Welcome to a (sort of) new feature here at brokencool.com. I've always wondered why artists and celebrities should be the only ones getting interviewed...what about the fans of the music? Yes I realize artists are fans as well but no one ever shines the light on the people who actually pay to go to the concerts, buy the music and argue with their friends about why artist X is better than artist A. I said "sort of" new feature because brokencool originally launched this back in 2009...click here for the first "My Name Is...And I'm A Hip-Hop Fan" from May 18, 2009.
"My Name Is...And I'm A Hip-Hop Fan" is back and brokencool.com will be profiling your average Hip-Hop fan and getting inside their head, finding out what makes them tick and gauging their opinions on the current state of the music. If you want to be profiled email email@example.com. Hit the jump for the third installment featuring Denys Velasquez.
brokencool: How old are you?
Denys Velasquez: 30.
bc: Where are you from?
DV: Born in South El Salvador. Raised in South Arlington, Va. South of DC. Southside. South.
bc: What's the coolest hangout spot in your town?
DV: At my age it's about where to eat. That being said, any Peruvian rotisserie chicken place is where you can find me.
bc: When did you first start listening to Hip-Hop?
DV: By accident in '87 during the civil war by a ghetto blaster playing PLANET ROCK. Professionally in 1993 when I moved to the US.
bc: What was the first Hip-Hop album you bought and why that album?
DV: An edited copy of Cypress Hill - Black Sunday, which was quickly returned for an explicit version a day later. Why? The video for "Cock tha Hammer".
bc: Do you have an all-time favourite album, hip-hop or otherwise?
DV: Beastie Boys - Ill Communication.
bc: What 5 rappers do you think are the dopest?
DV: Ghostface, El-P, Nas, Apathy and Lupe Fiasco (pre-Lasers).
bc: What 5 rappers do you think are the wackest?
DV: Like, ever? Lil B, J-Kwon, V-nasty, Birdman and Pras.
bc: What are your favorite blogs and websites?
DV: HipHop is Read, King Jaffe Joffer, Passion of The Weiss and generally anything that makes fun of current trends and music.
bc: What sources (online or offline) do you use to listen to and discover music?
DV: Recommendations from Google. Most things with video and friends with huge hard drives. Pause.
bc: What's your favorite fast food restaurant?
DV: Popeyes. Even though fried food takes an hour off your life once you get past 29.
bc: What's your favorite alcoholic drink?
DV: Jameson. Clear alcohol is for rich women on diets.
bc: What's your favorite movie of all-time?
bc: What are your favorite sports teams?
DV: Redskins. I know, I know..
bc: Outside of Hip-Hop, who are some other artists you listen to?
DV: Norah Jones, Best Coast, The XX, Burial, Feist, The Avalanches, Blood Orange, Vampire Weekend, Mayer Hawthorne, Nina Kraviz, Lola Kite, Beach House, Twin Sister, Diplo, Grimes.
bc: What are some of your favorite clothing brands?
DV: At 13, Cross Colours. At 30, black Hanes t-shirt and Levi blue jeans.
bc: If you were a rapper what would your MC name be?
DV: Iron Stampede.
bc: How can other Hip-Hop fans connect with you? Do you have Twitter? Tumblr? etc.
DV: Follow me @only3s.