I’ve been living with my girlfriend in a hostel in Brooklyn for the month of January. We’ve been sharing a kitchen and bathroom with a bunch of other people and it reminds me of college. I got in trouble for leaving a pan in the sink last night, complete with an angry note. How else are you supposed to soak the gunk off? Needless to say, we’re ready to leave. We’re relocating to a different and more permanent apartment tomorrow.
After we move I’m going to Cape Cod with Flash Fire to do more work on “Lars Attacks!”. We are finishing up the album artwork for the Oglio release of “21 Concepts (But a Hit Ain’t One)”, a CD that will be in stores in America (including three brand new songs, one with Beefy). More news on that soon. Also, I’m signing Weerd Science to Horris Records to help spread the word about his new amazing album “Sick Kids”. We’ve just confirmed our May UK tour dates, mc chris and Akira the Don will be joining us for a three week journey starting May 10th.
I’ve been going into the Universal recording studio in Manhattan to finish up a bunch of collaborations for a bevy of other rappers’ albums. It’s been fun writing for other projects, getting to tap into new rhythms and styles. I did a verse for Kosha Dillz (on a track with Homeboy Sandman) and another for a young Ohio rapper named Nick Brophy (on a track with YTCracker). I’m also in the midst of a song about Flowers for Algernon with Random. He and I are talking about doing some more literary songs.
I just finished reading a book called Teachings of the Buddha, a collection of stories that talk about impermanence and compassion compiled by a Buddhist monk named Jack Kornfield. Studying Buddhism helps me get through a lot, especially when I get anxious about deadlines and overextending myself. It reminds me to slow down and be present.
When I can, I like to spend a lot of my time reading these days. I disappear into the coffee shops around New York and find freedom in books and magazines. It’s nice to unplug and not stare at a computer or iPhone screen for once. I caught up on my back issues of Rolling Stone so now I know all about Eminem’s recovery from addiction and Nicki Minaj‘s beef with Lil’ Kim. One of the recent issues had a list of the 50 best singles of 2010, I downloaded each from http://beemp3.com and have been listening to them on repeat on the subway. There’s a lot of stuff I missed last year! My favorites are “the Ghost Inside” by Broken Bells, “We Used to Wait” by Arcade Fire, “the Diamond Church Street Choir” by the Gaslight Anthem and “the Trip to Pirate’s Cove” by Tom Petty.
I also read another great book called “Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music” by Greg Kot. It’s basically a people’s history of downloading with specific chapters on various artists successes with media media economics. There’s a funny quote about Ghostface Killah saying he has thousands and thousands of Myspace friends but only a percentage of them bought his album. “I got my firstweek SoundScan and I didn’t appreciate that shit, you feel me?”
Someone responded that just because you have someone as social network friend, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll come to your house to help move furniture . “People don’t really buy music these days FYI,” the person added.
As artists, we’re lucky people support our music enough to the point where we can make a living off of it. It’s a beautiful thing to wake up everyday with artistic dreams that need fulfilling. You feel me, right Ghostface?
With peace and gratitude,
Greenpoint, Brooklyn 1-31-11