MC Chris

Wednesday, October 26, Rock Island, 303-572-7625.

Whereas most rappers make a name for themselves by slaying competitors in freestyle rhyme battles, MC Chris came up through strange circumstances: voicing a cartoon spider. Fans of the Cartoon Network’s cult favorite Adult Swim series should know Chris from his hyper-obnoxious voice as Hesh on Sealab 2021 and various characters on Aqua Teen Hunger Force, including Sir Loin and Little Brittle. In one Aqua Teen episode, he made his hilarious mark by voicing the infamous MC Pee Pants, a gigantic diaper-wearing, gangster-rapping spider that rhymed “candy” with “Jessica Tandy.” Further cartoon rap exploits followed, including “Fett’s Vette,” which references the Star Wars bounty hunter: “I’m after Solo/For all I care, he could be hiding at Yoda’s dojo.” Now on tour in support of his three albums (including the free-on-the-Internet Life’s a Bitch and I’m Her Pimp), MC Chris’s rhymes about ninjas, Pikachu and Dungeons & Dragons have rendered him godfather of the newest (and most poorly named) subgenre of rap: nerdcore.

 
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