MC Chris

Life's a Bitch and I'm Her Pimp

This week CL turns its critical eye on a forgotten classic: local rapper MC Chris' bootleg debut, 2001's Life's a Bitch and I'm Her Pimp, recently unearthed in digitally remastered format (which is a fancy way to say it's free mp3s available at www.mcchris.com). For people who know their Sega Game Gear from their Atari Lynx, this is the soundtrack to the party you actually got invited to in high school, featuring someone rapping about Dairy Queen blizzards and Star Wars' Boba Fett's corvette. This is old-school kewl — all Anakin pod racing, not Apple podcasting.

And if you recognize the theme from 1985's Gauntlet video game within the beat of "The Tussin" then you are firmly ensconced within nasal MC Chris' geek demographic. Every MC Chris song is an anthem for a person you never wanted to be but always were. It's for the person you always have been, but now don't mind being thanks to [adult swim] shows including "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" (on which MC Chris guests as 8-foot diaper-wearing spider MC Pee Pants, demonic cow Sir Loin and incontinent octogenarian Little Brittle). Every song fits the geek persona perfectly because they are imperfect, ridiculous, but worth knowing.

Speaking of the 'Tussin, aka Robitussin, Life's a Bitch... proves MC Chris to be way before his time. Nowadays every Southern hip-hop artist — most recently, Lil Jon and the Ying Yang Twins — is reaching out for a chopped-and-screwed remix, a style from Houston inspired by the woozy results of socially sipping sizzurp (made from prescription cough syrup). MC Chris done been down with the hip stylies since before Harry Potter's balls dropped and while the Olsen Twins were still statutory. Excelsior, bitches.

MC Chris celebrates his birthday and performs at the Drunken Unicorn Sat., Sept. 4. 9 p.m. 736 Ponce de Leon Ave., www.thedrunkenunicorn.net.