i like buying from indie stores because it makes me feel good knowing my money isn’t going to some overpaid giant.
i like buying indie albums brand new because (maybe i’m wrong) but i thought it would give numbers to soundscan which would make the industry say to itself, “hey this kind of music does sell, maybe we should look into this” and they’d get a clue that there are a significant number of people who will buy this kind of hiphop. and after learning that maybe they’d stop forcefeeding the masses pop rap and perhaps put a balance of both or all kinds of hiphop in the exposure i feel is needed.
i used to not want anything to do with majors and mtv etc. and i wanted to do things like perform everywhere i can be successful like bands in the 60’s and 70’s without mtv’s help. but then i realized shit.. this isn’t then. i can’t think that way.
if thom yorke and bjork can be on majors and release authentic music why can’t we?
i first heard about slick rick, eric b and rakim, heavy d., bdp, stop the violence, public enemy, etc because i saw their videos on yo mtv raps.
if hiphop from then came out now with the same exact beats and style, they wouldn’t be on majors. they’d be indie. and they wouldn’t have the status or respect they do as much either.
the point is times have changed.
SODA POP CULTURE INTERVIEWS MICHAEL NHAT
SPC: First of all , why did you start playing music ?..
MN: I WANTED A GIRLFRIEND
SPC: Any bands / artists you listen to get inspired ?
MN: YES, MY BEATS AFTER I MAKE THEM
SPC: How would you label yourself in the music world ?
MN: ROCK AND ROLL FOR TODAYS STAGNANT CRAP ON THE AIR
SPC: Any secret meanings in your songs ? if so , care to dish them out ?
MN: I ONLY RAP ABOUT GIRLS AND THE END OF THE WORLD
SPC: How close are you to your fans ?
MN: CLOSE ENOUGH TO KNOW SOME OF THEIR BRA SIZE
SPC: Have fans done anything crazy at your shows ?
MN: SOMEONE STARTED HUMPING THE COUCH AND SWINGING HIS FEDORA HAT AROUND LIKE A COWBOY
SPC: Any people you look up to ?
MN: BLACK PEOPLE THAT DON’T SAY THE N’ WORD
SPC: How would you react if you blew up famously ?
MN: I WOULD NOT TELL ANYONE
SPC: What’s one place in the world you’d love to visit but not live in ?
MN: THE CASTLE THAT VLAD THE IMPALER LIVED IN
SPC : Any guilty pleasures ?
MN: 40 OZ COBRAS AS OF NOW
SPC: Who’d you love to play with ? (Dead and alive)
MN: FRANK SINATRA AND RADIOHEAD
SPC: Any big things in the near future ?
MN: THAT QUESTION IS TOO HARD I CANT ANSWER IT
SPC: And finally , do you ❤ sodapopculture back ?
MN: I ONLY SAY I LOVE YOU WHEN I WANT MONEY
Michael Nhat. Fuck, this dude is a total hip-hop star! He was about to start the show when he realized that he’d left his beats outside, so there was this five minute stretch of time where everyone in the hallway was chanting “Michael Nhat! Michael Nhat!” Arto from Narwhal Party hyped the crowd while we waited, asking us about our drug preferences (“Do you like shrooms?!” “YEAH!!!” “Do you like to shoot heroin?!” “YEAH!!!”), and eventually Nhat got there with his jams and started
bumping them. The crowd immediately raged and surrounded the rapper, a
short Vietnamese dude with a very-Vietnamese beard and impeccable taste in sweaters. It was pretty great to watch him bounce around in the midst of his fans, clutching onto his microphone and once getting thrown so hard into his CD player that he inadvertently shut off his backing track. I saw part of his show last week at Environmentaland, and he was sitting down in a chair during that. This was very different indeed.
the fact that it came out of this particular guy? I bought his record, so maybe I’ll figure it out later.
– Geoff Geis LA RECORD
Rapper Michael Nhat’s new self-titled album releases Tuesday, Oct. 27, on How To Be A Microwave and his record release show is this Saturday at the House of Vermont. He presents L.A. RECORD with a mixtape—which he titled I Love Bread—and a story to go with every song.
Mozart “Fantasy In F Minor”
One of my girlfriends in 1997 played it live at her school and it made me really appreciate classical music because I didn’t before.
Sonic Youth “Panty Lies”
This song influenced me to start rapping. I had been doing it for fun but this one encouraged me to rap professionally. When people ask me one of my greatest influences, I refer to this—Kim Gordon and Sonic Youth.
Wu-Tang Clan “Can It Be It Was All So Simple”
This is what I was listening to in 1993. I bought my first 4-track and was making music for fun. I played this a lot. The beats and the music inspired me because it was at a time when rap had just finished its MC Hammer era and they were dividing themselves on East and West Coast. And I was East Coast.
Wayne Newton “Danke Schoen”
When I was a kid I heard it in the Ferris Bueller’s Day Off movie. I didn’t know who sang it. But this song started my obsession with hunting down songs I would hear places. This was before the Internet.
Etta James “Trust In Me”
This came on in Chicago at a party on the Southside, and it was my first time encountering her. I immediately liked it. I wish I could sound like Etta James.
PJ Harvey “Is That All There Is?”
I heard it when it first came out in 1996 and maybe a little after that my dad died. This is the first song I played after that so it takes me back there.
Radiohead “Fitter Happier”
The writing of this song is probably the deepest influence in how I write my songs. It changed how I see the writing process. I didn’t get it at first. I just liked it for music’s sake. But as I started paying attention—I would say I emulate this style, as opposed to what everyone else confuses me with. People think I am influenced by Anticon and Busdriver. I am not. I’d never even heard of these people until I moved out here.
Johnny Mathis “It’s Not For Me To Say”
This was when I decided to quit making music as a hobby in 1997. I wanted to be normal and go to school and get a job. I had a daughter and this makes me think of her. I was going to school for film and I made a short and put this song in for her.
Otis Redding “I’ve Got Dreams”
This reminds me of the last time I robbed a house. We were looking up obituaries and found someone who had just died and went to his place. We tried to get as much as we could, but ended up just with his guns and sold them. This was something I’d been doing since I was 16. Also at that time, I got in trouble for storing crack for a friend. My dad found it and flushed it down the toilet. My friends thought I sold it or smoked it.
Sesame Street Kid “Sesame Street”
In Iowa at the parties, DJs would play songs like this at the end of their set. It opened my ears to this type of funny happy song. I started collecting songs like that. Eventually this began to influence my music, which is why my songs are so poppy.
DOWNLOAD THE ENTIRE “I LOVE BREAD” MIXTAPE here: http://larecord.com/radio/2009/10/22/mixtape-michael-nhat-i-love-bread/
MICHAEL NHAT WITH VOICE ON TAPE, HALLOWEEN SWIM TEAM, NARWHAL PARTY, REDEMER, BLUE TAPE RED TAPE AND LUNA IS HONEY ON SAT., OCT. 24, AT THE RELEASE PARTY FOR MICHAEL NHAT’S SELF-TITLED ALBUM AT THE HOUSE OF VERMONT, 1515 S. VERMONT AVE., LOS ANGELES. 9 PM / DONATIONS / ALL AGES. HOWTOBEAMICROWAVE.COM. MICHAEL NHAT’S SELF-TITLED ALBUM RELEASES TUE., OCT. 27, ON HOW TO BE A MICROWAVE. VISIT MICHAEL NHAT AT MICHAELNHAT.COM OR MYSPACE.COM/MICHAELNHAT.
me: what are you doing friday? want to hang out?
her: friday? i work until 6:30. yeah let’s hang out.
(an hour later a friend meets up with us)
friend: i want to see “where the wild things are!”
her: me too! want to go see it friday?!
friend: alright i’ll go with you. what are you doing friday michael?
“Fiercely intelligent, standout lyrics—dark, irreverent, and brutally honest—sear over the unabashedly catchy music, comprised of homemade synth beats and/or snappy, classy samples. Nhat’s inimitable throaty voice and perfectly enunciated rapid-fire delivery (with just the right dose of attitude) complete the outfit” – LA RECORD
Album Cover Photography by Elizabeth Ann