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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Hit the jump for the second installment featuring Josh Neary.
brokencool: How old are you?
Josh Neary: I am 23 years old, 24 in September.
bc: Where are you from?
JN: Utica, NY. If you had a map and you placed your finger directly in the center of New York state, I’d see your fingerprint in my backyard.
bc: What's the coolest hangout spot in your town?
JN: There’s actually this new spot that just opened called The Cage. It’s owned by the now retired UFC Fighter Matt Hamill. It’s dope, they have all of the sporting events and UFC PPV’s, obviously. Great food as well.
bc: When did you first start listening to Hip-Hop?
I actually got started early, my uncle was and continues to be a huge influence for me as far as Hip-Hop is concerned. Started listening in 1995 but really gravitated towards it more in ’96. I would hang out in his room while he played Madden for Sega and just jam out to whatever albums he had in his disc changer.
bc: What was the first Hip-Hop album you bought and why that album?
JN: First album I ever bought from the Hip-Hop genre was actually West Side Connection’s Bow Down. I was seven years old at the time and the overall aggression that they spit with was very welcoming to me. I don’t really know why, it could be due to being bullied or whatever, but that album helped me grow as a person. I know that sounds silly because I was so young but it did just that. After that I gained some clout around the school for being the only one with explicit rap albums in my CD player.
bc: Do you have an all-time favourite album, hip-hop or otherwise?
JN: I don’t have an all-time favorite because the genre is so fast paced and there is constantly something new dropping on a weekly basis. I can say that my favorite releases this year are Lil B’s God’s Father mixtape and Jack White’s Blunderbuss. Both of those are testaments to the direction that the music industry is heading as a whole.
bc: What 5 rappers do you think are the dopest?
JN: In no order, Currensy, Sean Price, Lil B, (yes, I will expand on this further if need be) Earl Sweatshirt and Killa Cam. KILLA.
bc: What 5 rappers do you think are the wackest?
JN: Future is absolutely dreadful, I can’t stand Nicki Minaj, in fact I can’t deal with anyone on Young Money. So my list is as such: Future, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Birdman and Soulja Boy.
bc: What are your favorite blogs and websites?
JN: I used to frequent 2dopeboyz a lot but now it’s more of Fader and Nah Right.
bc: What sources (online or offline) do you use to listen to and discover music?
JN: Twitter is a great tool for discovering music online, as is Pandora. Offline I take all recommendations from friends.
bc: What is one thing you wish Hip-Hop artists would do more?
JN: Work together more. I feel like there is this sense of isolation taking over the industry and that’s not good for a dying genre. Artists need more exposure from other artists in better positions to help expose them to a greater audience.
bc: What's your favorite fast food restaurant?
JN: Wendy’s hands down. Double bacon cheeseburger and a fry, let’s go.
bc: What's your favorite alcoholic drink?
JN: Jameson and ginger ale. Perfection in the form of a beverage.
bc: What's your favorite movie of all-time?
JN: Pulp Fiction.
bc: What are your favorite sports teams?
JN: New York Yankees for sure, but the Philly Flyers are a close 2nd.
bc: Outside of Hip-Hop, who are some other artists you listen to?
JN: I love older music. Van Morrison, Pink Floyd, anything of that ilk I’m a sucker for. I mentioned Jack White earlier. I’ll listen to anything as long as it sounds good.
bc: What are some of your favorite clothing brands?
JN: Play Cloths is dope and I love the comeback that Ecko made. They’ve been putting out some real quality work for a few years now.
bc: If you were a rapper what would your MC name be?
JN: JDude. It embodies my personality perfectly.. cause I’m just a dude and my name is Josh.
bc: How can other Hip-Hop fans connect with you? Do you have Twitter? Tumblr? etc.