David Burd, better known by his stage name Lil Dicky, is an American rapper and comedian. He came to prominence with the YouTube release of the music video to his song "Ex-Boyfriend", which went viral with more than 1 million views in 24 hours.
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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.
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
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
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:
do you fuck with the war?
No, I don't fuck with the war.
How the fuck did you get Snoop to do a song with you?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How did friends and family react when you made the switch from a career to rapping?
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.
What's the greatest experience with a fan you've had so far?
I mean, I've had sex with one, so...probably that.
Hey Mr. Dick
How does being a rapper affect your tinder dates?
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.
Hey LD, thanks for coming. What is something your fans don't know about your collab with Snoop?
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.
Hey Mr. Leftward sloping penis. Would you be willing to work Eminem if he were interested?
100%. What a dream!
"Pillow Talking" was a work of art. Any plans to make a music video?
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.
Did Michelle Obama let you freak?
No. She didn't.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Most embarrassing moment of your life?
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.
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?
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.
Could you please compare apples to oranges?
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.
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.)
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.
LD, how was working with Fetty Wap and Rich Homie Quan? I've been loving $ave Dat Money lately, keep up the awesome work!
it was great - i am such big fans of both. And both were so nice to me, so into the song, etc.
EVERYBODY REQUEST THIS SONG AT YOUR LOCAL RADIO STATION! UPVOTE THIS COMMENT!
I think this song is the one, guys. But it's on us.
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?
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.
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?
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.
How did you react to Anthony Fantano's review of Professional Rapper?
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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." ?
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.
What's the recipe for "Company Chicken" and "Company Noodles"?
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.
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"
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.
Do you listen to podcasts?
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.
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?
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.
Thanks for doing this Dicky,
Dying to know: Digimon or Pokemon?
You know what, I was never into the Pokemon world. That being said, I am very into, visually, what I've seen out of Pikachu, in terms of his image. Like, I like the yellow look. He seems like a guy I can very easily get along with, so I have to lean Pokemon—but like I said, that's without knowing the traits of these characters.
Is Brain endorsed by sprite or is that simply a preference of Brain?
simply a preference, though brain would fuck with sponsors i think.
What was your undergrad like? Obviously you were interested in Rapping but still focused on your school.
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.
Big fan homeslice!!! What are your top 3 TV shows?
Fresh Prince, Curb, The Wire
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)
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.
If you could collab with anyone, who would it be?
Right now? Future.
Where do you hope to see your music in five years?
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.
Words of wisdom for other 5 inch dicks?
just work your ass off in there. it's all about will power
Original pancake how much poon have you slayed since the album drop?
I've had sex with one girl