[Editor's Note: Below this text that you see rests ИOTHING, the new collaborative EP from Tuscon, Arizona rapper Isaiah Toothtaker and Jacob Safari, who you might recognize as the former drummer of Wavves. While Toothtaker is the shit (check his Gunplay collaboration “Frownin'” or his Rob Zombie EP with Rapewolf and Harry Fraud if you need proof) and so new music from him should be cause for cause for celebration on its own, ИOTHING becomes the double-deluxe sickness because it’s made from all unlicensed Nine Inch Nails samples. He gave it to us to premiere below, and we got him together with our in-house #KNOWLEDGE expert The Kid Mero for a quick chat about the new project, fatherhood, remaining a criminal forever, and the best way to tell if someone has herpes.]
THE KID MERO: HOLDUP MY KID JUST SHIT IN HIS PAMPER GIMME A MIN. I HEARD IT, SHIT SOUNDED LIKE A BIG ASS EMPTY KETCHUP BOTTLE.
Isaiah Toothtaker:How long can you leave a baby with shit in its diapers before you have issues?
NOT SURE MY NIGGA BUT I AINT TRYNA FIND OUT. I FUCK AROUND AND TAKE MY KID TO THE DOCTOR AND THE DOCTOR CALLS ACS ON ME CUZ THE LITTLE NIGGA GOT DOODOO RASH ON HIS BALLS. THAT’S A BAD LOOK.
I feel you.
SO WHAT'S POPPIN MY GUY YOU GOT THE EP DROPPIN YOU MAKIN MUSIC AND SHIT?
It's been hella long since I've changed diapers; my twins are almost ten. Yeah yeah, this new project is with former Wavves drummer Jacob Safari on production, using all unlicensed Nine Inch Nails samples.
JAKE SAFARI SOUND LIKE A DORA THE EXPLORER CHARACTER BUT I FUCK WITH UNLICENSED SAMPLES. YOU DOING SHOWS & SHIT?
Yeah his nickname is Funky but he's a drunk so I'm sure it’s some alcoholic shit.
THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION I ASK ARTISTS IS "WHAT IS THE PUSSY LEVEL LIKE RIGHT NOW AS OPPOSED TO WHEN U WAS NOT DOING SHOWS AND MAGAZINES & SHIT?"
Shows are kinda bogus right now, I'm not tryna have hands in the air. But level ten if you don't look like Craig Mack. Pussy never a problem.
LMAO YO CRAIG MACK MUST NEVER GO ON THE INTERNET CUZ THATS THE GO-TO "UGLY NIGGA" WHENEVER NIGGAS GOTTA MAKE A REFERENCE TO HOMELINESS. EVERYTHING IS "UGLIER THAN CRAIG MACK."
Dog they stuck his face in the fryulator. I mean there's uglier people, but the face blisters are rugged.
HOMIE IS A LEGEND BUT HE LOOK LIKE A BEAR HAD A BABY WITH A GORILLA AND THE GORILLA IGNORED ALL ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION WARNINGS DURING PREGNANCY. BUT THIS IS YOUR TIME TO SHINE B FUCK THESE OTHER NIGGAS. SO YOU SAID YOU DONT WANT HANDS IN THE AIR, WHAT KINDA VIBE YOU TRYNA INSPIRE WITH YOUR SHIT?
But if the talk is greasy enough I guess a bitch might slip
LIKE I KNOW FOR A FACT A NIGGA LIKE UNCLE MURDA IS LIKE "I WANT NIGGAS TO DO A SHOOTING TO MY MUSIC."
What's the barometer?
LIKE FOR EXAMPLE IF IM IN THE CAR AND I PUT UR TAPE ON, AM I GONNA JUMP OUT THE CAR WHILE ITS MOVING AND PUNCH A NIGGA IN THE FACE? AM I GONNA THINK ABOUT ALL MY LIFE STRUGGLES AND DRIVE OFF A CLIFF? AM I GONNA CALL MY EX AND WEEP? OR AM I JUST GONNA VIBE TO THE SHIT AND CANDIDLY SMOKE A BLUNT OUT THE WINDOW?
Nah, it's not heartbreak shit. It might be legal stress, like “I got cop problems” shit. It has a couple joints you could do a drive by to, a couple things on some "fuck it" vibes. It's well rounded but short. We made it in a week between getting shitfaced and some other drama but it ain't nothing uncomfortable. Everything came together real easy and natural.
WHAT JOINT WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE THAT NEVER HEARD YOUR SHIT?
“La Mer.” Jacob Safari named all the songs so I don’t know what the fuck "La Mer" means. It might reference the sample or the original song we stole shit from, I don’t know. He's not from the same shit tho he's from that Indy world or whatever. We're from the same city but he's from the far north side I'm from the far south and also the downtown areas.
THATS A GOOD LOOK THO MAN I THINK PUTTING NIGGAS FROM OTHER "GENRES" INTO UR SHIT CAN BE A REAL GOOD LOOK OR A TERRIBLE ONE.
This shit worked though. I was reluctant.
ON SOME JAY Z LINKIN PARK SHIT?
It’s far from Linkin Park. God damn no. Ain't no Aerosmith and RUN DMC, ain’t no Coldplay and Kanye shit, ain’t no Onyx and Biohazard shit. This is a proper hit. Nine Inch nails are some weirdos but so is Young Thug, you feel me?
EVERYBODY IS A WEIRDO MY NIGGA I HAD THIS CONVERSATION THE OTHER DAY WITH ONE OF MY NIGGAS.
Shit works like Max B on American Slore rhyming over Britney Spears.
FAM YOU SAID THE MAGIC WORDS. NO SUCH THING AS A BAD COMPARISON TO BIGAVELL.
You ever hear the collab EP I did with the boss don last year? "Toothy Wavy" all recorded from prison phone.
THAT'S REAL, WHAT WAS THAT LIKE?
It was kinda difficult to find the right producers who could handle that sort of thing and also do the shit justice. Mostly people complained that he sounded like he was recorded on a prison phone cause he fucking was. I like the project a fuck ton. We got OG DOZE GREEN on the cover art and had a bunch of bugged out vids for every track.
WORD THAT SHIT MUSTA BEEN A LOGISTICAL NIGHTMARE TOO.
I'd much rather work in person side by side like this new shit. Even though Jacob and I aren't from the same elk dude can create and his input is solid. Just being in the same spot at the same time made the shit easy.
DID Y'ALL DISAGREE ON ANYTHING?
You don't get hung up really cause you got someone telling you, “Fuck that, just move on.” We had a few small disagreements on vocal effects, but I'd beat his ass if he told me anything too shitty.
LMAOOOOO I WAS ABOUT TO SAY SINCE Y'ALL COMIN FROM DIFFERENT BACKGROUDS WAS DUDE SHOOK TO BE LIKE "CHILL THAT’S TRASH?"
He's a little shit talker. Nah, he's super shitty.
MOTIVATIONAL OR JUST ASSHOLE?
He's the type of asshole to make a sex comment to your second cousin on your dead mother's memorial Facebook page. He has good input musically, though.I think I slapped him a few times once we were all drunk and he had a hilarious joke about sleeping with my lady. I would have let it slide if she wasn't right there with him looking dead ass in her face.
THAT’S VIOLATION YOU GOTTA OPEN HAND SLAP A NIGGA IF SHORTY IS PRESENT.
But he's nowhere near as handsome as me and my dick size is too hefty for me to worry. Teally I did it on principal. I think I locked my palm then slapped him. He took that though, we're solid as fuck.
DID HE HIT YOU BACK? OR DID HE HIT YOU WITH THE WHITEGUY WHINE LIKE "WHAT THE FUCK DEWD!"
He kinda tried, but I’ve got that glow like Bruce Leroy, my guy. My hands are blessed by The Lord himself. He came down and kissed each fist.
WHAT CITY YOU FROM? I SHOULD PROLLY KNOW THAT BUT MY BRAIN IS FRIED.
PERSONALLY I THINK "YOU MAD CUZ IM STYLIN ON U" IS THE BEST RAP BATTLE FIGHT CUZ EVERYTHING WAS HILARIOUS.
What about Junior Mafia vs Dipset?
OH SHIT THAT WAS A FUCKIN’ CLASSIC. CAPONE AT THE TUNNEL THOUGH.
I ain't seen that one, what happened?
YOU COULDN'T SEE THE ACTUAL FIGHT BUT IT'S STILL TOP 3 FOR ME MY NIGGA...CAPONE HAD JUST COME HOME AND THE REUNION ALBUM WAS OUT. YOU KNOW THAT JOINT "BANG BANG"?
SO THE DJ DROPS THE BEAT AND CAPONE EMERGES FROM A SEA OF GOONS WEARING A FULL LENGTH MINK B, HOOD UP, CRAZED, CHAINS SWINGING LIKE FUCKIN DEATH PENDULUMS.
BROWN I THINK, NIGGA LOOKED LIKE A GANGSTA DRUID PIMP B. SOME DICKHEAD THREW A DRINK AT THE STAGE AND IT HIT PONE RIGHT IN THE CHEST AND SPLASHED EVERYWHERE. AT THIS POINT THE HOOK TO THE SONG WAS PLAYING, NORE PAUSES AND LOOKS AT CAPONE AND CAPONE DEAD ASS DOES A FLYING AERIAL KNEEDROP INTO THE CROWD AND STARTS DUFFING EVERYONE IN SIGHT B, CUE MORTAL KOMBAT THEME SONG ! THEN NORE KEEPS SINGIN THE HOOK! "WE GON THUG! THIS! SHIT! OUT!" WHILE PONE IS IN THE CROWD SMACKIN NIGGAS’ NECKS OFF.
NIGGA REALLY THUGGED IT OUT AND GOT BANNED FROM THE TUNNEL. SHIT WAS THAT ERA OF NY HIPHOP IN A NUTSHELL.
Damn yo I ain't ever heard that. That's one for the books for real.
YOUTUBE IT IT'S THE BEST SHIT YOU'LL SEE ALL WEEK
Man I low key love all that rap beef shit. Like from hearing stories of Ghost robbing CNN to seeing Soulja Boy vs whoever man all that shit is entertaining and hilarious.
RAP NIGGAS ARE ALWAYS OBSESSED WITH NOT TAKING L'S. THAT’S THE HOOD MENTALITY THO, I’M ON THE SAME SHIT B.
Makes me respect a rapper more too. I want all rap i listen to to be made by criminals only.
YOU PREACHING RIGHT NOW DOGGIE, I’M NOT TRYNA HEAR NO TYPE OF POSITIVE UPLIFTING SHIT.
I accept all former criminals as still criminals, because you can't ever escape that shit.
I’M SAYING I SOLD DOPE AND NOW I GOT A LEGIT JOB AND KIDS BUT A NIGGA STILL HAS THAT CRIMINAL X-FACTOR ABOUT SHIT. LIKE I’M NOT PAYING FOR THE SHIT I PUT IN THE BOTTOM OF MY SHOPPING CART B.
I have two violent felonies right now and have been trying my brains out to not sock a random but I just caught a misdemeanor assault for doing just that. My blood just boils a different temperature.
THEY WAITING FOR A NIGGA TO FUCK UP B.
You know what fucks me up most is paying for razors. I might throw a 8pack underneath some shit.
WHY IS A 10 PACK OF RAZORS $2948???
It's fucked up.
IF I COP THE DISPOSABLE SHITS I END UP LOOKIN LIKE CRAIG MACK.
I can't do less than four blades.
FOUR BLADE MINIMUM.
They need to invent a laser already.
MY POPS GOT ME BELIEVING LASERS GIVE YOU CANCER. EVERYTHING GIVE U CANCER THO SO FUCK IT.
I heard chicken has some shit in it that causes cancer.
NEXT THING U KNO THEY GONNA SAY GETTIN UR DICK SUCKED CAUSES CANCER.
Pussy can give you a death disease it's already halfway. I'm good with dying from it as long as I don't get warts or herpes.
PUSSY GOT ME DRIVING A HONDA ACCORD WITH 6 BABY SEATS IN THE BACK, A FATE WORSE THAN DEATH B.
If I ever get herpes I'm going out on a cop killing rampage.
YO I’M FROM THE BRONX AND THEY SAID 1 IN 3 BRONX FEMALES GOT THAT HERPROCK.
There's almost no way to know until it's too late though. Even checking the paperwork might come up empty.
I JUST PERFORM A SIMPLE TEST.
What is the test???
IF SHORTY SMOKES THIS IS THE EASIEST WAY TO TELL IF SHE GOT HERPES—LIGHT UP A CIGARETTE, SMOKE 3/4 OF THE SHIT, THEN THROW IT ON THE GROUND.
IF SHORTY PICKS IT UP AND SMOKES IT SHE GOT HERPES B.
Easy herpes test. Can’t lose.
YO TELL THESE COWARDS THE NAME OF THE EP AND WHERE TO GET IT CUZ IM ABOUT TO GO PATENT THAT HERPES TEST. ALSO SHOUT NIGGAS OUT CUZ WE FROM THE HOOD WE GOTTA GIVE SHOUTOUTS.
ИOTHING is the album man, out with Noisey, Isaiah Toothtaker production by Jacob Safari. Shout out Machina Muerte, Staring Without Caring, and all my criminals stealing the razors low key.
JUUHEARD WE NOT PAYIN TO STAY PRETTY THAT’S NOT HOW WE LIVING OUT HERE BX TO AZ *SHOOTS CAMERAMAN*. IMA GO DO A KNEEDROP INTO THE BODEGA.
Next time y'all down this way hit me up we'll all get the matching Mobb Deep tribal dragon tattoo.
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