BEATS, BASS AND BEAKERS! Rapbassador, the album funky49 created to promote Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry now has a sequel: Dirty Apes Discover Science. This release is aimed at the nerds, geeks, scientists and engineers who need some hip-hop in their life. It is also for rap fans who have had their fill of songs about cars and jewelery.
Dirty Apes Discover Science is a genre-spanning work with influences from dubstep, electro-house, R&B to old school hip-hop. In the lead track “Science Like Us”, the scientific method (observation, forming a hypothesis, prediction, experimentation, conclusion) is amazingly distilled into 8 bars of rap. “Gene Swap” humorously delves into the under-represented biological side of sex. There is praise for the humble particle in “My Electron” as well as jabs at the willful ignorance by the Insane Clown Posse. Kudos are given to everyone’s favorite internet company with “Google That”. Personal to funky49, there is mad love for the scientist/inventor in “Ben Franklin is my BFF”. The track "Particle Business" highlights the quest to discover how the universe evolved and the David and Goliath-like competition of discovery that existed between CERN in Europe, and Fermilab, outside of Chicago, IL. A music video for “Particle Business” was shot at various locations at Fermilab and was created by Dan Lamoureux of Nerdcore for Life acclaim.
released 03 January 2012
Thanks and greets to: All of the collaborators on this album. Without their awesome contributions, this album would be a lot less rich in timbre and texture. Big ups to the Florida nerdcore massive, especially the Emergency Pizza Party (MC Wreckshin, Sir-Up, Betty Rebel and Benjamin Bear) and the rest of my nerdcore massive on the internet especially the fine folks at Nerdcore Now. All my science teachers. All scientists & engineers of the world. The employees of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, especially Dr. Ben Kilminster, Tona Kunz and the CDF band, the Drug Sniffing Dogs. The Tevatron. The people at the National Academy of Science, especially Ann Merchant. Dan Lamoureux of for making the music video for “Particle Business”. Gabriel Spitzer of Chicago’s WBEZ. Everyone who follows me on the Twitter. Everyone that works in front an LCD screen or four. The people chilling their butts off in data centers and it is so noisy in there they gotta crank this up. Thanks and greets to all the people I’m forgetting. If you were sampled, please don’t sue. If I’m wrong on something, consider your listen part of a peer review. Let me know and I will issue a rap retraction!
The idea for this album came out in summer 2009 but I’m not done. Future tracks I want to make along the “Dirty Apes” vein: A rap battle between Tesla and Edison, a song for our Voyager/Pioneer space probes called “Escape Trajectory”, a song discussing the spinoff technologies from research in basic science, a song about our Out of Africa migration (we are all homo sapiens!) and being humble because we’re just a speck on this pale blue dot and can die because of tiny specks like germs (think Carl Sagan meets Bill Nye meets Douglas Adams’ Total Perspective Vortex). I also want to make a track with my EPP family where we rap about different chemicals effects on the brain. mCRT imagines a rap battle between Lysenko and Lamarck and a story about the voyage of The Beagle. Ultimately, I would love to get big name musicians to help marry science and music.
Peace and humptiness forever,
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