Hi there and welcome to another edition of “Answers for questions”. You guys ask me stuff, and I answer. If you’d like to join the fun, by all means, ask me anything. Either leave the question(s) in the comment section below or email them to me at email@example.com. All I ask is that you try and keep it interesting. be weird. Think outside the box. It makes it better for both of us.
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Every now and then (especially outside gigs) some guy will try to sell me his demo on the street. I never go for it, cuz I know most music produced in any genre is crap – but if it was free I’d totally be down to listen to it. This never made sense to me! Surely they’d be better off handing them out. Have you ever bought a demo like this ever in your life (I did once when I young and innocent)? If someone gave you one for free would you try it out?
This was a huge thing in NYC for a while. Dudes used to run up on you with cd’s and be like “Yo, you like hip hop?” then try and sell you their album. I have never bought one in my life and was always kinda offended , in general , by that type of salesmanship. The pushy “wheeler dealer” types of the world have always rubbed me the wrong way and trying to stuff your garbage demo down peoples throats on broadway and 14th street is just not a good look for anyone. It’s different than when dudes would sell cd’s outside Fat beats cause some of those guys were actually good rappers with some cache. Dudes like Percee P, Subconscious or Creature. They actually had a foot in the game, talent and fans. But random dudes who just burn a cd of their music you’ve never heard of? Fuck that noise.
I always made the joke that , asking a stranger if they like an entire genre of music, as a selling point, is kinda like me being like “Yo, you like food? buy this bag. There’s food in it!”
Thankfully, that era is gone cause nobody even listens to cd’s anymore. Those dudes have been forced onto soundcloud, i guess.
Is it pretty easy to figure out which borough a native new yorker is from based on their slang/accent?
It can be but, in general, i don’t think it’s that easy. it’s way easier to tell if someone if some Long Island or Jersey. Basically, if I hear an accent at all, I assume that’s there the person is from. They could be from Queens or Brooklyn too but that thick “New York” accent is usually not based in the city. Certainly not in Manhattan.
Are you a knicks fan? If so how do you feel about them for the last 10 years?
I am but I am a realistic Knicks fan. I have accepted that they will, in all likelihood, never win a championship while I’m alive. That’s just how it is.
The last ten years have been brutal. But, there’s a part of me that hopes they will have a Mets like resurgence one day. More than a knicks fan, I’m an Anti-net’s fan. Anyone rooting for that team that isn’t a carry over from Jersey or wasn’t born in the last 5 years is a total dipshit.
Blockhead Vs. Nature. Would you rather be viciously attacked by a polar bear, shark or snake?
I mean, I’d probably die in all these attacks. So, it comes down to which one would kill me quickest and with the least pain.
With a shark, you get torn up AND you drown so I’ll pass on that. With a polar bear, I’d get shredded and probably left to bleed out on a tundra somewhere. With the snake, I’m assuming it would be a poison based death. While that sounds awful, it would be less awful than having my limbs forcibly removed from my body. Dying in a poison induced paralysis sounds shitty but , compared to the other two options, it’s an easy choice. Snake, all the way.
Yo yo yo. What do you think about the whole “LA beat scene” that artists like samiyam,flying lotus and gaslamp killer have sort of created?
I think they make dope beats. I’m glad they exist and it’s cool that they made their own sound that rejuvenated the beat scene in general.
That said, I don’t really have a super deep opinion on it, to be honest, cause I don’t really listen to much instrumental stuff. I like when they work with rappers/singers though.
If Aesop moves back to nyc, would you do a podcast with him out of your living room?
I think we would, actually. That would be fun.
What do you think of statik selektah? Just wondering since you guys are both middle-aged white men from NYC who make sample based hip hop music.
When I ask for questions every week, I try to stress the “be weird/interesting” angle. I appreciate all people who send in questions, I really do. That said, these “what do you think of(rapper/producers name here)” questions are kinda the worst. Mostly cause they’re pointless. Either I like them or I don’t. OR I’m not that familiar with the artist. Whatever the case, I always feel as though this kinda question is baiting me to diss someone. Well, not gonna happen.
I think Statik Salektah is a good producer. he makes good beats. The spelling of his name is a touch cringeworthy but they guy certainly knows his way around a sampler.
But, seriously, stop asking me these types of boring ass questions. I’mma just start ignoring them cause, really, who gives a shit?