How do your kids influence you in terms of making music? Do they put you up on things they're listening to?
That's another good question. I got a son who's in high school, I got a son who's just going into kindergarten, and a daughter who's just learning to walk. I get a wide range of reactions to guage. They are always involved in it at some level, whether it's my daughter--'cause if she's going to sleep, there's only certain kinds of music that I can play to keep her calm. My son is the second in succession going up in age, five years old, and he loves music. When I'm programming, he's always coming in the room; he wants to do my album. It's to the point where I have to make him my assistant. So really, he's my second set of ears, and he listens to it as it's being made and sees the process. And I'll just look over at him and guage his reactions. Certain things, he'll be like, "Turn it off, that's wack." And I'll be like, "What do you know about 'wack'?" I use the terminology without really hearing myself, and he'll tap into it.
Then my oldest son, he's in the eleventh grade. He was born around the time of Black Bastards. He's been with me through the whole thing, seen all the records. He's more laid-back; he's not so up-front musically. He more draws and paints and stuff like that. But he enjoys music. Sometimes, I check his iPod out to see what he's fucking with.
Between all three of the ages, that's like my guage, really, as well as my own ear.
DOOM in WaxPoetics, 2008.