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Hand Job Academy are one of the most impressive and lyrically compelling acts we've seen in a while.

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Hand Job Academy

Hand Job Academy are one of the most impressive and lyrically compelling acts we've seen in a while.

We grabbed Uncle Meg, Ash Wednesday and Clara Bizna$$ after their show and forced them to answer our Fresh Flesh questions. Their album, #IkeaMonkey is out now.

Raw Meat: Tell us about your local music scene; what’s your favourite local venue, are there any record labels or stores we should look up, what’s the scene like where you’re from?
Uncle Meg: We play at a lot of local venues here in Brooklyn, we really like Trash Bar and Union Pool. We've played at Black Bear a lot recently as well, which used to be Public Assembly. There are a lot of really cool, down to earth rappers that we collaborate and play shows with here in Brooklyn. There is an amazing queer hip-hop scene in our circle as well. Big Dipper, Cunt Mafia, Ratchet By Nature, Cakes da Killa, Miss Eaves, Blunt Mary, and so many more artists that we share the stage and collaborate with. We also recently went on tour in the UK with Brooklyn-based band, Wheatus as well. They are super cool.
Brooklyn is kind of place where you can do whatever you want and be whoever you are with no judgement. I feel very comfortable as a queer, gender non-conforming artist living here.
Clara Bizna$$ ("maybe I should make it C£ara Bizna$$ for the UK?"): Meg basically answered all of this! NYC is where hip-hop was born. That being said, NYC in general can be a tough crowd. There are a lot of "band" bands here, indie rock, psych, whatever. But people always show us love... a lot of the time the comment we get is, "I didn't know what to expect, but that was awesome." Gotta take that as a compliment, you know?
I wish I could tell you I shopped at record stores. I'm a baller on a budget with a small apartment so I mostly do music digitally.

Name one track or band that you love from the past.
UM: Dr. Dre's Chronic 2001 album. Classic. Also the Gucci Mane album from 2009 - The State vs. Radric Davis. I'm sure we can all agree on that one.
CB: My top artists are all over the place; I love Hank Williams, Björk, Wu Tang... I have a Captain Beefheart tattoo. But to answer the question, 'None of Your Business' by Salt-n-Pepa was an early favorite. Just talking about women doing what they want and how people are gonna judge and hate, but fuck 'em. It even partially inspired my rap name. That whole album is really feminist and in your face but still full of hits.

Name one track or band that you’re loving right now.
UM: I'm feeling Childish Gambino's newest album - Because the Internet. Future - 'Move That Dope' is a song we all turn up to.
CB: Lana Del Rey is a guilty pleasure turned actual pleasure. I love her expensive production and sad girl shit and constant bleak self-talk and calling herself crazy... bitch I feel you. I weep over her videos certain times of the month. I'd be down to go to vintage stores in LA with her.

Name one track or band that you think we should be listening out for in the future.
UM: Look out for my sexy ass wife, Sizzy Rocket.
CB: Meg's sexy ass wife. She has really incredible talent and presence.

What are you up to now?
UM: Hustling. Making that cash. Making time to write music and edit this new video coming out soon for our song, 'Lena Dunham'. Look out for it!
CB: At the moment I am literally on a night bus from Glasgow back to London. I stayed back after our leg of the tour, and am flying home tomorrow, back to the grind and hustle. I fucking loved touring with Wheatus, MC Frontalot, Gabrielle Sterbenz, and Miss Eaves. I want to tour forever.

What can we expect from you next?
UM: Official video for 'Lena Dunham'. Shit is going to be crazy. Expect something very similar to our song, 'Shark Week' in terms of super weird visuals. We just went on tour in the UK with the band, Wheatus, and we hope to do the same tour again with them next year.
CB: What Meg said - make music, work this video, play more gigs out of town, build the audience, be a role model to weird kids, just stay turning up and having fun with HJA. And love and believe in ourselves as much as Kanye loves and believes in himself.
Ash Wednesday: Basically, my answer to all the questions, is Kanye Kardashian West.

 

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