I ride my bike down 2nd avenue every day on my way to work. A few weeks ago, during the United Nations 64th General Assembly, there was a week where cops everywhere diverting traffic away from 1st avenue, closing down entire lanes on 2nd avenue, shuttling diplomats to and from the U.N., and generally making commuters insane. One morning on my way to work, the phrase “Protect Dem Diplomatz” popped into my head, and I knew it had to become a song.
I culled samples from about 20 different songs and just lined them up end to end, recorded some vocals and here is the finished product. I wish the refrain sounded a bit less like “Who Let the Dogs Out,” but it’s not bad for about six hours work, and it’s always nice to have an excuse to break out my vocoder. Oh, and since no one seems to understand the sample at the end except me, it’s Method Man saying, “he’ll be like ‘oh sh*t, that’s the jam!'”* Special thanks to Sarah for the “say whaaaaat?” at the very end.
*This song is not work safe. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
I’m working on a nice long article to post here early next week, but for the time being, I thought I would post a song that I recorded recently, called The Rathskeller. It’s just piles and piles of guitar loops with more guitar thrown on top for good measure. Listen to it with someone you love.
In last week’s New Yorker, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote a profile of MF Doom. Doom’s been missing in action lately, and I’ve definitely felt his conspicuous absence from the Hip Hop landscape, so I was eagerly anticipating this article, especially since MF Doom is notoriously reclusive and makes a habit of giving interviewers a hard time. I was hoping that Coates would be able to peel back some of Doom’s artifice, or at least take him to task for some of his more bizarre behavior. Unfortunately, the article is more sycophantic and navel gazing than informative. So, in the interest of telling a jilted fan’s side of the story, I decided to put together an alternate history of MF Doom. Read on. Continue reading →
A few months ago, my friends Oneida released their 10th album,Rated O on the Jagjaguwar label. In honor of the album’s release, I produced a 30-minute podcast, featuring three songs off of the new album and an interview with Kid Millions and Showtime, respectively Oneida’s drummer and guitarist. The album has since been released to great acclaim, but I thought I would make the interview available as my inaugural post.