B. Dolan Interview

Strange Famous Records recording artist B. Dolan has long been a friend of Thrillcall, being one of the original users of the Artist Nucleus back in the day. Since then, B. has grown a lot, accomplished lofty goals, and shows no signs of slowing down. Thrillcall had the luxury of spending a decent chunk of time with Mr. Dolan in Austin during SXSW. The independent hip-hop festival he performed at and helped promote, Pawn Takes King, was held at the Metropolis artist’s collective in Austin. The event boasted such talent as AWOL ONE, Astronautalis, Prolyphic, Riddlore?, and of course B. Dolan himself. We had a chance to chat with Dolan after the festival…

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THRILLCALL: How was the experience of making your latest record, out now on Strange Famous, Fallen House, Sunken City?

B. DOLAN: Good? Satisfying? Alias and I have developed an excellent working relationship based on mutual respect. The process was everything it’s supposed to be. Challenging, inspiring, grueling, emotional… I definitely believe we made some classic material.

THRILLCALL: You’ve always been an activist at heart. How did the birth of knowmore.org come about?

B. DOLAN: The short answer is that it came about in the aftermath of the 2004 election. Myself and a number of friends had put aside a lot of our convictions to work for John Kerry during that campaign, and found ourselves extremely disheartened with the Democrats and the electoral process when it was over.

I was also reading Fast Food Nation at the time, and thinking about the ways my personal consumption was related to the personal injustice that I fight against. I remember thinking “Christ, if this is what goes into my food, how much more must there be to research about what goes into the clothes I wear, the car I drive, the gas I put in my car, etc…” I realized there was a massive amount of information out there, and I found myself wishing something like knowmore.org existed, because it didn’t, so Sage Francis and I created it.

THRILLCALL: What does the acronym in your track The Fall of T.R.O.Y. stand for?

B. DOLAN: It is a reference to the song ‘T.R.O.Y.’ by Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth. The acronym in that song stands for ‘They Reminisce Over You.’ “The Fall of Troy” refers to the Fall of the City of Troy. Sunken Cities, y’know? So, the Fall of T.R.O.Y is about the fall of reminiscing. The fall of throwback rap. The fall of proclaiming rap dead if new music coming out doesn’t sound like your favorite Mobb Deep record.

THRILLCALL: What does the future hold for B. Dolan?

B. DOLAN: Work. Love. Ruin. Death. New music will be released before 2011 is over and new Church of Love and Ruin shows are being planned. Thanks to Thrillcall for this interview!

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Be sure to pick up Fallen House, Sunken City on Strange Famous Records, and look out for upcoming releases from B. Dolan.