We titled this EP Tales from Mongolian BBQ for a couple reasons: First, because we all have a passion for Mongolian BBQ. Back in our hometown of Sacramento, Steven and I used to regularly hit up all the mongo’s in the area. We would literally spend hours there, filling up our bowls and talking about whatever’s going on in our lives (usually some trivial suburban white people shit). Before Robbie joined Cougar Magnum, we needed to know he valued Mongolian BBQ at least half as much as we did—luckily, the kid has good taste.
Secondly, because this is our first project together, this EP contains a variety of styles and flavors, much like a delicious bowl of Mongo. That is why we divided it up into four different sections: Beef (Where’s the Tylenol, Sactown Summer), Veggies (HHHC, These are the Nights), Noodles (Parentz Hot Tub, Road to Nowhere), and Sauce (Jeremy Lin, Outro). Having a cohesive album with a signature sound is important, but I also believe that people should be able to make whatever the hell they want without worrying about restricting themselves to a single style or sound. We love all kinds of hip-hop, so we make all different kinds of hip-hop, and although that might not be conducive to success or growing a fan-base, we don’t really give a damn. It’s cliché as shit but it’s true; we didn’t start this to become famous, we started it because we love it and we have a fucking blast doing it.
The last thing I want to say is more of a disclaimer. One of the main reasons I love hip-hop is that it is expression in its rawest form. It’s unfiltered, uncomfortable, and rarely politically correct (at least the best stuff is). So you’re gonna hear some stuff that doesn’t sit well with you, and it might even make you angry. I say good. My goal is to move you in some way, whether it’s laughter, anger, reflection, or inspiration. Regardless of how tasteless and/or offensive I can be, I’m always expressing something, even if it’s indirect or disguised in humor. It’s rarely logical, but that’s the beauty of expression.
Some of these songs were written over four years ago, some were written a few months ago, and as a result it is a bit all over the place. So tuck your napkin into your shirt and enjoy these Tales from Mongolian BBQ.
released August 22, 2013
Produced by Rob-Dawg-The-Reaper & Sticky Bandit
Lyrics by Nick the 6'4 Satyr
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