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Remember how I was talking about The Red Hot Chili Peppers new project? Welp, Flea gives us updates. Link:

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Stereogum scores the win with a One on One interview with Flea. Together, they go over the new album, Flea going to school and other general rocking the fuck out. Swipe: Read the rest of this entry »

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July 13, 2011 at 10:34 am

Nardwaur vs. Curren$y. Its the Greatest Continuing Interview of All Time.

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This is great. What happens when you team up one of the realest, honest rappers out there with one of the wildest, craziest, most informed journalist/interviewers/nerds of all time. If you missed their first epic interview at SXSW, get caught up with the first one..

…then watch the most recent interview in British Columbia, Canada.

I actually have the Cheech and Chong album he gets at the end.
Ill get a photo of that in a minute.

Meanwhile, enjoy the greateness.

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May 27, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Music Nerdery sits with Dee-1 to talk about “Hope They Hear Me: V.2.” Interview and Links.

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YAY!

So in between recording awesome punchlines, and hitting dates on Paid Dues, and finishing another mixtape for his fans to enjoy, Dee sat down with Music Nerdery again to give me a brief on the new album, and what he’s been up to.

Music Nerdery: Hey Dee. Thanks for indulging my Nerdery again; appreciate it.
First off, congratulations on the Newest Album “I Hope They Hear Me: v.2.” So let’s get straight into the Nerd Stuff. Tell me the goods: Who are your producers on this album, any guest appearances we should look out for, how many tracks are you hitting us with, ect.
Dee-1: So the album has 18 tracks. It features production from Mannie Fresh, Bass Heavy, Steve-O, 5th Child, Phurnace, Flight School, Cuzin Mike, Shamarr Allen, Muhammad Ayers, DJ Eagle Eye, Rockaway Productions, and Oscar Wild. Some of the guest appearances come from Murs, Mannie Fresh, Mickey Factz, and the legendary MAC (a former rapper with Master P’s No Limit Records who is currently serving a 30 year prison sentence for a murder he did not commit).

Music Nerdery: Damn. Thats harsh. We gotta get into that more a bit later. Man, “It’s My Turn” is an ill track. Do you have favorite tracks on the album? Anything that stands out for you.
Dee-1: Yep. I did about 50 songs for this album and had to narrow it down to 18, so I’m attached to every one of them. But today my favs are: “Uncle Tom,” “It’s My Turn,” “The Dog in Me,” “The One That Got Away,” and “Stranger.”

Music Nerdery: Yeah. Stranger is another stand out track. So what was the ideal, concept, mindset or theme behind this album when you started it. Was there a theme, or is this just you on your grind, making things happen?
Dee-1: The mindset was to put together an album that would solidify an undeniable spot for me as a new artist in this industry who is here to stay. I didn’t want to be known as the guy who got lucky and made the “Jay, 50, and, Weezy” song but didn’t have any good songs after that. So I went extra hard on this album because I had that chip on my shoulder.

Music Nerdery: I like the focus you have there. Well, with One Man Army on MTVJams now, you’ve avoided the one trick pony title. So that track you did with Murs is amazing. Can you tell me a bit about that and how this record came into existence?
Dee-1: Sure. “Ridin By Myself” was a song I had done already. I wrote it because I actually come up with some of my best ideas when I’m able to clear my mind and ride around the city by myself. Murs reached out to me after he heard “Jay, 50, and Weezy” and gave me props on it. Then I was out in San Francisco and he happened to be doing a show there that night. So I went to it and we kicked it afterwards. I knew he would sound great on this song so I asked him to get on it. Two days later he had it done!

Music Nerdery: Hah. Nice how that comes together. Thats business. Okay. So this is the point where you give me your list of Artists you would like to work with One Day. If you have one.
Dee-1: Nas. India Arie. Lil Wayne. DMX. Lupe Fiasco. Random, I know. But I’m open to any collaboration that would lead to something creative coming out in the end.

Music Nerdery: I see what you did there with that line up. Cant wait to see you do your thing at Paid Dues. Are you excited for it? How did you end up making it on their Line Up?
Dee-1: I’m absolutely amped up to be on the line-up for Paid Dues. I think I had a good 4th Quarter of 2010 and the staff just felt like I would be a good addition to the line-up. And on twitter I actually get A LOT of love from Cali, so I’m excited to be doing my first show out there.

Music Nerdery: So when are we gonna get an Official Album? Or are you just mixtapin it for the time being?
Dee-1: I’d like to put my next official album out after I sign to a major label. I think that will happen in 2011, but we’ll just have to wait and see. Either way, “I HOPE THEY HEAR ME VOL 2” is out now for free at dee1music.com and the grind isn’t stopping anytime soon. I wanna thank YOU (Ericka) for your continued support of me and my team.
Music Nerdery:
No problem family. Easy to do when you make great music. Keep it up.

Make sure you’re following Dee-1 on twitter, and pick up the new mixtape today.

Music Nerdery sits with Dee-1 to talk about "Hope They Hear Me: V.2." Interview and Links.

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So in between recording awesome punchlines, and hitting dates on Paid Dues, and finishing another mixtape for his fans to enjoy, Dee sat down with Music Nerdery again to give me a brief on the new album, and what he’s been up to.

Music Nerdery: Hey Dee. Thanks for indulging my Nerdery again; appreciate it.
First off, congratulations on the Newest Album “I Hope They Hear Me: v.2.” So let’s get straight into the Nerd Stuff. Tell me the goods: Who are your producers on this album, any guest appearances we should look out for, how many tracks are you hitting us with, ect.
Dee-1: So the album has 18 tracks. It features production from Mannie Fresh, Bass Heavy, Steve-O, 5th Child, Phurnace, Flight School, Cuzin Mike, Shamarr Allen, Muhammad Ayers, DJ Eagle Eye, Rockaway Productions, and Oscar Wild. Some of the guest appearances come from Murs, Mannie Fresh, Mickey Factz, and the legendary MAC (a former rapper with Master P’s No Limit Records who is currently serving a 30 year prison sentence for a murder he did not commit).

Music Nerdery: Damn. Thats harsh. We gotta get into that more a bit later. Man, “It’s My Turn” is an ill track. Do you have favorite tracks on the album? Anything that stands out for you.
Dee-1: Yep. I did about 50 songs for this album and had to narrow it down to 18, so I’m attached to every one of them. But today my favs are: “Uncle Tom,” “It’s My Turn,” “The Dog in Me,” “The One That Got Away,” and “Stranger.”

Music Nerdery: Yeah. Stranger is another stand out track. So what was the ideal, concept, mindset or theme behind this album when you started it. Was there a theme, or is this just you on your grind, making things happen?
Dee-1: The mindset was to put together an album that would solidify an undeniable spot for me as a new artist in this industry who is here to stay. I didn’t want to be known as the guy who got lucky and made the “Jay, 50, and, Weezy” song but didn’t have any good songs after that. So I went extra hard on this album because I had that chip on my shoulder.

Music Nerdery: I like the focus you have there. Well, with One Man Army on MTVJams now, you’ve avoided the one trick pony title. So that track you did with Murs is amazing. Can you tell me a bit about that and how this record came into existence?
Dee-1: Sure. “Ridin By Myself” was a song I had done already. I wrote it because I actually come up with some of my best ideas when I’m able to clear my mind and ride around the city by myself. Murs reached out to me after he heard “Jay, 50, and Weezy” and gave me props on it. Then I was out in San Francisco and he happened to be doing a show there that night. So I went to it and we kicked it afterwards. I knew he would sound great on this song so I asked him to get on it. Two days later he had it done!

Music Nerdery: Hah. Nice how that comes together. Thats business. Okay. So this is the point where you give me your list of Artists you would like to work with One Day. If you have one.
Dee-1: Nas. India Arie. Lil Wayne. DMX. Lupe Fiasco. Random, I know. But I’m open to any collaboration that would lead to something creative coming out in the end.

Music Nerdery: I see what you did there with that line up. Cant wait to see you do your thing at Paid Dues. Are you excited for it? How did you end up making it on their Line Up?
Dee-1: I’m absolutely amped up to be on the line-up for Paid Dues. I think I had a good 4th Quarter of 2010 and the staff just felt like I would be a good addition to the line-up. And on twitter I actually get A LOT of love from Cali, so I’m excited to be doing my first show out there.

Music Nerdery: So when are we gonna get an Official Album? Or are you just mixtapin it for the time being?
Dee-1: I’d like to put my next official album out after I sign to a major label. I think that will happen in 2011, but we’ll just have to wait and see. Either way, “I HOPE THEY HEAR ME VOL 2” is out now for free at dee1music.com and the grind isn’t stopping anytime soon. I wanna thank YOU (Ericka) for your continued support of me and my team.

Music Nerdery: No problem family. Easy to do when you make great music. Keep it up.

Make sure you’re following Dee-1 on twitter, and pick up the new mixtape today.

Music Nerdery Sits Down with Dee-1 for Some Great Times.

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“Ancestors of ours are screaming from the grave, Because physically we are free, but were still some Mental Slaves.
Ancestors of ours are SCREAMING from the grave… Because physically we’re free, but were still some Mental Slaves.”

Man. Talk about truthiness. Something that Hip Hop needs right now.

“Jay, 50 and Weezy.” Hip Hop at its best. It was basically this line, amongst many others in that video above us, that left me in total awe and on a mission to find out more about this overly talented MC named Dee-1. Born and raised in mighty New Orléans, this unsigned, independent artist is challenging your understanding of what real, quality hip hop can be. With intelligent lyrical content spit cleverly over hot beats that hold a southern flare, and a music video that is all over MTVJams right now… its only a matter of time before this kid hits the big leagues.

Word.

So in an attempt to shine some light on this intriguing individual, I spoke with Dee for a bit and got the basics on his life, his music and his plans for a successful future. You interested? Good. Me too. Keep reading.

Music Nerdery: Hey Dee. Thanks so much for taking time out your busy schedule to indulge my Music Nerdery. really appreciate you taking time out your day for this.

Dee-1: Not a problem.

Music Nerdery: Alright. So it seems like there is a lot of talent coming out of the NO lately… Jay Electronica, Curren$y, and now you’re breaking out on the scene for New Orléans. Why don’t you tell me a bit about where exactly you grew up in and your life there… pre and post-Katrina life in New Orléans… and how all of that influences you and your music.

Dee-1: I grew up in New Orléans East. I lived my whole life in the same house on Dwyer Rd. I also spent a lot of time with my grandparents growing up. They also lived in the East, actually directly across the street from Curren$y. So I’ve BEEN knowing him.

Music Nerdery: Wow. Nice. Talent sees talent.

Dee-1: Yeah. Pre Katrina life in the N.O was never easy. But the thing about New Orléans is that it’s a bittersweet place. The highs are so high that we fall in love with our city and live, eat, sleep, and breathe New Orléans pride. There’s no culture like N.O culture. You gain a certain swag by living there… But the lows are so low that it makes you wish that you could just get away and live somewhere else with less poverty, corruption, crime, and hopelessness. Post Katrina N.O consists of a vibe of “rebirth” or “revival” for the city. I was off attending college (LSU in Baton Rouge) when Katrina hit, so once I graduated and “retired” from being a middle school teacher I moved back. This is my first time living in N.O as an adult so I have a different perspective now. Honestly, I love it.

New Orléans has influenced my music because I have so many memories growing up that I incorporate into my lyrics. Also, my slang and the way I carry myself is because of my N.O roots.

Music Nerdery: Yeah, once I heard your music, I knew you were probably from Louisiana. That drawl is unmistakable.  And that’s huge thing of you to do; going back and teaching children (My mom was a Teacher). Props for that.

Now lyrically, you are a unique breed of Hip Hop artist in the sense that you have refused to use any type of profanity in your lyrics… and I commend you for that. Hard to make that choice in a society/industry where swearing is seen as “cool,” and cool can equate to sales at times. What prompted the decision to take that step with your music?

Dee-1: Great question… My decision to not curse in my lyrics didn’t have ANYTHING to do with music. It was a decision I made in my personal life for personal reasons. I used to have a bad problem with my choice of words, so I challenged myself to stop cursing. Once I mastered it in real life, its was easy to not curse in my music because it’s a relection of who I currently am. I don’t look down on people who curse, but I want people to know that you can still be cool if you don’t. Look at me.

Music Nerdery: Nice. I really need to use you as an example… man,  I can swear like a sailor (laughs). So, you also have the distinction of being one of the few Hip Hop artists I know who has their college degree (good job dude, I still have to figure out how I’m going to pay for mine.) Tell me why you made the decision to not only go, but finish…. and about what you majored in.

Dee-1: I never had a choice (chuckles). My parents wouldn’t accept anything less than excellence from me. My dad never went to college, but he was so hard on me when it came to school that you would have thought he had a P.H.D… But it worked. Once I got to school, I started rapping, and my plan was to graduate and walk across the stage with a diploma in one hand and a recording contract in the other hand. It didn’t happen that way though, and I wasn’t making any money from music when I graduated so I had to get a real job. I always loved working with kids, so I decided to become a middle school teacher…. But my major was Marketing and my minor was Sociology.

Music Nerdery: Marketing… I see what you’re doing there. Smart for a musician to know. Funny… Soc is my major too. Explains your lyrics a bit too.

So really, what brought us all here is MTVJams genius, and the absolute epicness that is your “Jay, 50, and Weezy” video. It was love at first sight (and lyric) when I saw that video; I absolutely adore it. The theme behind the song and the video are a wonderful concept…. why don’t you go into how you came up with the ideal to address “The Big Three?”

Dee-1: When I wrote that song I was still teaching middle school. I saw 1st hand how much hip hop really influenced our youth, and I wondered which of hip hop’s giants really understood the influence they had but still chose to not use it in a positive way. I honestly don’t think some of hip hop’s stars “get it,” but I know for a fact that “Jay, 50, and Weezy” do because they have each built empires and it takes skill and intelligence to do that. I knew I couldn’t get a meeting with them in real life to address these issues so I wrote a song about it…. Hopefully I’ll get that meeting one day though!

Music Nerdery: I’m sure they heard you. Or they will soon, at least. Alright kid. Shameless plug time. This is where you tell me about your all about your music, the “I Hope The Hear Me” Mixtape Series;  and ANY new music you might have on the way.

(Readers, this is where you start clicking links.)

Dee-1: My independent album “David & Goliath” came out in 2009 and is available on iTunes and cdbaby.com. The original version of “Jay, 50, and Weezy” and my other single “One Man Army” are both on there. That album put me on the radar of a lot of people… I even got personal phone calls from 9th Wonder and Mannie Fresh after they heard the music…

Music Nerdery: Word? Congrats family.

Dee-1: “I Hope They Hear Me” is my current mixtape series… They are all free downloads on the internet and on my website dee1music.com
“I Hope They Hear Me Vol 1” is currently out.
“I Hope They Hear Me Vol 1.5” is dropped on December 15th.
“I Hope They Hear Me Vol 2” will consist of 100% original music and will be released in January 2011…..

Also, my music videos for “Jay, 50, and Weezy” and “One Man Army (Remix)” are on youtube… And the Jay, 50, and Weezy video is on MTVJAMS (which has single-handedly changed my life by the way). Real talk…

Music Nerdery: Yeah. I can testify to that one myself. (laughs)

Dee-1: I keep my fans updated through my twitter page, which is twitter.com/dee1music.

Music Nerdery: Nice. All the info I ever needed. Now here’s my favorite question in all interviews. As a Music Nerd, I HAVE to ask you what are you listening to. Anything new? What about any old school. Different genres? Whats good?

Dee-1: I’m currently listening to Joe Budden’s “Mood Muzik 4,” Tupac, several old CDs from Cash Money Records (the cash money I grew up on), and Talib Kweli’s “The Beautiful Struggle.” When I listen to different genres, I mostly like to vibe out and listen to Jazz. My dad and grandpaw have biggest Jazz collection on the face of the earth, so I just use their cds… Lol. Miles, Coletrane, Cannonball, Charlie Parker, Dizzy G., etc. All the greats.

Music Nerdery: I like your Jazz Game there. Now I’m asking you this because I know I’ll get a decent answer out of you.  What does being a MC mean to you? Better yet… when you’re done with Hip Hop, what do you want your Legacy to be.

Dee-1: On some real stuff, I look at being an MC as part of my calling. I feel like I’m the one that has been put here to reach people and spread a positive message on and off the mic to whoever will listen… I have a wonderful gift and opportunity right now, so I don’t take it lightly.

When I’m done with hip hop, I want to be known as the person who fulfilled his mission to change the world for the better, through his music and his lifestyle. I also want to inspire “One Man Armies” and “One Woman Armies” all over the world to fulfill their purpose too, whatever it may be.

Music Nerdery: That’s an awesome mission; Great Answer. Alright. Fun Question Time! If you won the lottery right now… list off some of the first things you would do with the money.

Dee-1: I’d invest half of it and use the other half to do hoodrat things with my friends. (laughs)… That was just a joke. I’d definitely make sure my mom and pops never had to work again, invest part of it, give back to the community, and call you to see where you wanna go party at!!! I’ll definitely break you off with a milli.

Music Nerdery: Nice! I’d buy a house and build a Music School that I want you to come teach at. (laughs) So when you get famous, can I get a part two to this interview?

Dee-1: I thought I was famous already? (laughs) Of course you can! And part 3, 4, 5, and so on..….

Music Nerdery: Word! I’m talkin about, when you get that first Grammy, I get the first sit down interview. 🙂

Dee-1: Holla at ya boi.

To find out more about Dee, you can always visit his main site, or you can keep up with him on his twitter.

Thanks again to Dee, Evan Alvarez, MTVJams and everyone reading. Enjoy.

Music Nerdery sits down and nerds it up with Kenny Keil, creator of The Superhero Comic Remixes and “Giant Sized Tailes to Suffice: A Reward Extravanganza!”

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Kenny and E? Good Times.

So remember a few months ago when I went gaga over my friend redoing classic Hip Hop covers with an amazing comic book twist? (if you don’t, click here.) Well, after getting a couple of features across the internet, a major shoutout from Questlove from The Legendary Roots Crew and completing his First Self-Published Comic Book…  Kenny Keil and I have finally sat down to merge our awesomes together and  give you basic intro and shine some light on Mr. Keil and his amazing talents, uncompromising funny, what he’s been up to and his future plans.

Kenny: “No comic collection is complete without a stash of subversive underground comix, and what better MC to fit the bill than Boots? Seeing his material adapted into comic form would totally be worth the FBI watch list you’d get put on for reading ‘Tales From The Coup’.”

Music Nerdery: Hey Kenny. Thanks for taking time out of your awesome life to spend indulging my Music Nerdery.

Kenny Keil: Thank you for taking time out of your awesome website to spend with me.

Music Nerdery: Hah. Not a problem. Alright Kenny. Lets just go over the basics for the fans and newbies.  Tell us a bit about where you’re from, how you got into/background in illustration, and where you’re at now.

KK: I was born and raised in Louisiana and lived there until just recently. It’s hard to say how I got into illustration because it’s one of those things that I feel has always been there. I imagine comics and cartoons had a lot to do with it. You know that quiet kid who always drew in class? That was me. It was a small town so I was pulling double duty as the premature facial hair kid as well. Eventually I learned to shave and went off to college where I majored in graphic design. And that’s what I’ve been doing for a living ever since, though I’m now trying to shift my focus more towards comics and illustration.

Currently I live in Los Angeles. Let the record show that I just threw up a “W” sign while typing that.

Music Nerdery: Hahah. Wow. Note that your throwing up of the Dub will be recorded.  So you remember the first thing you drew? Better yet, that point when you knew that illustration was what you wanted to do?

KK: Couldn’t tell you the first thing I drew, but I basically always knew I wanted to do something in the visual arts. How that interest manifested itself changed throughout the years though. When I was 6, I wanted to be a cartoonist. When I was 21, I wanted to be a graphic designer. Now I’m 30 and I want to be a cartoonist again. Either I’m regressing or 6-year-old me really had his shit together.

Music Nerdery: The Children are the future. They didn’t lie. (LoL.) I know you are a master of freehand, but it looks like you use different computer animation programs to help you with your overall amazing. Feel like sharing the programs you use? Hopefully that isn’t classified, lolz.

Kenny: "...Therefore, it stands to reason that a Slick Rick comic book would have to be pretty damn good. He’s already got the iconic costume, a compelling origin story, and a slew of adventures on (and off) wax.”

 

KK: I don’t know who started that rumor about my freehand skills but it’s hilarious. Maybe it’s my design background, or the fact that I’ve never gotten the hang of using the more traditional tools, but I use computers for pretty much everything. Like, at this point I don’t even remember what pencils smell like. I draw directly into Adobe Illustrator with my Wacom tablet. I’d say 90% of my comic works happens in Illustrator, then I might add a few finishing touches in Photoshop. I don’t know how people did this (or anything) before computers. They are magic.

Music Nerdery: Pencils smell awesome dude. Even tho Wacom is awesome I’ve heard… Get back to the drawing. Alright. So I know this is hard to do as an artist, and you can totally bullsh*t me if you need to… but do you have a favorite drawing or piece you’re particularly proud of? Which and why?

KK: That I’ve done? Oh man. My favorite piece tends to be the last thing I drew. And within 6 months I generally grow to hate that piece. I’m not trying to play the ‘tortured artist’ card here or anything, I see it as a positive. It motivates me to get better.

And yeah, I did just dodge the question. NEXT!

 

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Music Nerdery: Okay. I’ll allow that….  only because you did an awesome collection that made me fall in love with your work… Your comic book versions of Hip Hop Albums (as seen above). Please tell me how that even came about. Please.

KK: I guess the origin story to this one is that I’ve always been a huge nerd for both comic books and hip hop. Big surprise, I know. So in a way I was kind of channeling my 14-year-old self with this series, but I can’t front like I was all that conscious of what I was doing at the time.

Kenny: “Sure, this one would have to be kept behind the register in a brown paper bag, but who doesn’t love those freaky tales that he tells so well?”

Honestly, I just wanted to draw Thor. I was up past my bedtime, had the itch to draw something, and decided that something should be Thor. And it was coming out kinda wack, because… well, have you looked at Thor? I mean really looked at him? I don’t want to offend your Viking readership here, but he looks like what would happen if Dolph Lundgren had been a member of the Soulsonic Force. I couldn’t pull off a traditional ‘pin-up’ style illustration, so I needed an angle. Suddenly, the phrase ‘Straight Outta Asgard’ gets stuck in my head. Like a mantra. Next thing I knew, I’d drawn like 12 of these covers. It’s like I couldn’t stop.

So it was really just an experiment, a love letter to my 2 favorite art forms, and something I never expected to catch on. I tossed the things online thinking *maybe* a dozen people other than me would even get these, much less find them appealing. The reaction has well exceed my expectations, for sure.

Music Nerdery: It could be the best experiment you’ve ever done. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you to keep doing that or I will come and find you. LoL.  So I know you’ve been in the background of some pretty kickass work in the past. Can you name some awesome projects you’ve been involved with in the past?

KK: Let’s see… in first grade I wrote a book report on a Harlem Globetrotters biography, then – oh wait. You meant comics.

Music Nerdery: Oh LMFAOWTFBBQOMG. Dude.

KK: Well, I’ll leave the ‘awesome’ up to someone else to decide, but over the past few years my work has appeared in several comic anthologies, including one about those Craigslist ‘Missed Connections’ ads that was pretty great. I’ve dabbled around in webcomics a bit. Probably my most successful thing in that realm was a Snakes on a Plane comic. I don’t know how to explain that one, there must have been a gas leak in my apartment that week or something. It got really really popular for a really really brief moment when the internet was all abuzz with SOAP hype. I also did a ‘5 Rappers Who Need Their Own Comics’ piece for a French hip hop site after my Superhero Remix series started catching on. Most everything I do finds its way onto my blog eventually. (http://kennykeil.blogspot.com/)

Lots of cool stuff up on the horizon, too! But so far my biggest project would have to be Tales to Suffice.

Music Nerdery: Nice. Blogs are important. Keep that going. Alright Ken. So I know you just completed your first self published project, “Giant Sized Tailes to Suffice: A Reward Extravanganza!” MotherBleepin awesome; congratulations on that. Why don’t you tell us a bit about that whole win and how that got started?

KK: Tales to Suffice came about as the result of a serious comic binge I went on about 5 years ago. I had fallen out of the hobby for nearly a decade, and was just voraciously consuming any and all comics I could get my hands on trying to

The Self-Published Project Comes To Life.

catch up. All that input needed some sort of outlet, so I started making comics again to keep my head from exploding.

Eventually that side project became a full-on obsession in itself. Tales to Suffice is basically a humor anthology, but it’s presented as a 50’s-60’s era comic from a failing publisher by the name of Mort Finkleman.

I got lucky and found an indie publisher to put out the first issue, but the economy sucked, the distribution fell through, and I (along with a lot of other indie creators) got left it comic book limbo. So #2 never went to print. But I’m not the type to let a little thing like reality stop me, so I just kept chugging along, cranking out pages, and eventually took matters into my own hands with this whole Kickstarter thing. It’s really an amazing website. Over the course of 90 days I raised a little over $5,000, thanks to the amazing support of my backers. Now I can actually get the book printed and release it out into the world. Which is just mind bogglingly amazing to me. Indie comics are a tough racket. Being able to self-publish this collection is a huge step for me. I can’t thank my supporters enough for that one.

Music Nerdery: Well thank you for all of your awesome. It’s easy to support people when they are actually talented. So, let’s get Music Nerdy. What are you listening to right now?

KK: Right now I’m listening to Kanye’s new stuff along with the rest of planet earth. I’m also digging the latest Madlib Medicine Show, Bun B and Black Milk albums. It’s been a good year for music hasn’t it?
Oh. Did you mean RIGHT NOW right now? ‘O My Soul’ by Big Star. Warm shout out to iTunes shuffle mode.

Music Nerdery: Hahah. Man I hate shuffle sometimes. Okay. So now, give me one of your favorite hip hop lyrics of all time.

KK: Damn. Now you’re pulling out the hardball questions! How about this one:
“I got techniques drippin’ out my buttcheeks/ Sleep on my stomach so I don’t fuck up my sheets”
Only Biggie could take what sounds to me like a pretty severe gastrointestinal condition and make it sound fly. I guess at its essence, that’s what hip hop is all about.

LMFAO. GENIUS.

Music Nerdery: I like what you did just there. So Kenny! You just won your first KickStarter Self-Publishing Super Bowl! What are you gonna do next?

Kenny: … I think I’m going to take a nap actually.

Music Nerdery: LOL. You do that. I’ll prolly join you later.

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So while Kenny catches up on his sleep, make sure you check out his Flickr page for more of his work. Also, you can run over to his KickStarter page to find out more info on Kenny’s self published win, And make sure you explore all the links you see in this post, at they are filled with some kind of win.

As for me, I gotta fall back for the next few days… Got some deadlines and events I have to handle. As usual, feel free to mull through the back catalog of nerdery I have previously prepared for you… and enjoy.

Bilal Oliver Breaks down tracks from his new album, "Airtight's Revenge" | NPR Previews Entire album on their Site | American Tour Dates Announced.

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Yeah.

Sorry for the false start previously kids. My computer is being retarded right now.
Anyways, found some interesting video of Bilal going over and breaking down his new album, due out September 14, 2010. Going into detail about how things were written, created and came about, its great insight to an album you probably need to go buy.

Go ahead and check out this in-depth review at NPR (God I love you guys) and preview the album there, then check out the videos explaining the songs below.

Then you have your tourdates below.

Wednesday, September 15th – BOSTON, MA
Scullers Jazz Club

Saturday, September 18th – NEW YORK, NY
B.B. King’s Blues Club

Sunday, September 19th – WASHINGTON, D.C.
Birchmere

Monday, September 20th – NEW YORK, NY
Tillman’s (Acoustic)

Tuesday, September 21st – TORONTO
Revival

Thursday, September 23rd – OTTAWA
Revival

Saturday, September 25th – MONTREAL
La Sala Rossa

Thursday, October 14th – PORTLAND, OREGON
Someday Lounge

Saturday, October 16th – SEATTLE, WA
Nectar Lounge

Wednesday, October 20th – SACRAMENTO, CA
Harlos

Thursday, October 21st – SAN JOSE, CA
Landmark Ballroom

Friday, October 22nd – OAKLAND, CA
Yoshi’s Jazz Club

Saturday, October 23rd – OAKLAND, CA
Yoshi’s Jazz Club

Monday, October 27th – FULLERTON, CA
Common Wealth Lounge

Tuesday, October 28th – LOS ANGELES, CA
Echo Plex

Enjoy, dammit.

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September 12, 2010 at 8:00 pm