Answers For Questions Vol. 248

Hi there! Welcome to another thrilling week of “Answers for Questions”. Will the roller coaster even end?
Anyway, if you’d like to ask me stuff, please do! Send me questions to or leave the questions in the comment section. Be creative. Be weird. Be curious. I’m open to anything.
Let’s check this weeks batch.

you seem like a pretty easy-going guy, were your parents like this?

I think I share a similar disposition as my mother. She’s fairly laid back. Not very confrontational. My dad was an artist and also about 75% deaf my entire life so it’s hard to say if he was easy going or just in his own world. Neither of my parents are/were hotheads though and that vibe definitely carried over to me.

I’ve been a kanye fan for a while now. He’s definitely not in my top five or even top ten for that matter, but I have respect for him as a producer and mc. I read an article recently on how he’s a genius and he completely changed the game. Personally I think people that agree with this statement haven’t heard good fucking hip hop. So I’m asking, what are your thoughts on kanye?

I like Kanye. I think he’s a good producer and an underrated rapper. He has made some great albums but he’s also kinda pretentious and , seemingly, a total ego maniac. I do not think he’s a genius. I believe he thinks he’s a genius though.
To me, he’s a guy with good taste and his ear to the ground. He doesn’t even really make his own beats anymore. I think he’s taken a more Quincy Jones/Dr Dre approach to producing. He’s surrounded himself with people in the know, much like many other huge pop stars who manage to stay relevant. So, as of now, one of his best qualities is knowing who to take cues from. That said, When he did make beats, he was a very good sample based guy. Right in my wheelhouse.
I think a thing that bothers me about him is that , if you’re gonna go around telling people you’re a genius and the king of music, you gotta back it up. sure, hits will back up that claim on some level but, as a rapper, the dude is just not that deep. And, to repeat, I like his rapping. But if you’re gonna rap about cars money and whores all day long I don’t know if I can give you that “genius” title. Unless he’s a genius of simplicity.
To be honest, i think the word “genius” gets thrown around and it really applies to very few musicians ever. Stevie Wonder was a genius. James Brown was a genius. Kanye is just a dude who’s really good at what he does.

How much is your mood affected when you’re out somewhere and your phone runs out of battery? (Not when you’re at an airport but when you’re in New York
I go through a few stages.
1)panic as my phone runs out
2)Worry that I’m going to miss an important text/call
3)acceptance that I gotta just deal with it
4)Relief that I’m disconnected for a while. Sure, if I see a chance to charge it, I’ll jump on it but there is something kinda nice about not having to check my phone all the time. I’m fully addicted to my phone so it’s kinda like a weight being released when my phone does die. It’s stressful if I actually need to do things or reach out to people but if I’m in a place where it’s not needed, it actually can be kinda relaxing (once the terror has fully washed over me).

As far as music you listen to; what are your guilty pleasures? What is the worst music you enjoy?
I don’t know if I believe in guilty pleasures. Cause that means you acknowledge what you enjoy is shitty. I mean, I could say the new Drake album is a guilty pleasure but, fuck that…it’s really good. Or I could point to some weird 80’s music from my youth but I don’t have shame about that. I’ve been on an 80’s r&b kick lately and I feel great about that. But, it’s not like I sit alone in a room .with headphones on, bumping Tiesto and cutting myself out of shame. That would make me feel really guilty. Luckily, that will never be a reality.

So I recently picked up the “Cut to the Chase” album on vinyl and for the record this is a fantastic album that I feel like everyone needs to listen to. Your tracks are obviously excellent standouts and Chase Phoenix continues to kill it on every track.

I am curious, and you may have covered this in previous posts, but, what is going with CP these days? Has there been anything released since “Cut to the Chase?” Will we be getting more, anytime soon? As I personally would love to hear some more jams.

For those who don’t know, Chase Phoenix is a rapper and one of my oldest friends. He put an album out called “Cut to the chase” in 2003 that I did a bunch of beats on. Songs like this and this
Anyway, He and I are still friends and he still does music here and there. Most recently he was in a group called Monday Morning high. I haven’t worked with him in years though. No reason really. We’re both pretty busy.

Have you ever seen other people having sex? Porn doesn’t count
Uh…yeah. So many times. I’ve seen people fucking in cars. I’ve seen people fucking on the beach. I’ve seen people fucking through their windows in apartment buildings. I’ve seen friends have sex. I’ve even seen two homeless people having sex in my buildings vestibule when I was a kid.
I’d say the most common thing I’ve seen is dudes hooking up on my block where I grew up. I lived on a street where there was a one block stretch that seemed to be a place where male prostitutes would do their business. Many a late night I have walked home, with the sun rising, to see a dude blowing another guy on a stoop. One time I saw a guy giving another guy a hand job and all I could think of was “Why do people give hand jobs?”.
I used to work at this bakery and I had to get there at 6 am some days to work. My walk there meant passing down this backstreet. I’d say I would see some sort of gay sexual act popping off about 40% of the time. So, yeah…I’ve seen some shit.

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?

Hypochondriac- 5
I’m very aware of my body and when something is wrong, I address it quickly but I also don’t sit around thinking I’m dying or that I have a rare disease.

Gossip- 9
I’m the worst. Thing is, I do live by a code of gossip. If someone specifically tells me to not tell anyone, I will abide. However, if you tell me some shit and don’t clarify that, you may as well put it on gawker cause I’m telling EVERYONE. Assuming it’s juicy and/or funny, that is.

Superficial with women- in terms of who I would have sex with? 8
In terms of just hanging and being a normal human being? 2
I’m not a guy who will fuck anyone. I have standards and personal taste. I think it would be weird to not be superficial about who you’re attracted to on some level. It’s not like i meet a girl who I’m 100% not attracted to and then, over time, I decide I am attracted to her cause she’s so cool. I’d simply be friends with that girl instead. Attraction to people can grow and diminish over time but it never comes from nowhere. At least, not with me.

Demo Reviews Vol. 70

Hi there. welcome to another edition of “demo reviews”. You sent them, so i will give you my honest opinion. If you would live to submit a demo, I’m keeping the doors open. But first, you MUST READ THIS. It’s the rules for submitting and they need to be followed closely.
Anyway, the reviews work like so: I listen to your song, write a paragraph or two about it , then arbitrarily rate it from 1-10 in these categories

that’s about it. Good luck and godspeed!

Artist: Jay-Free
Song: In this bitch

You know, when I started doing demo reviews, this is the kinda song i expected on a regular basis. Sadly, I haven’t gotten many. It’s terrible but kinda lovable. He’s pretty funny but he can’t rap at all on serious level and the beat is total trash. Still, there is something about this that makes me smile.
Production:3 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality: 3.5 out of 10

Artist:Tyme MC
Song: Ghosts Feat. Gabriella Moxey

This rapper does that emo breathless style that I truly loath. Like he’s about to cry but, to hold it in, he’s breathing extra.
The main loop is kinda cool. The drums are barely there, though I think that’s on purpose.
The hook fits the mood. This kind of sad rap story song just bores me at this point. It’s not even badly done though. It’s just a type of song I tend to turn off after 8 bars.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Sporasia
Song: Waiting for you

Is it sad demo day? This is a slightly less refined version of the previous song. It’s very “demo” sounding. Everything about it, from the beat to the recording is very amateur.
This needs a ton of polish. The rapper has some potential but it feels like it’s a long way off.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist:Dope Knife
song: Dienasty

This song is polished. I like the beat. I’m not sure if that static sound is supposed to be in there but it’s kind of annoying. The rapping is nothing if not confidant. He has some good lines and some that made me wince. regardless, this is a nice departure from all the sad rap i’ve heard thus far today.
Production:5.5 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: TDYRX
Song: EnJ&Kush

The beat is dope. especially impressed with the rhodes layering. Definitely has an older vibe to it but I’m cool with that. The rapper is solid but his voice isn’t really great. It’s not bad either though, just kinda generic.
Overall, this is solid.
Production:6 out of 10
Vocals: 5 out of 10
Listenability: 5.5 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Freedom A.D.

Yeah this is not for me. This is bondage club background music. Made to confuse and annoy.
I got no time or taste for this kinda thing. Rest assured though, anyone who’s into this kind of thing has had crazy thing shoved in their asses.
Production:3 out of 10
Listenability: 1 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist:Bed Head
song: Maiden China

First off, this is super quiet. Maybe turn your recording levels up, bro.
Outside of that, it’s like electronic jazz/fusion? Not sure what’s really going on. It’s not terrible, I just don’t really get what it’s trying to be. The drums are just kinda there. The instrumentation has some cool parts though. Too much meandering. It just seems kinda self involved.
Production:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: ENxVE

Smooth piano loop for sure. Don’t like the drums but they don’t ruin it. The rapper is pretty good. He sounds like a throw back to the mid 90’s underground rap, which is both good and bad. Like, I legit could have heard this in 95 on the stretch and bobbito show when they played demos. And I woulda liked it then. 20 years later? it’s good but nothing I haven’t heard before.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals: 5.5 out of 10
Listenability: 5.5 out of 10
Originality: 3 out of 10

So, what do you think?

Preview Reviews of movies I’ve never seen Vol. 12

Hi there and welcome to a real time saver. Listen, tons of movies come out but who’s got the time to watch them all. Not me and certainly not you. So, to save us all time, i simply watch the trailers and review those. See, you can often read a book by it’s cover. So, let’s look at these movies I have not seen and let my sweeping generalizations do the talking.


Here’s the thing, I love Paul Rudd. I haven’t seen all his movies but I’ve seen most of them. He’s never been bad in anything. He’s pulled off roles that 99% of other actors wouldn’t made completely corny and somehow made himself likable to both men and women. It’s something you can’t really say about most actors So, I ride hard for Rudd. That said, I’m not a superhero movie guy. I mean, I can enjoy them on some level but I don’t REALLY care. Maybe I’m too old for that shit or maybe I just I stopped giving a fuck about that kinda thing when I shit my spiderman underoos at age 3. Only a shrink can tell you.
What I do know is that Marvel movies be makin’ money. Every time. Partially cause they own the rights to all to good superheroes. And then there is “Ant-man”. Now, I was never a comic book guy so I have no idea about the backstory of “Ant-man”. I’m sure it existed but, on what plane? I think it’s safe to say that Marvel is digging into the deep cuts with this one. This would be like if Miley Cyrus made an album and released a minimal ambient death core track with no singing on it as her first single.
Thing is, I know Rudd will be good in this. He always is. But Ant-man? Ohhhh, he shrinks and gets strong! He fights blood cells! Can he cure AIDS? I don’t even know. Meanwhile, a real Aquaman movie is still sitting on the shelf somewhere. Probably cause it sucks.

Paper Towns

This is a subtle new genre of movies about a dorky guy and the out of his league love interest who finally cross paths. The girl is basically like yoda with lipgloss. She’s seen things, man! She’s lived! She dated a few college guys so , you know, she can learn you a thing or two about life. MAybe her dad was a drunk, I dunno. But whatever has happened to her , thus far in life, has made her tough and deep.
Keep in mind, these are both teenagers and , if I know nothing else, it’s that teenagers don’t know shit about anything. Even ones who have been through some heavy shit. It’s not their fault, they’re young.
Now, I didn’t see “The fault in our stars” either cause I’m a grown male but it seemed to carry a similar theme. Young girl teaches sheltered young boy about life. This is basically that, minus the cancer. Possibly more hi-jinx. I dunno. That’s a guess. Don’t hold me to the Hi-jinx promise. At the very least, a story of personal growth that involves a mystery and a road trip.
I’m not the target audience for this movie but I’m pretty sure teenaged me would wiped my ass with it as well. I suppose teenaged me knew a lot.

Ricki and the Flash

Ooof…Damn Meryl. You’re fucking Meryl Streep. You don’t have to do the “Life long rocker gets a soul” movie. you’re better than that. At first glance I thought they made a Melissa Ethridge biopic. This seems to be something that a few aging actors have tried. A movie where they play a delusional but devoted old rocker. They can’t give up the dream, man! I believe there’s even a TV show starring Denis Leary about to air about the exact same thing.
Much like Paul Rudd, Meryl Streep is always good. Granted, the movies she tends to be in are far out of my wheelhouse but I can’t front on her talent. I didn’t see “Into the woods” but, sure, I bet she kills it. So, i don’t doubt she’s gonna be as good as this movie allows her to be. It’s just, i dunno…This just looks corny to me. Not in a typical “hollywood movies are corny” kinda way. It seems poorly written and contrived. Which would be fine if it starred Mary Steenburgen as Ricki but this is a Meryl Streep movie. Surely she read the script?
This all begs the question, did Meryl Streep owe someone a favor? Perhaps she’s in debt? I dunno…someone needs to check in on her though cause I think she may be in danger. She made a lifetime channel movie. It sounds pretty serious. My prayers are with her.

White People

FINALLY! A movie I can relate to as a white male!
Wow…this movie, man. Umm…I don’t even know what to say. I actually really wanna see it cause there’s no way it’s not going to be both hilarious and wildly awkward. White people are a funny group. We somehow find a balance of guilt and entitlement that translates to many of us having no perception of how good we have it, in the larger scheme of things. I’m sure this movie tackles that. My hope is that it tackles that in a way that will make me deeply belly laugh as undergrads fumble their way though explaining why being white is alright to a room for of minorities who think they’re full of shit. If that’s what this movie is about, it could very well be the best thing ever.
The dude who seems to be interviewing everyone could, in fact, be the greatest troll of all time. He probably understands that making white people explain themselves , on a racial level, is gold. While it looks like team building workshop gone terribly wrong, if I get to see a bunch of midwestern teenagers cry cause they feel guilty for being white, it will be all worth it.
That said, this is a movie made for MTV. So, in reality, it will be a farce and totally let me down. There will be hugging at the end and , when it’s all said and done, it will have cured racism. Thanks MTV! I knew you could do it! Now, put back on some pregnant teens and let’s get serious.
Also, for a good laugh, check out the youtube comments on this one. Some real winners in there.

Yay or Nay: Adrian Lau

This is one of those occasions where I’m not sure what I think of the artist yet. Normally I have a mild agenda ,at best, to push new music to your unwilling ears. This time around, I’m actually curious what you think.
Adrian Lau is a NYC based rapper who just did a whole album with Producer harry Fraud. Off the bat, I will say the beats are all dope. I know some of you cringe at the sound of anything remotely trap sounding but Fraud is a dude who mixes that drums style nicely with some awesome sampling. He has a knack for making really atmospheric stuff that doesn’t sound too emo for it’s own good.
Anyway, let’s talk about this rapper though. Lau is good. He can rap. That’s not really my issue with him. I think what I’m undecided on is if he brings anything new to the table. He’s an artist who I can clearly hear his influences. But, like I said, he’s got talent.

So, what do you think?

Answers for questions vol. 247

Tally ho, bro.
Welcome to another edition of “Answers for Questions”. You, the readers, asked me questions and I obliged. If you’d like to be a part of this magic, i’d love it!
Email me questions to or leave them in the comment section below.
Have fun with it. Get weird.
This week starts out with a brutal one…

Would you rather fuck a family member once, or wear one roller blade for the rest of your life?

What a great way to start my week. This fucking question.Now, could I pick the family member? I ask cause I have some distant relatives that I’m sure I could deal with having sex with if it meant I didn’t have to live life on one rollerblade. I barely know them and it may not even be illegal. That said, if it was an immediate family member, I’d have to go with the roller blade life. I’d probably kill myself after a week of that though.

Recently I went to a local burger joint, and this lady cut me in line. I had let the guy before me go because I was still making up my mind, and then she cut right in front of me even though I was now ready and approached the counter. When I confronted her she said “But I have my six year old with me!” like I should give a shit. Has this happened to you, and do you also pray a meteor destroys them and every self-important parent that expects special treatment? If I was the kid, I’d be so embarrassed.

Oh sure. I’ve dealt with entitled parents many times. I even wrote a whole rant about it.
I think the gist of it all is “hey, I didn’t make you have a kid. Your life choices are your own. So, while I’m not here to make your life harder , I’m also not responsible for your happiness. As long as I’m not harming or effecting your kid negatively, you have no right to tell me shit. By not having a kid I’m doing this over crowded planet a favor. You’d think people would let us non-breeders cut in line sometimes cause we’re the real heros”.

What does a guy like you in a long term relationship do to beat back the gravitational pull of new vagina?
Welllllll…I actually recently broke up with my girl but I can still answer this.
You just fight it. You ignore it. You jerk off a lot when needed. Whatever gets you through the day. I think it comes down to some people being wired to control themselves and others are not.
The thing about fucking girls is that, as easy as it can seem sometimes, there are rarely situations where you have to actively fend it off. I mean, I’ve had to cause I’m a touring musician but in normal life? Getting laid does take a little effort. If you simply don’t put in the effort, it won’t happen. It’s a safety net for all honest dudes in relationships.

as someone who lives/grew up there, how would you describe each borough/neighborhood of new york? what makes each one unique?
which neighborhood in new york is your favorite?

There’s no way I’m describing every neighborhood in NYC. That’s absurd. I can run through Manhattan though…

Upper west side: Family oriented, college kids and projects. Also, hospitals. It always bored me but I think fun can be had up there. Definitely have a lot of friends from there.

Upper east side: It sucks. Rich people, business people, yoga moms, nothing interesting. Irish bars filled with dudes in vertically striped button up shirts.

Hell’s Kitchen: I wouldn’t wanna live there but it’s got tons of good food.

Times square/midtown west- The fucking worst place on earth. No reason to ever be there unless you have to be or enjoy plays.

Midtown east/murray hill- Kinda like a cross between the upper east side and a frat house. Worst bars. Worst clubs. Worst basic motherfuckers. Some good food though.

Chelsea- It’s okay. Not that interesting. if you’re gay, it’s probably awesome though.

East village/alphabet city/Lower east side- Over run by NYU cornballs and finance dipshits who moved there to be cool BUT still has a little flavor, it’s cheaper than williamsburg and there’s fun shit to do all over there. The bar scene thrives.

West Village- I grew up there. It used to be cool. It’s basically a slightly cooler version of the upper west side now with much better food, stores and landmarks.

Soho- Euro trash

Tribeca- Rich people living a desolate life

Chinatown- Still stinks, literally but if you want chinese food, it’s clearly where you go. Also, by manhattan standards, somewhat affordable.

Financial district- unless you work down there or love the south street seaport, it’s totally worthless.

Battery park city- It’s got a pretty view but it’s way too expensive , considering it’s in the middle of nowhere.

I haven’t spent much time in Harlem or Washington Heights so i can’t really speak on them with any authority. The Heights seems like one of the last real neighborhoods in manhattan though.

As for my favorite, I do have a west village bias but the lower east side and east village are probably the areas I’m in most when I’m not home.

do you remember what you were doing exactly a week ago at this time?
Totally. I was writing the blog entry for last week. I’m methodical like that.

Will the Knicks ever be good again?
Not anytime soon. Until carmello is gone, I don’t see them making much noise. They need to destroy and rebuild completely and get some young players to work around.

I hooked up with Riff Raff Vol. 6


I swear to both god and satan alike, this was not my plan. When I first started interviewing girls who slept with Riff Raff, it was all about the sociology. i was curious about the man behind the man and a way to uncover that was to get insights you won’t find in interviews or youtube clips. That said, 5 volumes in and I feel as though I still only have a rough idea about the guy. From all accounts he seems like a normal guy. In the sense that he likes having sex with people. No shame in that at all.

So, the other day, I get an email from a girl who had seen previous installments who wanted to share her story with me. I just want that to be known cause I’m sure as hell not seeking these stories out anymore. Also, I always require proof of some sort cause I’m not trying to pander to trolls. Proof was given, questions were answered and here we are…once again.

How did you meet Riff Raff?
I met Jody at Vans Warped Tour in Atlanta on Thursday July 2. My friend and I went to see his set (which was awesome) at Aaron’s Lakewood amphitheater and then we went to his meet and greet a couple hours later and got our pictures taken with him. That was when we got friendly and exchanged phone numbers. Not long after we met, I got a text from him that said “It’s Jody” “Where ya at?”. My friend and I met up with his manager and he walked us to the Peach Panther tour bus where we hung out for the rest of the night.

Were you attracted to him when you met him?
I’ve been attracted to Riff Raff since I discovered him thanks to one of my old friends who actually looks a bit like him and actually dressed like him for Halloween before. I’m more drawn to him without the grills and braids (which is how he presented himself at Warped Tour that day), but either way I still think he’s a very attractive man.

Who was the aggressor , in terms of flirting and things escalating to a sexual level?
I think that I definitely made the first move: when I walked into the tent to meet him, I referred to him as my “neon daddy” and that’s when he asked me how old I am (18) and then proceeded to give me his phone number.

Is Riff Raff Charming?
I think that Jody was very charming and kind to me and my friend. We made good conversation and he wasn’t at all introverted or rude.

Was any part of sleeping with Riff Raff doing it because there’s something funny about being able to say you had sex with Riff Raff?
Most definitely. Especially afterwards, I didn’t expect to be so starstruck but as soon as we got off the bus to walk back to my car I almost lost it. It felt too much like a dream. I couldn’t believe I just had sex with Jody Highroller.
Have you slept with other “famous” people before?
Nope lol. Riff Raff is the first celebrity I’ve slept with.

Did he break out of character at any point? If so, when and how?
I feel like he was never really trying to play a character during the time I spent with him and his tour mates. He was very laid back and fairly (for lack of a better word) normal. It didn’t surprise me as much as I thought it would’ve, but I guess it helped me feel more comfortable around him.

Riff raff recently has been working out and getting huge. Do you have any incite on this? Are you into it?
He is definitely not as “swole” as people might think. I liked his figure actually. He has a pretty noticeable gut, but big arms so at least he’s proportional. And he was pretty decently sized down below as well

I feel as if most men are most honest and vulnerable post orgasm. Would you say this was true of Riff Raff?
I suppose, but like I said, he was pretty relaxed and laid back before. It’s not like we had like a heart to heart or anything intimate, but overall he’s a nice respectful guy and in my experience, he isn’t as freaky in the sheets and most would expect from such a character as Riff Raff.

Were drugs and alcohol involved in your personal time with Riff Raff? if so, what?
Not really. We ate Chickfila on the bus and there was Lemonade spiked with Vodka, but it wasn’t very good so I limited myself to only a little bit of that.

Did you enjoy sleeping with Riff Raff? Any regrets?
I enjoyed it very much actually. My experience isn’t as extensive as Jody’s, and he didn’t do anything I wasn’t comfortable with which was very sweet because he was more courteous than most of the “men” that live in my area. The only thing I regret was being too caught up in the moment to think about using protection, but since my encounter with Riff Raff, I’ve been tested for STD’s and I keep myself clean regularly anyways, so everything is all good.

Would you do it again?
If I was presented with the opportunity again, I probably wouldn’t pass it up. I had a lot of fun that day.

After it was all said and done, what is your take on Riff Raff, as a man? Good guy? Misunderstood genius? Retarded clown?
After spending only an evening with the man, I’ve gathered that he is a good guy with manners and he knows how to treat a lady, but all in all I still think he’s just a one night stand kind of guy. If I had the chance to get to know him better, I definitely would.

This week in ridiculous rap: La Fear

We’ve reached a point in popular rap music where being overtly moronic isn’t a bad thing. In fact, I’d say some of these rappers look at the concept of “caring” as a weakness, in terms of rapping, and they are typically far more intelligent than the music they make. I get it. Simplicity has always been under valued yet incredibly successful. For every Beach Boys song, there’s a ramones song you’d probably rather listen to. That said, there is a line. A line that separates the hitmakers from local weirdo’s who have a video on youtube.
For instance, the other day, I found myself watching this video. I’ve never heard of the guy but my first reaction was “this is a cool beat with a simple video that isn’t breaking ground but it captures a vibe”. As i listened to it more, it became clear this guy basically speaking gibberish to a girl about fucking her. But it’s not about that. It’s about the mood it emotes. So, as completely empty as that song is, it does succeed on some level. I bring that video up to really put this other video in perspective.
The song is called “All on” and it shares all the romance and poignancy of the “Shorty lemme fuck you outside” guy.

But there’s a stark contrast between the two. For one, the music itself. I’m a dude who makes beats and I think I have a concept of how rhythm works. This beat is insane. And not in a good way. Like, it’s locked in a padded room , smearing shit on the walls insane. Aside from the typical fart of a bass line, the drums are just on some next level shit. I’m still trying to figure out why the snare falls where it does and whether or not the producer was familiar with how snares work in the context of a drum track. So, off the bat, “shorty lemme fuck you outside” guy has a clear advantage. It’s an advantage of taste and awareness. Those two things are typically the difference with this kind of music. La fear seems like he hasn’t heard music before but someone described rap to him while he was locked in solitude for 30 years. In his defense, his off beat rapping isn’t his fault. There is no fucking beat to rap too. It’s almost avant guarde. Maybe he sampled Phillip Glass or some shit? is that like a 3/57 time signature?
The third glaring difference is the video itself. If you’re gonna film in the aisles of a 7-11, it’s gotta be cause you wanted too and not cause it was your only option. Same goes for filming at the local auto body shop and on that jungle gym. We can tell the difference. If you’re gonna have strippers in your video, perhaps let the ones who had a baby two weeks ago sit this one out?
Listen, I get that we work with what we have I’m certainly not mad at this song or video. In fact, I love that it exists. I’d even argue that there is as much artistry in this song as there are in most French Montana or Cheef Keef songs. Clearly, those two artists are far more in the loop and have people behind them who would never let them make a song like that but I truly don’t think that much space separates them. On is polished, the other truly doesn’t give a fuck. La fear is just…well…out of it. Maybe he made this song and video during a bender of weed, syrup and booze. For all I know, he doesn’t even know it’s on the internet. But there is something beautiful about the purity of songs and videos like this.One thing is for certain, you could never call La fear pretentious and, to me, that’s a great quality.