Hand’Solo Records – Cock Dynamiks (1998)

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RR: Buck 65 and Moves come up with the idea for the album’s existence. But where do you come in? Had the project already been completed before you got involved? Or were you orchestrating it similar to how you did Bassments of Badmen?

Thomas Quinlan: I was less involved in compiling the tracks for Cock Dynamiks. As you’ve noted, Buck 65 and Moves were the ones who came up with the idea. I’m not sure how far along the project was, or even if it had started, when I first got involved. And I became involved in the project after hearing about the concept from Moves. I dig sex raps and Halifax raps, so I offered to put it out on Hand’Solo Records and to also bring in contributors from my contacts in Toronto and Vancouver. I might have pulled a few of the tracks from those initial submissions I received, but the rest were sent to be added to those gathered by Buck and Moves. I think all of them were used.

RR: I imagine it would have been challenging at the beginning collecting rappers to commit to the idea. How did you go about doing this? And if you didn’t, do you know any of the struggles that Moves and Buck 65 would have had to overcome?

Thomas Quinlan: To be honest, it wasn’t a challenge at all. I can’t speak for Buck and Moves, but I’m sure their experiences weren’t any different from my own. And probably even easier since they had longer relationships with many of the people they were asking. But Kool Keith had already proved with Sex Styles that an album of underground sex raps could be dope. And I’m sure everyone on Cock Dynamiks was a fan of that album. Plus, pretty much everyone on the album had already released their own sex raps on their own albums, so it wasn’t something odd for them to be doing. Anyway, I just put the word out to those connections I made in Vancouver after releasing the Crystal Senate split-12” with Moka Only (and Sixtoo on the other side) and the connections I was making in Toronto as I became more involved in my own local rap scene. I’m sure a few people didn’t come through with the promised music, but it would have had more to do with lack of time and laziness than any concern about being on an album of sex raps.

RR: Can you breakdown who some of the aliases are for this record? Who is Dr. Tangent, Asscalator, SicSexEd, Ballin’ Peen and Dirty Hanes? (Uncle Climax obviously being Buck 65.)

Thomas Quinlan: Yes, I can definitely break most of that down for you. As you’ve said, Uncle Climax is a known alias of Buck 65, as is Stinkin’ Rich, which I think he may have used in this case since the lyrics for “The Bum Rap” were older raps. Of course, Stinkin’ Rich was he name Buck 65 used for rapping before switching to the name with which we all now know him. SicSexEd, who has one of my favourite songs on the album with “Pulverization”, is Tachichi. Dr. Tangent is Vandal, the Urban Camper from Cryptic Souls Crew, who is back recording music again in the last couple of years. Dirty Hanes is Fritz the Cat, who was a member of Collapsyllables at the time, I believe, but would later join with producer Recordface to form OK Cobra. Asscalator is Kunga219 of Roosevelt Tharpa. As for Ballin’ Peen, I made a promise so I can’t really give up the goods on that one.

RR: Do you have any stories regarding putting together this release? Or the immediate promotional period afterwards?

Thomas Quinlan: I’m not usually involved in the recoding process in these projects, especially with a compilation. Usually I just get a bunch of finished songs to pick through. But in this case I got to be privy to the recording process of one of the songs. I was really pushing to get Fritz the Cat on this thing. I really liked what he was doing at the time, and his freestyle skills were some of the best I’d personally witnessed. But it just wasn’t happening and we were running out of time, so one night hanging at his place he called Moves and left a freestyle verse for Moves on his answering machine, and Moves put a beat under it. It was a wild call to watch, with Derek MacKenzie getting hype in the background and the song ending because the volume of delivery was getting too loud for Fritz’s apartment at that hour. In this case, Fritz really did call it in. And every time I hear that song I remember that night.

On the promotional side of things, Cock Dynamiks received a fair amount of press for something that was pretty much pre-internet. The big ass Vice Magazine article on the compilation and mini-tour was a cool moment. And the tour was great. It was the first tour I organized, with a bunch of assistance from Fritz, and it’s the first and only tour for which I’ve been tour manager. The ride back from Montreal was almost killer. We had a small core of artists on the tour and a mix of additional performers at each location. Having Collapsyllables pay their own way by bus from London to play in Montreal was my first time to see Paul the Apostle (better known as Governor Bolts). Eternia played in both Toronto and London, and it was really nice to have some estrogen in the mix for a few dates.