I’m back from a weekend jaunt. Thanks to BK, Boston and Burlington for coming out to my shows. Gotta say, Burlington goes off. THE BURL!
Anyhow, welcome to another edition of Answers for questions.
You ask, I answer. If you wanna ask me anything, do it. Don’t be a pussy about it. Either email me questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave the questions in the comment section below. It’s anonymous and easy. Just try and be creative. It makes it better for both of us. Let’s peep this weeks batch.
What is the most efficient airport that you’ve stepped foot in?
What is the best meal you’ve had in an airport?
Who is the most interesting person that you’ve sat next to on a plane?
Efficient airport? It’s hard to say. The biggest airports are usually the most crowded and the more crowded the airport the less efficient it’s gonna be. A really small , local airport can often be the best cause it’s so simplified. So a place like Burlington or asheville will never be a hassle. They might get delays though.
Best meal? I can’t really think of one meal I’ve had that I was like “Holy shit!” in an airport. I never hit those specialty restaurants when I’m in airports ,no matter how long my layover. So, my answer will be probably a really delicious burrito at q’dobo, It was totally average had it been anywhere else but an airport but, at that moment, it was exactly what I wanted and it delivered. This answer could easily be switched to any number of mediocre airport staples though.
Most interesting person I’ve sat next to? I’ve never sat next to two types of people: Interesting or attractive. My neighbors on planes are 85% mid western moms who wanna chat or dudes of varying shapes and sizes who keep to themselves. So, to me, the most interesting a person can be is if they just leave me alone and keep to themselves. That’s EXTREMELY within my interests, when flying. I did once sit never to an african guy who moving to the US to go to college on a running scholarship. He was telling me shit about his life in africa and it was pretty insane. That guy was interesting for sure. But, at the same time, I kinda wanted to stop talking to him and just watch a movie.
I’m sure you’re familiar with the album Jaylib – Champion Sound. For the ones who aren’t, it’s Jay Dee and Madlib collaborating on an album in which one makes a beat and the other raps on it and vice versa. Well, in 2015, is there any combo of rapper producers you feel could make an album in that concept that would make you definitely want to check it out? Did you even like the Jaylib album?
MF Doom and Quelle Chris would work amazingly. I think their styles would compliment each other nicely.
I actually have never checked out the Jaylib record. I’ve never been a big fan of either of those dudes as rappers so it didn’t really appeal to me enough to check it out.
If you had to sell one inch of your dick (magically–there’d be no risk of surgical complications, and it’d be exactly the same, aside from the change in length) for $10,000; two inches for $100,000; or three inches for $1,000,000; which would you choose? You need to choose one, OR you can pay $10,000 to keep the length God gave ya.
I’d honestly just pay the $10,000. I can afford that and I’m not trying to lose anything from m body. I’m content with it , as is , and wouldn’t wanna mess with that in any way. This world of forced dick size modification seems like pretty fucked up place. Like the kind a crazy king with too much money would be running. This is not obama’s america.
Do you ever make beats that you have no intention of putting out? Do you, perhaps, ever try to make stuff that sounds more el-p-ish, mustardy, or [insert a beat maker who you like here] just for the sake of it? I feel like it must be a natural thing to do if you enjoy those styles, to some extent. If so, do you make a conscious effort not to incorporate those styles into your own music too much?
Every beat I make has a chance to be put out on some level. I don’t go into making stuff with that in mind though. I just make it and then it’s done. What happens after that is totally dependent on if a rapper happens to like it or if I come back to it and deem it worthy of being on an instrumental album. I have all sorts of beats that no one has ever taken though.
As for making beats to sound like other producers, nah. I mean, sometimes I’ll finish something and step back and think “That’s sounds kinda like ______” but I never set out to do that. I don’t pay that much attention to other producers nowadays. Not like I did when I was younger.
You write a lot about being a native New Yorker. In my decade living here, I’ve met a number of people who were born and raised here. I know people who grew up in the Bronx, uptown, downtown, Upper East and West, and all over Queens and Brooklyn. They seem totally different, based on their upbringings and backgrounds. I’ve worked in both midtown and Brownsville, and they seem like completely different worlds. So, what traits/characteristics/tendencies/etc. do you think all New Yorkers share that are unique to them? What does the “average” Upper East Side native have in common with the average person from East New York? What do you have in common with them?
Hmm…Well, I think there is a huge difference between someone from the upper east side and brownsville. Those are indeed entirely different worlds and share very little common ground. I can’t say there is much crossover between those two groups. Hell, as a downtown new yorker, I even felt a large difference from the upper east people. That’s the thing about NYC, it’s very much a sectional city. I always tell people visiting to never bother going above 23rd street. Then they’re like “But what about central park and the museums?” and I’m like “Oh yeah…I guess if you’re into that kinda kinda shit…”. Different strokes, I suppose.
That said, a born and bred new yorker will generally be:
Just simply walking around here your whole life makes you hyper aware of your surroundings. I didn’t grow up in a dangerous hood but it didn’t make me just some dude who casually walks down the streets whistling to myself without a care. I’m always alert. Cause, even in the nice areas (in the 80’s and 90’s at least) you never knew.
2)move at a quicker pace both in foot speed and thought
I think it’s just the speed of which the city runs. It’s brisk. When I go out west, I feel like I’m walking underwater and constantly finishing peoples sentences. I’m also pretty impatient in general though.
3)be somewhat jaded at a younger age
We get exposed to most things in abundance early on so it’s only natural that you’re gonna burn out on caring about some things a little younger than someone in a different city.
4)will be more exposed to most things under the sun than your average person from somewhere else
This is a huge umbrella…it includes people, cultures, food, insanity, violence, wealth, etc…
NYC is a hub of all things. If you grow up here, it’s almost engrained. You won’t even notice until you leave NYC and see places to compare it to. That said, I’ve certainly met kids from the hood and dudes from the upper east side who never have left their neighborhoods. It happens.
El-P and Killer Mike have embarked on new phases in their careers as a group. I could be wrong, but it seems like El-P is reaching a wider audience now than ever (true?). Could you see the same happening for you? If so, who are some established rappers that you think you might find that winning combo with?
I’d say you are correct about El. He’s had a late career surge like I’ve never seen for a rapper. It’s pretty awesome and amazing. Now, could I see me having that same re-emergence? Not really. I simply don’t make the kind of music that will ever be that relevant to what’s popular in music at that moment. El happens to be a producer who has always been ahead of his time. His sound has evolved over time and it seems like the music and times have caught up with each other in a way that has created this explosion. Not to mention , Killer Mike is also just a great rapper who is the perfect match for those tracks. I don’t see that happening for me. Unless, sampling all of a sudden becomes super edgy and cool. But , legally, I don’t see that happening anytime soon.
Maybe if I did an album with Drake. That would probably help my career.