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Oh, don't worry, I don't call it that.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 4:38 AM on September 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


This strikes me as a pretty easy shtick. And after this, why bother?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:45 AM on September 15, 2007


also...
I felt all snarky through the first couple minutes of the song but it grew on me and some parts were genuinely funny.
posted by Citizen Premier at 4:49 AM on September 15, 2007


I'm curious about who would go out and listen to something like this? Certainly not people who genuinely like hip hop. Possibly nerds who hate it, but would do so out of some perverse sense of nerd solidarity? He's the anti-Scroobius Pip: mountains of ambition, but no goddam soul.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 5:04 AM on September 15, 2007


We saw him a couple weeks ago; he had a new song about being friends with a giant named Richard that my wife has been singing ever since. I've got a great big Dick.

It's funnier when she sings it.
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 5:06 AM on September 15, 2007


Ok. Looking at some more of his videos, I see he's supposed to be funny.

Meh.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 5:09 AM on September 15, 2007


He's funnier in a bar with some friends than on youtube on a Saturday morning. It's like stand-up.
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 5:36 AM on September 15, 2007


yeah Weird Al did it better
posted by caddis at 5:40 AM on September 15, 2007


boy. that was a lot longer than it needed to be.
posted by oh pollo! at 5:45 AM on September 15, 2007


Awful.
posted by SweetJesus at 7:31 AM on September 15, 2007


Yeah, I thought it was obnoxious. For one thing, even though he could "Rap" it seemed like he had no idea what hip-hop was supposed to be about. I mean, he says he's not about 'bitches and hoes' but most Hip-hop fans will swear up and down that that's not what hip hop is supposed to be about, at least the ones who post on Metafilter. And there are tons and tons of rappers and hip-hoppers who are not about that while at the same time proudly being hip-hop. Maybe not that popular, but they are certainly out there.

Secondly the line:

"I'm more like Doctor Seuss"

Just irritates me. As a guy, I get a little annoyed by men who go out of their way to cuddly and non-threatening. I'm not talking about guys who are that way naturally, but guys who adopt that guise in order to get women.

I mean it's probably not very "liberal" to say but it feels like a betrayal of manhood or something. And I'm not complaining about Doctor Seuss himself, but just this rapper comparing himself to him in order to distance himself from "Hip-Hop"
posted by delmoi at 8:01 AM on September 15, 2007


Blah. One joke, not very well done. Dull music too.
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 8:52 AM on September 15, 2007


Eh, I like hip hop and I thought it was pretty good for such a goofy song.

Dull music? The majority of hip hop "music" is a looped breakbeat. What do you expect?
posted by kableh at 8:57 AM on September 15, 2007


I prefer Paul Barman.
posted by Bookhouse at 9:16 AM on September 15, 2007


Though the Dead Kennedys was a nice touch.
posted by Bookhouse at 9:25 AM on September 15, 2007


Don't call it hop-hop because it isn't hip-hop, well it is, but the content and whiteboy delivery is like totally nerdcore yo.

The production is just above the level of a YouTube homemade look which I think is turning a lot of people off. It's alienating instead of relatable. It's also post White & Nerdy, which I think ruined, unintentionally, the alternative appeal of nerds going gangst.
posted by ageispolis at 9:35 AM on September 15, 2007


This post is missing the plateofbeans tag.
posted by kableh at 9:35 AM on September 15, 2007


I dug it, despite the fact that is wasn't perfect. I also watched Attack of the Clonefucker, which is a good track.

Thanks for posting!
posted by chudmonkey at 9:37 AM on September 15, 2007


For one thing, even though he could "Rap" it seemed like he had no idea what hip-hop was supposed to be about. I mean, he says he's not about 'bitches and hoes' but most Hip-hop fans will swear up and down that that's not what hip hop is supposed to be about, at least the ones who post on Metafilter. And there are tons and tons of rappers and hip-hoppers who are not about that while at the same time proudly being hip-hop. Maybe not that popular, but they are certainly out there.


Perhaps because it isn't popular then it isn't really relevant to what hip hop is these days. The popular hip hop is mostly about bitches and hoes and bling. He may not be as funny as Weird Al, but he isn't necessarily wrong. By the way, I encourage everyone to go out and buy Kanye's new album to help ensure Fifty Cent's retirement. Good riddance, and don't let the door hit you on the way out.
posted by caddis at 9:44 AM on September 15, 2007


I booked a few shows for Mr. Schaffer back in the day, and he really is a lot funnier than what his YouTube videos make it out to seem. He's got a ton of catchy beats and clever lyrics that really go over well in a smoky bar that's packed to the gills. Plus I got a free shirt, yo.
posted by nitsuj at 9:54 AM on September 15, 2007


This strikes me as a pretty easy shtick.

I could do this.
My aunt could do this.
posted by kid ichorous at 10:23 AM on September 15, 2007


Caddis, I don't think replacing 50 Cent with Kanye West is an any sense a victory for the hip-hop genre.

There's a lot of stuff out there.
posted by ageispolis at 10:24 AM on September 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


By the way, I encourage everyone to go out and buy Kanye's new album to help ensure Fifty Cent's retirement. Good riddance, and don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Will it help if I download the album off the Pirate Bay?

Caddis, I don't think replacing 50 Cent with Kanye West is an any sense a victory for the hip-hop genre.

At the very least, it would suck less.
posted by delmoi at 10:26 AM on September 15, 2007


This guy is obviously a lot funnier in real life, otherwise he probably wouldn't have gotten so many other people to show up in the video in the first place. Which is a shame, because there are people that can do more with their bathroom than this guy can do with [cue violin] the Fontana! In New! York! City!
posted by phaedon at 10:28 AM on September 15, 2007


You know who else goes over really well in a smoky bar packed to the gills?

That's right... Carrot Top.
posted by kid ichorous at 10:38 AM on September 15, 2007


ageispolis, man, you are showing your age. have you seen this pimp shit?
on preview: i wonder if those letters will really show up
posted by phaedon at 10:39 AM on September 15, 2007


Kweli
posted by Big_B at 10:59 AM on September 15, 2007


Will it help if I download the album off the Pirate Bay?


To truly tell how popular an artist is these days it would seem logical to include stats from PirateBay and the like. I wonder why the industry doesn't do that?
posted by caddis at 11:10 AM on September 15, 2007


ageispolis, man, you are showing your age. have you seen this pimp shit?

Holly shit, a demo-style call out section!
posted by delmoi at 11:33 AM on September 15, 2007


I'll stick with MC Frontalot for my nerdcore needs.
posted by quin at 11:38 AM on September 15, 2007


I prefer Paul Barman.
posted by Bookhouse


No doubt... this guy sounds like Paul, but without the talent.
posted by grimcity at 11:54 AM on September 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


I thought the clip was pretty funny, and I'm a Paul Barman fan too ... but neither of those dudes has anything on this guy
posted by tiger yang at 12:03 PM on September 15, 2007


This fucking SUCKS.
posted by autodidact at 12:39 PM on September 15, 2007


Holly shit, a demo-style call out section!

Truth be told, anybody who even hints that "VIvrant Thing" is a victory for hip-hop is asleep at a wheel. It's okay, big fella, you can crash on my couch.
posted by phaedon at 1:17 PM on September 15, 2007


a = the. trots off to diplo show
posted by phaedon at 1:18 PM on September 15, 2007


I thought the clip was pretty funny, and I'm a Paul Barman fan too ... but neither of those dudes has anything on this guy

Wow, this is a really weird song
posted by delmoi at 3:42 PM on September 15, 2007


When this guy says "I'm more like Doctor Seuss" , what he's forgetting is that Dr. Seuss was an extremely talented, creative and highly individualistic author. This fellow, though, is, umm... not.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:08 PM on September 15, 2007


Wowm phaedon, you totally enlightened me there. Please, I beg you, show me more!!!
posted by ageispolis at 5:28 PM on September 15, 2007


That's Therapists, Mr. Connery.
posted by kindall at 8:20 PM on September 15, 2007


a victory for the hip-hop genre.

friend of mine went to a blackalicious show recently. there was literally one black person in the entire audience. it's becoming more and more clear to me that there's two kinds of hip hop today: hip hop for white people, and hip hop for black people.

i'm not sure what this means, really, but i think lauryn hill called it a long time ago: in the ghetto, "alternative" rap means no skills. and maybe that is the kind of hiphop that needs victories; because the stuff i grew up listening to has had about as spectacular a victory as can be asked for.

what exactly is the fight that's being fought here?
posted by sergeant sandwich at 11:25 PM on September 15, 2007


That's completely off the mark.
posted by ageispolis at 2:12 AM on September 16, 2007


Also, none of these American nerdcore guys are a patch on Goldie Looking Chain.

More stylish than P.Diddy and Fiddy put together: Leisureware
posted by PeterMcDermott at 5:47 AM on September 16, 2007


really, but i think lauryn hill called it a long time ago: in the ghetto, "alternative" rap means no skills.

This is the probably the most mind-blowingly hypocritical statement I've ever heard. Lauryn Hill calling out Blackalicious? Hah.
posted by phaedon at 7:33 AM on September 16, 2007


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