Paul Methric

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Paul Methric
Monoxide Child at the Abominationz tour in Chesterfield, MI on April 27th, 2013.jpg
Monoxide at the Abominationz tour
Background information
Birth name Paul Robert Methric
Also known as Hektic[1]
Monoxide Child[2]
Foe Foe[3]
Monoxide
Born (1973-07-14) July 14, 1973 (age 41)
Origin Detroit, Michigan
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, Producer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1993–Present
Labels

Psychopathic Records 1997-2012

Independent 2012-Present
Associated acts Twiztid
Dark Lotus
Psychopathic Rydas
House of Krazees
Samhein Witch Killaz
Website www.twiztid.com

Paul Robert Methric is an American rapper and producer from Detroit, Michigan, well known as Monoxide Child of the rap group Twiztid.

Early life[edit]

Paul Methric began rapping as a teenager while he was in high school. In school, Methric and friend Jamie Spaniolo would freestyle with other kids, though the two felt they were never great at promptly coming up with rhymes.[4] Both recall going to school with late-rapper Proof and seeing him freestyle, describing him as "the mecca of freestyling".[4] Methric and Spaniolo also participated in freestyle battles at the Hip Hop Shop on a weekly basis.[4]

Musical career[edit]

House of Krazees (1993-1997)[edit]

Methric started his musical career in 1993 as an original member of House of Krazees under the pseudonym Hektic. Along with Mr. Bones and The R.O.C., the original House of Krazees released five albums between 1993 and 1996.[1] Problems with the group's label, Latnem Entertainment, led House of Krazees to leave the label, and the group disbanded after its 1996 album Head Trauma.[1]

Solo career (2004-present)[edit]

In 2004, Methric released his first solo LP called Chainsmoker LP.

Twiztid (1997–present)[edit]

Main article: Twiztid

After receiving an offer from Insane Clown Posse to join Psychopathic Records in 1997, Spaniolo and Methric accepted and reemerged as Twiztid.[2] Upon signing with the label, the duo revamped their image, and set out to prove themselves to the Juggalo fanbase. Twiztid opened shows for Insane Clown Posse, most of the time receiving boos from the crowds and occasionally getting into fights with them.[5] In 1997, Twiztid's debut album, Mostasteless, was released. With the release, a shift in reaction toward Twiztid occurred, and Juggalos slowly began to receive the duo well.[6] Twiztid, however, continued to open for Insane Clown Posse and appear with them at in-store tours, improving their rapport with the fanbase.[7]

In 1999, Insane Clown Posse persuaded Island Records to sign Twiztid. During Twiztid's brief stint with the label, Mostasteless was pulled from shelves and re-released under Island Records.[6] The following year, the duo went back to Psychopathic Records and released Freek Show. Freek Show debuted at #51 on Billboard charts, and Twiztid's fan base grew immensely.[6][8] Twiztid has remained with Psychopathic Records since, and have helped to sign artists Blaze Ya Dead Homie and The R.O.C to the label. The duo's 2009 album, W.I.C.K.E.D., peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200. With the position, Spaniolo says that "it shows relevance. It shows that [we're] not just a sideshow act. It shows that we're not just protoges, we're not just coattail riders. We are here."[5]

On December 12 it was announced via Twiztid's official Twitter that Twiztid has left Psychopathic Records.

Dark Lotus (1999-present)[edit]

Main article: Dark Lotus

Formed in 1999, Dark Lotus consists of Joseph Bruce and Joseph Utsler of Insane Clown Posse, Jamie Spaniolo and Paul Methric of Twiztid, and Chris Rouleau.[9] Each member is said to "act as a 'petal' of the lotus,"[9] and it was announced that there would be six members. After switching between two different "sixth members," Marz and Anybody Killa, Dark Lotus decided to keep the group to only five.

Psychopathic Rydas (1999-present)[edit]

Main article: Psychopathic Rydas

Psychopathic Rydas formed in 1999, and consists of Psychopathic Records-associated rappers performing under alternate stage names in the style of mainstream gangsta rap.[3] The group's lineup consisted of Bruce (Bullet),[3] Utsler (Full Clip),[3] Methric (Foe Foe),[3] Spaniolo (Lil' Shank),[3] Rouleau (Cell Block)[10] and David Hutto (Yung Dirt).[11] Although, Twiztid has left Psychopathic, they are still a part of the Rydas.

Psychopathic Rydas reuses the beats of popular rappers within the genre without paying to license the original songs or requesting permission from copyright owners to use the music, effectively making their albums bootlegs[12] and resulting in the releases becoming difficult to find in some markets.[3]

Style and influences[edit]

Methric's interests in both horror movies and tobacco has had a major influence on his music. In an interview with psychopathictraders.com Methric credited the music of Tupac Shakur as a very heavy influence in his music with his favorite tupac album being Me Against The World. Spaniolo describes the work of Twiztid "as if there was a Halloween or Friday the 13th on wax and Jason and Michael Myers could actually rap."[13] Methric's stage name is an allusion to the carbon monoxide that comes from cigarettes. The title of his solo album, Chainsmoker LP, is taken from the practice of chain smoking.

Wrestling career[edit]

Paul Methric
Born July 14, 1973
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Monoxide Child[14]
Billed from Detroit, Michigan
Trained by Self-Trained[5]
Tommy Starr[5]
Debut 1999[14]

Beginning (1999)[edit]

In 1999, Insane Clown Posse began a stint in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).[15] The duo brought Spaniolo and Methric along with them to shows backstage, being fans of wrestling themselves. After Insane Clown Posse left the WWF, they started a wrestling tour called the "Hellfire Wrestling" tour. Again, both Spaniolo and Methric were brought along backstage.[15]

Professional wrestling (1999-2003)[edit]

On December 19, 1999, both Spaniolo and Methric participated in the first "Juggalo Championshit Wrestling" event. As Jamie Madrox and Monoxide Child, they were featured in a 20-man battle royal to crown the first JCW Heavyweight Champion, which was won by Evil Dead.[14] Spaniolo and Methric continued to sporadically wrestle for JCW until 2003. Both are untrained and have had several wrestlers show them moves backstage at shows. When asked in a 2009 interview if they were planning on returning to wrestling, Spaniolo replied, "No, we're not wrestlers. Every time we step into the ring, something bad happens. Either somebody gets hurt, or we get hurt ... There are things in life that you're good at, and not good at. [We're] not good at [wrestling]."[5] He added that they will stick to simply watching wrestling.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Along with Spaniolo, Methric is a fan of horror movies. As children, the two often watched The Evil Dead.[13] Methric also enjoys the use of supernatural styles in films.[13] He himself has an interest in getting into acting as well, and currently has gigs booked as typecasted and background characters.[16]

Methric is also an avid fan of both video games and tobacco. He plays Xbox 360 online with the gamertag "infamousballer," and has cited Madden NFL 10 as one of his favorite games.[17] Twiztid's internet radio show for WFKO is called Ashtrays and Action Figures, alluding to Methric's love of cigarettes and Spaniolo's passion for collector items and memorabilia.[18]

Methric is a fan of professional wrestling.[5] He is a playable character in Eidos Interactive's video game Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home as Monoxide Child.

In October 2011, Methric, along with Jamie Spaniolo and Blaze Ya Dead Homie, were arrested in Tampa, Florida for marijuana possession.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Solo releases[edit]

As Monoxide[edit]

With Twiztid[edit]

Main article: Twiztid

With Dark Lotus[edit]

Main article: Dark Lotus

With Psychopathic Rydas[edit]

Main article: Psychopathic Rydas

Filmography[edit]

Film appearances[edit]

  • Big Money Hustlas (2000), as Lil' Poot[19]
  • Born Twiztid: Behind The Freekshow (2000), as Monoxide Child[19]
  • The Purple Show (2003), as Monoxide Child
  • A Family Underground (2009), as Monoxide
  • Big Money Rustlas (2010), as Dusty Poot

Television and internet programs[edit]

  • Go To Hell With Twiztid (2007), as Monoxide
  • 5 Min. Fury (2007), as Monoxide
  • Freestyle 101 (2009), as Monoxide
  • The Rave TV (2009), as Monoxide

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Cordor, Cyril. "Madrox Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Bruce, Joseph; Hobey Echlin (2003). "Life on the Road". In Nathan Fostey. ICP: Behind the Paint (2nd Edition ed.). Royal Oak, Michigan: Psychopathic Records. pp. 353–365. ISBN 0-9741846-0-8. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Valdivia, Victor W. "Review of Psychopathic Rydas Dumpin'". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  4. ^ a b c Jamie Spaniolo and Paul Methric (Performers) (27 October 2008). Freestyle 101: Twiztid (internet production). G4. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Jamie Spaniolo and Paul Methric (Interviewees) (3 May 2009). Faygoluvers.net's Interview With Twiztid (internet production). Faygoluvers.net. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c Brain Hammer (19 March 2009). "Interview with Jamie Madrox of TWIZTID!!!". Horroryearbook. Retrieved 23 July 2009. 
  7. ^ Bruce, Joseph; Hobey Echlin (2003). "Big Money Hustlas". In Nathan Fostey. ICP: Behind the Paint (second ed.). Royal Oak, Michigan: Psychopathic Records. pp. 444–455. ISBN 0-9741846-0-8. 
  8. ^ "Charts & Awards for Freek Show". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  9. ^ a b True, Chris. "Dark Lotus > Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  10. ^ "Thug Back from the Dead". Psychopathic Records. Retrieved 2008-07-14. [dead link]
  11. ^ Friedman, David. "Interview with Boondox". Murder Dog. Retrieved 2008-08-08. [dead link]
  12. ^ Insane Clown Posse (1999). The Amazing Jeckel Brothers. Liner notes. Island/Psychopathic. UPC 731452465924
  13. ^ a b c Zahn, James (20 March 2009). "Talking horror & music with Jamie Madrox of TWIZTID". Fangoria. Retrieved 26 July 2009. 
  14. ^ a b c Jamie Madrox and Monoxide Child (Wrestlers) (2000). Juggalo Championshxt Wrestling Volume 1 (DVD). Royal Oak, Michigan: Psychopathic Video. UPC 756504220092. 
  15. ^ a b Bruce, Joseph; Hobey Echlin (2003). "Taking Bumps". In Nathan Fostey. ICP: Behind the Paint (2nd Edition ed.). Royal Oak, Michigan: Psychopathic Records. pp. 398–413. ISBN 0-9741846-0-8. 
  16. ^ Jamie Spaniolo and Paul Methric (Interviewees) (19 May 2009). Interview - Twiztid (internet production). The Rave/Eagles Club. Event occurs at 7:32. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  17. ^ Jamie Madrox and Monoxide (Presenters) (1 December 2009). "Ashtrays and Action Figures". WFKO. http://wfuckoffradio.com/wfko.php/shows/5.
  18. ^ "Ashtrays and Action Figures". Shows. Psychopathic Records, Inc. Retrieved 26 July 2009. 
  19. ^ a b Bruce, Joseph; Hobey Echlin (2003). "Complete Discography". In Nathan Fostey. ICP: Behind the Paint (2nd Edition ed.). Royal Oak, Michigan: Psychopathic Records. pp. 568–574. ISBN 0-9741846-0-8.