September 18: MC Chris

MC Chris is quite possibly the tiniest emcee to ever live (aside from The Geto Boys’ Bushwick Bill who is actually a “little person”). It suits the diminutive rapper’s schtick. His lyrics are littered with humor and cover everything from Star Wars characters to G.I. Joe. With his knack for comedic delivery, MC Chris earned a loyal following in “nerdcore” hip-hop circles and as a regular writer/voice actor for The Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim series, most notably Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Don’t be fooled by his size, though. He’s got a big voice, spitfire lyrical execution and endless wit packed into his story tale rhymes. He shared a few sentiments before hitting The Waiting Room stage once again this Sunday.

Why does it seem like you don’t like people?

I got made fun of a lot. I had asthma, and when you’re little, I think you’re pretty much defined by your physical prowess, what you’re capable of and what you can do. I couldn’t do anything physical. I was really bad at every sport, so what I did a lot of the time was I just stayed indoors and I drew and I wrote. I did all the things I actually do for a living today. So it was good that I was mistreated because it made me into who I am today.

Did you originate the ‘nerdcore’ genre? Do you approve of the label?

I don’t know if I started it. I wouldn’t call it nerdcore.  Me and my DJ, we joke and call it “emo-hop.” The whole reason I got into rapping was because I needed to brag about myself even though I didn’t have a lot of confidence in myself. I needed to kind of cheer myself up.

Are you happy with your career?

I couldn’t be happier!

MC Chris with MC Lars, Megaran and Adam Warrock, September 18, at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St., 9 p.m. Tickets are $13. Visit for more information.

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