Answers for questions vol. 211


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G’day mates! How was your halloween? What did you dress up as? no way! Me too. We’re so simpatico.
Anyway,
Welcome to another edition of “Answers for questions”. You ask, I answer. It’s ben going on for years now and , most likely, won’t stop anytime soon. If you’d like to be a part of this, by all means send me questions. Either leave them in the comment section below or email them to me at phatfriendblog@gmail.com. The weirder the better.
Well, let’s see what we go this week…

Give me a rough ballpark figure as to the # of people in your life who have tried to convince you to read a certain book/novel at some point or another…
Shiiiiit…That’s hard to calculate.
I should clarify that I’m not “A reader”. Clearly, I know how to read and am able to understand the written word but it’s just never been something that took with me, as far as being something I enjoy. The only time I have read books for pleasure is when I was traveling abroad. That was primarily cause I was going to places where I wouldn’t be watching TV and would have lots of down time on trains and planes. Basically, when i had no other choice. In general, I find most books pretty boring and forgettable. I read them, absorb them , then forget them. The only stuff that I’ve ever felt really stuck with me was more along the lines of biographies and other non-ficton type books but, even those didn’t really have a lasting effect on me. I dunno, there’s something about the written word that doesn’t resonate with me. I’ve discussed this with many people and every one of them has been like “Oh, you’re just reading the wrong books!” and listed a bunch of books I should read. I taken a few of those suggestions and I still feel the same way. The books weren’t bad…I simply didn’t give a shit.
So, to answer your question, I’d guess about 75 to a 100 times.

Who would win in a fist fight: marky mark or samuel l jackson?
At this point in life? I’m guessing Marky Mark. Sam Jackson is old and Marky Mark is on some raged out southie shit. Sure, Sam jackson is much taller and probably knows how to fight but Wahlberg got the speed and power. Dudes with rage issues, in general, are dangerous. They don’t have that little voice in their heads that tell them “stop punching, he’s dead”. I feel like Marky Mark is one of those guys. You can see it in his dead eyes.

How far can confidence get an aspiring musician if their music is subpar? How far can confidence get anybody for that matter?
Oh man, confidence can go pretty far but there definitely is a ceiling. I think, with music, it can certainly open doors. Eventually, you’re gonna have to prove it though, and that’s where the ceiling begins. If you can convince people you’re great some dumb motherfuckers are always gonna agree. Look At Kanye. He’s a decent rapper and good beat maker. People actually think that guy is a genius. He’s definitely a good artist but a genius? Get the fuck out of here. But he’s good enough to at least make it a discussion. On the other hand, being overly confident can backfire. If you bring that attitude to the wrong person, they will laugh in your face. I’ve certainly never been one to take anyone like that seriously. If you tell me “check out this album I made. I can 100% say it’s the best music every made” I’m gonna think you’re a dickneck. That said, I’ll probably peep it , just to see how much I hate it. But that’s the problem. The over confidence has already made me wanna hate you, which means your music has to be even better for me to even consider it. I just feel like that will make it harder for anyone to be taken seriously.
Outside of music, confidence can get you laid and get you jobs. Sadly, people will always be impressed with that kind of bullshit. That said, there is good and bad confidence. There’s arrogant confidence , which is the worst and anyone who carries themselves in that way is actually pretty insecure underneath it all. Then there is the silent confidence. That’s just being sure of yourself without the showboating and bragging. Girls notice that shit. I’ve seen terrible looking dudes who had that and were able to bag girls WAY out of their league. The kids might call that “swag”. Others might just assume you have a big dick.

I’ve been meaning to ask this question for a little bit, but just got around to typing it out. How do you feel about the recent trend of rappers talking about their more “Spiritual” side with the “3rd Eye” and meditation?

Off the top of my head I know a lotta East coast (or “BEast” coast, for those into that) rappers like Joey Bada$$, Bishop Nehru, and The Underachievers are taking ideas like that and running with them.

I see this less as some dudes rapping about hallucinogenics and more like people opening up to different ideas, BUT at the same time I feel like it’s been done before with Hieroglyphics, Souls Of Mischief, and Del’s solo work, among other artists. So I’m sorta conflicted.

I wanna know how you feel about it? Is it trendy? Will it hold up 5 years later? Do you think the comparison is fair or are they totally different?

I think it’s the same as it ever was. Rappers been talking about that kinda shit in some form since the late 80’s. Just a bunch of high dudes talking about a vague “spirituality”. It’s kinda like how people used to rap about “lyrical miracles”. It’s just some shit that sounds cool and deep but, really, isn’t. It’s kinda like the confidence thing above. If you say you’re deep enough times, people just start to believe you.
That said, I don’t think everyone who talks about that shit is wack. Much like rapping about selling crack, if you do it in a creative way, it can be quite enjoyable. But, in general, I don’t buy most “spirituality” like that. Even if they actually practice what they preach, it’s not my scene.

Hey, have you ever considered making another PFAC album? What reasons for, or against it would you have?
Not really.
I love that first album and it’s definitely the album I’ve worked on that most honestly reflects me as a person. That said, it was made over the course of like 8 years , during a very different time in my like. Nowadays, both Jer and I are too busy to really sit down and make an entire new album. Not only that but the landscape of music has changed drastically since we did that album. Youtube is everything. Trends come and go over the course of weeks. We simply can’t keep up with what’s going on cause, well, we’re older and don’t give a shit. As much as I love our album, it’s pretty dated. All the things we made fun of on that album are no longer “things”. I feel as though , for us to stay relevant , we’d have to churn out songs and videos on a monthly basis and it’s just not possible. Also, for me at least, that fire isn’t there to make that kind of music.
PFAC was 100% labor of love. We made no money on it and it sold terribly. I doubt that would be different now if we started again. We got bills to pay and other things to work on. It simply doesn’t fit into the life schedule.

what’s your policy on adopting new slang? do you add it to your repertoire only if your friends start using it organically? will you steal a term from teenagers if you genuinely like the way it sounds? or do you steadfastly refuse to use any slang that wasn’t hot when you were “young?” is anyone over 30 that uses new slang a sucker? this was inspired by sway (wiki says born 1970) repeatedly telling angry kanye “you don’t have to turn up.” follow up q: does any american culture other than hip hop/urban/young black even produce new slang anymore?
I don’t really have any rules about that. My slang is pretty rooted in the 90’s. I still say “dope” , “ill” and “wack”. Any new shit that has snuck in over the years has generally done so via irony. Like , I thought it was so corny I started saying it as a joke and , one day, it’s a part of the lexicon. Funny how that happens. But, in general, I don’t really tend to add new slang to my vocab simply cause it’s not natural for me to say that kinda shit. Like , i would never say “swag” with any earnestness. And the only time I’ve said “turnt up” is when I’m making jokes on twitter. I think, when you get older, you naturally distance yourself from “what the kids are into” no matter how young you may feel. I’m no different.
As for the follow up, I’m pretty sure all sorts of cultures create slang in the US. Thing is, unless you’re part of that culture, you might not hear it. I’m sure metalheads have their own slang. Same with goths or even frat bro types. That kinda stuff just doesn’t take off cause it’s less of a defining part of their cultures. Hip hop slang is relentless and constantly evolving. Part of the reason it gets more light is cause it’s so integral to the culture. It also gets more press cause hip hop is self referential. Slang words often begin via songs. Like “thot” became a thing cause of a cheef keef song. Rockers simply aren’t doing that kinda shit.

Why are there no Mexican super heroes?
No se. Es una lástima que el mundo podría usar uno. Cada cultura tiene sus propios super hero. Uno es sólo ligeramente hacia la cultura racista, pero no tanto que no pueden estar orgullosos de ello.

15 thoughts on “Answers for questions vol. 211

  1. Hey, have you ever been courted by major record labels? If so, how did those meetings go?

    Also, would you ever consider being a part of a production “team”, like, how other people do the actual production, and Dr. Dre just puts his name on it?

  2. Word to quiet confidence. That’s probably always been the #1 thing I’ve considered when wanting to be with a guy or not

  3. Legend has it, if you can catch a chupacabra with your bare hands, drink its blood, then release it back in to the wild, it will grant you with amazing supernatural powers.

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