April 17th, 2008 5:33 pm | by LocalCut News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

So, What's Pete Miser Up To These Days?

pete miserAnd now for an old story.

You remember Pete Miser, MC for seminal Portland hip-hop/funk/rock/kitchen sink outfit the Five Fingers of Funk, right? Of course you do. Some years ago Miser moved to Brooklyn and from time to time we hear his name mentioned (usually along with the words "real hip-hop" or "throwback"). Well this week he came up in an inter-office email. A video Miser produced for a song he wrote has made a decent splash on YouTube.

So what bangin'-ass jam has Miser unleashed upon unsuspecting heads this time around? Check it out:

That's right, it's a loving, deadly catchy tribute to the iPhone. A ringtone, really, which is what fans started using it for when Miser uploaded the video a few months back—with or without the rapper's permission. On his website, PeteMiser.com, the ex-Portlander provides the ringtone for 99 cents, and/or for free. Miser says:

As you may know, other people have taken it upon themselves to "liberate" my music from it's YouTube video and the chains of the capitalist system. Viva la revolucion! Just keep in mind that I make a living off of my music. Here's your big chance to encourage me to continue to make the kind of music you apparently want to download.

Below are links to high quality audio files of Hit Me On My iPhone. Click on "BUY NOW" to purchase the song for 99¢ (roughly .000002 Euros for our friends overseas). Click on "STEAL" to get it for free.

If you click "steal," you're led through a series of small, humorous guilt trips, one of which features the hitherto extinct phrase "shucky ducky": "See, people are so used to music being a part of their lives that they have a hard time understanding why they should have to pay for it...Shucky ducky, even when you're on hold with the gas company you hear music!"

Now, I could provide you with a link to the actual free download page that users arrive at with a fifth and final click, but that would be cheating. Besides, if you can afford an iPhone you should probably just throw your old pal Pete a buck.

For those who want to know even more about Miser's iPhone video, here's the backstory (from his MySpace page):

The long story is this, I got an iPhone about two weeks after they came out. I'm not the type to get all mushy about a piece of technology but it done changed my life. (If you don't know, then you better borrow your cousin's and check it out. I'm not gonna go on a whole tangent but messing around with an iPhone is like reaching into the future and hanging out with super attractive aliens at a hot party...or something.) About a month after I got it, I was asked to fly to L.A. to actually be in an iPhone commercial. You know, the ones with the "regular" person standing in front of the black background? Right! Well, I was getting all excited to go out there and this real stupid song popped into my head. As you may know, I'm a hip hop artist so of course I think, "why not record the thing?" about a day later it's recorded. Then I think, "why not recut the iPhone guy lipsyncing my song?" That's where Arrow and Merritt hooked me up. Arrow's like the Wolf from Pulp Fiction. If George Bush knew Arrow, this whole Iraq business would be sewn up by now. Anyway, Arrow made some calls, tracked down Merritt and Merritt worked his delicate fingers to the bone crafting this exquisite piece of art. We're pretty sure we have about two weeks before Apple threatens to break our kneecaps so enjoy it while it lasts:

I'm still confused on whether he actually made official the commercial or not. Pete? Didja?

Pete MiserSpace

Bonus: Another, no less tech-nerdy Pete Miser Video (about being a robot and not knowing it):

Photo by Seth Kushner
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