MC Chris Is in Town; Maybe He'll Come Over
|Photo by Chris Young, Flickr Commons|
|His fans love MC Chris|
"It's all very personal music and it might not seem that way, but it is," he says. "Making music is a very private thing and I'm always just trying to make songs that make me happy, that I'm interested in, and if it falls in that column where both of us would be interested in it then I definitely think it's something I'd like to share with them."
How do songs about Boba Fett and Mario and Luigi play in Syrup City? Pretty well, according to MC Chris.
"I love Houston. I love Texas," he says. "My merch is made in Houston, and we have great shows here. I love coming into Texas, they're some of the best shows we have on tour. Something about the kids there, they're ready for a show. They're very receptive. There are nerds everywhere, especially in Texas, so there's always a great vibe in Houston."
Those great vibes are shared by the fans who've become involved in MC Chris' efforts to fund cystic-fibrosis research. From fans who buy MC Chris items from eBay to those who drop change in marked buckets at shows, together they've raised about $135,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He got involved when his six-year-old nephew was diagnosed.
With so much talk about the fans, I asked if he'd entertain a question from one, a Rocks Off reader named Gamaliel Torres. The question: if he could pick just one rap name for the rest of his career from MC Chris or MC Pee Pants, Sir Loin or Little Brittle (all names of characters he's voiced for Aqua Teen Hunger Force), which would he choose? He said he'd stick with MC Chris, since the others are licensed to Time Warner and this is the name that he started with, back when there were no albums or fans.
"I definitely went through the process of meeting with a bunch of corporate people when I started and they thought I was pretty weird and not very marketable," Chris says. "Because I was denied that opportunity, it just made me independent. We're not millionaires or anything like that, but we definitely don't have to get a day job and we can keep on doing what we've wanted to do."
"We're just ready to get out there, get on the road and get under the stars and see the fans and sweat it out," he said. "We're gonna have a great summer and we hope you can join us."
MC Chris hosts the How to Train Your Dragon 2 screening at Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park, 114 Vintage Park Blvd., tonight at 8 p.m. He performs at Vans Warped Tour tomorrow at NRG Park's Yellow Lot; gates open at 11 a.m.
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