Hey, my name is Dave. I live in Santa Monica, California. I'm from Philadelphia. I rap professionally—every day I hope to bump into my soulmate.

My favorite meal is called "company chicken" and "company noodles." Because my mom would make it when company would come over.

That’s me in a nutshell.

My album 'Professional Rapper' is out on iTunes now

PROOF: http://i.imgur.com/rxcvTll.jpg

The AMA team is helping me out today—we're filming and it's being transcribed so my text tone might not be intact!

EDIT: I'll be answering questions for another 45 minutes before I have to go.

EDIT 2: I had a little less time here than i thought so I gotta hit the road and continue to edit this music video! It's gonna be the best one yet, by far...you'll see soon. I've never been more excited about a video in my life. Thank you reddit for the continued support. I love talking with all of you! Peep my album "professional rapper" if you haven't yet, and please - KEEP ON SPREADING THE WORD! Love you all, LD

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thebryguy2998 karma

Hey Dave, big dickhead and general hiphop fan here.

How do you feel about having any discussion of you or your music banned from Reddit's largest hiphop community, /r/hiphopheads?

EDIT: lmao Lil Dicky really is the most divisive thing on reddit, huh. Everyone needs to chill, stop bashing on people; LD or the r/hhh mods

EDIT2: Yo, stop sending hate mail to /u/zigzagzig or any of the hiphopheads mods!!!!!!!!! Like you can disagree with a mod and not be a child about it lol. Also, you can be a fan of LD and other hiphop too! Everything from Young Thug to Chief Keef to Kanye and more. Y'all need to stop hating. Go listen to Lil B and be more based lol

Lil-Dicky3504 karma

Yeah, I don't know, I feel like it's unjustified–I don't really know why it is. From my understanding, there's a belief that I'm gaming the system but that's the furthest thing from the truth. So, I suppose it's disappointing. I'd love to be a participant in that subreddit.

Edit: I'm being told that no one can see the other comments I've made on this and I want people to hear me out, so I'm adding a link to the rest of my side of this: https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/3hlu9f/im_lil_dicky_i_just_released_my_album/cu8gp44 https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/3hlu9f/im_lil_dicky_i_just_released_my_album/cu8k92r

zigzagzig-5 karma

Founder of r/hiphopheads here.

Back before he was as popular as he is now (2-3 years ago maybe) he was caught doing vote manipulation multiple times for all his video releases. We warned him when it first happened, he said sorry and had no control over it, but then it happened a second time, and so on. After 3-4 times we officially banned his music and discussion about him from r/hiphopheads. This is the only artist this happened for and he seems to do well on /r/videos which I think is more his niche anyway.

For example, him and/or his friends/fans would post the reddit links to their facebook fan pages/groups and ask for votes and his stuff would shoot up within minutes.

We respect his hustle though. :)

Lil-Dicky191 karma

I simply don’t know what you’re referring to on multiple fronts. For one, I don’t do any vote manipulation. When I began putting out videos, I honestly barely even knew what reddit was, I was completely unfamiliar with the site, let alone the complex intricacies of “gaming a system”. The realities are, if I saw a video of mine posted on Reddit, the MOST I have ever done is shoot a text to my high school friends (say 5-10 guys) saying “yo dudes, my latest video is on reddit, if you get a chance, upvote it.” I highly doubt this is the type of “gaming” you guys are referencing when discussing my ban. I assume you assume something bigger is going on, because this seems fairly harmless to me. These are 5-10 people of tens of thousands that are deciding on content. My content just does really well on the platform, that’s really the bare bones of it. There’s no cheating going on. I’m honestly getting fairly tired of answering the question, to be real.

EDIT: One thing I’ll add - and this goes to show my complete lack of familiarity with the platform at the time, was I posted the initial ex boyfriend reddit link to my personal facebook account, saying “look guys, it’s climbing reddit, go upvote” or something, not at all thinking it was a remotely frowned upon action. It seemed like a completely logical thing to do at the time. Now, I hear that type of thing is frowned upon, so I haven’t done it since - and once again, I seriously doubt that was the “gaming” that would get someone banned from a subreddit.

Lil-Dicky157 karma

Beyond that, what warning or apology are you referring to? Like, where was this warning given to me? Where did I apologize?

I don’t recall any of that, and it’s just not true. I have nothing to do with the upvotes of the videos that get posted, and I would never apologize for something I didn’t do. So that’s just another example of us disagreeing on the realities at hand.

fattehboi2527 karma

do you fuck with the war?

Lil-Dicky2602 karma

No, I don't fuck with the war.

iLoveShekels1975 karma

How the fuck did you get Snoop to do a song with you?

Lil-Dicky3144 karma

I sent him the song.

I'm at a point where my managers can reach out to anybody's managers. There's no artist that we can't at least get in front of, in terms of speaking to their management. And then if it's a respectable product, that product will then go from management to artist. Artist will hear it, decide if they like it. In this case, he liked it, the idea of it and all that, and he did it.

fattehboi1708 karma

how many times a day do you get recognized on the street (% wise?)

what's your favorite song on the album?

also it was dope meeting you the other day (i gave you a hat)


Lil-Dicky2387 karma

I don't really go outside that often—I'm usually kinda holed up working. When I do go outside and I'm walking around, I would say, in reality, 99% of the world doesn't know who I am. And I can go hours upon hours without somebody stopping me. But, you know, if I went out on a Friday night to a place where 18 to 25 year olds are, I'd be getting recognized all night and taking pictures. It's definitely picking up more and more everyday.

My favorite song on the album is "Pillow Talking."

It was great meeting you! I remember exactly where we met, and I appreciate the hat! It's a sweet brand.

TheLonelyTroll1471 karma

Firstly, holy shit Lil Dicky I’m glad you blew up. Professional rapper was an amazing album and I will be a dedicated dickhead for years to come. I got to meet you in Dallas on tour and your show was brilliantly played. I was the guy who made a painting of you and gave it to you at the end of the show.


What are your plans for future comedy rap? Like, I know you said you wouldn’t be doing songs like Lion King anymore but which direction are you taking your rap style? Also, if you drop by Dallas again, can we smoke together and get too fucking high? Keep up the good work, bruh! Year 3 here we come.

Lil-Dicky1958 karma

First and foremost, you should know that your painting is hanging in my living room, so it's going to good use.


Secondly, my style is constantly evolving as a rapper—I don't even know where it's going, all I know is that I hopefully plan on including a lot more of the rap game within my concepts in the near future. I think the bigger I get, the more opportunities and windows will open up with producers or other rappers. And I think utilizing my concepts within the entire realm of hip-hop could be super interesting.

As far as smoking weed together and getting too high, you must have completely misinterpreted my song "Too High" because being too high is literally the last thing I want to be. I've toned it down—I'll throw a high-five at you though, and smoke super casually.

ADogNamedPal1470 karma

Dave, I was wondering if you could tell us a little bit about how your first time meeting Snoop Dogg differed from the fictionalized version portrayed by Professional Rapper? For example:

1) I feel like there is no way in hell /u/Here_Comes_The_King actually waited 4 minutes and 55 seconds into your introduction to ask if you wanted to smoke a blunt. You guys would’ve been on at least blunt 3 by then right?

2) Girl Meets World has been out for over a year now. Do you think you’ll ever be able to make the transition from jerking off to 14 year old Topanga Lawrence to the 34 year old Topanga?

3) Does Juanita give great head? I feel like Juanita gives great head.

Lil-Dicky1807 karma

To answer your first question, I actually didn't meet Snoop until after we made the song–we weren't in the studio together when we made the song. The first time I actually met Snoop was at the BET Celebrity All Star Game, so I met him like on the court. And it was great he's like the nicest guy in the world–really a larger than life figure and spirit, super funny and talks to everybody. He was one of the coolest people I've ever been around. We didn't smoke any weed together because it was held in an indoor facility and police and children were there.

The second part to your question–I don't think that I'm gonna be jerking off to the 34 year old Topanga Lawrence. Just because I don't know, I don't think there's enough compelling footage out there.

And the third part of your question–after that video cut, the fictionalized version of myself actually backed out and didn't get any head. So I don't know.

TSull1297 karma

How did friends and family react when you made the switch from a career to rapping?

Lil-Dicky2714 karma

Well, my parents (before I put stuff online) and my girlfriend at the time, Molly—I was in Hawaii with all three of them, and they kind of all jumped on me at dinner and said that they don't want me to put this stuff online. They were really against it because the thought was, if it doesn't go well, it might impact my ability to get future jobs, the internet's permanent, the stuff's pretty racy material, etc.

But as soon as I put stuff online, it blew up immediately. Like "Ex-Boyfriend" made it to the front page of reddit and got a million views in the first day. So it became a very quick "I told you so" moment that I didn't have to wait very long for. And now everybody's completely on board and they get why I'm meant to do this type of stuff.

celadez1282 karma

What's the greatest experience with a fan you've had so far?

Lil-Dicky4065 karma

I mean, I've had sex with one, so...probably that.

itwastaco1102 karma

Hey Mr. Dick

How does being a rapper affect your tinder dates?

Lil-Dicky2434 karma

Well, typically by the time I go on the date, I've had the usual small banter talk in the app. I try to steer that conversation towards profession, and whenever they ask me what I do for a living, it's always great to say I'm a rapper. And they say, "What?? Really??" And I'll send them a link.

So by the time that I actually go on the date, they typically have seen some Lil Dicky, which certainly has to give me a leg up.

droppingACIDrightnow1069 karma

Hey LD, thanks for coming. What is something your fans don't know about your collab with Snoop?

Lil-Dicky2059 karma

They probably don't know that I had a wish list of people that I wanted to play the part of the interviewer in that song. And he was the actual number one person on my wish list, so it feels great to have my ideal boss to play that part in my job interview. He created, to me, the ideal version of that song, which is a very satisfying feeling.

Kracadon1066 karma

Hey Mr. Leftward sloping penis. Would you be willing to work Eminem if he were interested?

Lil-Dicky1464 karma

100%. What a dream!

FuckThePhalanx1048 karma

"Pillow Talking" was a work of art. Any plans to make a music video?

Lil-Dicky1287 karma

I will 100% be making a music video for "Pillow Talking"–when? I can't tell you, but every song you think deserves a video on my album likely will get a video over the next calendar year, we'll say.

theultimaterob934 karma

Did Michelle Obama let you freak?

Lil-Dicky1406 karma

No. She didn't.

jordanhouston1776 karma

In "Molly," you rap about a girl whom you still love despite an unfortunate breakup due to a difficult decision regarding your career. Just how hard was it to make that decision and do you now think it was worth it?

Lil-Dicky2242 karma

It really wasn't that difficult of a decision because I knew what had to be done. I knew that I had to pursue my dreams before anything. Going for music wasn't something that I regret and it wasn't something that I debated really. Me and Molly aren't going to get married at this point, but even if it was my absolute soul mate, at the time I don't think I would've been able to put her in front of me accomplishing my dreams.

So the decision wasn't the difficult part. It was living with the realities of the outcome.

wastinmahyoof768 karma

Most embarrassing moment of your life?

Lil-Dicky2936 karma

Oh, there are so many. But the one that comes into my mind is...I'm watching TV in my parents' room, on my mom's and dad's bed. There was only cable in their room when I grew up. I don't know why. So I was forced to watch TV on their bed. And I was in my boxers. Nothing else but my boxers. And my mom walked in and said, "Dave, you're open."

I said, "What?" Not thinking at all about what she's talking about.

And rather than saying, "The flap in your underwear is open and your penis is exposed," she decided to just simply use her hands and close the flap herself, and walked away as if nothing had occurred.

I've actually never talked about that with her, because it's ridiculous. I don't think she remembers it. But it was a horrifying moment in my life. That was the worst day of my life, I think.

wolfwood99756 karma

Hey Lil D,

I'm just wondering how much thought you put into your "AKA ______" intros to your songs. Is it just kinda the first thing you thought of or what? I always find those hilarious.

Lil-Dicky939 karma

Thank you. It certainly varies. Sometimes something will come into my head on the spot. Sometimes I'll think of something as I'm walking down the street and write it down and say, "I gotta use that for my next AKA." Or sometimes I'll take half hour out of a day and just brainstorm AKAs. It really comes in different forms.

MatthewGill485 karma

Could you please compare apples to oranges?

Lil-Dicky981 karma

Yeah. Oranges–the peeling process is a bit more cumbersome and I think people are less inclined to eat the peels of the orange as they are an apple. They taste completely different. But at the end of the day, they're both circular fruits.

I don't know. I don't really eat fruits. I don't have much to say.

Tatortotts456 karma

How's it going Mr. Leftward Sloping Penis?

Huge fan since back in the Ex-Boyfriend days, and currently listening to the entirety Professional Rapper on repeat until my brain tells me no.

I'm curious if Pillow Talking is in any way based on an actual experience you had? My girlfriend and I have a hard time breathing while listening to it.

How was Hannibal Burress? You made my comedy/hip hop worlds collide--so thanks for the mini stroke.

And lastly/necessarily, do you fuck with the war?

Lil-Dicky535 karma

So “Pillow Talking” isn’t based off of one single true story, but there are definitely a few different conversations I’ve had over the course of my single life, being in bed with a girl, where I just realized that we kind of philosophically differed. You’re just sitting there after you have sex and you end up talking and you end up learning a lot about the person. So it was based off, I suppose, true experiences and conversations, but it wasn’t one single night gone wrong the way the song is.

To answer the second part of your question, I also love Hannibal Buress. Hilarious dude. My pleasure to make your comedy and hip-hop worlds collide. It was a true treat.

And no, I don’t fuck with the war.

ColonelSharp447 karma

In "Attached at the Hip" your Dick blames your Brain for the premature ejacs:

I'm prayin you stop abusing, but you confused

If you blame me for the ejacs

This about your brain I came because I react

Hope that you concede that

Now that we've heard Brain on "Pillow Talking", is there ever going to be a Brain v Dick track?

(Been a fan since early on and couldn't be happier to see you still killin it.)

Lil-Dicky769 karma

Man. What a question. What a comment. I didn't even realize this until you brought it up. I won't rule it out.

I know Brain is gonna come out with some shit this year, he's been working.

Umimum426 karma

LD, how was working with Fetty Wap and Rich Homie Quan? I've been loving $ave Dat Money lately, keep up the awesome work!

Lil-Dicky1436 karma

it was great - i am such big fans of both. And both were so nice to me, so into the song, etc.


I think this song is the one, guys. But it's on us.

DunnePoint273 karma

Hey Dicky. Huge fan! My question is if you got to collaborate with any artist, past or present, singer or rapper, who would it be?

Lil-Dicky564 karma

Well, I would probably pick someone who’s no longer an option, because that seems more advantageous than picking someone who’s alive and potentially a possibility. So I’d probably pick Biggie because he’s one of my favorites ever, and it’s just completely impossible to do a song with him at this point. I’d rather use the hypothetical laws of this question in my favor.

Jenkins1414265 karma

Waddup Dicky?
My question is, have you ever released any songs that weren't as popular as you had hoped? Like you thought it was amazing, but upon release it just did okay? Vice versa too, you thought it was okay but everybody else thought it was amazing?

Lil-Dicky537 karma

It hasn't really happened for a song, but I thought the video for Jewish Flow was one of my best - and the view count didn't really reflect that. Sometimes the views don't go your way. Sometimes, they do.

ivanwarrior250 karma

How did you react to Anthony Fantano's review of Professional Rapper?

Lil-Dicky550 karma

I haven't even seen it. I am sure it's horrible - I can tell he doesn't find me amusing. But, it doesn't really phase me - it's impossible to please everyone. As long as my fans are happy, then I'm happy.

gregmav1190 karma


You the man. Professional Rapper was great, So Hard was great, thanks for both. I listen to them weekly in the car, in the shower, pregaming, whatever. Don't take too long in between records because I've already worn out both tapes! I also saw you in Columbia, MO and you said we were maybe your favorite crowd (sorry other crowds), so shoutout Mizzou for that! That show and crowd really was awesome, thanks.

My question is on Work (Paid For that?) when you say the lyric "I'm getting paid for that" is your tone incredulous, or is it ike "yeah, what, come at me, I'm gettin' paid right now"?

Like are you saying you can't believe you're getting paid for that like wait hold up a second, I'm even getting paid for this, are you serious? Or is it more like yeah, I'm getting paid for that, you know I am, whatup, Dicky in the house.

Anyways, that song is sick. Beat goes real hard and it gets me pumped up to do some crazy shit whenever I listen to it. And come back to Missouri soon! Either Columbia again, Kansas City, or St. Louis!

Thanks LD.

Lil-Dicky254 karma

u/gregmav1, thank you for the praise and enthusiasm, I appreciate you. To answer your question, my tone in "Work (Paid For That?)," I'm pretty much, I suppose, flabbergasted at the fact that this has now become a full-time job. It's like a euphoric state of flabbergast.

I think the first way you put it is more accurate than the second way. It's like I can't believe I've pulled this off.

kevdev92173 karma

1) How leftward sloping is your penis actually?

2) What was it like working with Snoop and which other rappers out there would you like to collaborate with?

Lil-Dicky526 karma

1) I mean, it certainly depends on the humidity, along with several other factors. Like right now, there's no slope. It's just like...imagine a thumb resting atop two...I don't even know if it's two. Right now, my testicles feel like one thing. Honestly, my penis right now is a soft penis... I'll just show you. It looks like an inch. There's no slope. It's just there. So like I said, it depends. Right now, it's essentially like an extended clit.

2) It was great working with Snoop. He understood what I was trying to do immediately. It didn't take him long. He was into it.

I'm just like you guys in terms of how I perceive Snoop Dogg. I'm very much like what an icon that guy is, you know what I mean? Meeting him, he couldn't be more of a dream in terms of what you'd expect him or hope that he'd be. He's like the ideal version that you'd hope for in your dreams. That's who he actually is. So it was very wonderful to meet a guy like that who you have such high hopes for and he actually exceeds them.

In the future, there's a lot of rappers I want to work with. Right now (and it's not just because I said "in the future"), my number one rapper to work with is Future.

Oh look. Snoop Dogg just tweeted at me. Which is cool. But like, I do have a song with him, so I shouldn't be that excited about a tweet. But it is the first public acknowledgement of that song, so it does feel good. I'm going to retweet it.

heem31172 karma

Hey Dave, huge fan. Other rappers talk about being the one from their crew that “made it”. Now that you have “made it”, how’s your relationship with your crew? Are they all in Philly or spread out/do you crash on their couches when you’re in town doing shows? Are you still in a fantasy football league with them?

Thanks for being a humble & accessible dude, keep on killing it!

Lil-Dicky341 karma

My relationship with my friends at this point is really no different than it was when I was working at an ad agency in San Francisco. Because, you know I was removed from all my East Coast friends living out in California anyways after college. I guess now, I don't really socialize as much on a day-to-day level, where as before I was living with a lot of my good friends and we were watching Sportscenter at 9pm every night - now I don't really do that. But I see people more than I probably would've otherwise because I'm constantly touring the country and I've got friends in all these places. Like, I would never visit my friends in Colorado more than once every two years just as a normal dude, but now I'm going on tour and I'm in Colorado twice a year and I get to see people that I wouldn't see. In a weird way, it's allowing me to see people more but spend the casual, quality time less.

Suurvarik150 karma

Hey Dicky, huge fan, I love the album.

My question is: Was there a moment during your rap career that made you think "Damn I finally made it." ?

Lil-Dicky472 karma

No. It still hasn't happened yet. In truth, I do not feel like I've "made it".

I think there's a moment where you become mainstream famous, where everyone knows who you are. For Macklemore, it was thrift shop, for example - even though before thrift shop, he was probably even bigger than I currently am in terms of popularity. I haven't had that moment yet.

I think my next music video may end up being that moment for me.

xHollowking142 karma

How did you get Brandon Urie to sing? Did you know him or was that just a random person you were like "yo that dude csn sing"

Lil-Dicky294 karma

he tweeted at me one time, and i replied back telling him i was a fan, and then i had this song that i thought he could sound good on (molly), he came in the studio that week, and man oh man...was he the perfect guy for the song.

two_off137 karma

What's the recipe for "Company Chicken" and "Company Noodles"?

Lil-Dicky247 karma

I'd have to dig super deep into my emails to find it from my mom. I know sour cream is involved. I know baked whipping cream is involved. And there's like...parsley, oregano, chives, and mint in the pasta. But that's all I can really tell you. I don't think that's going to do you much good.

thewalk1100131 karma

Do you listen to podcasts?

Lil-Dicky284 karma

I don't really listen to podcasts, no. I started listening to Serial and then learned halfway through that the case wasn't even resolved in real-life. I couldn't have been more disappointed with that fact, so I was just completely discouraged from continuing to listen.

Sonez22125 karma

Hey man, just saw you at Summerset and your show was amazing! You said that you were going to go do some Molly. How was that?

Lil-Dicky265 karma

Okay, so here's what happened with my molly experience. I began feeling it a lot within an hour, to the point where I actually puked. I know that's not necessarily what typically happens on Molly, but it could have had something to do with having just played a set, being jet lagged, whatever.

All that being said, I think I may have ended up puking out the Molly, because I took it in water form, and as soon as I puked, I ended up not really feeling it much. So I was underwhelmed overall, but it could have been because I puked. The thing is, it was on such an extreme trajectory, that I'd be nervous about what would have happened had I not puked. My DJ's face was twitching. I hate being too high.

WarpedRecall111 karma

Is Brain endorsed by sprite or is that simply a preference of Brain?

Lil-Dicky208 karma

simply a preference, though brain would fuck with sponsors i think.

Mighty__Mouse96 karma

What was your undergrad like? Obviously you were interested in Rapping but still focused on your school.

Lil-Dicky299 karma

very focused on getting good grades. I didn't love freshman year, so I got my grades up then and there because I thought there was a possibility I'd transfer. I didn't, but then my grades were so high, that I didn't want to let them drop. So I became obsessed with maintaining my GPA, which ended at 3.93.

gordothepin91 karma

Big fan homeslice!!! What are your top 3 TV shows?

Lil-Dicky224 karma

Fresh Prince, Curb, The Wire

djewkris63 karma

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this, you are the kind of personality that makes AMA's great to read and from your responses to fans that you met (I'm a new fan and am learning a lot about you as I read) it seems like you genuinely care which makes this whole thread that much more amazing!

My question is, as a white comfortably middle class jewish guy that looks exactly how you would expect someone with that description to look (I'm a self depricating jew myself so I absolutely love your look and vibe) , do you ever worry about being accused of cultural appropriation or not taking an art form that has been used to express civil unrest and incite change seriously? This has happened to several artists as the rap genre expands (not that this is an exclusive problem with rap, it's just rap is a new enough genre that it is still actively used by the socio-economically oppressed whereas many of the other genres created in similar situations have been around long enough for it to be less controversial) and each artists has handled it differently, so I'm curious if you've thought about how to handle it if the situation does arise where you get called out for "not knowing the history of rap" or making a joke out of an art form that is used to take on serious issues for the under privileged. (I doubt any of this would actually happen since you seem to be genuinely yourself in your songs and aren't trying to create this image of a thug, but you never know in this day and age)

Lil-Dicky128 karma

this issue is something that i dont take lightly at all.

I hate it if/when someone says I'm making fun of hip hop, because that's the furthest thing from the truth. I love hip hop. It's given me my voice. It's truly where I found out who I was. It's everything to me.

Just because I'm taking one art form that I love (comedy) and applying it within another art form that I love (rap), it doesn't mean I'm devaluing the importance of the genre. I don't think anything is "above" being influenced by comedy. Who doesn't enjoy laughing? Can you imagine if comedy wasn't ever accepted as a part of film? We'd have no comedy movies.

I understand people being confused, but I think you respect hip hop by a) going hard every song and rapping your ass off. and b) by being your complete, original self. Realness is one of the most important factors to hip hop, to me.

And I think I do both of those things. Which is why yes, even though a lot of my songs are funny, I think I deserve to be taken seriously in the rap world, regardless of race, class, gender, anything. If you go hard and are true to yourself, and people enjoy listening to your music, it's real.

im_trying_too_hard60 karma

Where do you hope to see your music in five years?

Lil-Dicky176 karma

I honestly don't know, and that's crazy, right?

Here's what I do know. I'm not like, a music guy. I have very little experience. And all of the music you've heard, it's been me by myself doing it. I need a top notch producer, like Pharrell or somebody, to take me in for a week, and figure out what my sound could/should be.

I want musical help. I think it would make things even better.

i can sing too - I think you'll see more singing. I love singing.

Unexclusivegaming54 karma

If you could collab with anyone, who would it be?

Lil-Dicky94 karma

Right now? Future.

guantanomo53 karma

Words of wisdom for other 5 inch dicks?

Lil-Dicky110 karma

just work your ass off in there. it's all about will power

AdonisChrist53 karma

Dicky. I've been listening to your stuff for a couple years now and I love it. Friends went and saw you in Philly your first tour and I made it up to DC for you last year.

One of the things I've always loved is all your nicknames and AKAs. I think I saw you say somewhere you're just gonna keep making new ones because fuck it or whatever, and I like that.

My question for you is which of those pseudonyms is your favorite?

(Personally I'd have to go with The Original Pancake, but Mr. Leftward Sloping Penis will always have a place in my heart. That sounded weird)

Secondary question I just thought of. At your DC show, in White Dude, you said like Staples or something instead of ATT for where the people Adele has to date probably work. Different from the recorded song, and I could tell a lot of other people didn't expect the change either. Do you have any thoughts on the differences between studio recorded work and live shows, especially with regards to how you personally perform in each?

Lil-Dicky85 karma


I think 'Firm Handshake' is my favorite one ever. I think it was the first one I ever thought of. Like, cause I put 'Lion King' out the first day with 'Ex Boyfriend'– that was the one I used in 'Lion King'. And I just think it was the first time I did AKA anything and it was Firm Handshake and it was so ridiculous and felt so funny–I think without having that first one feel so good I might not have been tempted to do so many others later.

Well, I try to improvise a little bit live and I try to give people something different from what they expected in terms of the exact jokes. You know, I make a lot of jokes in my songs–rather than use the exact same jokes you've already heard, I like to allow myself to improvise and make jokes up kind of on the spot, because I think it allows for legitimate laughter. If you know what's coming it won't be as funny.

snerlox48 karma

Original pancake how much poon have you slayed since the album drop?

Lil-Dicky175 karma

I've had sex with one girl

AdamV9844 karma

Mr. Original Pancake, loved Professional Rapper, what's your favorite cereal?

Lil-Dicky165 karma

You know what? The other day I was just thinking about how impressive our society is in cereals. There are so many cereals - or is just cereal? Maybe it's just cereal. No, it's cereals!

There are so many cereals that blow me away. Frosted Flakes are amazing. Frosted Mini-Wheats are incredible! Cinnamon Toast Crunch is unbelievable!! Like, the textures are all amazing. Honeycombs!!

I just think we're so behind in so many areas of society, but like the one place we're not is in cereal. I don't think whoever is behind the cereal gets enough praise for that. So let me use this forum as an opportunity to thank, like, cereal and whoever is behind cereal. All that being said–I think I'd go with Kix.

se7en272743 karma

I've successfully gotten multiple of my female friends (all 3 of them) to become fans of you. Are you proud of me? We were at your concert in Bloomington, IN and it was nuts. You're the man, keep it up.

Do you have any plans for an upcoming tour with all of your new material? I have no clue how you would perform a song like Pillow Talking but I can't wait to see.

Lil-Dicky50 karma

So proud. Great work. No plans yet, we're figuring out the tour thing now. May headline, may try to go out with another artist. Pillow talking goes soooo hard, we just did it at a festival. Only 3 minutes of it, but still, hard ass 3 minutes. at an actual LD show, I'd consider doing all 11 minutes.

ML4291323 karma

Hey Dicky, how often does your credit card get declined?

Lil-Dicky85 karma


Meeruman21 karma

LD, huge fan, 2 quick questions, What was your favorite meal at D-Hall at Richmond? and are you a big WaWa fan?

Lil-Dicky48 karma

Well, the one thing I always loved were the fries. I'd wait for them to dwindle and then I'd get the fresh batch because the fresh D-Hall fries, at least when I was in school, were unbelievable. So that was my favorite D-Hall move.

I was also into the panini station: roast beef, a little fresh mozzarella. But! My favorite move at Richmond was to go to the pier and you know how they had chicken finger sandwiches and they had buffalo chicken wraps, but they didn't offer buffalo chicken sandwiches?

I was the first guy to suggest why not put the buffalo chicken that you put in a wrap on a bun? And I'd get that all the time and because it wasn't a menu item, they didn't actually have that prepared. So every time I requested it, they had to make it fresh—and I got a fresh buffalo chicken sandwich every time from D-Hall. And, you know, certain cashiers weren't overly enthused by this, but other ones respected the hustle.

I was a huge WaWa fan until they stopped serving grilled chicken—now the only chicken I can get is breaded form and I don't think WaWa is especially strong at the breaded chicken. So, you know, I love WaWa simply because it's a northeast staple, but if I'm being honest about the type of food that I'm enjoying, WaWa doesn't really satisfy me at this point.

deeznuts6918 karma

LD, I've been to a ton of hip hop shows over the years here in NYC. 90% of rappers are terrible live performers. They show up late, drunk, high. Have no breathe control and look like they never rehearsed. How do you feel about your live shows and do you plan to do any acting?

Lil-Dicky48 karma

i take a ton of pride in mine.

i get there early. go on sober. rap without backing vocal tracks. rehearse. and even have coordinated jokes, routines and moments.

i want to put on the best live show in the industry. it's my goal. and once i get more money, i'll be able to invest in it and itll get crazy.

i plan on doing a lot of acting, yes.

BukuVapor9 karma

Alright, first off I love your music! I've been following you for a long time, but I wanna be real for a second. I don't think you will find it offensive because I've heard you mention this in a few of your songs. Although I do really enjoy your music it gets old too fast. I think it's the humorous aspect that wears on me. Don't get me wrong please! It's funny as hell, but you can only laugh at the same thing so many times. Your song Darwin is one that I can listen to over and over, and most likely because you left out the humor. In fact the lyrics make it sound like your true ambition is to make an album with no humor at all and still be respected. Well, I'm here to say PLEASE DO! You're right, bro! Your flow is crazy! So my question is do you have any intentions of making a more serious album any time soon? I would be the first to pre-order!

Lil-Dicky19 karma

I hear you - and totally get that the jokes may not be funny the 50th time around. That's why I try to uphold the musical integrity throughout, to make sure it's sonically pleasing.

I think there's a lot of non comedy on my album. Only a few songs are straight up jokes. Songs like personality have a funny edge to them, but I see that less as a comedic rap song, more as just a rap song with some character to it.

But there are songs on the album that are dead ass serious too. Like Molly, Truman, Antagonist I and II, Oh Well...I tried to be diverse on the album, because there are as many people like you saying "I wish he was serious all the time" as there are saying "I wish he stayed funny and didn't get so serious." So it's hard to please everyone. I tried to give everyone a little bit of something on this album.

johny1little6 karma

Sup LD, I loved your new album, real great shit. My question is about you featuring on other rappers work. We haven't seen feature on any other rappers songs yet. Is that in the works in any way right now? And how would you go about it? Thanks dicky, your the shit.

Ps. I met you in Toronto at your show after your set, you complimented my hair. It was the best night ever. Thanks yo, your killing it!

Lil-Dicky12 karma

I've got a feature verse coming out with a rapper you guys may not have heard of soon, and I may or may not be cooking up another something with Mr. Pain...but hopefully this just gets bigger and bigger to where more artists are approaching me. I want to do feature verses so much. It would feel very liberating to me, to only concern myself with one verse, as opposed to a concept, 2-3 verses, and a hook

m0pman3 karma

Hey LD,

It says on the album cover you studied abroad here in Melbourne! What did you think of your time here and can we expect to see you any time soon?

Also, as a current marketing student, I was wondering just how big an impact your degree has helped you out, especially in regards to your music career?

Loved the new album man, keep it up!

Lil-Dicky8 karma

So my experience in Melbourne was like really unique, in the sense that it wasn't at all what I expected to be. I expected to get off the plane, throw on a pair of board shorts, get picked up by some blonde dude with long hair and like, just really be outside in the sun for 5 months with girls. But Melbourne was kind of chilly and what I learned quickly is that Australian girls have no interest in American guys–I mean that's what I gathered or whatever I was doing was not working. I think American guys flirt kind of in a forward way.

I remember specifically being in club, and like touching a girl's shoulder being like - "Hi, how's your night going?" and she just flinched just like "Don't touch me!". And the American girls couldn't be less interested in the American guy when there like tons of Australian hunks walking around. So I've never gotten less female attention in my life than the 5 months that I spent in Melbourne. BUT, I was with these five other dudes who were going through the exact same thing and it was like a weird male bonding 5 month period where a bunch of guys just hung out and got drunk together like 3 nights a week. I don't know why that's that interesting–but it was probably like 3 or 4 nights a week. And we didn't do anything but be stupid with one another. There were things like me being put in a shopping cart and thrown down a hill–that's the kind of stuff I did in Australia. I need to go back and experience it as somebody that's capable of hooking up with a girl.

And marketing - what I learned in school didn't at all help me in terms of this, but I think what I got in school in terms of a degree got me a job at my advertising agency and working at the ad agency how possible it was to create content very easily and cheaply. We had an in-house production wing at my agency, so every day I was seeing these short little videos that they'd churn out that looked amazing that they did in 6 hours, for no money, and I thought 'Huh... I wonder if you could apply this technology to your crazy ideas.'

Other than that, I don't put much stock in the school/work life contribution to my rap career.


Hey "Mr. Leftward sloping penis"! first off, I want to let you know that I'm a huge fan and we blast your songs in the kitchen where I work. But for my actual question, were you always interested in becoming a rapper, even as a kid? and how good are you a freestyling?

Lil-Dicky11 karma

I was always interested in being a comedian, but I certainly was always walking around rapping casually, freestyling to myself. I actually did a 6th grade history report on Alexander Pushkin via rap over Clipse Grindin' beat. So rap has always been a part of what I do, but my ambitions have always been rooted in comedy.

I'm ridiculously average at freestyling. It's annoying.