Interview w/David Faustino
By: Justin Rizzio
Edited by: Tom Williams

David Faustino AKA Bud Bundy AKA Grand Master B. I gotta admit, I was real hype to do this interview. Not only was David a cast member on Married With Children, he also played an important role in early 90's hip hop. Don't believe me? Just read the interview.
Now, years later, David is back at it for another go at the music industry. This time with two artists he has the utmost confidence in. Here's a glimpse into David's past ... as well as what to expect from him in the future. (More about the past though. I mean, c'mon, it's fuckin’ Bud Bundy!)

215hiphop: You're most commonly known for the role you played as Bud Bundy on Married With Children, but people might not know what you've
been up to recently, as far as music; so what have you been up to?
David Faustino: I've been into music a lot since the first time I heard hip hop probably at 13 years old. I had heard like, the Beastie Boys. But I hadn't heard (at that time) like Run DMC. Somebody put MixMaster Spade's Ready To Rock on my headphones, and I was hooked from that minute on. And then at 16, I started this hip hop club called Ballistics with my partner Nick Adler. His father was Lou Adler, a giant record producer. We started this hip hop club on the
Sunset Strip in like 89 / 90. At the time, hip hop was still basically in the hood. It wasn't on the Sunset Strip. So we were these little rich white kids who were in love with hip hop. I mean, I didn't grow up rich, but obviously I made money on the show. We'd throw the parties at this rock & roll club called Whiskey A Go-Go. We'd do these weekly clubs and it just blew up. We'd have lines that went down Sunset for blocks. No way everyone was getting in.

215: During the time you were doing this, was there ever any negative backlash from the hip hop community as far as you being white and/or being an actor on television?
David: I'm sure there was, but I didn't really pay much attention. But mostly not. People were just excited because hip hop was still in it's infancy. People were excited that I was providing a place for them to check out hip hop. People were mostly happy about it. More people found out about it, and next thing you know we had N.W.A. performing on our stage. We had Too Short. We had everybody. That's where Will (Will.I.Am of Black Eyed Peas) met his whole crew. That's where they all formed. And because of that, I was able to present him with his BMI award. It was cool man. I was into hip hop, I did the acting thing for a long time, I put out a little single back then with the crew I
did Ballistics with. We put out an EP with different artists. I did one cut on it. It was a decent cut. I mean, I was 18 years old and pretty green in the hip hop game. But it was decent. Then I just put it down cause I was into the acting and making money on the show. It wasn't until about 9 months ago that I got  deep, deep, deep back into the hip hop game with the artist that I discovered. We've just been on go mode for about 8 months now.

215: Tell me about your artist. What role do you play in everything?
David: Well, he was in the medical marijuana business out here in California. That's how we met. I knew he had this talent, but he was so busy hustling and I was busy doing my thing. But when he started laying tracks down, it was like mining diamonds. The tracks kept coming and coming. And the hooks were these priceless hooks. So we just kept doing it. We've been in the lab like 3 or 4 nights a week for the last 8 months. His name is Patience Price. He's from Portland, Oregon. White dude. He spent time in Dallas, so he also has a little
bit of southern influence.

215: Now are you going to be releasing these albums on your own?
David: Me and my other partner formed a management company. We're managing him as well as another artist named Lil Gweed. I'll talk about him later. We're managing these artists as well as opening the doors to manage more artists. Right now we're concentrating on these two. And we're forming a label as we speak. So the goal is to form the label, and then sign on to a bigger entity. And if we don't get the big deals we're looking for, because of the little fame I have and connections to the business, we'll just go the street route and the web route and blow it up that way.

215: Do you think, in this day and age, it might just be more beneficial to go the independent route from the start?
David: Well we're definitely not going to not try to get the big record deals. Because of my connections in this town and the representation we already have, for us, we definitely wanna go that route first. But for new artists, I don't know, probably yeah, the best way to go is indie.

215: Now that you're becoming involved in hip hop, again, after so long, how do you feel about hip hop now compared to the 90's?
David: It's different now...for one, I'm older and wiser. I'm focused and I know what I'm doing now. I'm 37 years old; I'm in go mode. When I was in my 20's I was in a completely different space. But about the music itself, I think it's opened up a lot. Back in the 90's there was more aggression, it was more rebellious, crack was running rampant in the streets. It was angrier and more closed off. I think artists have come a long way. Eminem, Outkast and a bunch of others have crossed over. I think it's become a friendlier environment. It's more open for different kinds of artists than it has been before.

215: I remember seeing you back then in photos with Jeru & in the Krs-One video. What are some of your best 90's hip hop memories?
David: That's a tough call. (Pauses). I would have to say at Ballistics, watching the freestyle battles. I hosted a freestyle battle every week and it became really famous. That's how Will (Will.I.Am) got his record deal. He won battles and held the top spot for like, it was ridiculous, for like 3, 4, 5 months in a row. No one could beat him. And that's when Eazy-E came, and he signed him to
Ruthless. So hosting those battles, watching Will, knowing there was magic in the air, having Eazy-E there, those were magic moments.

215: Since you're friends with Will, what do you think of the Black Eyed Peas, and the changes they've made over the years?
David: I'm sure it's been a difficult road. No group doesn't have to go through challenges and pitfalls. I haven't peeped their last album, just heard bits and pieces. He's (Will) a musical genius. I've watched him grow. We've all seen him come up.

215: When you first started doing the Gandmaster B character, was there any negativity from the hip hop community?
David: Not that I was aware of. The hip hop community really embraced that character. Bud Bundy was a lovable character, he wasn't trying to be this, that or the other. So when we did the Grandmaster B character, people were like “oh, it's just another one of his silly antics.” People really loved that character, it's crazy. I still get so many Grandmaster B call-outs everywhere.

215: I still have a VHS tape that I recorded off TV that has the Married With Children episode with the first appearance of Grandmaster B.
David: (Laughing) Nice! You're the perfect case in point. Thanks.

215: Do you still have the Raiders jacket?
David: (Laughing) I wish I did man, I wish I did. I have some stuff from that era.

215: Do you have the Grandmaster B doll?
David: Yeah, I think I got the doll somewhere (laughing). I got a few little goodies.

215: Be honest, how much pussy did you get off being on Married With Children?
David: I did well man. I coulda done a lot better, but I did well. I had a few steady girlfriends. I did alright. It was a great set cause there was beautiful women there. There were gorgeous women there all the time. It was a good place to grow up.

215: Give me an interesting story from that time.
David: Well, if we're relating it to hip hop, I used to have all these rappers on the set. People on the set were like who the fuck are these criminals this kid is hanging out with? They just thought I was hanging out with thugs and criminals. And a couple of them were! (laughing) I would have just loads of people pouring out of my dressing room at 16 years old. There would be rappers and dj's and girls. It was like a little mini-nightclub. I didn't know at the
time, cause I was young and dumb, that it was pissing everyone off. It's an area to rest and work on your lines, not to be bombarded by 25 people in the dressing room.

215: Who were some of the rappers that were hanging out on set?
David: So many rappers came by. Ice Cube came through...I still, to this day, claim responsibility for the line...he's never confirmed or denied this, but I still claim it. I know if he thought about it, he'd affirm it. I took him to the Arsenio Hall show. I wasn't on the show that night, but I took him as an audience member because he wanted to meet Arsenio. They were really trying to push N.W.A., they were still up and coming. So we went over there, and Arsenio...Arsenio is what Arsenio is. He was on an ego trip and just being in the Arsenio zone at that point. I could tell...he kinda dissed Cube. He didn't give him any love or any attention or anything. I could tell he (Ice Cube) was
a little upset, a little hurt. So not long after that came the line "they ask me if I like Arsenio, about as much as the bicentennial". So I'm taking a little bit of credit for that line. (Laughing) So yeah, it was people like that, I had all the rappers coming through. Ice-T, everybody.

215: Do you still talk to any of these people?
David: I still run into a lot of them out here...the aging rappers. (laughing) Me and B-Real are still homies, he's been around forever and he's still doing it. Still doing shows and putting out music. We just did a show a few weeks ago. He's a great cat.

215: In a battle. You, Brian Austin Green & Corin Nemic. Who's gonna win?
David: I'd have to say me. I'd be stupid not to.

215: At that time, when Brain Austin Green & Corin Nemic were rapping, you were already doing it before them?
David: We all kinda knew each other, saw each other at the same little events. We grew up in the same circle, so we were kinda doing it together a little bit. I know Brian did his thing later on and released an album. I remember that whole phase. He's a good cat though, and he's always been into the music. And Corin Nemic and I created a show called Starving. It's online. It's really wacky, crazy, over the top humor. A lot of people like it.

215: Besides your own artists, what new music have you been listening to?
David: My artists take up about 90% of my listening space right now, but I usually put on Pandora and just look up my favorite artists. I was listening to Kanye's album for a bit. I'm always listening to Jay-Z. I'm really digging that La Coka Nostra album, Ill Bill and those guys. I like that album a lot, great album.

215: You wanna plug any info on your artists?
David: Yeah, if you could put their Twitter handles on. It's @Patience_Price and @Lil_Gweed. And me, @DavidFaustino .

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