Last week while volunteering at KCRW, I transcribed an interview for the Guest DJ Project feating Eddie Huang. “Who?” – that was my initial reaction to the mp3 file e-passed my way. But I must be more sheltered than I thought…how did I let this Eddie character slip by?! Eddie, as it turns out, is a 30something Asian American genius, chef (owner of BaoHouse), author, Vice host, comedian…who speaks like a rapper from Harlem.
Before looking him up, glancing at his picture, or listening to his amazing voice and dialect, let this description infiltrate your imagination:
“Mr. Huang’s face was framed by a crisp black New Yorker baseball cap. On his pinkie was a ring emblazoned with a Star of David; on his wrist a Nike+ FuelBand; and on his torso was an oversized black hoodie with the letters “P-I-F” emblazoned on the front.
“It’s a type of very high-quality weed,” Mr. Huang said matter-of-factly. “The proper usage is, ‘You got dat pif, mang?’ ” Mr. Huang smiled, a walking mixtape of postmodern cultural appropriation.”
Listen to his Guest DJ Project interview below. And laugh. I immediately downloaded his book – Fresh Off the Boat – as an audiobook so I can spend 7 amazing hours listening to his voice…and laughing.
Eddie on Cam’ron’s “Killa Cam”: “It’s like hood elevator music.”
On Kanye’s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”: “I love this song because it just makes me want to get up, get out, and go get money. I want to get paid. Every time I hear that song, I want to be paid.”
On Nina Simone’s “That’s Him Over There”: “I’m a big bathrobe dude though and sometimes you put the bathrobe on and it’s just like yo, I need Nina right now. Like I need Nina, like ASAP.”
On Bobby Womack’s “Across 110th Street”: “Makes you want to just get up and go walk around Harlem, you know.”
On DJ Doo Wop’s mix tape of Biggie over Teddy Pendergrass, “Close the Door”: “When ladies come to the crib you want to play sexy music, right. But sometimes that sexy music is a little too soft, so big black nasty Biggie Smalls on a Teddy Pendergrass track is kinda just perfect. That’s music to smash to that I could f*&% with. It’s just kind of like the right amount of griminess and close-the-door Teddy Pendergrass.” (*can’t find this song anywhere…listen to his interview to hear it because it rules)