ABK, Mars, Trackula, the DRP, Critical Bill, Lil Sicc, Mission 16, UGV, Skitzofranix, Talk-Sic | Reggies’ Rock Club | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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ABK, Mars, Trackula, the DRP, Critical Bill, Lil Sicc, Mission 16, UGV, Skitzofranix, Talk-Sic Recommended The List (Music) Soundboard

When: Sun., Feb. 21, 6 p.m. 2010
Price: $15, 18+
Have you ever listened to gangsta rap and thought, "Well, the violence is great, but this stuff is just too darn socially conscious and tasteful?" Then horrorcore rapper Mars is for you. He's fond enough of his Hannibal Lecter-style mask that I'm beginning to suspect he's actually really dorky looking without it, but I'll give him this: he knows the genre, and he proves it with his Internet radio show, "Suicide Hotline: The History of the Wicked Shit." (It's broadcast on WFKO, aka WFuckOff Radio, the online network of the juggalo nation.) His breakthrough release, 2005's Mars Attacks, is a similar display of mastery in album form, but my favorite is last summer's School House Glock (Mad Insanity). It's basically a concept record about how hilarious school shootings are, with side orders of rape and necrophilia—and perhaps most shockingly, it ends with a maudlin number where Mars suffers through a breakup and misses his kids. The real pleasure of this music? It takes moralists' arguments about slippery slopes on a wild toboggan ride straight to hell, rendering every conceivable taboo laughable, and still society fails to fall apart. —Monica Kendrick

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