Irreverent rap jokesters Buckwheat Groats caused an internet melee last year with the multi-McDonald’s mayhem in their “Million Dollar Menu” music video. Along with being featured everywhere from Huffington Post to WorldStarHipHop, the duo landed a deal with The Warner Sound. Now, they’ve returned with their first two videos under the Warner banner, “Swag Like an Asian” and “Nut I Busted.” We spoke to members Penis Bailey and Lil Dinky about how they went from McDonald’s to the majors while always staying on the cusp of controversy.
How did you first link up with The Warner Sound?
Lil Dinky: Warner Sound saw our video for “Take Yourself Out the Game,” one of our biggest hits, our controversial anthem. It really resonated with them over there and what they’re trying to do with their brand. They approached us, sort of circled the wagon. Then “Million Dollar Menu” came out and they were like “Yeah, these are the guys to bring our brand to the 21st century and really take it to the next level.”
Penis Bailey: They wanted us to make a lot more suicide-related content, but we felt like we wanted to branch out and go in a new direction.
Lil Dinky: They saw “Million Dollar Menu,” they saw we had multi-facets, many facets.
Have you had any issues at McDonald’s since “Million Dollar Menu” came out?
Lil Dinky: We’re V.I.P.s at McDonald’s, man. I eat at McDonald’s 2-3 times a week. And, I was one of the first Americans to sample the brand new Fish McBites when they were testing them for the market. They’re pretty good.
The first video you put out under The Warner Sound banner was “Swag Like an Asian.” How did that idea come about?
Lil Dinky: We just love Asians. We associate with a lot of Asian people. Our head of security, George, he’s Asian and he accompanies us to all our live shows. We have love for Asian women, Asian culture, Asian foods, Asian stores, old Asian women. They’re just generally good people. We figured, let’s give them a time to shine. They don’t get too much of that in rap.
While the video could be seen as potentially controversial, how would you say the reception has been?
Penis Bailey: Universally accepted and loved.
Lil Dinky: We’ve found that Asian people in particular are very psyched about it, aside from YouTube user frozenlychee [who has] taken exception to his perception of the message of the video and is sort of a one-man opposition team.
Penis Bailey: We think it may actually be Macklemore.
Lil Dinky: It could be Macklemore working for the Feds. But, whoever it is, we got people watching them. Frozenlychee, if you read this, we’re on to you.
How did you feel about the timing of the video release coinciding with the “Asian Party” controversy at Duke University?
Lil Dinky: That was actually our party. It got a little confusing in the media. It was really just supposed to be just me, Penis Bailey and a bunch of Asian people. But then, all these fucking white people showed up and that sort of ruined the vibe.
A week later on Valentine’s Day you dropped the very Groats-ian ballad “Nut I Busted.” Was it your plan all along to have it drop on the 14th?
Penis Bailey: Nope.
Lil Dinky: Look man, we’re on a major label now. We’re very well compensated for our time, but we don’t handle the logistics. We sit back, they put it out when they want, and we just collect money.
Penis Bailey: Maybe they had that in mind. I don’t know, I’d never heard of Valentine’s Day.
How was the experience of working with kids in the video?
Penis Bailey: I feel like there wasn’t really enough kids at the video shoot.
Lil Dinky: I mean like, these are our kids. It’s nice to link up with them every now and again. You see the little motherfuckers and give them a pat on the butt, or whatever. I don’t know. It wasn’t actually that great, we were happy to get rid of them at the end of the day.
Have you found the response to this video to be controversial as well?
Penis Bailey: There was one continuity error where I have the top button of my shirt buttoned in one shot, and then in the next shot it was unbuttoned. I didn’t think anyone would notice, I didn’t even notice myself, but the fans are pissed off. So, I had to make a public apology.
Lil Dinky: Other than that, people have been pretty down with the message that we’re trying to spread.
How do you plan to follow-up the double shot of “Swag Like an Asian” and “Nut I Busted?”
Lil Dinky: That’s top secret fucking information, but I will say we will have three more videos coming out within the next couple months. You might see some celebrity cameos, you might see some explicit sexual content, you’ll definitely see a few million views and a few million dollars flying into our pockets. That’s all I can say personally.
Penis Bailey: We also lookin’ for that movie deal. So, producers, we got a script, it’s called Buckwheat Groats and the Emperor’s Wife’s Pussy.
Lil Dinky: You heard it here first.
Penis Bailey: 100 million dollars first weekend.
Lil Dinky: That’s real talk.
Penis Bailey: Fuck Jared Fogel.
Lil Dinky: Bang bang.