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Exclusive Premiere: Hand Job Academy and Big Dipper - "Take Me 2 Skool" Video

Hand Job Academy
Hand Job Academy
Laura June Kirsch

The trio who brought you "Shark Week," easily the best song about periods in the hip-hop canon, Hand Job Academy returns with "Take Me 2 Skool," a new video featuring Big Dipper. We spoke to the girls--Ash Wednesday, Clara Bizna$$, and Lil' T--about their curriculum, as well as their own school memories. The interview and the video premiere are after the jump.

See also: Hand Job Academy at the House of Vans

Where did the name Hand Job Academy come from?

Clara: I was dating...well...dating is a strong word for it. I was boning this dude I was at his house and had to use his computer for something. And you know when you have the pages that come up [as] the top ten most viewed? That was one of them, "Hand Job Academy." I clicked on it, of course, because I'm triflin'. It's just kind of a place-holder, the website has nothing to do with it, the name just stuck in our heads.

Ash: I think Claire said it best a little while ago. Once you have a name it becomes more and more meaningless over time because we've had it for so long. It's like the Circle Jerks, where their name has nothing to do with it.

That in mind, what was the genesis "Take Me 2 Skool?"

Lil T: We had just recently met Big Dipper nd we went to the studio with our producer Good Goose. The way he works is to tell us to go into the booth and just freestyle on the mic. Dipper went in and just started spitting this stuff about school. He didn't know much about us, so he just saw Academy and created the hook doing it that we. We just made it school, but sexual.

How did you link up with Big Dipper?

Clara: There's a fellow named Greg Frederick and he's a photographer. He's doing a book called Homo-Hop about queers in hip-hop. He was a fan of ours and had checked us out a couple times and wanted to shoot Meg. He had posted Big Dipper on his page and followed him on every social media. When we dropped our song "Wild Girls" last year, I tweeted it at Dipper and he apparently was on the airplane tarmac in Minneapolis and was like "who the fuck are these girls." He liked it, so when he was playing in New York at the Studio of Webster Hall, he asked us to open for him and we've been friends ever since. The first night we met and hung out, we shot a music video and he's in it. He's had our back.

Ash: What's funny about Big Dipper is that he's very transient. He's in Brooklyn now, but for a while he didn't have a place to stay, so he ended up staying at my apartment for like a month.

Lil T: Basically, we met him at Kellog's Diner for dinner, and we were like "let's shoot a music video really quick" and we end up getting kicked out of the Diner because we were playing the playback too loud.

Clara: And we were dressed like fucking freaks too because it was a "Twin Peaks" video.

How accurate is "Take Me 2 Skool" a reflection of your school days?

 

Lil T: I have a line that mentions one of my old teachers in college, Ms. Gazeena. I had the biggest crush on this woman. It was my 20th birthday and I showed up tot his class blackout drunk. She always had this Seltzer bottle, and so I stole her Seltzer bottle, went home and made out with it and then I hung the wrapper on my refrigerator.

Ash: I have a similar experience. I went to college and had a crush on this one science professor I had, so I ended up being a science major. I ended up taking all these esoteric class topics because I wanted to do an independent study with [him]. It was fine because he was married and I just wanted to hang out with him all the time, so I just tricked my school I guess. The rest of my lyrics are about math because I really like math and I was excited to do this song because I could make a bunch of math references with them being entirely out of context.

Tommy Boy has been home over the years to some of the most iconic and instantly recognizable rap singles ever recorded, how did they react when you first handed "Take Me 2 Skool" in?

Lil T: We released another single for them called "Tumblr Bitches," but for some reason, this song was their favorite song of ours. I have no idea why, but they love "Take Me 2 Skool." That was the one that they wanted.

Ash: They're a really progressive label and stuff, but at the same time they definitely want us to be accessible. and a lot of of our other songs have the word "Bitch" in the title, so maybe they were looking for a more demur sounding title to really push forward. That might be part of it.

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