A few weeks ago, bored at work, I found myself creepily doodling Justin Bieber's name for an instagram [@dsisive] pic I thought would be funny. I outlined the bubble letters and added hearts and balloons. Sprinkled it with a TLA and snapped away. Once uploaded, and impressed with my inner 13 year old girl, I decided to take my bubble letter game to the people. Via Facebook, I offered my listeners a bubble lettered version of their names, in exchange for their email addresses. Before I knew it, I was working on 433 names. I'm still finishing them, actually. I will finish them. Promise.
Amongst the 'thank you' replies from my satisfied customers, I received an interesting email. I won't include the name, but here's the message, copy and pasted from the original...
"I didn't think you would really do this and thought it was a joke. You must really love your fans or be really really bored. Do you ever listen to Mac Miller? You two would be good on a song.
You should really try to not put so much blasphemy in your songs. Your rapping is better when you don't do it. It isn't good for later on and I asked my grandmother to pray for you once and she did. I hope it helps. I don't think you should be scared but you should prepare to be safe because it's never too late.
When is the new Jonestown coming out? My girlfriend told me to ask you if 1974 is a real story?
Thanks alot for the name."
This email stayed with me. No offense to its author, but it's definitely... interesting. It resonated with me. It made me nervous. It was just as confused and confusing as I am. I'm fully aware of my content and what I put out. I stand by the choices I make, even though I may not agree with them over time. This person wants me to tone down the 'blasphemy', but wants Jonestown. This person wants me to prepare for the afterlife. This person wants me to work with Mac Miller. This person isn't sure if 1974, an innocent song about my father's dislike for Frank Sinatra [featured on the first Jonestown], is fictitious or not. This person asked her grandmother to pray for me, yet, this person wants Jonestown. This is not the first email I've received of this tone, but it is the most confusing.
To answer, Jonestown 3.The Dream Is Over, will be released on Sunday.November.18th [ http://www.iwasthedreamer.com ]. The 34th anniversary of the Jonestown massacre. To put it bluntly, this will be the end. I've been hinting at it for a while, and it's only right I make it concrete. It's the end of the Jonestown series, as well as the end of the D-Sisive chapter I started 5 years ago.
In 2007, and inspired by Warren Zevon's final months, I ran full speed. Making up for lost time by releasing as much music as possible, as fast as I could. I was/am afraid of dying and not doing what I should have while alive. I tried speaking with as many people as I could, and met a lot of amazing personalities. It's incredible what recording words and sounds can bring you. I also feel like I've double-lapped that lost time.
This isn't a Master-P-Retirement publicity stunt. I'm not retiring. I'm just exploring. Finding new roads to walk. I just feel like I need to find that dirty dish again. The plates I was washing when I wrote Brian Wilson. I need to plant a garden. I need to learn Macedonian. I need to learn how to cook. I need to watch Boardwalk Empire. I need to visit Paris. I need to work on my novel at Starbucks. I need to learn how to play the accordion. I need to sharpen my bubble letter skills.
Audio: Michael Barber "Ruthless (Asher Roth & Mac Miller Diss)"
Courtesy Doctor Ray.
Michael Barber's new single Ruthless takes funny shots at Asher Roth, Mac Miller, Wax and Kirko Bangz. It was self produced and Michael uses an Eazy-E type of flow and some lyrics from Eric Wright, his favorite rapper.