Yo Yo Dieting: Hiphop meets Throbbing Gristle


I have been acquainting myself with the ouvre of one Pat Maher of Portland, apparently, who sometimes goes by the name of DJ Yo Yo Dieting or Expressway Yo Yo Dieting. As you’ll see, or rather hear, from the videos below, he makes music that basically sounds like chopped and screwed hiphop mixed with Throbbing Gristle.

Here’s how the Ducks Vs Satan blog described one of his releases:

In a genre that relies upon its lyrics it’s quite strange to hear hip hop where the vocals are completely indecipherable, and when combined with the beats becomes an oozy, gooey disorienting experience. Beats are stretched and the trite r n’ b interludes that commercial hip hop have relied upon for the last decade or so become nauseating and in fact it is like listening to hip hop when you’re sea sick.

That sounds about right.

This video, of a song done under the Dj Yo Yo Dieting moniker, features clips from Soul Train. I would really like to see people actually dancing to this music. I mean, besides myself.


This one, with no dancing or anything but a static image, alas, features a song by Mr. Maher as Expressway Yo Yo Dieting, off his Bubblethug album.


I kind of like what one YouTube commenter came up with to explain the peculiar title of this video:

i have no idea what any part of “expressway yo-yo dieting bubblethug” means but i imagine a chubby guy in a street gang that patrols the interstate and he’s always getting picked on by the other gangsters so he’s constantly dieting but has no self control so he stays fat, thus earning the disparaging nickname “bubblethug.”

Weirdly, that sounds about right, too.


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