When Not Making Rap Hits, Harry Fraud Surfs With Manatees and Rocks Out to Sublime

Harry Fraud
Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.

Hit man Harry Fraud dropped his new Adrift project today, which the hip-hop producer has teased on Twitter to be a mix of "stuff you may have heard and stuff you may have missed as well as a few others things I been holding on to." Adrift will be followed by a soon-coming EP with Brooklyn spitter Eddie B, and then a further collaboration with his blunt brother Action Bronson. Taking a minute out from his hectic production schedule, we hit up Harry and asked him to explain away his timeline references to Sublime albums, Danny Brown's rapped reaction to MTV's hottest MC list, and downtime spent surfing with manatees.

See also:Harry Fraud's Top Five Producers This Year: "Alchemist, Alchemist, Alchemist, Alchemist, and Alchemist"


Where was the photo on the cover of Adrift shot?
It was at Sag Harbor which is in Long Island. It was taken by a childhood friend of mine -- he's somebody I grew up surfing with in the summertime and now he's become a big surf photographer -- and I was looking through his pictures and that one totally caught my eye 'cause it just translated what I was feeling.

Did you really surf with a manatee? Yeah, that was actually a week ago when I was down in Florida surfing. It was pretty small, like waves about waist high and it was pretty calm out there, and the water in Florida is pretty clear and I was out there with three other guys. This is not the first time I've seen a manatee in the water, but this guy was so friendly. He popped his head up and one of the dudes I was surfing with unleashed his board and swam over to him, 'cause manatees are like the most gentle creatures. Then he hung around for like 20 minutes! He kept popping his head up and kept floating around! Somebody was later telling me they come into the shallow water when they're trying to mate.

Manatees are huge, right?
Yeah, they're pretty big. They're like cows; they're like cows with flippers.

Do you know any rappers that are good at surfing?
Nope, I've never met a rapper that's good at surfing!

So is the new song with Action Bronson, "Morey Boogie Boards," from Adrift?

When did you first hook up with Action Bronson?
It was probably like about two years ago. My close friend and artist that I work with, Eddie B, he put me on to Bronson and kept telling me to check this kid out. I'm not very up on current stuff -- I haven't even listened to anyone's albums or any of that shit -- but he was like telling me about Bronson for a while. Then I heard "Shiraz" and it was like wow. I started putting it out there; what I do if I like an artist is I'll put it out with my friends that are rappers and tell them if they're ever around the dude to tell them I want to work. We exchanged contact information, started talking on the phone, but I had to hound him a little bit at first! I had to hound him to come over to the studio, I think because he was a little trepidatious because of the type of producer I was then -- I had really been doing things like producing French [Montana] and people probably thought I was very one-dimensional. But we ended up making a bunch of stuff and "Morey Boogie Boards" was actually one of the very first songs we did together.

So what's Saab Stories going to be? It's going to be an EP that me and Bronson put out sometime probably early this year, hopefully before summertime. It's the combination of me and him, doing what we do, my beats and his raps.

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