Similarities between Family Business and I Am Hip Hop

March 31, 2009

Believe it or not, this isn’t a series of Lincoln/Kennedy fashioned coincidences.  Most of this is by design, especially with regards to the sequencing.  Perhaps due to my acting background, I approach all my projects like movies.  When I released And Then There Was One, I was adamant that it wasn’t the “sequel” to I Am Hip Hop, but more like the “one year later” update scene you get while the credits are rolling.  In some ways, Family Business can be regarded as the next feature in the series.  Of course, it’s more different than it is similar:  as a Fam group project, it’s just as much EJ’s and Timid’s album as it is mine, and it’s a much better record than anything I previously released in every way possible — from the lyrics, to the beats, to the actual recordings and mixes.  With that said, these parallels are worth noting.

  • Both albums have central themes that repeat and tie the songs together, in addition to following a loose story arc.
  • Both albums offer opposing viewpoints on the same topics that are shaped by circumstances within the album.
  • Both albums have tracks produced by Domingo, Kno, and Timid.
  • Track 4 on both albums is produced by Kno.
  • Track 6 on both albums is non-sample based.
  • Track 9 on both albums is a love song (about the same woman?) and features guest vocals from a male singer.
  • Track 10 on both albums is a posse cut.  More specifically, Timid and EJ appear on track 10 on both albums (along with others).
  • Both albums have 14 tracks.
  • Both albums are 45 minutes in length.
  • Both albums feature the voice of Janely Marin as a character in a skit (she reprises her role).
  • Both albums feature a version of the song “Homegirls” (the remix is the last track on Family Business).

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“Get Off My Ass” on Vlad TV

March 17, 2009
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“Get Off My Ass” is the new single off The Fam’s Family Business album, featuring Kon Artis of D12 who also produced the track under his production alias Mr. Porter.

Link for comments:
http://www.vladtv.com/video/5301/the-fam-feat-kon-artis-of-d12–get-off-my-ss/


RIP Blue

March 14, 2009

04.13.91 – 03.13.09

Blue was our family dog since 1992.  I was still in the single digits when we got Blue, and he was there through the best of times and the worst of times.  When I graduated from elementary school, high school, and college, when I did my first show, when my father died, when I released my first album, when I left New York, when I came back, when I was having girl troubles, and whenever I just needed a buddy… he was there through it all.  Everybody knew Blue.  He was an integral part of my life, and he’ll be missed.  Rest in peace!

Blue’s favorite pics:  1 | 2 | 3


Like OMG, is that totally your number?

March 10, 2009

At the risk of sounding unappreciative of my supporters (I love all of y’all, I swear), I often get asked silly things.  Maybe it’s my OCD, but I do try to hit everyone back regardless of how stupid unusual the questions may be.  But I can’t help it:  When people email me on MySpace asking, “So, where are you from?” or “What kind of music do you make?” when that information is right in front of their eyes, it makes me want to bang my head against the wall.  The one that’s been coming up frequently as of late has been “Is that really your number?” or some variation thereof.

Let’s think about this question for a minute.

They’re referring to the (212) 845-9935 number that appears after my name with the words “call me at” preceding it.  So my question is:  If I’m telling you to call me at that number, whose number do you think it is?  That’s a silly question to ask without even looking at my page, which you should do before sending me a message anyway.  If you’re really asking if it’s a private number, it obviously isn’t because it’s listed on a public site.  And when you click on my profile, these additional details should jump out at you:

  1. There’s a big ass banner at the very top of the page that repeats the number in a huge font with the text:  “Leave a message for The Fam.  We want to hear from you!” and links to our SayNow page which explains everything about the line.
  2. The number is again repeated on the side of the page with the text:  “Call to leave a msg & get updates DIRECTLY from me!  You can also connect with other fans!” and all the voice messages left by fans who’ve called the line are posted directly on the page.
  3. The Fam, EJ, and Timid in my top 8 all have the same phone number after their names.
  4. If you click on the banner to go to this site, you’ll again see the number and the messages left by fans in the Voicemail section.

In light of this, people are still trying to send text messages to the line and get offended when I don’t respond (I can’t,* because it’s not a cell phone — call me does NOT mean text me).  Girls are sending me messages demanding to know my cell number, as though they’re entitled to it now because a phone number was posted.  Other artists are now posting up their actual cell phones on MySpace, because they think that’s what we did and they’re trying to compete.  No hate if that’s your thing, but between the Fam we’ve got over 100,000 fans on MySpace and it would be crazy to put our cells up.

* Yet.  This actually is being worked on and people may be able to text into the line soon.  For now, if you must text send THEFAM to 729669 and it’ll be as if you called.

With all that said, it is a fully functional line and it’s a great tool for us to keep in touch with our fans.  It’s free for everyone, and we can’t see anyone’s number, but we can return voicemails and even call people back directly.  We can send broadcasts and texts to everyone letting them know what’s going on and give them access to exclusive content.  As I write this, there have been almost 2,000 calls into the line and we used the best messages on our Family Affair mixtape that we gave out to the fans for free.

In summary, yes it is really my number and yes I do want you to call it.

But I had to vent.  From now on I should just link people to this post.  I might need to write a whole Silly Question FAQ.  It’s probably all a waste of time, because the people who read aren’t the ones asking the WTF? questions to begin with.  Maybe the next time a blonde chick sends me an email, I’ll just ask her:  “So, are you a boy or a girl?  And what color is your hair?”


Top 10 Most Ticklish Lines

March 4, 2009

On my radio show, we had a popular segment called “Ticklish Thugs” where we would call out an unintentionally gay rap lyric every week.  There was enough material to keep it going for years.  This is all in good fun, but it’s also a commentary on the abundance of homophobia — which is said to be a form of closeted homosexuality — in Hip Hop.  It isn’t an indictment against any artist in particular, except to ask, “Dude, what were you thinking?”

Over the last day, I’ve been counting down my personal favorites one at a time on Twitter.  Without further ado, here’s my complete list of the top 10 most ticklish lines of all time (not that there’s anything wrong with them).  Enjoy! 

10. “I knew I should have laid that man.” -Beanie Sigel
9. “I’ll stand and I’ll spray. Fuck if your man’s in the way.” -Guru
8. “Y’all dudes suck. That’s why I came.” -Masta Ace
7. “When you awaken, your manhood will be taken.” -Big Pun
6. “I might gotta take my shirt off.” “Uh huh. Go in! Go in!” -Jadakiss & Ghostface
5. “Give me a Smith & Wesson. I’ll have brothers undressing.” -Nas
4. “If I don’t do it with music, I’ma do it with papi.” -Jadakiss
3. “I take sacks to the face whenever I can.” -The Luniz
2. “Yayo, bring the condoms. I’m in room 203.” -50 Cent
1. “You ain’t heard that we swallow guys?” -Pharrell

You, sirs, are ticklish thugs.


The Fam live interview on 103.3 FM in MA, 3/1

March 1, 2009

The Fam’s Pizon, Timid, and EJ will be guests on the “Beats, Breaks, and Baseball Bats” show with Antonio (808) Rodriguez on Northampton, Massachusetts’ WXOJ-LP 103.3 FM tonight (Sunday, 3/1) at 10 PM EST.  Those not in the area can listen online at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

Update 12 EST:

Download the interview (mp3)