Spectrum | Mar. 24 10:15 pm EST
merchanting the hype

Did you catch that laundry room rave? Check out our interview with its creators, #Hypemerchants

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#Hype is #Hype-ing. Spec’s very own Opinion/Spectrum Deputy Matteo Leibowitz leads a parallel life as a hypemerchant DJ. This morning, Bwog posted about a laundry room rave, hosted by the merchants.

We at Spectrum had the same reaction as most commenters on the bwog article: why. We then decided to take advantage of our connections to one of the hypemerchants, and we did some Q&A for all of your enjoyment. Matteo was kind enough to bring another attendee of the rave, Sam Piland.

What is #hypemerchants? What kinds of hype will you be merchanting in the future? 

ML: Legendary DJ collective. Expect many hypes in the near future.
SP: The near, far, and now future.

How many merchants are you, and how does one go about becoming a merchant?

ML: There are three of us. You don’t really become a merchant—you’re born one.
SP: I was not born a merchant.

What about a laundry room was so appealing? The whirring of the machines? The smell of old detergent? 

ML: Probably the unbearably high temperatures and the small space…because that’s a laundry room.
SP: Because that is good. I was already there actually before they showed up.

Did anybody awkwardly try and do their laundry mid-rave?

SP: 1:55
ML: 2:42

What exactly is that arm-flapping move called at 0:33?

SP: The Slay Tor
ML: The Young Isaac Slay Tor.

Did you indeed have “Kush, drank, and bars in [that] b*tch?” or is that just like a figure of speech?

SP: Shout out DJ stank boy Rashad bang bang.
ML: You’ll have to come to the next young #Room# to find out.
SP: …!

Do you have nicknames? 

SP: I have different nicknames depending on the medium: lil SMIZE for DJing, Brown Sam for rapping, Sam for every day events.
ML: Teo is my nickname. My DJ name is Half-Chub: I have no way of explaining why this is.

According to Bwog, Teo, you sent the video 17 times. Why 17 and not 16? Or 18?

ML: I only sent it once.
SP: I sent it 16 times cos thats a boss number.

The hype-merchants are DJs of few words. They both have shows on WBAR, check out Teo’s here and Sam’s here. We think this Q&A has only left us with more questions.

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COMMENTS (9)

  1. TEMPA T • March 24, 2014 at 10:47 pm • Reply

    DON’T WATCH THE HYPE. MAD. NEXT HYPE. THIS FOR MY FANS DEM YOU GET ME. NEXT HYPER TUNEZ BLUD. BIG UP SW BANG. SLEWWWW DEM

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  2. Jose Mourinho • March 24, 2014 at 11:55 pm • Reply

    I am so glad that Tempz is being recognized here, he’s still about town. Any haters gonna get their cd racks smashed, won’t get none of their cds back. Big up UK grime

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  3. Arsene Wenger • March 25, 2014 at 12:01 am • Reply

    Yo Mourinho, I said get out the car, I said this aint a par. Bare hype

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  4. Tony Pulis • March 25, 2014 at 12:06 am • Reply

    Confused Americans can seek clarification here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpiCDR0eoP0

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  5. Joey Barton • March 25, 2014 at 12:07 am • Reply

    YOU FUCKING WOT MATE? LET’S FUCKIN’ HAVE IT JOSE YOU FACKIN PORTUGUESE CAHNT

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    • Sergio Aguero • March 25, 2014 at 12:38 am • Reply

      HIJO DE PUTA BARTON

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  6. Alan Pardew • March 25, 2014 at 12:10 am • Reply

    Barton don’t mess. I’m a 50 year with serious issues. Par

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  7. Jermaine Beckford • March 25, 2014 at 12:13 am • Reply

    Ey yo Pardew bruv I’ll back you up innit

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  8. the diana • March 25, 2014 at 10:36 am • Reply

    the war on fun is never lost as long as freshman stay weird

    hype merchants giving me hope 4 the future

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