If your albums are available free, how do you make money?
Vazquez: Touring. Most people are making their money on touring, merchandise and licensing. I’ve been paying rent off the shows for a while now. My rent is $290, so it’s not a big deal. It’s five people in a four-bedroom in Bushwick. I keep my stuff at my parents’ house. I like to go home, hug my parents, drink chai with my mom, watch Hindi movies and re-Indianize two days a week before I re-emerge into the filth that is progressive liberal white America in trendy Williamsburg.
Why do you speak of your friends in Brooklyn as filth?
Suri: They know what they did.
You met at Wesleyan University, in 2003.
Vazquez: I was his R.A. at a dorm for students of color.
What did you study?
Suri: I was an economics major. From a cost-benefit perspective, college was a waste of time and money.
Do you see your work as a critique of white America?
Suri: I think it is solely a critique of John Boehner. As our bandmate Ashok Kondabolu would say, John Boehner represents the utmost in white demonry.
This is precisely why I make a point of never asking rappers questions about politics.
Suri: Deborah, chill. Vazquez: Fall back.