i’m on the road again this week for work, hence the late night post and the upfront admission that it’s likely to be a slow posting week as a result. Before you start your bitching, however, i have an extra special treat for you damn base heads. i reached out to maestro extraordinaire, Pig Pen, to participate in the on-going exclusive mixtape series and Q&A. As luck would have it, that daffy bastard had a full-on album he’d been sitting on that he’s decided to premiere here at Odd Bloggings. So sit back, have a read, download some blasters and let’s call it all good
1. Name, rank, serial number: Pig “Master of The Universe” Pen aka Baby Boy. Hardworking middleclass. Wayne County Corrections Inmate #655321
2. So, Pig Pen–beloved Peanut in need of serious bathing, beloved Dead organist in need of serious detoxing or do you just really dig the swine? Here goes the story of how I became Pig Pen. I was about 16 years old, and Philip Morris’s newest customer. I was deathly afraid of my mother finding out I smoked so I would go to extreme lengths to make sure she never did. One day it was raining, and me being my paranoid 16 year old self, decided it would be a good idea to hop in an empty dumpster to enjoy my cigarette. It was a clever idea which kept me dry from the rain and more importantly, out of sight from mom. My friends thought it was hilarious/nasty and started calling me Pig Pen.
3. Assuming you’ve been cool forever, what extra steps did you need to take to become awesome? Well if you can’t tell by now, I’ve always been pretty damn cool, smoking in empty dumpsters and whatnot. Needless to say over the years I’ve become awesome by giving up smoking and staying out of trash reciprocals.
4. What’s your favorite beat artist? Album? Bizarre sub-genre name? I really don’t have a favorite “beat artist” but of course I like all the main guys, Shadow, RJD2, Dilla, Premier, blah blah blah. On a more underground level I’m really feeling the Oslo SP Ensemble with Fred Fades, Deckdaddy and John Rice.
5. I just reviewed (and loved) “Anybody Can Be Cool…But Awesome Takes Practice,” so we know you’ve done that recently. What’s next on the horizon? I’m pretty sure I am done with beat tapes after the last one. I’m super pleased with how my first two have done (Summer State and Anybody Can Be Cool…). I really want to expand my musical horizons into a full LP. People are boxing themselves in with these so called “Beat Tapes” (which aren’t tapes at all?). When you label something as a “Beat Tape” or “Mixtape” is takes away from the project in some sense. So no longer will I be labeling any of my releases. To me, “Beat Tapes” (why do we call them tapes again?) are just an exhibition of a producer’s talent, sort of like “here’s what I can do.”
6. Anything else you’d care to pimp? Upcoming tour, straight-to-DVD porn, etc? For the past year, I’ve been working on the full length LP which will be done soon. It’s very different from my past work, so it should be interesting to see the response it gets.
As for this project “Bay of Pigs”, this is a collaborative project between me and fellow Detroiter Aztek. He’s a veteran in the Detroit music scene and has been actively involved in it for the past decade. We’ve been sporadically working on this project for the past 3 years and it has become sort of a “Detox” situation where it kinda got put on the backburner. Well finally it is here in all it’s glory. 10 tracks produced by myself and with Tek on vocals. I am happy to let people
finally hear it for the first time. I hope you all enjoy it..
Bay of Pigs full download link: http://www.mediafire.com/?5z705yj8j4c1i1a