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Mickey Avalon Interview

All or ‘nada, Through hell and hot ‘wata, Gotta do what I ‘gotta. Finding a Mickey in the Av, This is Mickey Avalon. by Avery Fane

Straight out of the Hustler hall of fame, Mickey Avalon, the man with the golden smile and the platinum frown took a few minutes to talk about life as it is, and how he leads lambs to water.

If you weren’t paying attention, Mickey’s self titled album dropped in 2006, doing extremely well with the help of his amazing street cred in LA, and his work with the Dyslexic Speedreaders; it’s no surprise that despite mentally deficient management complications, Mickey Avalon is still selling out gigs across the USA, Canada, and the entire world.

Giving new light to dropping names, famous for bringing catchy rhymes, beats born of brilliance, and some real art on the mic repping SoCal the way it deserves, Avalon appeals to different crowds for different reasons. To simplify: I’ll quote him in saying “I guess people show up, and most of the people show up to have a good time”. No doubt that’s how it goes down on the Mickey Avalon train. Well, everyone’s having fun except the guys in the front row, watching Mickey make out with their women. He writes songs about that, so everyone should have known what’s coming. There’s a lot of hype, and a fair amount of drama attributed to Mickey Avalon, the character, but let’s take a look at Mickey, the man.

Does Mickey really “smoke dust and fuck trannies”? Well, no one’s calling him out on his stories, and that said, there was a time he did. “Hustling’s part of the game,” right? The thing people might not get about Mickey, is that all that stuff he raps about was one stage of life, and that the hustle for Mickey is the music game now. Avalon’s at a stage in life where he’s now doing what he wants, and there’s almost an irony in the fact that the character of Mickey Avalon that made him what he is, is exactly what got him out of the darker patches of his life that he raps about. He’s gotta do what he ‘gotta. That included a remix dedication to Nate Dogg, how very pro.

There’s a lot more professionalism and determination than people that are out of the know might give props to Mickey for, but Mickey’s a performance artist, and he brings the performance.

Mickey’s a modern day folk singer, and rap is the music of the people, and how he tells his tale to relate to them. Considering the first album wasn’t written with much thought of tearing it up on stage, the fact that it’s taken him around the world, we can only look forward to “Stroke Me,” his second album that’s been on hold for as long as anyone can remember.

So, what happened with Dre? I’ll settle that one on Mickey’s behalf. The ex management told Dre that Mickey wasn’t interested in remixing “My Dick”. That’s not to say it’s a dead issue, but that’s what went down.

And what of the Dyslexic Speedreaders? All the hype and media paparazzi drama aside, it seems like they’re resting in peace for now. Dirt & André are still friends, and likewise Mickey isn’t holding too many grudges. But no one said it’s “cool” now, and amidst murky waters there’s no sign of the fog clearing. Though with everyone’s careers doing extremely well, there’s no doubt that at least their personas will cross paths again.

The newer tracks have gotten mixed reactions lately. “Too poppy” and “selling out” are a few of the ignorant nothings they’ve been called. According to Mickey, there’s a reason they’re being released to the public for free and for fun, and that’s because they probably won’t make the final cut of the album, but they’re music, they’re Mickey, and they’re in high demand.

To support Mickey’s point, the newer ‘poppy’ tracks were pretty much left out of his set at the packed Fortune Sound Club venue in Vancouver (which sold out almost a month before the show). Well known Speedreader sidekick DJ-Mackey was on the decks with Mickey as he artfully mixed up his very well known album of hits with an array of new beats that ranged from rumored, hinted, to completely unknown. Avalon had the entire venue moving from start to finish, which is just how he delivers, just listen to his words on “Dick like Jesus” about busting a nut.