A Heart Felt Letter to Trebek (Playlist)

Happy Wednesday!

Dear Alex Trebek of Jeopardy!,

Screw you.

Sincerely,

Fin & Louie

 

Alex Trebek thinks that nerdcore hip hop is not fun and for loosers as he stated in this clip from his general knowledge game show of the last 32 years, Jeopardy! I don’t think it’s particularly cool but it has inspired some fun songs across the nerdcore genre.

 

Trebek Diss by Twill.Distilled

This first track rocks.  Twill.Distilled represents the women of nerdcore in her lyrics. Check out these lyrics:

Alex Trebek, you aint polite, I thought you were from canada
after that im just like, bro, whats the matter with ya
lets take a look at your show and your key demographic
biting the hand the feeds you, thats just simply tragic

Wanna talk about losers, lets focus on you
The rhetoric of nerds is overplayed you know it’s true
slinging out insults like loser on a show of intelligence
your diligence of dreadfulness like a benighted emulous

I don’t know whats more tragic, your career or your fitness
A foreshadow of kardashian, Lucinda Moyers is the witness
not one but two heart attacks I think the universe is callin
time for you to tap out while nerdcore keeps on ballin

Callin our home girl and all ofus losers
bruh are you serious, just take a look at her
maybe you’re just getting old, or you got glaucoma
but your presence on this nerd scene is nothing but an adenoma

 

Fuck Alex Trebek ft. Osiris Green

I love this deep bass rap by Wreck the System.

“these guys who created music, hip hop music, that were hardcore about their nerdom hence nerdcore…being computer…programmers hackers…video game addicts comic book readers, they could explore that what they love and put it in to music”

-Fuck Alex Trebek ft. Osiris Green, 1m12s

That quote just makes my day man.

Also big Thank You goes out to Lady J (Wreck the System) and Paleface for last week’s press release of their music video Link With a Kink and interview.

 

“Suck It Trebek” A Response RAP | TEAMHEADKICK – Mega Ran – MC LARS

The last one I have up is an excellent flow trio between TEAMHEADKICK and Mega Ran and MC Lars.

Let’s not forget Susan Cole for being the one to stand up for the genre.

 

BONUS LETTER:

Dear Susan Cole,

Thank you for being awesome.

Sincerely,

Fin & Louie

Offbeat, On-point

LINK WITH A KINK – NERDCORE GROUP RELEASES MUSIC VIDEO INSPIRED BY POPULAR VIDEO GAME (plus interview with Lady J and Paleface)

Happy Wednesday!

Today is a good day because I have a double feature for nerdcore fans!  Lady J and Paleface have been so generous to reach out to me with a press release of their new song, Link’s Arousing (The Musical), and an interview with both Lady J and Paleface.  Big thanks goes out to them!

LINK WITH A KINK – NERDCORE GROUP RELEASES

MUSIC VIDEO INSPIRED BY POPULAR VIDEO GAME

Paleface and Lady J release nerdcore single about Link’s sexual frustration

DALLAS, TX: Since 1991, Link’s been rescuing the princess. He has saved her from Ganondorf, Demise, Ghirahim, and more, and she has never really thanked him. At least, not in the way he wants. The princess has teased Link for too long, and he is ready to let her know.

“Link’s Arousing (The Musical)” is the brainchild of Paleface and Wreck the System’s Lady J. The two were inspired by the new installation in Link’s adventures that is scheduled to be released this spring.

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LadyJ loading up The Legend of Zelda.

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Left to right: Princess Zelda, Paleface, and LadyJ at the arcade

When asked about their inspiration for the song, Lady J said:

“With the new Link game coming out, we wanted to do a throwback to the old school games, the games we grew up with, so we came up with Link’s Arousing.”

The song is written from the point of view of the series’ hero Link. Through the lyrics, he tries to convince the princess to take their relationship to the next level, a sexual level. In the video, Paleface plays the role of Link, while Lady J acts as his wingwoman. Actress Megan Caulfield plays the role of the princess.

In traditional nerdcore fashion, Lady J and Paleface incorporate numerous classic video game references. As well, Paleface and Caulfield dress up as popular video game characters and film a majority of the video inside an arcade.

 

 

The song, Link’s Arousing (The Musical), is available at https://youtu.be/hc2vXaieCek

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Get down, Link!

Interview and appointment requests with Paleface and Lady J are available by contacting em@geeksmash.com or by phone at (916) 904-9193.

About Paleface: Paleface is a rising nerdcore artist. He is best known for his song “Polly Wanna Beat” and his collaboration with Lyoness and $kittlez’ “Birds of Color”. His music videos are available on Channel 38’s Youtube channel.

About Lady J: Lady J is a part of the popular nerdcore group, Wreck the System. Her style is often described as a “punch in the face” by fans. She has performed at many conventions and shows including MAGfest, Bitgen, and 8 Bit Bonanza. Her songs are available on her Soundcloud “createladyj”.

 

Interview

Offbeat, On point (OBOP): What’s one thing you want everyone to know about you, above all else?

Paleface (PF): Art comes in many forms, but it’s always and only the product of proactive creativity.  Whether my output is good or bad, I want the world to know that I used every nanosecond of free time to express myself creatively.  After all, at the end of our lives, the artistry we leave behind is the only evidence we ever existed–it’s the only tangible proof that we contributed something unique and meaningful.

Lady J (LJ): “Be Who You Are Without Fear” Happiness is the root of this. Having the things as needed to live, and doing the things you want/desire. I push this cause I have a very huge tie to mental health. Music also drives the fight to mental health.

OBOP: How long have you been writing music? Did you play music in school or did you just do your own thing?

PF: Music has always been a refuge, but it’s only been through the contributions of others that I’ve extended my ability to externalize the music inside me.  Hip hop is among the most incredible innovations in the modern creative environment, since it enables individuals to bring forth rhythms that might otherwise require lots of money and training to express.  All you need is a beat and flow and suddenly a channel appears.  However, with each new collaborator, I’ve found a new means of expressing a facet of talent inside me.  Linking up with Lady J as a producer gave a flash and edge to what otherwise would have been a simpler product than my potential demanded.  And she introduced me to Cam3, from whom I obtained ever doper beats.  Linking up with B-Wein for the first time added a whole new component–video–that further enabled me to bring to life my songs.  Every song is so much more than the sum of its parts.

LJ: It’s been a huge factor in a lot of interactions coming up. I want to help people get thru their day, always motivated others thru music or other means. I’ve always strived to be a leader and a movement is what I’m looking to create. The center to our movement is “Be Who You Are Without Fear”. So answering your question. Did my own thing. Lol

OBOP: What’s your first or favourite (why not both?) video game memory?

PF: The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.  That’ll always be my defining favorite.  In my hand in the early ‘90s I held a console that exposed me to a whole new world.  That game sucked me in completely when I was a kid, and was both an escape from my real life AND an inspiration to make my real life so much more of an adventure.

LJ: Sonic!! I loved him, the memory is tied to my Nana and mother who have both passed away from Breast Cancer. I remember sitting on Nana’s bed, Playing Atari… (note: I was born 1989, they made sure I knew my ish and played games from the beginning)  I When they bought me a sega, I was THRILLED!! Sonic was the first game I had from on the system, and Nana would sit on the bed, cheering me on thru the levels. Since then, gaming and connecting with others thru gaming has been a very big part of my life.

OBOP: What game world/cannon are you most looking forward to explore/play in Virtual Reality?

PF: WOLFENSTEIN.  I’ve got some scores to settle, and a virtual reality tour of that classic is my avenue to do so.

LJ: RESIDENT EVIL!!!! Love scary games. It’s hard to scare me, I hope this succeeds. 🙂

OBOP: Who would you pay dues to for inspiration in music or gaming or life?

PF: My favorite creative plane is “absurdist satire”… so I feel like I owe a debt to Monty Python, Howard Stern, and the original Donkey Kong!

LJ: All my Mom, All of it. She loved music and introduced gaming in my life. She is the inspiration for the two’s merging. Her and a friend, Viga, who’s a huge personality and the Con scene.

 

Again big thank you goes out to Lady J and Paleface!

MC Lars Interview and Poe Playlist (music)

Happy Wednesday!

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Unfortunately I was unable to get a picture with MC Lars after the show however when I think back, this is about what I think it’d look like.

MC Lars was the fourth and final artist I saw at the Manchester show.  I really liked his set, I was vaguely familiar with his music before now but after the show I’ve found a new nerdcore great.

The First song I heard from MC Lars was a song about Edgar Allen Poe(1).

 

Then recently when I started listening to him rap, I noticed a trend:

 

 

Big thank you goes to MC Lars for the following interview:

OBOP: Who inspires you? Musically, artistically, writing, personally? (As many answers as you want, don’t worry about restricting yourself to one source)

MC Lars (MCL): My biggest influence is definitely “Weird Al” Yankovic! I love how he was able to, as Lin-Manuel Miranda said on Marc Maron’s podcast recently, strip music of its “genre clothes” and comment on everything. He’s definitely my biggest influence and I was so stoked that he thanked me in his last album.

OBOP: Did you always want to be a musician/songwriter or was there a “monkey touch monolith” moment?

(MCL): I always wanted to be a cartoonist, but when I did my first Shakespeare rap in 1998, I knew I was onto something!

OBOP: What do you consider your greatest artistic and/or professional and/or personal achievement? (Feel free to answer all three or one or a combination, whatever man)

(MCL): Definitely playing Carnegie Hall in 2012! We debuted “Flow Like Poe” and I felt like I’d finally made it.

OBOP: What superpower would you have if you could have one and why/what would you do with it? (Seriously anything, from the mundane, to the established, to something completely original)

(MCL): I’d have the power to heal people’s hearts. 🙂 I try to do that with music anyway!

OBOP: If you could be in possession of a pocket dimension that you could travel into and out of at will, that contained any established cannon (books, movies, comics, video games, Salvador Dali paintings, anything) what would it be and what would you want to most do in there?

(MCL): It would be amazing to go into the Bible and meet Jesus – I’d love to hear what he has to say about today’s political climate.

MC Lars is one of the most approachable people I’ve ever met, I mean that includes all celebrities and everyday people,  when he says

I’d have the power to heal people’s hearts. 🙂 I try to do that with music anyway!

-MC Lars

I can really buy it.  Funny thing is my friend and I had gotten to Manchester a few hours early and we thought the doors opened at 7.30 and so we walked in and there was like this hush of when people are present who aren’t immediately recognized and like 5 dudes standing around.  I thought we were early and didn’t think much of it until one of the roadies (I assume, maybe he was an employee of the club) asked me if we had tickets and I said yea and as he was informing us that we were 30 minutes before the door this big dude, who I didn’t at first recognize as MC Lars comes over to us and asks us if we’re here to see the show.

This giant man has a butter melting smile and his handshakes turn into back-pat hugs, even with me and my mate who were strangers to him.  We get to talking and MC Lars hears my accent and asks me where I’m from, I frequently forget that I have a discernible accent, and I tell him I’m from St Louis and how I’ve been trying to see MC Chris in concert for 10 years and had missed him in concert in St Louis 3 times including October 2016 and all that.  He then asks how long I’m here for and all that which leads me into talking about how I’m a study abroad student and somewhere around minute 5 of me rambling on I realise this guy has been giving me his ENTIRE attention as if I was an old friend and we were catching up. As my friends can tell you, I have no problem talking(2), but I’m not always used to having someone pay so much attention to what I have to say much less this strange celebrity.

I feel bad because I remember asking him where he was from as well and couldn’t tell you where without looking it up but I do remember he told me that he studied abroad when he was in college too.  He told me it really changed his life.  Dude’s a great artist, writer, performer, and if you ever see him live don’t be afraid to approach him.  If he doesn’t approach you first.

Footnotes:

  1. Remember “Offbeat, On-point: A literary blog…kinda”
  2. One of my friends has described me as “Fin doesn’t say much until you get him talking.  Then you can’t get the guy to shut the fuck up.”

MC Chris is Dreaming (album)

Happy Wednesday!

I need to start with an apology.  I mentioned previously that I got MC Chris to agree to an interview and despite repeated emails and facebook messages, MC has refused to acknowledge me further one way or the other despite saying he would do “what ever I can to help a fan.” I’m not going to spend this piece chatting shit (I don’t want to get hit), however before this I was going to write something like “They say not to meet your heroes but that doesn’t apply to MC Chris because this guy is LEGIT!!” however I guess timeless advice is timeless for a reason.

Don’t get me wrong, I still respect the hell out of the guy as a musician and an artist.  His work has been a really important part of my musical enjoyment over the last 10 years and I’ve made some really great memories over this guy’s music.

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Speaking of great memories, probably the best show I’ve ever gone to.

Anyway, the show must go on.  Thankfully this year MC Chris has released a new album so I do have something to write about and the good news is that his new album MC Chris is Dreaming is easily his best album to date and as a fan I’m really happy to say this.   However with a disclaimer like that, you know I’m going to be pretty honest.  Let’s get to it!

If you’re not already a fan, there are a few things you should know about MC.

  1. He’s a nerdcore raper which is a sub-genre of rap which focuses on the things nerds, freaks, and geeks (1) can relate to such as a love for candy, star wars, trouble with mates/social acceptance.
  2. He really likes skits on his albums to “…break up the monotony of the music…” which are mostly accessible but there is some continuity between albums and inside jokes/jokes about obscure things that may require further research.  I’m a fan of them but they can be polarizing among his fan base.
  3. Dude has a high voice.  It’s not a gimmick, his voice is just naturally that way and personally I think it’s fucking awesome.  I wouldn’t say it’s his thing but it gives flavour to his music that if it wasn’t present, I feel like there would be something missing.
  4. Dude gets vulgar at times.  Examples include The Masturbation Song and Booties for Breakfast (Booties for Breakfast is a personal favoutite, I’m not sure what that says about me though but booty is pretty sweet)
  5. This guy has some really sweet and unique beats.  Take for example songs like Aulpragasm or DQ Blizzard or Reese(2).  I love listening to this guys music on multiple levels.  Many of his songs really are an aural-feast and particularly Aulpragasm is a song I tend to listen to on repeat for like hours.  I didn’t understand the “[x] for 10 hours” thing on youtube for the longest time until I found certain songs like this (not saying that I’ve done a 10 hour of the same song but…okay yea I’ve done it, I’m shameless…in fact I’m currently in a Aulpragasm loop as I write this it’s ridiculous to be honest).

As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been a fan of this guy for over 10 years now ever since I first heard Fett’s Vette (“…you think you can cook, I got a grappling hook…”) and Hijack (“…go take a hike and don’t forget the trail mix, BITCH…”) and Evergreen (“on the first day of xmas my dealer gave to me a bag of shrooms and some lsd…”).

Anyway as I said earlier, MC Chris (in my personal opinion) had a really strong early career with albums like Life’s a Bitch and I’m Her Pimp, Dungeon Master of Ceremonies, and the prime album MC Chris is Dead.

However after that, for a long time, I really didn’t get in to his newer albums like MC Chris Goes to Hell, Marshmallow Playground, or Race Wars.  I mean, he had some solid songs from those albums like Drinkin’ Blunts  from MC Chris Goes to Hell (I LOVE the brass in this song), Best Day Ever from Marshmallow Playground (this song is so cute and this album lacks his usual caustic edge but it is really sentimental which I appreciate seeing the diversity and emotional vulnerability as an artist but most of it is just something I listen too only when I’m in such a specific mood that I still can’t place what it is), and On the Road from Race Wars (since I’m being very honest, I’m just really not a fan of this album overall).

Then MC Chris is Dreaming dropped and my. mind. was. BLOWN. I didn’t even know about the Foreverrr album until MC Chris is Dreaming came out (Foreverrr is a solid album, from skits to songs with Give Up the Ghost, I’m a Fucking Wizard, and Foreverrr) and honestly I’m kind of sad I didn’t know about Foreverrr album sooner so I could have spent more time with it.

Back to MC Chris is Dreaming.  This album has the strongest opening since MC Chris is Dead with the titular song MC Chris is Dreaming (unfortunately, I cannot find individual links to the songs from this album either on youtube or soundcloud however here is a link to his entire album

and trust me, the ENTIRE album is worth listening to and the skits are on point, some of his best ever) which opens with this slow build up for the first 38 seconds then it drops at 40 seconds and gets to work.  This album, like Marshmallow Playground feels like one of his most honest and vulnerable fitting the theme of Freddy Krueger being a central character in the skits.

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For those of you too young to remember, Freddy was a dream demon who would find your insecurities in your dreams and kill you by invading your dreams and killing you in an ironic way that related to your insecurities which would manifest as a death in real life.  Rick and Morty had a good time with this character as Scary Terry.

He touches on some sensitive subjects as childhood obesity (Spanky), growing up with an alcoholic father (Pop Run), and substance abuse struggles (Ditched).  The last song, Ditched, really hits a chord with my personal struggle as I’ve mentioned before I am an alcoholic in recovery and despite having some sober time it’s still a real fucking struggle.  Lately it’s been extra tough being an American abroad, being almost 30 with no savings and a “colourful” resume/CV, and Cheeto Voldemort and the League of Unqualified Millionaires (Billionaires?)(3).

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I am beyond giving a crap if people get offended about my opinions about the current administration.  We have a fucking REALITY TELEVISION STAR and repeatedly failed entrepreneur and FUCKING PEDOPHILIC RAPIST as a president so pardon me if I refuse to respect anything about the orange idiot.  However, now that the presidency is basically a joke and open to anyone I’m starting a new hashtag #FinandLouie4President2020  

Anyway back to MC Chris.  Dude’s a great rapper, he’s a funny guy, and his kid is probably too young to realize yet but he’s got a cool AF dad.  Yea, he’s kinda been a flake but he’s still a pretty fuckin’ good rapper.

 

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Dude signed my notebook. I guess he’s pretty legit.

 

Footnotes:

  1. Here’s how I delineate the differences: Nerds – really smart, but are happy being reserved socially.  Geeks –  usually more passionate than traditionally intelligent and more sociable but usually focused around niche things like tabletop gaming, book clubs, LARPing (Live Action Role Playing).  Freaks – pretty much the crazy artsy types who kind of don’t really fit in with any one social group but are happy to be accepted or not a long as you don’t fucking judge us for our eccentric bodily modifications or outfit choices.  I personally identify as a Freaky-Geek.
  2. I can’t stop here, there are so many good ones like Older Crowd, Fett’s Vette, MC Chris is Dead…I could keep on but my word count is already getting high.
  3. Just to list a few: Betsy DeVos the new head of Department of Education has no experience with the public school system and WANTS TO SHUT DOWN THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, Steve Bannon as White House Chief Strategist is a outspoken racist, Rex Tillerson who is the ExxonMobil CEO secretary of State (guess what? as CEO has done plenty of business with the Russians, which is the extent of his foreign policy experience, has pretty obvious conflict of interests, and is very anti-global climate change advocacy), and my personal FAVOURITE Rick Perry picked for the Department of Energy DIDN’T EVEN KNOW WHAT THE JOB DESCRIPTION ENTAILED BEING IN CHARGE OF THE NUCLEAR STOCKPILE AND NUCLEAR INFRASTRUCTURE.  I cannot fully express how fucking mad and anxious I am about this living fucking nightmare of a situation.

Koo Koo Kanga Roo! (interview)

Happy Wednesday!

First I want to thank Valeria Quinn for the links to some bonus Mega-Ran song!

It’s pretty tight, I liked it a lot.  Feel free to leave music recommendations.  FAIR WARNING: I have at least 2 more interviews for the nerdcore series and a couple of bands to follow up on first but I am open to suggestions!

Koo Koo Kanga Roo! is a fun duo and put on an excellent show.

When they came up on stage, in their gold sneakers and gold fanny/bum packs (worn on the front), they put on some music and had been warming up and told the crowd “We are a dance along kind of show” which was followed by instructions for the crowd to learn some dance moves, one maybe two and all pretty easy, per song starting with a warm up song.  I wish I could remember their line up however here are some fun songs by them:

Dinosaur Stomp

I’m pretty sure this is the first song they opened with.

Pancakes for Dinner

I know they played this one.

Fanny Pack

I remember this one was particularly funny since in the UK fanny…doesn’t mean the same thing as it does in the US.

And here’s the interview:

  1. Who inspires you? Musically, artistically, writing, personally? (As many answers as you want, don’t worry about restricting yourself to one source).

    We like any group or band or performer that puts on a great live experience. We started the band after seeing bands like Dance Band, Zibra Zibra, of Montreal and the Flaming Lips.

  2. Did you always want to be a musician/songwriter or was there a “monkey touch monolith” moment?

    Always liked music and wanted to be apart of it some how. Didn’t know how until college.

  3. What do you consider your greatest artistic and/or professional and/or personal achievement? (Feel free to answer all three or one or a combination, whatever man)

    Just the fact that we are still doing this crazy little project is cool to us, but feel like there are still bigger things we want to get to.

  4. What superpower would you have if you could have one and why/what would you do with it? (Seriously anything, from the mundane, to the established, to something completely original)

    I want to have a pocket of gummi bears always loaded up. Fully stocked at all times.

  5. If you could be in possession of a pocket dimension that you could travel into and out of at will, that contained any established cannon (books, movies, comics, video games, Salvador Dali paintings, anything) what would it be and what would you want to most do in there?

    I would go into the Mighty Ducks universe and hang with the team. Maybe be their water boy.

Thanks. Answers from Bryan in Koo Koo Kanga Roo. 
 
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Koo Koo Kanga Roo

Big thank you goes to Koo Koo Kanga Roo for playing along!

If you liked this or have a music recommendation feel free to leave a comment and share.

Interview with Mega-Ran (music)

Happy Wednesday!

A few months ago in November I went and saw my first nerdcore show in Manchester and going in the only rappers I was familiar with were MC Chris and MC Larz but everyone put on such an amazing show that after the show was over I went and talked to the performers and explained about my blog and asked if they would agree to an interview.

All have agreed however I’m still waiting for answers back from MC Chris.  I hope he finds time to reply to me but if not I will do a write up for his newest album instead.

The first up in the series is Mega-Ran.

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Mega Ran and me

Here’s a few of his songs I particularly like:

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Megaman Forever

Suck it Trebek this is my favourite because it’s a under publicized story that Alex Trebek of Jepordy said with regard to nerdcore “doesn’t sound like fun” and with regard to nerds “losers, in other words”.  So yea, Trebek: you’re the looser.

Interview:

1. Who inspires you? Musically, artistically, writing, personally?
anyone creating, living their dreams, hustling. it’s so inspiring to see creators making a living on their art, and working hard to get it out there.
2. Did you always want to be a musician/songwriter or was there a “monkey touch monolith” moment?
I didn’t… I wanted to be a dentist. Music was a hobby or passion project until one day I put songs on the internet that got a lot of attention and led to more and more gigs which led to me quitting my teaching job to do this full time. Every day is like a dream.
3. What do you consider your greatest artistic and/or professional and/or personal achievement? (Feel free to answer all three or one or a combination, whatever man)
I think my greatest achievement is surviving, as crazy as that sounds…so many people from my old neighborhood let their dreams and passions die, as that’s what we’re told to do.. Somehow I held on and it’s working out. I’m a living testament.
4. What superpower would you have if you could have one and why/what would you do with it? (Seriously anything, from the mundane, to the established, to something completely original)
I’d like to be able to fly. I’d just use it to get to gigs, because I really despise flying on planes, haha. So if i could get to my shows without worrying about lines, checks and small seats, I’d be great.
5. If you could be in possession of a pocket dimension that you could travel into and out of at will, that contained any established cannon (books, movies, comics, video games, Salvador Dali paintings, anything) what would it be and what would you want to most do in there?
there would be a super NES with every game on it in there. I’d sit down and drink Ecto-Cooler and play Super Metroid all night.

A big thanks goes out to Mega Ran for being so awesome and playing along!!

 

MC Chris in Manchester and announcements 

Happy Monday!

I want to start by apologising for not posting last week.  I’m approaching the end of my first trimester and I had a several week personal crisis peak last week and it was not good.  I will likely talk more about it in a later post but right now isn’t the time yet.

Second I went to Manchester with my mate to see MC Chris and O.M.F.G. no joke best show I’ve ever been to.  Again I will elaborate in a later post but now is not the time yet HOWEVER I did get to meet MC and I  got him to agree to an exclusive interview for ObOP (Offbeat On Point) and holy cow am I excited!!

Third I want to say that I am not entirely sure when I will be able to resume web comics proper (if it gets too long, I’ll go back to hand drawing and taking a picture) but my laptop is officially dead with no chance of being brought back.  I am looking to pick up a seasonal job over break and might be able to swing it then but until then I don’t feel comfortable making several hundred quid plus purchases right now.

Fourth, I will be taking a break from the regular MWF schedule for the next two weeks so I can stick the landing on this term.  It’s important to get good grades so when I apply to Lancaster to be a degree student rarher than an exchange student, I look pretty solid.  Sorry folks but this is really important to me but I will post small things whenever.

Fifth (because you know I can’t end on “four”) Winter holiday is coming up in two weeks and unless I find a job or something I will have an open schedule for almost a month and everyone I talk to and everyone I live with is going home for the holidays while I will be here at Lancaster.  Frankly this scares me. A lot.  So to help combat that fear of lonieness and isolation, I will be posting a little bit extra (I’ve read a few really great books I want to share) and I will be open for ideas.  Things to do here in England, new band recommendations, maybe take some suggestions for an interface face-lift etc.

Please feel free to Like my facebook page “Offbeat On Point” where I do share some other random stuff (mostly web comics) that doesn’t make it here and to help keep you informed on when I post everytime.
Thanks and see you soon!

I’m going to see MC Chris in Manchester 27/11/2016

I convinced one of my wonderful wonderful friends from school here to come with me to Manchester UK to see MC! I just bought my tickets and I’m so excited!

MC Chris is coming to the UK

As I’ve mentioned in the pasr , I really like MC and I’ve missed seeing him in my home town of St Louis at least twice now, most recently in October just after I left to come here.  However I’m getting a second chance.  He’s touring around several cities close to me (Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow).  Let’s show our support, UK fans and show MC a good time.

Tour dates and tickets can be found here:

http://www.mcchris.com/shows/

MC Chris is Legit

mc chris

Who wouldn’t want to see a cartoon staring this guy?

MC Chris is great. He’s a nerdcore rapper which basically means he writes songs about star wars, becoming a zombie, and robo-tripping on prom night.  He has been trying to put out a cartoon for a really long time now, The MC Chris Cartoon, but it keeps getting shut down and that’s deeply frustrating.  Check out the pitch ^^^ it looks really really funny.

Here’s a list of some of my favourite songs by MC.

Fett’s Vette – The first rap song I memorized.

I Want Candy – who doesn’t?

Reese – I’ve tried memorizing this song but I can’t even keep up with printed lyrics.  Dude looses me towards the end of the history of chocolate/peanut butter riff.  He’s just so fast.

MC Chris is Dead – Don’t let him vomit on you.

Pizza Butt – “Is it delivery? No it’s Digiorno, microwave it and put it in a porno!”

DQ Blizzard – I don’t even know where to start..

WiiD – He’s a big fan of the green stuff.

Older Crowd – “PLEASE PARK IT MARGARET, I MUST DANCE”

Kill It – MC Chris you are my hero

I realize there is probably at least one person who reads my tag line “A literary blog…kinda” and think “Carbs! This toon(1) leans heavily on the ‘…kinda’ bit.” and sure I’ll give you that, but you want literature? Look at some of these lyrics. They’re poetry.

I’m a devious degenerate
Defender of the devil
Shut down all the trash compactors
On the detention level

Take this stanza from Fett’s Vette.  Look at the alterations of “devious degenerate” and “defender…devil”.  Notice the rhyme between “devil” and “level”.

World’s Fair, Chicago in the year of 1893,
a man named Milton, a disaster outta Lancaster, P.
Inspired by the Germans and their chocolate making machinery
he invented milk chocolate or stole it from the Swiss, that’s history.

So Milton built a factory, and a town and a park and a school for orphans,
made bars and kisses and chips real cheap so poor peeps could afford them.What a great depression – Nine-Twenty, not funny, no money in the pocket,
‘cept Pennsylvania where Milton kept on cranking out chocolate.

The Mr. Goodbar and then a World War and Milton did his part.
Made anti-aircraft guns and sent the soldiers chocolate bars.
Meanwhile they had a ship in, was secretly dipped in peanut butter
in his Pennsylvania basement. It was so exciting, cue the lightning/thunder.

Name’s Harry Burnett, you can bet my ass didn’t go to Harvard.
Be hold up in a cup, couldn’t have done it without George Washington Carver.
“I was living the high life – champagne, limousine, it was a trip,
then I died of a heart attack – all for naught, I was bought in fifty-six.”

Now please fast-forward to the seventies, scientists discover Penuche.
Peanut Butter’s too oily, Pieces takes their part in the food chain,
and their name is commonplace in the latest interview with a lady named Witherspoon.

Or take the history rift from Reese.  Notice the rhyme scheme in the first four lines, shortening brilliantly shortening “Pennsylvania” to “P.” to fit the rhyme.  Notice the slant rhyme in the next stanza between “pocket” and “chocolate” and more so notice the use of the “f” sound tying the entire stanza together from “factory”, “orphans”, “afford” and “funny”.

It goes on and on and it’s not only extremely entertaining but a sign of his linguistic talent.  MC Chris is not only a rapper but also a voice actor and a generally creative mind. My intent with this post is not only to raise awareness of this underrated sub-genre of hip-hop and this artist but also to hopefully bring to attention the cartoon pitch that MC Chris has been trying to make a reality for over 3 years now, a pitch I am invested in being a fan of his work.  I know I don’t have the money to back his cartoon but I hope that in raising more awareness about the pitch that maybe someone of influence will notice the potential.  Besides, aside from Rick and Morty there aren’t many genuinely creative, funny, and intelligent western adult cartoons.

If you watched the pitch and liked it, share it (don’t worry about sharing this specific post, the pitch would get lost in the word vomit).  If you liked any of his songs or all of them MC just began his Ten Year Tour with MC Larz and Mega Ran and is coming to St Louis on the 10th of November at the Fubar off Locust and the tickets are really cheap (like 15$ cheap). If you’re not a St Louisian, no worries: here’s a list of his tour stops.

mc chris tour

Anyway I know most of my audience are aspiring artists or writers so if nothing else, take a bit of advice from MC Chris: Never give up, Never surrender, Keep fighting the good fight until the end of the night. And don’t forget to check the ring, yo.

Footnotes:

  1. The proper gender neutral pronoun for cartoon or otherwise creatively created beings inc stick figures, animatronics, mascots etc.