Working outside the box is what has made hip-hop what hip-hop is today. Iglooghost and Mr. Yote destroyed this box, made their own and then worked outside of that one. They released their collaborative project on Monday called Milk Empire through Slugabed’s label, Activia Benz. The week before the release, they released the project in form of a balloon on the label’s website. I sent Iglooghost an e-mail to catch up with him and Yote about the project and other cool things and the interview was held through Google Drive and back-and-forth e-mails. I bring this up because I felt the unedited version of this interview reeks of character needed to understand what a Milk Empire is, their infatuation with second generation Pokemon, Iglooghost being on Flying Lotus’ BBC radio show and his own form of emojis.
Wontu: You guys live on opposite sides of the world. Did the great Internet bring you together and how did that happen?
Iglooghost: ALL HAIL DA BROADBAND ZOO. WE STARTED MAKING SHIT TOGETHER I GUESS A FEW YRS BACK. I HIT HIM UP WHEN WE WERE UNDER DIFFERENT NAMES. I WAS LIKE 15. EVEN BACK THEN WE EACH HAD RLLY MILITANTLY CONSISTENT PERSONAL VISUALS WE MADE OURSELVES SO I GUESS I RLLY RESPECTED THAT IN YOTE. ∠(･`_´･ )
Mr. Yote: yea if there were no internet there would def be no yoteghost. we met on some forums and then like i remember Igloo hitting me randomly and at the time i usually didn’t mess with random dudes but me and igloo managed to click some how. it was sick.
How would you two describe the music Yoteghost makes and what inspires those sounds?
IG: THE RAP SONGS I MAKE W YOTE ARE DEFINITELY INSPIRED MORE BY WHAT DOESN’T EXIST; AS IN WHAT I FEEL LIKE IS MISSING IN RAP. I WISH THERE WERE MORE CHAOTIC AND SILLY AND LOUD SHIT IN HIP HOP. ON MY SIDE OF THINGS FOR THE YOTEGHOST RECORD I WAS TRYNA SPRINKLE IN SOUNDS U DON’T EVER HEAR IN RAP BEATS. IT WAS ALSO SUPPOSED TO SOUND V STRETCHY AND GELATINOUS. ✷ɷ✷
MY: yea this project was def all new stuff for me to work with. i feel like my standalone is completely different from the stuff we make together. like the stuff with igloo, i just roll with whatever he sends me cus i like to give myself that challenge of working with completely different sounds, but they somehow manage to blend rather swell if you ask me.
Igloo, in the last interview we had with you, you said you were collecting toy instruments to create unique sounds. Are you still doing that? Along with sampling NES games?
IG: NAH G WII U INSTEAD OF NES NOW. I BEEN SAMPLING THE NEW SMASH BROS A LOT… NOT ON SOME CORNY SHIT MORE LIKE THE SUPER SPECIFIC COLLISION NOISES. I GOT BORED OF TOY INSTRUMENTS BUT I’M SUPER DOWN WITH THESE RLLY WEIRD REASON PRESETS THIS MUSLIM WOMAN MAKES. THEY’RE ON THIS ANGELFIRE ASS 90’S WEBPAGE & SOUND SO DOPE.
Yote, where did the name Mr. Yote come from and what inspired you to create these characters that you become or based around for your projects? Is King Kow just your production alias?
MY: i’ve always made music based on a character for some reason. the fiction aspect if story writing was always sick to me. but i started figuring out i wanted this world so then i started adding more people and then eventually figured that i wanted them to be interesting also and have these life’s of their own the live. so yea Slick Rick’s ‘Who Rotten Em’ really gave me confidence in doing something like this. but Kow is the main character of it all. i haven’t gone into his story at all but he’s a big deal. but yea i mainly label things as King Kow in the composer listing on iTunes if i produced it. kinda just a random thing.
What is a Milk Empire?
IG: A FUCKING HORRIFYING PINK FACTORY MY ASSOCIATE KING KOW HERE OPERATES.╰(«○»益«○»)╯
MY: nah its beautiful. its a wonderous place in which all our milk goods come from.
Who came up with the idea to sell the album in form of a balloon and how big of a help was Activia Benz on making that happen?
IG: ORIGINALLY WE WERE GONNA DO CHOCOLATE BUT I DON’T THINK U CAN SELL THAT OVERSEAS COS WE COULD HAVE FILLED IT W AMPHETAMINES OR SOME SHIT. THE ACTIVIA BENZ BOYS DID A TOWEL FOR SLUGABED AND WE’RE ALL BORED OF THE USUAL BANDCAMP ASS MERCH. ╬ʘ益ʘ╬
MY: yea that was all their work. i wish we could have made the chocolate tho. could you imagine how great that would be!?
What made you want to split the download into only two tracks like a cassette or vinyl? Can you reveal what each side title translates to?
IG: ME & YOTE MADE A TAPE A FEW YRS BACK AND IT WAS 2 SIDES OF FICTIONAL SHORTWAVE RADIO STATION RECORDS, SO WE JUST KEPT TO TRADITION. WE DEFFO MADE THE SONGS SHORT AND MERGE-ABLE FOR THE PURPOSE OF MAKING SIDES. IMAGINE IT LIKE 2 HALVES OF A KIT KAT.
MY: i think it just carried over from the last project we worked on. it just sort of stuck for some reason. i know a lot of my friends hate it, but that makes it that much funnier to me.
I hate you for it, but I’ll continue enjoying my Kit Kat. The video for “Flyknit Shoes” is probably the craziest video I’ve seen all year. How did you choose which Pokemon were going to be spiraling around you and how long did all that 3D work take?
IG: ALL THE POKEMON ARE FROM THE 2ND GENERATION WHICH WAS AROUND THE EARLY 2000’S. PERSONALLY I’VE ALWAYS FOUND THEM TO BE A GIANT VISUAL INSPIRATION FOR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER. THOSE POKEMON DON’T LOOK LIKE ANY OTHERS AND THEY’RE ALL MAD SIMPLE BUT STILL VERY ODD. LIKE WHAT THE FUCK IS DUNSPARCE. WHAT IS THAT MEANT TO BE. THE 3D SHIT TOOK FOREVER. ಢ⊱ಢ
MY: yea thats all igloo. (other then the little head mouthing stuff off. i made that hehehe.) but yea thats all on him. but we both have a strong love for second gen so that might answer your question a bit more.
That’s probably the first time I’ve heard someone favor the 2nd Gen over the 1st Gen. On the subject of Pokemon, I know you both are fans of Nintendo. What are your thoughts on Nintendo in 2015 and what game(s) have you been playing most?
IG: I’M ALWAYS PLAYING SSB4. MAN WILL COME THRU FUCK AROUND AND BUST YER HEAD OPEN WITH BOWSER JR. I ALSO JUST PICKED UP MARIO 3D LAND AGAIN COS ITS SUCH A PERFECT AMALGAMATION OF THE 3D MARIO SHIT. ꒪່౪꒪່
MY: yo igloo you gotta cop a wii u and get mario 3d world then. that game takes all that good stuff from 3d land and just perfects it! but back to the question, i am so biased towards nintendo stuff tho but i do feel like they are slowly taking back over. just got splatoon and man this game is great. been dropping racks on all the amiibo also. i dont really know how to answer this tbh. i am really looking forward to the new yoshi and star fox but yea i might be able to answer this question better after e3. this is kind of a mess of an answer my bad ahaha.
You have to get Mario 3D World! What is the most you’ve spent on an amiibo? I feel like I’m going to end up paying whatever they want for me to get a yarn Yoshi.
MY: yo luckily i have purchased all my amiibo at retail. i don’t mind waking up bit early to wait out for a few hours but these dudes are going crazy. like so many people are starting to camp out for these now its strange, but i’ve gotten super lucky on a lot of occasions and hope the luck doesn’t run out anytime soon especially with the yoshi and chibi robo amiibo coming up!
Iglooghost, how did it feel to have Flying Lotus play your music on his BBC radio mix?
IG: SO COOL. CRAZY SHIT BEEN GOING ON BEHIND THE SCENES THE LAST FEW MONTHS. YALL WILL KNOW WOTTUP SOON. •̀ᴗ•́
MY: dude yea y’all are in for a treat. like imagine on halloween going to all the rich people’s houses and filling up your pillow sack with the jumbo sized candy bars, like that kind of treat.
What’s next on your music agendas?
IG: I’M LIKE 2 RELEASES AHEAD OF THE YOTEGHOST THING RN. CANNOT WAIT TILL I GET THE GREENLIGHT TO SHOW YALL THE CONFUSING UNIVERSE I BEEN CRAFTING. I DON’T WANNA TOOT MY OWN HORN BUT I MANAGED TO MAKE THE MISSION STATEMENT I ALWAYS WANTED TO STATE SO I’M STUPID HAPPY AND TERRIFIED. SEE YALL COOL DUDES SOON. ღ˘◡˘ற♡.。oO
MY: and i got this solo ep coming up. its about a pirate named Scurvy Jones. he’s really cool looking. and i got a track on igloo’s new ep. its really nice. then around halloween I’m gonna be putting out another short thing about this man named Count Toro. i want to make it a lot spookier than the Frank&Stein ep, which was the last halloween special.
Download Milk Empire for free and/or buy it in balloon form while supplies last.