Talking Comedy and Raps (and Raps With Comedy) With Jean Grae
"I didn’t feel it bombed because I thought it was hilarious, but Hannibal Buress was doing a Knitting Factory show and he wanted a musical guest and he asked me to suggest some. I suggested some people and I think they were out of town and I was like, “Well, alternatively I can bring my band. You know, my new band that I just made up right now. We can do lounge versions of Mos Def songs.” He was like “Yeah, let’s do that.” I have never cleared a room so fast.
"It was packed and about halfway through “Boogie Man” people were just leaving. It was myself and my friend Kwame [Brandt-Pierce] on the keyboard and we don’t stop; my friends are at the front crying with laughter but people are leaving so fast. We get through both of our songs and there are maybe just ten people left in the room. Hannibal is not coming back on stage. So then I went on and did some jokes about cocaine for another five minutes. [pauses] We were also called… Let me find the flyer for you [searches through iPhone pictures]. I have to tell you, I thought it was hilarious. We just played for the wrong audience – you have to have a crowd that’s gonna appreciate you doing only lounge-jazz versions of Mos Def songs.”
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