MC Chris in April 2007.
|Birth name||Christopher Brendan Ward|
|Also known as||mc chris|
September 2, 1975 |
Libertyville, Illinois, US
|Genres||Nerdcore, hip hop|
|Occupations||Rapper, voice actor, writer, improvisational comedian|
|Labels||mc chris llc|
MC Chris, stylized as mc chris (born Christopher Brendan Ward; September 2, 1975), is an American nerdcore rapper, voice actor, writer, and improvisational comedian. Associated with the genre of nerdcore hip hop, his trademarks include the high pitch of his voice and the synthesis of his "geek" heritage with the "gangster" image associated with some hip hop artists. He has released five albums, three EPs, one re-release, and a tenth anniversary edition of his recordings with The Lee Majors.
Ward has appeared on, worked behind the scenes on, and contributed original lyrics to many of Williams Street Studios' shows on Adult Swim, most notably Aqua Teen Hunger Force. He worked as a production assistant and starred as the character MC Pee Pants in the episodes "MC Pee Pants", "Sir Loin", "The Last One", and "Little Brittle", as well as the young Carl in episode 18. He reprised the role of MC Pee Pants in Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, and in the PlayStation 2 video game Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am.
Ward also had a role in Sealab 2021, as a writer and as the recurring character Hesh Hepplewhite, as well as the twins who play Dolphin Boy in a behind-the-scenes type of episode. He worked as a production assistant and writer for The Brak Show (including the episodes "Brakstreet" and "Shadows of Heat") and voiced a character on the episode "Brakstreet". He was a contributing writer for Space Ghost: Coast to Coast with a cameo in the episode "Baffler Meal", and voiced Ward Willoughby in the 2002 pilot for Welcome to Eltingville.
In October 2004, he announced his resignation from Cartoon Network on his blog to focus on his recording career. He made his return to Adult Swim in the form of a red Gummi bear by the name of Gummi on the show Cheyenne Cinnamon and the Fantabulous Unicorn of Sugar Town Candy Fudge. He will be working on a new cartoon called The mc chris Cartoon, and plans to work in conjunction with the creators of Metalocalypse, although it will not air on Cartoon Network. Since August 2010, he has created the theme songs for several of the SModcast Internet Radio (S.I.R.) programs, including those for the original SModcast, Blow Hard, Bagged & Boarded, and Jay & Silent Bob Get Old.
Nerdcore hip hop
Ward originally performed with The Lee Majors. While he is one of the artists most closely associated with the genre of nerdcore hip hop, he has been hesitant to accept the nerdcore label for most of his career, preferring to describe his style as "mc chris music" as well as expressing concern over limiting himself to such a narrow audience and subject matter. He has lashed out at the media for focusing more on the nerdcore scene than his music, as well as the nerdcore community as a whole. Despite these issues, he has periodically apologized to those in the nerdcore community for the aforementioned conflicts and has appeared in news stories dealing with nerd culture and nerdcore. Recently, he has done even more than simply apologizing; saying, "In the beginning, I felt I was more of an individual and not a part of anything," and further, "It's nice that a lot of folks consider me part of it. It's actually embarrassing how I used to think I was the only one playing with "Star Wars" toys and making music, and it just wasn't true. I have absolutely no problem with the label now." He self-releases with no record label.
At a show in Philadelphia in 2012, Ward forcibly ejected a fan named Mike Taylor from the audience for posting a comment on Twitter critical of Ward's opening act, Richie Branson. Ward subsequently filmed a video in which he apologized for the incident after he received criticism by online fans for the act. Taylor received a refund, but complained on Reddit that, as a fan of Ward since 2004, he was humiliated by the act.
- Life's a Bitch and I'm Her Pimp (2001)
- Knowing Is Half the Hassle (2003)
- Eating's Not Cheating (2004)
- Dungeon Master of Ceremonies (2006)
- mc chris is dead (2008)
- Mc Chris Goes To Hell (2010)
- Marshmellow playground (2011)
- Race Wars (September 2, 2011)
- mc chris Foreverrr (2014)
- Marshmellow campground (2014)
- The New York University 8-Track Discography 10th Anniversary Edition (2007)
- apple tummy (2009)
- apple lung (2012)
- Part Six Part One (2009)
- Part Six Part Two (2009)
- Part Six Part Three (2009)
- Friends (2012)
- Kickstape (2013)
- mc chris' song "10-Year-Old" – "mc chris, lower case, no dots, rewind."
- [adult swim] – Aqua Teen Hunger Force – Episode 9: MC Pee Pants
- [adult swim] – Aqua Teen Hunger Force – Episode 18: Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future
- mc chris interview on You Sound Like A Robot
- mc chris announcing cartoon at Omaha, NE concert[dead link]
- SModcast #131: Limmortality
- Burton, Bonnie (June 25, 2007). "mc chris: Napping with Artoo". Fans. Starwars.com. Retrieved September 2, 2010.
- Williams, Alex (August 5, 2007). "Dungeons, Dragons and Dope Beats". Fashion & Style (The New York Times Company). Retrieved May 20, 2009.
- Miranda, Jeff (November 4, 2007). "Refrain of the nerds". Boston Globe. The New York Times Company. Retrieved May 20, 2009.
- myspace.com/mcchris mc chris blog. October 15, 2007
- myspace.com/mcchris mc chris blog. January 29, 2007
- myspace.com/mcchris mc chris blog. November 14, 2008
- myspace.com/mcchris mc chris blog. August 22, 2008
- Eakin, Marah (July 19, 2012). "MC Chris kicks fan out of show over a nasty tweet, cries about it". The A.V. Club.
- Official site
- Chris Ward at the Internet Movie Database
- TV.com entry for Chris Ward
- Slashdot Interview (original announcement found here)
- FilmForce Interview
- Interview From September 2005
- Interview from April 2008 on Deviant Nation