mc chris - Part Six Part One
Record Label: mc chris LLC
Release Date: March 23, 2009
It's hard to describe mc chris (lower-case, no dots, rewiiiiind) and exactly what his position in today's music industry is. He lent his signature high-pitched voice to various Adult Swim programs, including Aqua Teen Hunger Force and the late Sealab 2021, which helped his musical side project gain a bit of recognition. He's probably best known for his hit “Fett's Vette” a track that serves as a perfect microcosm to his discography as a whole. mc chris' unique gangster-meets-nerd style serves to both set him apart from other musical acts of the present, but also distance him from the limelight.
How is it?
Part Six Part One is the first part of a set of three EPs that would eventually become mc chris' sixth album, mc chris Goes to Hell. The album opens with the less than subtle “Awesome Fucker,” wherein mc chris chronicles his sexual prowess atop the sound of incredibly digitized drums and guitars. It's also in this track that listeners will see the disparity in how mc chris portrays himself. This is one nerdy dude. That's not an insult, it's just what he is. After being hit with a plethora of raunchy scenarios he's supposedly gotten himself into, we're hit with the track “006.” Much like the first track, “006” is driven by blaring guitar chords, as well as mc chris' fantasies of being a super secret agent like James Bond.
The third track, “Gauges,” is a bit of a slower, love-stricken track. This song is probably the only thumbs down on the EP, but introduces mc chris' unique production style perfectly after the guitar heavy first half. The closer is a song mc chris teased for an incredibly long time, a follow-up to “Fett's Vette” called “IG-88's '57 Chevy.” This track continues the theme of “Star Wars bounty hunters in vehicles” and is the best song on the album. mc chris is at his best when mixing nerdy facts with typical hip-hop egotism, and that's exactly what you'll get in this track. The production is classic mc chris, mixing generic ingredients from hip-hop and techno into something fun, impressive, and most importantly unique.
Comedic skits are a mainstay on mc chris albums, and this EP is no exception. The three skits encompass the rapper's trip to Hell after his zombification and death in the album mc chris is dead. Upon meeting Mr. Killian, a demon he's contacted before in the form of record label executive Mr. Chandler, mc chris is invited to take part in a game show produced in Hell called G.T.F.O. After a bit of witty banter, mc chris is promised a robot, like the one in Rocky IV, if he beats out the other competitors in the game show. After signing the contract, mc chris is escorted to the game show. The story is continued throughout the other two EPs and is as fantastic as it is hilarious.
While his last two albums were a bit of a disappointment to me personally, this first EP goes the distance in trying to win me back. Composed of four solid tracks and three hysterical skits, Part Six Part One is an almost perfect starting point for anyone diving into the mc chris discography. It instantly portrays what mc chris is all about. He's a man that is passionate about his work who definitely doesn't get enough recognition for the hours and hours he pours into each track.
The skits on this were amazing. None of the songs really did anything for me though...For whatever reason, Life's A Bitch and I'm Her Pimp and Knowing Is Half The Hassle are the only two albums where I enjoy the majority of the songs. The skits make most albums worth it though.