’t wanna see her all the time socially. Especially if she’s making out with you at the end of the bar.
When it comes down to it, this questions is all about specific details that you didn’t give, so I can’t give you a real answer but, that said, use your common sense. Only go through with this if you know it’s not gonna fuck up your friendship with your homeboy. Hell, ask him directly. He might say “uh..sure, i guess so” (which means “Jesus christ, I really wish you wouldn’t”), in which case, don’t do it. But if he seems cool with it, let’er rip.

New track with Marq Spekt, Aesop Rock and Open Mike Eagle!

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Last week, Marq Spekt and I released our album “Justplaywitit” on Hipnott Records.I had mentioned a bonus track coming down the pipe featuring some special guests.
I told you it was coming! So, here’s a little extra treat. In all honesty, this wasn’t even a bonus track that we left off the album. Nope. It was a song specifically made to give to you guys after “Playwitit”dropped.
So, enjoy!

You can download it from the soundcloud page but, just in case, here’s an alternate link:
http://www26.zippyshare.com/v/35699248/file.html

Also, While I got you hear, my boys Armand Hammer (Billy Woods and Elucid) dropped a new EP today called “Furtive Moments”. I did a track on there , as well as the bonus track on the vinyl.
Check it out:
http://backwoodzstudioz.com/portfolio-item/armand-hammer-furtive-movements-ep-colored-vinyl/

Answers for questions vol. 198

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Sup party people in the place to be (probably a cubicle or your toilet). Welcome to this weeks edition of “Answers for questions”. you guys send me questions, I answer them. The better your questions, the better my answers. It’s so very simple. If you’d like to become part of it all, it’s simple. You can email your questions to me at phatfriendblog@gmail.com or leave them in the comments section below. Everything is anonymous so no fear.
This weeks batch has a few questions i’ve probably answered in some form or another but , you know what? This is volume 198 so theres a good chance that 95% of the people reading this didn’t catch it the first time.

What is the worst and best job that you have had? (besides being an artist)

I’d like to preface all this by saying I have never had great or terrible jobs. Only decent to bad jobs. They all were low level and never were financially satisfying. I was a college drop out who truly didn’t give a shit about what kinda work I did, as long as they paid me, game me limited responsibility and it gave me time to chill with my friends when I wasn’t there.
Worst Job: I worked security guard at a place called Kim’s Video that used to be on St. Marks place. They sold movies, cd’s and vinyl. You’d think it would be fun on some level but, really, it was just me standing in one place for 8 hours a day not doing anything. I literally never caught a single person stealing (Honestly, I don’t know what I would have done if I had). Beyond that, most the people who worked with me were assholes. That’s a huge part of working a job that blows. It can be made decent by the right people. Hell, one cute girl co-worker can turn the worst job ever into something you look forward too every day. This place did not have it. Just pissy angst filled hipsters and grumpy african dudes.
Best job: I guess I gotta say the bakery I worked at , on and off, for 6 years. I worked behind a counter. I liked my co-workers, I got tons of free food, I had total freedom and I also make a ton of money under the table. On top of that, I could play any music I desired (which was a big deal at that point in my life). I even got hooked up with a few costumers. It was a menial counter job but it was pretty lax and fun.
Other jobs included: Manual labor, Teachers assistant at a school for kids with learning disabilities, record shop counter guy, bus boy and cafe worker. Not exactly an amazing resume.

I’ve seen you mention several times on this blog that you have never driven a car once in your life. Out of every state in the U.S., New York probably has the highest concentration of people that can claim this. If someone in their 30s lived in another state, and told me they have never driven a car before, I would have trouble believing them.

Do you ever feel embarrassed about this while you are outside of New York on tour? Do you try to avoid the topic with new acquaintances? When it does come up, do you feel like you have to explain and justify it to people? What is the craziest comment or reaction you have ever gotten?

I feel the opposite. I’m proud of it and I love talking about it. It’s the most arrogantly, bone headed NYC thing about me and I embrace it with open arms. As far as telling people about it goes, it’s always fun cause people are so amazed by it. I mean, it is pretty strange but I know a ton of other people just like me. We just never left New York long enough have to learn to drive. My explanation is always the same “I’m born and raised in NYC and you don’t need to drive there…ever”. Then, undoubtedly, they bring up “what would you do in an emergency” to which I reply “I’d imagine I’d figure it out or die” Either way, whatever that emergency would be, it’d probably be killing most of NYC regardless of their driving skills.
Honestly, I’ve never had someone react to it too crazy beyond “whaaaaaaat?!?!”. It’s not that big a deal, in reality.

What’s the groupie sitch for you and aes?
I’d imagine his groupie is sitch is like mine but times 1000. Meaning, they exist. I’d even venture to say his groupies would be far more obsessive and extreme than mine. After all, he’s a rapper. He uses words. That kinda thing is gonna have more of an effect on people than my wordless ass beats. But, beyond that, I can’t speculate his groupie sitch.
For me? I’ve been in a relationship for 6 plus years so there’s nothing too exciting to report. I get hit on at shows here and there. It happens. I pretty much just play dumb and try to be so nice that the girl assumes I’m a eunuch. While it hurts my soul to do that ( especially when the girl is attractive) it also keeps me out of trouble.
On the bright/dark side of all this, as I get older, i notice my fans are remaining young. So, it’s reaching a point where I’m simply too old for lots of these girls. They know it and I know it. So, that lessens the temptation on both ends. So that’s nice…and wildly depressing.

Do you think that women really talk more than men?
About what? Kinda vague question. If you mean about their feelings and emotions, then, duh. of Course. But I’m pretty sure I talk more about basketball than your average lady.
In general,I think it’s on a person to person basis. Some dudes can’t shut up. Some girls are quiet.
One thing I will say is that, in general, women desire to talk more than men. Like, I never try and talk on the phone and most dudes I know are in the same boat. Meanwhile, when I do speak on the phone, it’s undoubtedly a girl friend of mine who wants to chat. Nothing wrong with that, just something I’ve noticed. Basically, bitches be talkin’, AMIRITE?!?!?!!

You get to pick one of the following feelings to have for life, with a consequence to your choice:

1. The eternal safe and secure bliss of your parents picking you up as a child and never putting you back down, but you have the emotional temperament of a 5 year old for life. Mentally, physically, everything else is the same, but you wouldn’t be able to help blowing up when someone takes your tonka truck.
2. The constant angst and rage of teenagedom, but you get to physically stay the age where you think you’re in your prime for as long as you want.
3. The physical soreness (but not restrictions) that most seniors have, but you get to go back in time to when you were in elementary school with all the knowledge you have now and play your life out as a wunderkind and use it to your professional and romantic advantage.

You can back out of answering if you’re happier with your life now, but you would then automatically be enlisted in the US military, and when you get drafted your bunkmate is a chatty steve buschemi lookalike who talks in a falsetto. You’d definitely, but barely survive and come home after a year.

I like the face saving of the “out”. well done.
I think i’d choose #2 cause, sorry, but I was neither angsty or full of rage as a teen. In fact, I was pretty happy and all i did was hang with my best friends and jerk off all the time (not at the same time, guys). That’s about it. Even if, in this case, I am forced to be that way, we all know that hormonal stuff is kinda bullshit. Epsecially for boys. Teenaged boys are just morons. It’s not that complicated. That said, if you’re a rage filled asshole when you’re 15 , you’re probably gonna be a slightly evolved but similar version of that same person when you’re 30.
So, you see what I did there? I took you’re hard question and made it simple! I won! I feel like 5 year old being picked up by my parents, basking in secure bliss!

RAPID FIRE ROUND!
How on Earth did you produce the beat for “The Greatest PacMan Victory in History”? Seriously, how the fuck?… some information on how that song was assembled would be awesome.

I did it by not producing that beat as all. Aesop made that one. Awesome track though.
also, that video tho…

What are your thoughts on Chance the Rapper? It would seem his voice is a little hit or miss with people. His work has been refreshing though.
I think he’s very talented and capable of making good music. I don’t love his voice though and his taste in beats didn’t thrill me either. I could see him taking it to another level though so I’m certainly not writing him off.

What has been your worst experience with an animal? Dog, cat, bear, kangaroo, whatever.
I’m allergic to cats so pretty much every experience with a cat is the worst. Fuck cats.
My absolute worst experience was when I was like 12 and showering at friends house after a little league game. I came out the shower with towel around my waist and he threw his cat on my bare back. His cat freaked out and hung on my back skin with his claws for a few seconds before losing his grip. I feel as though it was that day I become allergic. Like a vampire bite.

Are you a Star Wars guy? If so, which color lightsaber would you fucks with?
Not in the slightest. I don’t give a fuuuuuuuuuck about most Sci-fi stuff. In regards to star wars specifically, I loved it as a child but i don’t think I could sit through 5 minutes of it now. In fact, for the most part, those movies are pretty shitty.

Do you have any music that you’d consider a guilty pleasure? Personally, I kinda hate myself for loving RiFF RAFF.
I don’t really feel like I have many guilty pleasures. Like , I’ve been fucking with “hott nigga” by Bobby Shmurda but is that really a guilty pleasure?

Only to hip hop purist people. Otherwise, it’s a hit. I also bump some 80’s music but I have no shame about that.

I feel as though “guilty pleasure” means something you know sucks but like anyway. I feel as though I could defend anything I actually enjoy in some way or another. Even if I liked “Since you’ve been gone” by Kelly Clarkson, I could defend it on some level. For instance “I want it that way” by the backstreet boys is a legit good pop song. Well written and catchy as fuck. I don’t bump it when I’m alone but, goddamnit,I respect it on some level.
Tell me whyyyyy!

Song of the day 9/1/14 (the Your Old Droog saga continues)

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No Message By Your Old Droog and Rast RFC

It’s fun when two rappers you like come together out of nowhere. In this case, we have Rast and Your Old Droog. Two guys I recently did “Yay or Nay” columns about. Both from NYC and both are getting some shine right now. While Rast has a very interesting story (read about it here) I’d say the man of the hour is Y.O.D.
Why? Well, it’s cause everyone thinks he’s Nas. Literally. People have a theory that this is some sort of side project and Nas is all fucking with us. On paper, this sounds ridiculous. Why would Nas do that? But, when you step back, it would seem like a lot of signs point to this being the truth. His voice sounds A LOT like him. He’s affiliated with Mass Appeal (Nas and Former Ego Trip Founder Sasha Jenkins have direct ties to Mass Appeal). He’s certainly playing into the rumors too. Or, I should say, some other people are. Someone made a fake twitter account that seemed very real and started both Posting YOD songs as well as tweeting quotes from Nas albums.
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Weird.
But, here’s the thing. He’s not Nas. At least I’m 99% sure he’s not. How do I know this? Well, I’ll start with the soft evidence. While his voice is very similar to Nas, his flow and lyrics don’t sound anything like Nas. So, just off the basis of an ear test, to me, he’s not Nas. That’s not enough though, right? Well, how about , prior to him getting a little shine he had all sorts of videos on Youtube. Actual music videos that show his face. This face:
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This blew my mind the most cause, honestly, I’m totally racist when it comes to white guy rap voices and thought there was no way on earth Your Old Droog wasn’t a black dude. If the videos (which I saw before they were taken down) he’s more of an arab or a chechen. I can’t even tell. But , one thing is for sure, he’s not Nas. Still not enough evidence?
Well, how bout this article:
http://www.complex.com/music/2014/06/your-old-droog-is-not-nas

So, that’s my case. The truth will all be revealed in NYC on september 3rd when he plays a show. I might not be around for that show but I’m sure phone cameras will be there to record the happenings. If you’re curious or simply wanna see him rock (After all, the thing getting lost in all this is that he’s pretty fucking dope, despite the Nas similarities), here’s a flyer for that show. Oh, and Rast is playing that night as well. Pretty great line up.
Check it
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