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MusicMy video "I'll suck your d**k for a cup of coffee" went viral today, and made the front page of Reddit. AMA.

Aug 25th 2017 by MykaPDX • 10 Questions • 399 Points

Hey. I’m Carol Robinson, a reporter with The Birmingham News and AL.com. I have worked here since graduating college in 1986 and have been covering crime in Birmingham, Ala. – one of the U.S.’s most violent cities – full time since 1996 with a good amount of it before that as well.

I’ve covered thousands of homicides, a handful of executions, and I have also covered major national stories such as the hunt for Eric Robert Rudolph, (who bombed an abortion clinic in Birmingham) and the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba.

I’m pretty much on call 24/7 but when I’m not working I am shopping or hanging out with my dogs, Sam and Maggie. I have a 23-year-old daughter who I raised as a single mom (she was an Alabama cheerleader), and she is now a first-grade teacher. Did I mention she moved back home?

Proof: https://twitter.com/RobinsonCarol/status/899658167474434048

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How many people have given you coffee while you played?

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What did you have for breakfast?

Favorite vacation spot? Why?

What is your opinion on AJ McCarrons chest tatoo?


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nobody has given me coffee, but a lot of people have given me a few dollars here and there!

A:

Bacon Egg and Cheese biscuit I love the Caribbean and Seagrove Beach His tat is too big


Q:

I don't believe this.

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What's the weirdest crime you've ever covered? Like a truly strange, tell-all-your-friends-about-the-weird-day-you-had story?


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but it's the truth! :D

A:

I knew someone would ask that and I should have thought about it beforehand. There have been so many. In 2009, a guy trying to fake his own death bailed out of a plane in Shelby County. Link coming


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It's all he knows

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Did you cover the Tommy Arthur execution? What's it like covering those stories that get national attention -- angles that you see that aren't covered by national outlets? Thanks!


Q:

haaaaaaa sweet

A:

I did not cover Tommy Arthur.


Q:

What does it actually mean to be homeless in Portland?

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Who is the scariest/creepiest suspect you've come across?


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I don't live ON the streets anymore, but when I did, this is what it looked like:

sleeping next to the river or under bridges or on sidewalks and doorways of businesses. hanging out with friends 24/7 in parks coming up with shenanigans because we don't take ourselves too seriously anyways :-)

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Maybe Eric Robert Rudolph - because he was diabolical


Q:

to piggy back off the previous question...how is it being a woman and homeless.. One, Safety..you know, rape and all. 2. Feminine issues and getting that sorted out regularly..

I imagine it would make things doubly hard.

A:

Do you ever plan to leave the City Desk?


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Yes! it certainly does make life a bit more difficult. Being a femme while being houseless makes me an easier target for a lot of things unfortunately. I've experienced a bit more trauma than somebody of a masculine gender would for sure.

Feminine hygiene is taken pretty seriously, there are a lot of services that have those items accessible.

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Nope!


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What happened that made you become homeless? Are you still homeless? Is everything OK?

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I live in Alabama and people say a lot of the people here are racist and awful but I don't think so. Do you?


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Unfortunately, my home life wasn't great, so I had to leave at 17. I am still technically homeless, but I have a roof over my head and so everything is alright :-)

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I think the perception is far worse than the reality.


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what qualifies as "technically homeless"?

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If you wrote a true crime book, which crime would it be about?


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I don't pay rent, they could kick me out within a day, and if I don't get my shit together quick, I'll be back out on the streets within a couple of years. I live in transitional housing. It's free for people between 18 and 25, and I can stay here for 2 years. It's like a treatment center but like a "get your shit together" treatment.

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I think it would be a compilation of stories I've covered over the years. Some chapters would include: death by garden tool, and people who died with their pants down. I should have written about the Jeff and Jessica McCord case in Hoover from years ago, but someone beat me to it. http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2017/06/parole_denied_for_former_pelha.html


Q:

how does sucking dick for a doughnut sit with the roommates?

A:

Fellow Alabamian here, I'm curious as to how you feel about the current political climate here.

I'm Independent, but lean left. Given from what I am hearing from people around Huntsville, hearing on talk radio, reading in the comments section of your website, etc, it just feels like things are ready to explode.

What's your take on the current "mood" of the state?


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hahahaha never done it, wouldn't know :-)

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I don't do politics:)


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I also left home at 17. I drifted til around 26 and was in and out of hospitals. I'm now 31 with a husband and two kids and four dogs. I wish you so much luck and just know that this is a temporary time in your life. I'm pretty sure that things are going to get amazing for you.

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What is the most memorable not guilty verdict you've seen in AL?


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Thank you so much! I really appreciate the kindness, ya wonderful human.

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I would say the not guilty verdict against Charleston Wells in the Mike Gilotti case just recently, and the not guilty verdict against Shaunasty Lowe


Q:

Do you worry at all about this one silly little song completely defining your music? Are you going to try to run with it and write more flippant and crass kind of stuff or was this just a fun one off thing?

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Has Stingray technology had any effect on solving crime in your area?


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That's an awesome question. I have worried about that, yes. I would like people to see me for the wellrounded musician that I am and I plan to stay really true to what my inner self wants, which is to share my thoughts and ideas with the world, and sometimes that may involve something crass, but the rest of it is typically more heart felt :-)

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Not that anyone has told me, but it sounds cool


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Wishing you luck. You remind me a lot of someone I used to play with. You have fans over on /r/folkpunk fyi

A:

hahahah thanks so much, and that's legitttt


Q:

"Yeah, baby-sized. It's twenty-one inches long and weighs seven pounds five ounces."

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I'm vegan so I think i'll go with the first one :-)


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Now I know why you turned down the creamer.

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hahahah good one


Q:

How can I pay money for this song?

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I'll be working on a recording for this song very soon! Stay tuned my friend :-)


Q:

Do you have a way we can follow you to know when that comes out?

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yeah you can follow my soundcloud! :) just search up myka rasmussen, I don't know if I'm allowed to put the actual link


Q:

I'd pay for an album of music like this. I've already sent it to like 9 people. Keep it coming!

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Hahahahah I really appreciate it!! So much.


Q:

What is that black thing around your arm in the video? Have you ever broken your arm? Where is the best place to play music in Portland? What is your favorite song to play?

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The black thing around my arm in the video is a sling, I had fallen off of a post trying to be cool and stand on one food, and hurt my arm. The doc thought I might have broken it but it turned out okay. I still wanted to play music though so I played with an arm that was injured.

I've never broken an arm, or any bone for that matter!!!

my favorite song to play is this one rendition of "can't get no satisfaction" by the stones!


Q:

Glad you got out and that you're putting your well-being first, but sucks (NPI) not having a place to stay. Hope your newfound fame puts you in a much better situation.

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Thank you! I luckily have a place to live right now, but in the eyes of society it's still considered "homeless"


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Hearing it go from 1) homeless 2) "homeless" in less than thirty seconds gave me a really quick burst of happiness. Glad to hear you're doing alright!

A:

yeah totally hahaha my bad for the scare!


Q:

Could you verify the following accounts belong to you?

If I had any money I would donate to your pages:

https://www.patreon.com/myka

https://soundcloud.com/myka-rasmussen

https://www.gofundme.com/help-me-get-some-music-equipment

A:

i'm not the most reddit savy person, how do I do that?


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just reply 'yeah those links are mine'

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oh hahahaha my bad. I thought you meant officially or something. Yep, those links are mine!


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serious question time.

What are your thoughts and current plans with this new found attention? What would be your ideal outcome for this?

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Wellllllll, that's a tough one. I am really excited to have way more people listening to my music and supporting me. My plan is to maybe make a few dollars and buy some new equipment to play on the streets some more, and have people hear me so that I don't have to yell! My ideal outcome for this would be booking more shows perhaps, and just having more people hearing my other music as well. Sharing myself with others with hopes to help in a way is really important to me.


Q:

50 minutes into the AMA and still no answers,

....Who bought her an XXXL coffee?

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sorry about that! the only place the feeds food in the area is available a select few hours per day, and I had to get some dinner!


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What are your long term plans? You're only 19 so you have your whole life ahead of you, are you content to keep a nomadic life style or are you looking to change it up?

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Well, ideally I would like to get all of my needs met while playing music, but I don't mind not having the monetary either. I'm still trying to figure out what to do. I might get into audio engineering, social work, or see how just playing music goes for the next couple years while working at a convenience store or something :-)


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Overall what was the feedback of everyone around you?

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My friends are pretty excited and supportive of me!


Q:

Have you had anyone take your song as a serious offer and get mad when you didn't want to blow them?

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hehehehehe noooo, people are pretty good at knowing that it's just a joke! :-) I have had a few people flip me off though, which I thought was pretty funny.


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That's good. If I see you playing around town I'll be sure to give you a couple bucks.

A:

I really appreciate thaaaat!!


Q:

On average, how many.. uh.. cups of coffee do you drink a day?

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I ironically don't drink ANY coffee, and really don't like it much hehe


Q:

What would you do if you won the lottery, like $10m plus?

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First i'd probably buy a pack of cigarettes and then sick there with the money for a few weeks. Let the excitement die down. Then I'd give some to my friends and my younger brother probably, theeennnnn travel the world as a hitchhiker or maybe by boat... yeahhhh by boat. I'd buy a boat and travel around in it, stopping at places to make friends and buy them food and stuff.


Q:

Will you really suck a dick for a cup of coffee?

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I never have sucked dick for coffee, and I never plan to! :-)


Q:

favorite rapper?

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unpopular opinion: I think yung lean is golden


Q:

When are you dropping the album?

A:

I hope to drop an album as soon as I can get my recording equipment back from a friend's house!


Q:

Who inspires you most?

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Elliott Smith is my biggest inspiration. He was a houseless junkie in Portland, and his music is heart wrenching beauty.


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He is one of my favs as well. Are you aware of /r/elliottsmith?

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WHAAAAT NOOO. Thanks for the link up.


Q:

No prob. I used to be a PDX person as well, and miss the fuck out of it.

A:

PDX is great in so many ways. I want to see more of Oregon too though, I've never been anywhere else! I would love to visit Eugene.


Q:

Did you get the chance to suck a dick at the end??

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nope and I would have declined had I been asked to!


Q:

Just wanted to say, digging your stuff.

Also, what is some of your favorite music to listen to, and are there any artists that inspire/influence you?

A:

Thanks so much!

honestly, Elliott Smith is my BIGGEST inspiration. some of my favorite music is progressive rock from the late 60s / early 70s, like Gentle Giant and King Crimson. Somebody who I hope to make music like one day is Ty Segall. I'm sort of obsessed with his music.


Q:

How do you like your coffee?

A:

I actually don't really like coffee!!!


Q:

So the way is the goal?

A:

yeah exactlllyyyy. it's all about the journey man!


Q:

Is it more than 36 dicks?

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hahahhaahaha naaaahhh... 0 dicks.


Q:

37 clits it is. I'm not judging.

A:

now we're talking :))))))


Q:

Can I buy you a cup of coffee some time?

A:

I'm going to have to kindly decline that offer.