Archive for January, 2010

10 Questions for Freestyle of The Arsonists

Posted in Uncategorized on January 25, 2010 by Lupa

“I love the smell of danger, hearin the word Arsonist ain’t hard to figure yet / Gotta stop smokin MCs, somebody pass me the Nicorette”

If what passes for hip hop nowadays is store bought milk, then the Arsonists are that straight out of the udder, unpasteurized, unhomogenized thick milk i.e. the real shit. It’s not made for strip clubs and it’s not made for the ladies, point blank it’s made for people in the struggle to color their lives.

The Arsonists formed in 1993 in Bushwick, Brooklyn, which then was a prime example of urban blight; the streets were awash with drugs and gunplay was common. It is those conditions in which hip hop itself was born. No other type of environment could have breathed life into such a radical art form.

By the mid 90’s the Arsonists had gained local prominence with their single, “The Session.” This paved the way for their debut album, “As The World Burns” (Matador). It’s one of those albums that bumps all the way through in my opinion, just put the disc in and press play, one of those I have to clean the house discs and can’t be bothered to flip through tracks. Bottom line, if you want to listen to real hip hop, the essence type shit, the Arsonists’ music is as good as any place to start. Could they really call themselves the Arsonists if their shit wasn’t fire? Nuff said.

Recently I had the opportunity to ask Freestyle, a founding member of the Arsonists, some questions. Free has rocked the mic with the Arsonists and as a solo performer all over the globe with the likes of many hip hop heavyweights. He also is dedicated and appreciative of his fans, personally responding to every piece of fan mail he receives. He has a solo album due to drop this year.

Lupa: Can you compare and contrast hip hop from when you first started listening to it, to when the Arsonists were first putting out records, to today? What has changed and what has remained constant from your perspective?

Free: OK, thats a 30 yr span broken into 3. It started out as an all about fun thing, in the streets and at parties, etc. Then when the Arsonists got to it, it was starting to expand worldwide and independent minded people got into it. Now theres a big divide between commercial and underground, with underground not getting much light & respect at all. At the same time, it’s a lot easier for people to release stuff on their own, but its made things a bit oversaturated. Now that anybody can release music, it doesnt take much skill or intelligence to put something out.

To me, probably the only thing that has remained consistent is the fact that hiphop will never die. Everything else has changed and is constantly changing.

Lupa: Do you think there will be a day that Bushwick will become gentrified to the extent other neighborhoods in Brooklyn have, like Williamsburg or Fort Greene?

Free: Of course, no question about that, its just a matter of time. Bushwick wasn’t always what it is now. It changed into what it is now and it’s changing again.

Lupa: What track would you choose to play for someone who has never heard the Arsonists music?

Free: It would be hard for me to play one track being that our songs all came from different angles. You can’t play one song from us that would completely show what we’re about, so I’d play the whole first album, AS THE WORLD BURNS. That would pretty much sum it up.

Lupa: What was it like when you guys signed with Matador? (Matador was and is known for its indie rock, but the Arsonists were the first hip hop group signed to the label.) Was there any apprehension or disagreement amongst the group for that decision instead of going with an established hip hop label?

Free: It was great being signed to Matador, I wish we still were. It was a perfect fit if you ask me. Matador is looked at as obscure and so were we. There were no disagreements or anything. It was all about who could put the music in the fans’ ears and hands.

Lupa: In my experience, music heads almost always have another creative outlet or art form they enjoy as much, if not more, than music. Is that the case for you?

Free: Yep. COMPUTERS! I’ve been into computers since I was a kid and that will never change. I love em both, but music comes first.

Lupa: What are some of your musical influences? What is the shit you bump today? In your opinion, who is the greatest MC and producer of all time?

Free: Soul singers, movies, and my mom. What I bump today? R&B, soul, alternative, and some reggae and Spanish music as well. Alicia Keys is one of my faves at the moment. Greatest MC of all time = Rakim. Producer = DJ Premier.

Lupa: What would someone who is very familiar with your music might be surprised to learn about you?

Free: That I’m so into computers and computer gaming. I do maintenance and fix computers. I’m big on the great outdoors & travel as well.

Lupa: Kennedy, Crown, what’s the difference or neither?

Free: haha! No difference!

Lupa: What’s the last movie you saw in the theaters and what did you think about it?

Free: Avatar, in 2D and 3D, English and French (although I had NO IDEA what they were saying). OFF THE HOOK!

Lupa: When does the new album drop and what are your thoughts on it?

Free: Not sure when, but it will be this year for sure. So far so good, I’m lovin it. I just hope the fans do too.

Many thanks to Freestyle for the interview and you can check out his music at the links below:

http://www.facebook.com/iamfreestyle

http://www.myspace.com/iamfreestyle

http://www.youtube.com/itsfreestyle

http://www.discogs.com/artist/Freestyle%20(4)

Conan

Posted in Uncategorized on January 14, 2010 by Lupa

I always thought Conan was funny as hell and I wished he would have just stayed on Late Night where he would have had more freedom.  Between the Pimp Bot and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog every show had guranteed laughs.

I still think he does well on The Tonight Show, however his schtick is not as successful in that time slot and on that show.  A lot of his humor on Late Night was the show has no money, it’s gonna be cancelled etc.  You can’t exactly play the underdog on the Tonight Show.

With all the stuff surrounding the show and Jay Leno it’s becoming surreal because all they do is dis NBC.  Not only that, Jay has become the biggest punching bag for the other late night comics, with Dave Letterman being the most vicious.

The guy at NBC that green lighted all this must have his pants on the ground…cause he’s looking like a FOOOOOOOOL.

Pizza Pet Peeve

Posted in Uncategorized on January 14, 2010 by Lupa

I love pizza and it’s unfortunate I can not get an authentic NY slice anywhere in Colorado.

There is one thing some people do with pizza that I’ve never understood:  blotting the oil with a napkin.

First, you think that pizzeria napkin is sanitary?  It’s a disgusting piece of paper that’s been sitting on the outside of the dispenser getting coughed on.

Next, if you really want get some of the oil out of it, be a fuckin man and fold the pizza and let it drip down.  Granted you can lose all of your cheese with this method, but at least you didn’t rub it with some nasty ass napkin.

Lastly, pizza is supposed to be oily and greasy.  What’s next, gonna filter out the sugar in that candy bar or say, “I’d like my funnel cake plain.”  No that is absurd, just like applying a napkin to the food you are about to consume.  Napkins are for YOU, not the food.

Get Your Pants Off The Ground… Fool!

Posted in General on January 14, 2010 by Lupa

If I’m still alive and kickin when I’m 62, I wanna be like this guy.  I hope he can parlay this into some cash.

Medical Marijuana Changes in Denver

Posted in Current Events on January 12, 2010 by Lupa

Last night as per a city council meeting the following changes went into effect regarding medical marijuana in the city of Denver:

1. Licencing of medical marijuana dispensaries

2.  The imposition of a 1,000 ft buffer between dispensaries and schools or child care facilities.

3.  Bar on site marijuana consumption.

4.  Mandation of certain security measures

5.  Prohibiting felons from opening a dispensary.

For me, the “patient”, this doesn’t affect me at all.  I can still legally buy and consume.  Some advocates in the area are kinda pissed at regulations in general, believing it is an industry that should be allowed to regulate itself.  I myself have no problem with any of these except for #5.  Shouldn’t we be encouraging felons to contribute to society in a LEGAL manner?

“And a Jay-Z song came on…”

Posted in Uncategorized on January 12, 2010 by Lupa

Being as I listen to the radio everyday I’m exposed to a lot of songs I might not normally be interested in.  That’s right, I listen to regular FM radio.  I only use a preset to start and then go through all the stations cause I like everything.  I like Jazz, but I’m not gonna keep the Jazz station on all day waiting for “A Night in Tunisia.”

Miley Cyrus is pure jailbait, but that’s not why I posted the video.  In brief, this song is about a character who goes to LA and is overwhelmed by the differences between there and the south.  What caught my attention is the pre-chorous build up which states a Jay-Z song basically made everything ok.

Why you ask would I take notice of that?  For one, Jay-Z has now made the transition into somewhat family friendly fare, but back in the day Jay-Z was discernibly more rough.  I’m talking the Reasonable Doubt/Street’s Is Watching Jay-Z.  Miley Cyrus is an underage girl peddling music to other minors and has a show on the Disney channel, as such, what Jay-Z song is she talking about?  Let’s check some Jay-Z lines that probably get her head moving like “yeahhhhhh”

“I kinda hope the condom break to have a reason to go raw.”

“Stop dreamin I’ll leave your body steamin.”

“You know I thug em, fuck em, love em, leave em cause I don’t fuckin need em.”

“My dick game is vicious, insane in bitches, mami keep comin back cause mami came vicious.”

Silent Partner

Posted in Uncategorized on January 11, 2010 by Lupa

Okay, I have to admit, at first I said I was running the show 100%.  That’s a bit disingenuous.

Diego here has a large say of what goes on.  He’s like Brian from Family Guy; this dog knows his shit.

Determined to prove his superior abilities in spite of his inability to type, he will be releasing some videos in the near future, and I must warn you they are not for the faint of heart.

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