Pickster One on RoQ'y TyRaid, Peachcake, and Boys and Frogs
Welcome to the latest installment of our weekly feature, Sound Off, where Jason P. Woodbury is joined by a different guest each week to listen to and discuss three tracks from local Phoenix artists. If you would like your songs to be considered for future Sound Off columns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dusty Hickman, known as Pickster One or Pickster Uno when he's on the wheels of steel, knows music. He's at the forefront of the moombahton movement, and the disc he dropped off when we sat down to for this week's Sound Off was loaded with remixes of diverse artists: Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, Bill Withers, A Tribe Called Quest, and more. Read on as the prolific DJ and I tackle songs from local hip-hop firestarter RoQ'Y TyRaiD, electro pop act Peachcake, and a French contribution from Boys and Frogs.
RoQ'y TyRaiD is a local Phoenix MC. You can hear him ever Friday night at 11 p.m. on 99.3 The Beat FM, where he provides an intro the the Redy Set Radio Show.
Pickster One: Who produced this?
Up on the Sun: 21 the Producer? I'm not too familiar with who that is.
I've never heard 21 The Producer...
What did you think of that?
I thought it was good. What I like about RoQ'y is that he's got one speed. He's just like --woosh -- he just goes. Every time I've seen him he's really putting a lot of energy [into what he's doing]. He's an aggressive MC, and this track has definitely got that. He's got a way with, like, 'I'm the shit, and this is why. I'm about to tell you why.' That's his thing. I thought it was cool. I like the hook, he's kind of like, 'You wanna do this? Put it on wax.' It's a hip-hop term, like, you know? If you put it on wax then it's legit.
Instead of just talking shit behind someone's back...
Right. Like, 'If you wanna talk shit, that's cool. Put it on wax.'
I think that's something that hip-hop does right. Competition can be really cool when it furthers the music, and rap beefs produce some of the best music. It's fueled by that. If you're just talking crap and it doesn't lead to anything, what's the point?
Nowadays, with the whole beef thing, Twitter gets in the mix, too. Someone will say something on Twitter, nonchalantly or whatever, they are just saying this or that, but when you put it on wax, it's like you're putting it into print. You're like, 'I'm saying this right now.'
When you go on record attacking someone, you have to back it up.
Right right. You can't be like, 'I didn't say that.'
You have to commit to it. I don't know, I've only listened to a little of RoQ'y's stuff, but I thought the production was awesome.
Yeah yeah, it's a solid beat. The hook is good.
I like the Nintendo-y bleep --
Yeah! That's right, its like from Mario or something.
Like a level-up thing. I would love to hear this actually on vinyl, with an instrumental B-side or whatever.
He's a supporter, he's always out at shows. He's been at Blunt Club all the time. He's working it, doing his thing.
I usually try to think about what I didn't like in a song, but I really just dug this one.
Maybe it could have had some scratching. That's the DJ in me, though.