We Talked To Lil Dicky
After shutting down the TLA for the second time in 8 months, Cheltenham rapper Dave Burd or Lil’ Dicky (as the masses know him) sat down with us to discuss his tour, upcoming album, favorite Philadelphia munchies restaurant and much more.
OogeeWoogee: So your 1st full national tour run is winding down with only 1 show left, how did everything go?
Lil’ Dicky: It was great, its one thing when you’re in Philadelphia and see a lot of people that you’re friends with but when you’re in Phoenix, Arizona, [you’re] like who are these people? The enthusiasm has been crazy, after every show it feels like a Justin Bieber situation…except its not 13 year old girls, its middle aged white guys. But I think its been a great tour, every city really brought it and I think I brought it in every city too.
OW: You were just in New York for a show at Irving Plaza and Peter Rosenberg from Hot 97 was there, how was that encounter with him?
LD: It was cool. Peter is a big deal and I think he sees some of himself in me in terms of being a random white jewish guy in Hip-Hop. So I think he buys what I’m selling. I think its a good ally to have.
OW: You were also on the Backroom Freestyle on 106 & Park in New York, how did that situation come about?
LD: Yea, the Vice President of BET is really into my music and they asked if I wanted to do it and I said “of course.”
OW: How is the progress with the Professional Rapper album, as well as your search for features?
LD: No tentative release date as of now. I’m really just waiting on some features to come through so I just have to be patient with it all. I’m gonna keep the features on the down low though.
OW: Obviously “Lemme Freak” is the first single from Professional Rapper, it has been going absolutely crazy on the internet. The importance of social media has impacted your career so much from Kickstarter to YouTube, what was your reaction when you saw Diddy and Kevin Durant tweet about your music?
LD: Relief. I knew “Lemme Freak” had to take things to the next level and I’ve been waiting to get recognized by societal figures. So it felt great. It was an important step because, to me, “Lemme Freak” had to do a certain task and I feel like it did exactly what it needed to do.
OW: Can we expect more songs like “Lemme Freak” on the album or do you want it to have a more serious undertone?
LD: No, well there are other funny songs for sure but “Lemme Freak” is certainly the most funny song. There’s one other song that is really funny. Theres a lot of hybrids [on the album] that are funny and serious.
OW: We’re going to transition over from the music to more personal questions. What was your career high in JJBL (Junior Jewish Basketball Leagues) and what gym?
LD: Aw man, I think it was like 34. In Triangle. Triangle to me is a really good gym to score. I was really into driving and you can go end-to-end immediately because the court was so small and the kids weren’t fast enough.
OW: What was your Bar Mitzvah theme and giveaway?
LD: I don’t believe I had a theme. I really don’t recall having a theme. I think it was just Blue and Orange.
OW: Mets colors?
LD: Yea I don’t know, it made no sense. My Bar Mitzvah sucked. I spent so much time picking out the food, by the time all the games like “who knows you the best” came around, there was no food left so I was miserable. And I was way too shy to dance in front of girls and parents so I had no fun at my Bar Mitzvah. And we gave away a mix CD.
OW: That’s fitting.
OW: We were watching the Sixers-Celtics preseason game upstairs before the show and were talking about the season. Knowing that MCW is now out until 2015, how many wins will the Sixers have this year?
LD: How many did we win last year?
OW: I think we won 18 last year. (It was 19)
LD: I think they win 16 games this year.
OW: Ok, I’m saying 13. Who’s going to score? Hollis Thompson is honestly our best player until MCW comes back from his injury.
LD: Yea, I don’t know. I think they have to figure out a way to play very strong defense. And then you never know.
OW: Best munchies restaurant in Cheltenham?
LD: Does it have to be open late?
OW: Yea, needs to be a 2 o’clock in the morning, high as shit, need some munchies now place.
LD: Honestly, I’m into Checkers. I love how cheap it is, its always open. It can be a little dicey at times but when you really want Checkers, a spicy chicken sandwich for $2 is amazing. Actually, fuck it. Steve’s Steaks. What am I saying? Steve’s Steaks is the answer. The cheese fries, its open late. Steve’s steaks 100%. Sorry that it took me so long to realize that.
OW: Finally, how do you come up with all of your AKA’s?
LD: It’s very spur of the moment.
OW: Do you ever see things like “Ok that would be a good AKA”?
LD: I honestly can’t even put it into words, I really don’t know. I just find myself writing AKA’s. Sometimes I’ll make a point to sit down for 10 minutes and write AKA’s if I’m low on them. But normally, shit just happens to me and I just think about it like that.
OW: Can we expect more AKA’s on the album?
LD: Yea for sure. You can definitely except some.