Jimmy McMillan, 65, who first crashed the scene as the gloved gubernatorial candidate of the Rent Is Too Damn High Party, has prolonged his 15 minutes of fame by releasing an album about, well, rent.
In “The Rent Is Too Damn High (Volume 1),” McMillan lends his Barry White-like baritone to techno-infused tracks such as “My Place” and “Land Lord Listen Up.” He talks with amNewYork about the morning routine that keeps him making pop-culture history.
Q: Do you wake up to your music or an alarm clock?
A: I just get up. If I tell myself, “Get up at 5:30,” I will wake up at 5:30. Oh yeah, I am my own alarm clock. I don’t care if I go to bed at 4.
Q: What are you doing up so late?
A: I’m working on a book. I want to keep the people interested in what I’m here to do, because they’ve shown me so much love. I’m burning that energy now, but not forever, because I’m not a workaholic. I will rest, because I believe in heart attacks and strokes.
Q: What about breakfast?
A: I eat breakfast at 1 o’clock or 2 o’clock in the afternoon. (Giggles).
Q: What do you eat?
A: Are you ready for this? Because I’m going to take you “country.” I eat grits, eggs and beef sausages and my white toast toasted dark with a spread of butter.
Q: Wow. Do you make that yourself?
A: I go to a restaurant. This is crazy: I live [in Flatbush] — you will never believe what I’m going to tell you — but I go all the way to Harlem to a place called Jimbo’s. They’re the only ones that make grits that way I like them.
Q: That’s a two-hour trip for grits.
A: I would travel 1,000 miles for a good breakfast.
Q: Is that your only meal of the day?
A: I’m not packing my body in the evening. There’s no need to eat because the food is still there. That packing it in your body like a furnace is why a lot of people are getting fat.
Q: They’re also not karate experts like you.
A: (Laughs) Matter of fact, you missed my performance [in December promoting his album] because when I perform on stage I do karate. I mix marital arts with my dancing style.
Q: You certainly do know how to put on a show.
A: It’s crazy. I’ve been doing everything right when it comes to politics, but here I am, on top of the world, and no girlfriend.
Q: I guess if you had a girlfriend, you’d take her to breakfast at Jimbo’s.
A: I sure would. Do you want to go?