Over the past few years it seems like a weird stigma has been surrounding mc chris. The hardcore “Nerdcore” crowd tends to dismiss his work and mock his music, despite the fact that he was one of the first nerdy white guys to rap about video games and geek culture. His latest album Foreverrr crushes attempts from similar artists and should silence anyone who’s ever hated on mc chris.[youtube http://youtu.be/uAHuZswCl_0]
Ghostbusters 1 and 2 are easily two of the best films from the 80’s and they serve as the glorious and campy theme for mc chris‘ 9th studio album. Peter, Ray, Egon, Wisnton and all of your favorite characters from the movies are highlighted in cleverly crafted, and often hilarious bio tracks. The lyrics take some of your favorite one-liners and blend them seamlessly into the haunting melodies and catchy hooks of Foreverrr.
The last several mc chris albums have all told one incredibly elaborate and completely ridiculous story through skits in between tracks. In Foreverrr, the zombie ghostbuster, mc chris, is looking for his ghost so he can finally become human again. He finds a creepy house on “Lighthouse Hill” occupied by a sexually experienced senior robot woman who’s looking to rid her house of a pesky ghost, who turns out to be ghost mc chris. The skits on this album are downright hilarious. Hearing the robo-woman (obviously voiced by a man) talk about her robo-period and robo-bloating/motorboating just never gets old.[youtube http://youtu.be/xe-TK89UM_w]
The music and beats perfectly capture the horror theme of the album. Foreverrr combines powerful symphonic melodies with hard electronic grooves and an ample amount of modern synthesizer. If you’re a fan of harpsichord and dark, ambient piano, you will find a lot to love. It’s hard not to bob your head when tracks like “Where the Ghosts At?” and “I’m a Fucking Wizard” blast into the explosive choruses.
One of the most impressive aspects of Foreverrr is the consistency of quality throughout the entire album. It’s hard enough to find an album with only 10 tracks that delivers with every song, but mc chris managed to produce a two-part, 24-track album that remains fresh and enjoyable the entire time. Of course I have my favorite songs and a few that I don’t like as much as the others, but it’s one of the only hip-hop albums I own that I can listen to without skipping a single track, including skits.
This album marks a brand new chapter in the mc chris saga. While most of the music and lyrics are light-hearted and nerd-oriented, there are moments when distinct personal messages and even bits of socio-political commentary are subtly tucked away in between layers of lightning fast flows and memorable melodies. Foreverr is crude, dark, funny, but most importantly, it’s a damn good album that shows a lot of growth personally and musically for mc chris. If you love Ghostbusters, Luigi’s Mansion or The Addams Family, do yourself a favor and buy this album.
Miles Dompier is the mad commander of TEAM XBRO. He is a Seattle native who recently moved to the sweltering heat of Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming a composer/voice actor. When he’s not up writing until his eyes bleed, he likes to play a Prince level of instruments and listen to terrible death metal. Follow him on his personal Facebook page or the official What’s Your Tag? Twitter page – @whatsyourtag