This Friday, Aug. 24, the Replay Lounge will take a rare weekend break from sloppy, drunken garage rock to present a KJHK-and-Oh!Mr-sponsored evening of well-crafted hip-hop called "Sweat," which features Ebony Tusks, Greg Enemy, Audiocloud 51, D/Will, and Chicago's ShowYouSuck. Visit the FB event page here .
We recently had a nice chat with ShowYouSuck about girls, pizza, pop culture touchstones, and kittycats. Check out some ShowYouSuck tunes via Bandcamp and listen to the new track "Girlfriend" via Hypetrak.
Enjoy the interview!
Chip: I’m confused by the name ShowYouSuck on a number of levels. What does it mean and am I supposed to pronounce it really quickly due to the lack of spaces between words?
Richard: Tell us about the new EP Girls, Girls, Girls. How would you describe the ShowYouSuck sound and who are some of your influences as a rapper?
Chip: As a follow up question, was the title of the album inspired by Motley Crue’s “Girls, Girls, Girls” album or Elvis’ movie “Girls, Girls, Girls” or Jay Z’s song “Girls, Girls, Girls“? Or perhaps all of them? Or perhaps something else?
Richard: I was just listening to the song “Girlfriend” which contains a wild mix of pop-culture references, everything from “Nosferatu” to “Eve’s Bayou.” Tell us about your process of incorporating those kinds of references? Do they all have a personal meaning for you, or do you use some of them simply for the purposes of rhyme or humor?
Chip: The titles of your earlier mixtapes (OneManPizzaParty' and 'OMPP2: Mo Slices Mo Problems') are memorable to me because I also love pizza. How does the new EP compare to the older material?
Chip: Let's talk more about women, if you don't mind. Your song “Hot Sex 2012” gives me a boner and I love the repeated refrain of “I’m trying to give your lady friend what she deserves, hot sex on a platter with no Hors d'oeuvres.” How would you describe the way women are portrayed in your songs and particularly on the new album? Is it different from what one might expect? For instance, I expect a lot more about “bitches” and “hoes."
ShowYouSuck: Well, in my song women aren't painted to be perfect creatures. I just don't refer to them as "bitches" and "hoes". Most of my songs reference girls who drink and use drugs too much and who have low self esteem and party too much. I try to write from a perspective that maybe gives some reasoning to their vices or excuses them. The only song I really have about a girl that's 100% positive is "Girlfriend". I loosely write from situations I've been in and social commentaries on scenes I'm a part of.
Richard: Okay, let’s talk about the “Hunter Hearst Helmsley” video. There’s a moment where someone is shooting bullets that look like little kitty faces which fly directly at the screen! Where did that idea come from, what does it mean, and why has that shit not gone viral yet??
Check out the video and watch out for those cat heads!
Richard: You’ll be joining a great line-up of local talent such as Ebony Tusks and Greg Enemy this Friday at the Replay. Tell our readers what a ShowYouSuck show is going to be like, and what else is on the horizon in terms of recording and touring?
"GirlsGirlsGirls" EP August 3rd
OMPP3:Rest In Pizza in October
and Ill be playing shows all over the country for the rest of 2012
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