It has been almost six years since L.A. rapper Mickey Avalon released an album. The 36-year-old says he struggled with his former label, Interscope Records, to release a follow-up to his self-titled debut, which spawned several hits including “Jane Fonda,” “Mr. Right” and “My Dick,” a hidden track that went viral and was later featured in the film Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.
After finally breaking free, Avalon has found a new home with Suburban Noize Records and on April 24 released his sophomore effort, Loaded. He immediately booked a tour to finally share some of the tracks live that he had been sitting on. He stops by the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on June 6.
I caught up with Avalon for a quick phone chat as he was driving somewhere around Orange County, trying to find a parking spot. It wasn’t entirely clear what he was doing or where he was going, but he did say that O.C. is one of his favorite places to perform.
Q: I listened to the new album Loaded and I have to admit I feel a little dirty afterwards. Is there a point where you feel you may have shared a little too much or been a little too honest?
I always feel like I’m being more tongue-in-cheek. I’d say my real feelings are kind of protected by making it that way. I don’t think I’d be able to do like diary entries – I don’t know if guys do that kind of stuff or if that’s just a chick thing – but I would never want to, like, go autobiographical with specific stuff. I think by making it kind of more messing around and taking it a little over the top, it kind of protects my own feelings.