Answers for Questions vol. 244


chico
Whattup y’all. Welcome to this weeks edition of Answers for Questions. You asked so I answered. I’m good like that. If you’d like to ask me anything, this is your chance. Get silly with it. Either email me the questions at phatfriendblog@gmail.com
or leave them in the comment section of this very post! Have fun with it and don’t be boring!
This weeks collection is a nice variety of subject. Dig in and enjoy!

As an older hip-hop enthusiast i find it harder to find more music i’m into since most of the sites i went to for new music are shutting down. I was wondering if you could steer me towards some blogs or sites that cater to more indie hip-hop, not like hiphopdx or anything. I usually come across things on my own but would never of found Spark master tape if it wasn’t for your blog. So I was wondering what your go to sites are, or if you had any interest in doing something to point out more artists your blog besides yay or nay?
Honestly, it’s not easy. I find out about new artists a few ways.
The most common one is word of mouth. Someone I know and trust will email me something and I’ll check it out. The second way is through this site philaflava.com. They have a message board I’ve been frequenting for a while and some of the people there are fairly on point so they have put me on to all sorts of stuff. In general, they’re usually a few months ahead of the curve. Like they put me on to Earl Sweatshirt about 4 months before Odd Future became something most people were even talking about. The third way is through social media. My facebook and twitter. It’s rare but , every now and then, someone will post some shit I was unaware of and that will point me in a good direction.
But, in general, i don’t really frequent any blogs for new music cause, honestly, it’s too much to keep up with.
I’ll tell you the way it’s never worked: Someone spamming me with their music. Twitter, facebook, email. If i don’t know you and you send me stuff, I will never ever ever ever listen to it. I don’t think I’m alone in that so, that’s just a heads up to all budding artists who use that method. Please stop. It’s annoying as fuck.

Which black and yellow shirt have you been seeing more of in public: Wu-Tang or Batman?
Wu-tang by far. I wrote a who post about it a while back:
https://phatfriend.com/2015/02/05/wu-tang-shirts-aint-nothing-to-fuck-with/
On a side note, if I can date myself a little, I clearly remember when the very first batman movie came out. It was the biggest deal ever. EVERYONE wore those fucking Batman shirts. It felt like 2 out of every 5 males between the ages of 8 and 17 was rocking a batman shirt. To this day, I’ve never seen anything so popular. But, then the backlash came and that shirt become to sign of an out of touch loser or a comic book nerd. Funny how that works.

Where do you stand on LeBron? He’s obviously created a dynasty but there are tons of people that cast stones. What’s your take?

Lebron is one of the greatest ever. Anyone who denies that is hating for the sake of hating. I don’t love him as a person (based on how he portrayed in the media) but , whatever…i don’t like Kobe either but you can’t deny the dudes talent.
Lebron is also a dude who done the most with the least, teammate wise. He’s made it to the final 3 times with absolute shit shows of teams. The fact he got two games off golden state this year is nuts.
I’m curious how his game will age as he’s based so much on his physical gifts and not his shooting touch but he’s clearly a hall of famer and one of the best to ever do it.

Obviously “high fashion” is some shit that it’s way beyond you. But, if you could dictate a ludicrous fashion trend what would it be?
(I attached this hilarious article about NBA fashion cuz it’s fucking funny)
https://medium.com/@susannaht/the-history-of-nba-fashion-fur-and-flair-mj-s-suit-crimes-and-the-couture-conscious-hipster-age-90d9d6c53df1

I’ve said it before but I’m fully ready for 8 ball jackets to come back. Not in the hipster ironic way they’ve been threatening to come back. I’m talking like it’s actually cool and fashionable with no pretension to rock an 8-ball jacket. That would be my shit. I wouldn’t even wear one cause I’m not that fashionable.
If we’re talking about something I’d have to invent? I think I’ve mentioned this before but a shirt made entirely of sponge would be my move. the perfect summertime outfit.

Have you considered buying a big mean pit bull and training it to piss on dudes rocking open toed shoes?

While that would be fun, I have not. As much as i frown upon people wearing open toed shoes in urban areas, I don’t actively wanna make their lives terrible. I don’t REALLY care. Besides, if you’re walking around NYC with open toed shoes all day, dog piss is probably the cleanest thing touching your feet on a regular basis.
Also, why a pitbull? Do other dogs not piss?

What classic 90’s catch phrase are you eager to bring back?
I still say “dope” sooooo….that one?
I’ve always been a fan of calling people “herbs”. That one just feels right.

If you were a competitive eater what food would you dread eating the most?
I’m assuming you’re referring to foods that competitive eaters actually eat. it’s not like people competitively eat bull dicks and liverwurst. So…let’s see…hot dogs, chicken wings and pie seem to be the main things people eat. I love wings. I’m cool with hot dogs. Pie…not a fan. I don’t like warm fruit and, in general, fruit filling isn’t that great to me. So, pie eating would pose the biggest issue. Also, the way they eat those pies in the contests is pretty terrible. Face down in a pie, hands behind the back. Fuck all that noise.

If you could produce a “super group” of your favorite obscure rappers who would you want on your team?
I mean, most of them I already know. Billy woods, open mike eagle, Marq Spekt Homeboy sandman. Those types. but, if i had to go outside of my circle…
I’d pick Vince Staples, Michael christmas, KA,Tree, Jay Electronica, Your old droog and Shirt. Now, keep in mind, that group wouldn’t work stylistically at all but those are some of my favorite rappers nowadays.

Do you really think Good Charlotte is a great band?
Lord no. Why would you ever think I thought that. Oh wait…I know.

18 thoughts on “Answers for Questions vol. 244

  1. This is a curious question that I wonder about for ALL guys in general, so I might as well ask you:

    When you’re in public, do you ever see girls who you think look like your favorite pornstars? Also, do you have any female friends who remind you of someone you watch in porn?

  2. Ya right, you wanna start calling shit “phat” and “tight” again… I mean, I still use “tight” sparingly… but I mean in an overly abusive inappropriate way like, “Yo mom, this spaghetti is tight! Lemme get some parmesan so I can put some mad phat flavor on this piece.”

  3. I haven’t looked at philaflava in years, probably because I found it ridiculous to navigate but then again I might be an idiot or completely impatient. Any suggestions on where to spot this music?

  4. Who do you trust on philaflava to get some good recommendation? I lurk aroud that board but not enugh to weed out trolls and dudes with low standards

  5. To further piggyback off the “how do you find new music” question, I’ll offer this advice. Most labels still have websites. Check them out. I’m a big fan of indie hip hop & electronic music, so also check out Bleep, Boomkat, Ninja Tune, Stones Throw, Mellow Music Group, BBE, Brainfeeder, Warp, Planet Mu, Hyperdub, LuckyMe & so on. Generally, when you look up one of those sites, it references like 20 more. Look at the artists on the festival lineups each year. There are still several good magazines that help & if they don’t publish actual mags, they probably have a website. URB, XLR8R, Mass Appeal & FACT to name a few. Spend some time on Bandcamp. It’s an amazing site for finding new stuff & most labels & artists have content there. You can filter by genre & there is so much free & dirt cheap music. Obviously, word of mouth is key, but if you don’t get out much &/or work, family & other things take up most of your time, these are all good ways to not get left behind when the next footwork or trap genre comes along & you feel left out.

  6. in the beggining of ” You’ve Got Maelstrom” there is a phrase “it’s just a feeling i’ve got…” and i really want to know where did it came from. but because of eminem i can’t seem to find it as all google link are “rap god” lyrics. can you please tell me it’s origin?
    sry for possible grammar mistakes english is not my native language

  7. On a scale from 1-10…

    How much of a hypochondriac are you?

    How much of a gossip are you?

    How superficial do you think you are with women?

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