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Tag Archives: MC Chris
Prankster MC Chris is back on the road. MC Chris Goes to Hell, his follow-up to last year’s MC Chris is Dead, isn’t out yet, but he will undoubtedly have plenty of nerdcore rhymes, standup comedy bits, pseudo-pop-punk rave-ups and … Continue reading
Professional comedian, rapper, emo-punk shouter and general raconteur MC Chris has another tour in the offing called the Floor is Lava. “for now i am just me the rapper that travels all over and puts on his show,” writes MC … Continue reading
After spending most of the summer on the Warped Tour, hip-hop parodist MC Chris is going back on the road again in support of his relatively new album MC Chris is Dead. If you’ve never seen him live, do it. … Continue reading
Now that the hip-hop world finally knows MC Chris, thanks to his appearance on Talib Kweli’s MCEO mixtape, I just want to say that I wrote about the former Adult Swim star/Star Wars fanatic a while ago. It’s nice to … Continue reading
Rapper, voiceover actor, Adult Swim icon, and pop culture satirist Chris "MC Chris" Ward usually pops up whenever some journalist decides to explore the nerdcore phenomenon for the umpteenth time. But MC Chris doesn’t just rhyme about video games and comic books over hip-hop beats. He also makes punk, pop, and rock, albeit through a rap lens. Perhaps that’s why he’ll be the opener for Pinback, a likable indie-rock band from San Diego, for the first half of October.
After that, the Brooklyn comedian will be on his own, but don’t worry: he’s a hugely successful cult artist who often tours the country without any label support. He doesn’t have a new album out; his most recent joint, Dungeon Master of Ceremonies, dropped last year. You can take comfort in the fact that he’ll probably perform his signature song, the Star Wars homage "Fett’s Vette."
The tour dates are below.
For the past twelve years, the Vans Warped Tour has spread across America, bringing a mixture of mainstream punk bands eager to sell out and corporate sponsors eager to reach our nation’s impressionable youth. And each installment includes a few token rappers eager to expand their reach beyond the backpack nerds who normally attend their concerts. It’s like back in the 60s, when rock festival promoters would salve their liberal consciences by adding a few black artists to the bill.
As sucky as Warped Tour has become can — a tour that once prided itself on carrying one major sponsor (Vans shoes) is now backed by AT&T, for chrissakes — it can have a major effect on artists’ careers. Atmosphere, the Alkaholiks and many others can thank Warped Tour for ballooning their fan base. And we all know what Warped did for Gym Class Heroes.
This year, the 13th edition of Warped Tour will include Canadian musician K-os and Rhymesayers prospect P.O.S. (shown in photo) along with Adult Swim alum MC Chris on select East Coast dates among the hordes of emo nincompoops. (Okay, not all of the rock bands suck: Coheed & Cambria, Fishbone and Bad Religion will be there, too.) Tour dates are below.