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April 10, 2012 9:47 AM   Subscribe

Eugene Ahn, AKA Adam Warrock, on quitting being a lawyer to become a full time rapper.
posted by Artw (29 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
That's pretty awesome; I am really glad this sort of thing can still happen. Another rapper, Himanshu Suri , worked in finance before Das Racist got big.
posted by griphus at 9:51 AM on April 10, 2012


This is cool and all. But I want to hear about the flip side. Rappers who become lawyers. Now that's a fucking story!
posted by Fizz at 9:53 AM on April 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


Nice. Some day I'll quit being a lawyer to become a full time awesome something, I swear.
posted by jabberjaw at 9:54 AM on April 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Rappers who become lawyers.

Well, I ain't passed the bar, but I know a little bit...
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:56 AM on April 10, 2012 [14 favorites]


Euge is a pretty close friend of mine and I'm constantly inspired by his drive and determination, along with the fact that he's actually a really good rapper, which is probably the most important part of the success he's had.
posted by beaucoupkevin at 9:57 AM on April 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


What could he do? He got called out for a rap battle by his arch-nemesis, Phanos.
posted by straight at 9:58 AM on April 10, 2012


Euge is a pretty close friend of mine and I'm constantly inspired by his drive and determination, along with the fact that he's actually a really good rapper

Which 3 songs of his would you recommend? If you can link to them (YouTube) that would be great.
posted by cashman at 9:59 AM on April 10, 2012


Euge is pretty much one of the Best Guys, we've had him on my show at least 4 or 5 times and he's always been one of the sharpest, nicest, most open guys I've ever interviewed/talked to.

His story has been fascinating to follow from the beginning.
posted by HostBryan at 10:00 AM on April 10, 2012


You Dare Call That Thing Human​?​!​? [Bandcamp]
posted by cashman at 10:04 AM on April 10, 2012


God loves, man kills...
posted by Artw at 10:06 AM on April 10, 2012


When I first saw this, I thought it said "Adam Warlock." I had been wondering what he was up to these days.
posted by Balok at 10:16 AM on April 10, 2012


Three Adam Warrock Tracks I Very Much Like That Are On YouTube
a list by Kevin Church, age 37

His recent effort "Williams Street" from the Ghostal EP is heartfelt and manages to be a nostalgic ode to a cartoon production company without going into completely dorky territory.

"Marvel vs DC" from This Man…This Emcee is just a nicely produced piece of work, again with a bit of nostalgia and some insight into the fact that while superhero comic fans can be kind of awful, there's still some love to be had.

"Ira Glass" was his first, like, hit? I guess? This is a cute fan video.

Some people have uploaded the entirety of the new album on YouTube, but I'm not going to link to that. That shit's just not kosher. Besides, you can listen to the whole thing and if you like it, go spend $10 and support a guy. His previous album, The War For Infinity is an interesting effort at doing a real hip-hop sci-fi concept record and I like quite a lot of it.
posted by beaucoupkevin at 10:23 AM on April 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


We shared a bill with Adam in Seattle a few weeks back. Here's a ton of live video of Adam doing his thing from that show.

And yeah, go buy his stuff!
posted by scottandrew at 10:24 AM on April 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Rappers who become lawyers.

I can't quite manage a rapper, here's a seriously famous, internationally renowned house and trace DJ.
posted by dmt at 10:25 AM on April 10, 2012


(Also, full disclosure: I do a lot of design for Euge's free tracks because I got tired of him just typing shit in photoshop.)
posted by beaucoupkevin at 10:27 AM on April 10, 2012


Closest I've got is Andrew Braybrook, who went from being a games developer working on some of the most beloved games of my childhood to doing some kind of finance thing. I guess it's all code.
posted by Artw at 10:28 AM on April 10, 2012


Studied hard at school, changing jobs left my parents ill at ease /
But my rhymes got more depth than the Rule Against Perpetuities
posted by exogenous at 10:31 AM on April 10, 2012


I actually know a rapper who became a lawyer. But he didn't abandon the one to pursue the other.
posted by smorange at 10:31 AM on April 10, 2012


RedFoo from LMFAO used to be a day trader.

Hard to figure out which is worse, really.
posted by dismas at 10:31 AM on April 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


Also, if you like Parks and Recreation, his enthusiasm for the show created this thing that got a lot of coverage.
posted by beaucoupkevin at 10:32 AM on April 10, 2012


Nothing but praise for him and his courage to follow his dreams. But I've never raised my voice as a lawyer, nor has anyone ever shouted at me. Maybe I'm lucky, or maybe he was just in a really unusually toxic environment...
posted by naju at 11:06 AM on April 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Rappers who become lawyers. Now that's a fucking story!

Not a rapper, but I think it's pretty funny that Mike Gerard of street punk terrors Killdozer, is now a practicing attorney.
posted by lumpenprole at 11:42 AM on April 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


The legal job market sucks these days.
posted by delmoi at 12:44 PM on April 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Not rappers, but:

Santiago Durango (Big Black) is now a lawyer.

John Strohm (Blake Babies/Lemonheads) is now a lawyer.

Mike Gerard (Killdozer) is now a lawyer.

On preview: beaten to the punch by lumpenprole!
posted by BitterOldPunk at 1:02 PM on April 10, 2012


RedFoo from LMFAO used to be a day trader.

Paris stopped rapping for a while and worked as a stockbroker.
posted by cashman at 1:18 PM on April 10, 2012


He's written some excellent stuff about all this on his tumblr, too. I emailed him to tell him how much I liked those posts, and got a very nice, thoughtful response. Class act! And a fantastic rapper to boot!
posted by jason_steakums at 4:29 PM on April 10, 2012


So glad to hear that he is finding success. The Browncoats Mixtape has been in heavy rotation around here ever since I found out about it. I highly recommend it.
posted by The Violet Cypher at 6:33 PM on April 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Hooray for my friend Eugene! His talent is massive.
posted by damehex at 9:57 PM on April 10, 2012


This is cool and all. But I want to hear about the flip side. Rappers who become lawyers. Now that's a fucking story!

Wu-Tang Financial has a strong legal crew, I'm sure.
"You got to diversify yo bonds, nigga."
posted by FatherDagon at 1:28 PM on April 11, 2012


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