As an art gallery owner, my advice to emerging artists hoping to get their work into prestigious galleries is always, “Beat up your girlfriend, show no remorse, start painting for fun and then book a show a few weeks later with your terrible paintings.” It’s long advice, but it works.
After going in depth about some of my life experiences on the Who Charted? podcast, I’ve been getting a lot of emails and tweets asking me about my time as Interscope-signed rapper Hot Karl. For a few years I was absolutely silent about it, totally hiding its existence, going as far as emailing YouTube to get videos of me rapping taken off their site or wincing visibly when people brought it up. And as I’ve detailed on this blog before, since the Howard Stern interview, I’ve opened up about it, and started to really discuss the weird few years that were my early 20’s. I couldn’t be happier that #1) it didn’t work out #2) I’ve moved on and found some success in other fields, so reminiscing seems much healthier for me nowadays and taking a step back, I can only laugh at how strange the whole thing was. From a joke entry into a radio contest to be heralded as the next big rap star with a million dollar record deal and publishing contract, the whole thing wouldn’t even make sense as a movie.
With that, I’ve uploaded a 15 minute segment directed by a guy name George Meeker in 2004, for a full-length feature called “Dropped,” which I believe you can rent through Netflix. The movie chronicles the stories of a handful of musicians with weird industry stories, and George, who’s brother at one time worked at Interscope and saw my weird timeline firsthand, asked to tell my story. I had almost nothing to do with this, outside of giving him interviews and some people’s phone numbers, and YES, I had some weight fluctuation issues (thanks Zoloft).
George did a good job telling my story at that time. Obviously I wish they interviewed 2012 me, because #1) I’m skinnier #2) I understand so much more about life at this point and feel insanely different. Hot Karl didn’t work because it wasn’t what I wanted to do, it’s no one’s fault. The opportunity arouse and I couldn’t have said no really. But the one thing I did take away from the whole thing was to keep your hobbies heartfelt and your work passionate. Those are two separate things, I just happened to learn it while I had co-workers named Bubba Sparxxx and Planet Asia.
I hope you enjoy George’s piece on HK, I’ve waited quite some time to acknowledge this film even exists. And yes, Mack 10 is the greatest human ever.
And just like that - my dreams have come true. Yes, Souplantation still tweeted secretly about anal sex for 2 months before I called them out, and yes, all of their Southern California locations have a name that insanely outdated and racist (AND they decided to go with the Twitter handle @Souplantation, even though they have more stores called Sweet Tomatoes), but let’s remember here - they gave me a gift card.
If we’ve learned anything here, it’s be totally annoying on Twitter and get free things.
I have the people behind me and the people are my strength.
- Huey Newton
Joshua Budich’s Community poster for this year’s PaleyFest Honors event. Learn about how to get it now, by clicking here and look at Gallery1988.com on Sunday for any left over copies.
Daniel Danger’s American Horror Story poster for this year’s PaleyFest Honors event. Learn about how to get it now, by clicking here and look at Gallery1988.com on Saturday for any left over copies.
This is WILL NOT be weird at all. You can RSVP and watch.
One of my lifelong goals way to be intensely reading a book in the background of a wild rock n’ roll video. I wanted there to be dancing, drinking, girls in their bras, but for myself to be unaffected, just running through pages. And THIS HAPPENED. Thanks to Pete Wentz and Black Cards for making my dreams a reality. And thanks to @NathanielWood for the picture.
You can do it too, kids.
The latest in my ongoing negotiations with the people at Souplantation. I’m hoping for the best, but it’s not looking good.