You look stupid. Everyone else thinks you look stupid. God thinks you look stupid. Stop it! I’m takin’ you to flavortown ~ If you spend enough time on the Internet you’ve probably come into contact with Filthy Frank. *DEATH BY PAN* He ‘s the guy that started the “Harlem Shake” craze. *The Harlem Shake* And he’s even released a parody rap album under the name “Pink Guy” that reached number one in the Billboard Comedy chart and top 10 in hip hop. “I hope you fuckin’ die in a high-speed car crash” “I hope you fuckin’ fall head first and get your neck cracked” He’s pulled in over 800 million YouTube views ― all from behind a laptop in his bedroom. Do you have a favorite “Pink Guy” track? I do, yeah. It’s… it’s… it’s the one, that I… I made… in… Japanese. So why is this your favourite song? Just cuz… it’s just… you know, it’s my… it’s my… native… childhood tongue. It brings me back to… my childhood — When I used to make songs like this. * “JOJI – WILL HE” playing* In real life, Frank isn’t all that filthy. He grew up in Japan and came to the US to go to college. And after blowing up and becoming an internet anti-hero (Stand by!) Frank isn’t around all that much any more. And as of this week ― he’s trying to turn over a new leaf. (Roll!) (Camera!) Today, he releases his first album under his real name: “Joji”. It’s full of songs about love and break-ups. (Action!) When he’s not making videos, he likes to hang out in this make-shift Zen garden he built in Brooklyn. You have… this fan base… that knows and loves you, as “Filthy Frank”. The student gets thrown up on — and right now, you want to make music, which is not really related to that… Yeah! Is it… hard to deal with people, who really just see you, as… “Filthy Frank”? And they just want more
“Filthy Frank”? Back when I was too afraid to make the transition it was… it was a genuine concern. I was under the impression, that… you know, that was… that was my… that was my pinnacle. It’s your peak. It’s my opus! It’s my opus ― like… I’m gonna be… yelling on the internet! Making… semi-valid points here and there. You know, I thought that was… like I was depressed that that was gonna be it. I fell into that pit for about a year where I was just like… pumping out shit out of fear. A few years ago Joji uploaded a video where he broke character. I have some news for all of you… He explained that he developed an illness that gave him stress-induced seizures. But a few days later he deleted the video. It’s still hard for him to talk about. I have a little brain thing that I have to… I gotta take medication like twice a day for it. I realized you know, I’m not as invincible, as… as I used to be. I just kind of strayed away from stuff that… that had conflict in general. What did it take for you to get that… I guess “confidence”? That… Okay, you know ― “I want to do this now”. Forget what anybody who doubts me says, or forget, forget the own doubt that I have. I’m worried — There’s always that doubt. Did this won’t work out? Yeah. But also at the same time… At least I tried, you know. That’s… that’s really what matters to me. The new songs about heartbreak are pulling in millions of streams. Some people miss those old videos. But Joji’s managed to find a fan base that supports him either way. Thank you, man. Oh, shit! So when’d you start fishing? Just like… with friends in… in Japan, when I was younger… There ‘s a lot going on, on the… on the internet that, uh… no pun intended, but I don’t subscribe to that sort of behavior. We have all this! Why am I getting heated on the Internet? You know what I mean? Oh, this is a big one! That actually looks pretty convincing. I think — I think it’s a Marlin! Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on!