I have literally listened to this song every day for the past several months. EVERY DAY. I have been waiting patiently to post this for an equally long amount of time. Everything CHH is, is defined by this track. Too high of praise for you? You can eat a deer fart. Turn your volume up and just get absorbed! Some background: “Been Hiding” is from Bi-Polar Bear’s upcoming release “When Ledge is Home” which comes out on September 18th on Modern Shark. Make sure to check it out!
Anyways, since I enjoyed this track so much, I decided to send a few questions over to front-man Ug Orwell to learn more about where a song like this comes from!
- For those who don’t know, who are you?
Ug Orwell [UO]: I am Ug Orwell (of Bi-Polar Bear) or Uggy, aka Bum Uggy Tummy Yucky. I make musics. I live in Brooklyn with a pretty girl. She has a muzzle she explains is from her father’s African roots, her eyes of course she explains are more likely from Asia. My roots are in Lebanon which would explain the large nose.
- Your last album “Today I Found Happy” was born out dark places and depression. What state of mind were you at during the writing and recording of your upcoming album “When Ledge is Home”? What is your state-of-mind now?
UO: Somewhat similar, but more mature with a better understanding of self, and happier. Current state of mind: comfy.
- What advice do you have for people dealing with depression?
UO: I don’t feel like I’m a great source of advice for the general public, but here’s a few quick suggestions: journal, meditate (zazen, tai chi, yoga. Take your pick), make something (a song, a painting, a chair).
- What things make you happy?
UO: Cats, tigers, bears, apples & peanut butter, brownies, creatures (an Auggie favorite), hi fives, bicycles, my new hat, Baje One’s new hair cut…[picture unfortunately omitted]
- You grew up in Madison, WI from what I’ve read. The Midwest is an oft-ignored region for hip hop with maybe the exception of Chicago from time to time. How did the Midwest inform your musical sensibilities?
UO: I don’t think it’s really ignored anymore, but it was to a degree when I was growing up, there were certainly less people making hip hop in the midwest then. My dad got me hooked on music at a very young age and it stuck with me. Honestly, I don’t think the midwest really effected what I wanted to make musically, at least not that I’m aware of. I love the midwest though.
- Guiltiest of guilty pleasures?
UO: Going dancing, believe me this time. Also, making references to other rappers, like Serengeti, that no one will get during interviews.
- Shout-outs, musings, random facts?
UO: “Sometimes when you win, you really lose, and sometimes when you lose, you really win, and sometimes when you win or lose, you actually tie, and sometimes when you tie, you actually win or lose.” We all know this thanks to Rosie Perez.
Well there ya go folks, the mind of Bi-Polar Bear.
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