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Interview: Skinny Friedman

October 10, 2013|By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins

Skinny Friedman has found his audience. According to his mixes, the NYC-based DJ wants it know that his sound is directly catering to the following groups: 

  • 35 year old soccer moms who listen to French Montana
  • White girls that did Teach For America but still have every DMX CD 
  • Black girls who went to art school and don't put any products in their hair 
  • People who spent the summer hopping from club to club trying to twerk with butt cheeks flatter than Ben Stein's vocal tones.

...you get it. RedEye spoke to Friedman over e-mail to learn exactly what Chicago can expect from one of his shows.

RedEye: Your third installment of the “Chobani and Adderall” series dropped yesterday, congrats on that. For those who don’t know, what is this series about?

Friedman: (mostly) rap music about butts, fighting, drugs and feelings, fueled by prescription amphetamines and greek yogurt. Although if i'ma keep it real, I'm more into Fage that Chobani these days.

RE: The titles so far have been hilarious and directly influenced by the fashion ladies are sporting out here. You've done"Romper season," for the summer and  "Zara work pants" for the fall. What’s next? 

SF: im gonna have to see what the women in my sphere of influence are sportin' for winter 2013. wool tights maybe?

RE: Taking a glance at your Twitter feed, you seem like you have a lot of feelings about topics like misogyny and homophobia in rap. Is there ever a disconnect from what you’re playing and how you feel about it?

SF: Haha how much time u got? I mean rap can be very homophobic and misogynistic but i think there's a tendency to dismiss the entire genre as the paragon of offensive music by people who by and large don't listen to a lot of rap. its unfair to make value judgements about any art without examining the cultural subtext and rap is no exception.

 There's this enduring idea that rap that objectifies women is inherently offensive. but i know a lot of women who say they didn't feel comfortable taking pride in their bodies until they started listening to a lot of rap and dancehall. and if you play "back dat azz up" or "tight up skirt" for a room full of girls, you see that in action.

RE: Interesting. Let’s say I’m an ex sorority girl living in the big city now. I like the rap I come in contact with but I have no clue where to start listening outside of that. Any recommendations?

SF: My soundcloud! Moneyworth's rap column on fader. Geng grizzly and note's "fresh out the box" radio show on bbox.com (Airs Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. EST) and also rap radio. local rap radio is great. 

RE: What can Chicago expect from one of your shows?

SF: I'ma play a lot of old cash money and sing along to the hook of "bugatti". i might take my shirt off.

Skinny Friedman plays Sound-Bar tonight with PHNM.

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