So I get to FR*A offices in Downtown and it was a damn party!
Me Trying to do My Best Imitation as a Korean Gangsta. FAILURE!
This was an opportunity for people to get to know IZ. Anyways, I make a bet with the co-host. I tried to do a lil freestyle. And I lost… Grinch( the co-host) told me that I needed to wax my hairy chest if I suck. I agreed and well I lost. So I got my chest waxed. That shit hurt.
Grinch waiting to inflict pain on me.
Mike from Tatum Jones filming!
David Choi, he took a crack at my chest too. Did it slow, jerk!
This is a clip of the whole interview.
For all those people that were dying to see the show in Burbank but couldnt make it, here are some clips from the show:
Check me out at Irvine Improv tonite! Show starts at 11PM. Its gonna be bananas!
Before I get to my usual rant about something crazy I just wanted to invite everyone to a show I will be at. It will be at the Irvine Improv.
June 20th (11pm)
71 Fortune Drive.
Because the show is gonna be awesome.
And for all you cheap asses:
Get on the guest list by hitting up Black Mike at email@example.com Be sure to leave your first and last name plus number of guests. First 50 to respond will get FREE admission so act now!!!
This past Friday (5/29/2009) I had my show at in Burbank. I was pretty stressed out about the turn out because online ticket sales weren’t so hot and I realized that the Lakers were playing the same time! Damn you Lakers for KILLING the Thuggettes on the same day.
So this meant, alot of people were gonna sit at a bar or at home to watch the game. It showed in the turnout. The show was at half capacity…=( But nevertheless, I knew I had to give the people in the audience a good show. They came all the way to Burbank to see me.
So the day of the show, I wake up coughing and feverish… What a great time to be sick?! Last year, my phone decided to stop working during the day of my DVD taping. This time, my voice and nose decided to stop working. So I get up, and go to the trusty Theraflu.
So I gulped down pretty much the shitty Theraflu concoction. It just made me feel sicker. I went to the bathroom to get the phlem out of my throat. I tried everything. I tried spitting it out. I even stuck my finger down my throat channeling my days as a bulimic. However, I couldnt get any of it out.
Then I took a trip to the nearby Ktown landmark called Saan. They are known for their abalone porridge. I bundled up and decided I was gonna sweat this badboy out. I dusted the porridge and I was sweating like hooker in church. The waitress in the restaurant looked at me like I was a freak. But the food did make me feel a lil better.
Today we shall talk about natural born hustlers. Among my friends there are some crazy ass hustlers. A hustler is someone that lives, breathes, and sleeps their work. Not only that though, they are the types that usually work 10 times harder then everyone else. They usually dont get paid by the hour like corporate america or whores at an asian massage parlor. Here are some of my hustlin buddies that inspire me:
Hustler # 1: Far East Movement
These guys are the hardest working people I know! If you know anyone that works harder, I’ll give you a dollar. I have known these guys from quite some time. Hell, I booked them for a gig when they started out. It was a terrible crowd. Terrible sound system. It was at a CHINESE Restaurant for shit sakes! I am so sorry guys for putting you guys through that.
Anyways, these guys are the fucking natural born hustlers. Proh, J-Spliff, NevNish and DJ Virman are doing it big now. They are on constant rotation at clubs and radio stations all over the country. Sure they will get their fair share of haters. I have heard people say, they arent that good, etc. I tell these folks, get some songs on the radio first before you start to talk shit. Do 5-7 shows a week before you open your blowhole. Do shows all over the country before you open your mouth. We as entertainers face a lot of haters. Especially from our own people.
Right now, FM is on tour with Epik High (Korean Hip Hop Group). I would say within the next year, these guys are gonna be major rock stars. They will have more haters along the way but as these haters are shitting on them from behind a computer screen from their shitty job, FM will be doing what they always do, hustlin.
Click HERE to check them out!
Hustler # 2: James Han
James and I were college roommates and still a great friend. He is one of the most ambitious dudes I know. He runs his own company called Pros for Pros. He realized that he wasn’t gonna be working for anyone because his employers would most likely be retarded. While “fucking around” at Pepperdine after college, he decided to start his own company. When we were in college under the influence of a myriad of things, James and I were talking about making a ton of money. Of course, we all have aspirations of have money like those douchebags on MTV Cribs. “And this is where all the magic happens” Ughh..
Anyway, James was one of the few guys that really took the notion of being successful to another level. Lots of people, as they grow older, decide that they want stability more than success. There is nothing wrong with that. But as we learned in some stupid econ class in college, you need to risk more to earn more. Dont quote me on that because I havent seen an econ textbook in 7 years and asleep for most of my classes in college.
James and I still talk and the dude is just a work horse. He gets to his own office early and then leaves in the wee hours of the night. Yes, I said wee hours, dont judge me assholes. James is always trying to expand his business and if I needed something done web related, I would call James.
Hustler # 3: Future Rockstars of America (DPD and Danny Park)
(I had to shit real bad. DPD is comforting me)
I knew DPD since his days as the Lead Singer for Nemo and Red Team Go. DPD is one of the most talented designers I know. He has worked with clothing companies, musicians, magazines and handful of other things. He is one of the heads of Future Rockstars of America. From the 5 years, I have known the guy, he always marched to the beat of his own drum (Strum of his own guitar in his case). From music, art, to conspiracy theories, DPD is some what of an expert in many fields. I once sat for 2 hours just watching him work on his computer. Yes, I had absolutely nuthin to do! It was just crazy to watch him work. With random music blaring, he was doing things on photoshop and illustrator I have only read about. I read a lot! He is a hustler for many reasons but one that really gets me is that he is talented enough to be a Creative Director anywhere and make a decent amount of money. But this dude instead decides that he is gonna just get on the hustle game and has been at it for many years. Much Respect!
(Damn we are good looking)
Danny Park, I met during college. He is involved in the Korean Students Assocation of his school. I met him at one of his parties that he threw. Oh yea, he used to own a promotion company back in the days. Anyways, when we first met, we couldnt stand each other. He said I was such an asshole. He was just too energetic and bouncin off the walls. Well, I am still and asshole and he is still hyper as ever but we are good buddies now. The thing about Danny is that this dude is passionate about what he does. We all have experienced that “Fuck this Job!” moment. Danny, on the other hand, no matter how stressful it gets or shit hits the fan, he powers through that shit. His energy and enthusiasm at first was kinda annoying but at the end of the day, you need some of that to get through shittiness that life throws at you.
All these dudes keep me in check. Like if I think I am busy and I see them, I know that I have no right to complain or whine. These guys always do it right!
Here are some lessons for the kids:
1) Be Passionate about what you do. If you just punch in and punch out every day then go punch yourself in the face.
2) Don’t let anyone get you down. Not everyone will be supportive of your endeavors. Fuck them. If you have a passion for it then go for it. But remember, you need to be passionate and love what you do. If you like picking up trash and that is your passion, you aint got no business trying to a lawyer.
3) Hustle til the wheels fall off.