If the words “MC Esoteric” had an antonym, it would probably be “inactive”. I’d be hard pressed to find a lot of underground rappers with more projects going on. On March 9th, Esoteric will have dropped 4 albums in less than a year; the third Army of the Pharaohs album “The Unholy Terror”, last Spring’s solo effort “Fly Casualties”, October’s epic return of 7L & Esoteric “1212”, and next week’s eagerly awaited limited release fan album “Boston Pharaoh.” The Bostonian rapper/producer has moved to the forefront of the underground and for good reason – his effort is unrivaled. In a way, this sort of diligent involvement and dedication to his craft has come to define his career and as a result his fans are some of the most dedicated in the underground. When I was a high schooler listening to “Dangerous Connection” and “DC2: Bars of Death” I thought my affinity for Esoteric was attributable to his unique delivery and sharpened wordplay, but I now realize it was due to his hard work, for without it, kids in rural Minnesota such as myself would’ve never heard of him. There’s no doubt that Eso is one of the hardest working cats in the rap game.
But those who follow him on the web know very well that hip hop is definitely not his only grind – Esoteric is also a very dedicated dog owner and animal rights activist (no, not the PETA type.) Eso does a lot of volunteer work for various shelters in his area and benefits for them as well. For example this dope limited edition T-shirt (featuring Esoteric’s lab Logan in a take-off of the La Coka Nostra logo) designed by Jeferson Fernandes is being sold on Esoteric’s website to benefit homeless dogs in conjunction with an up-coming charity show for the MSPCA entitled “Sounds for Hounds”.
Eso is known for featuring his pets (especially his dog Logan) in the oftentimes hilarious “Pterovision” web show on his Youtube channel. Eso also frequently writes songs inspired by man’s best friend and has gained the attention of dog enthusiasts on a large-scale. In fact, Esoteric has been featured in Dog Fancy, The Bark and on the Animal Planet show Superfetch.
Eso and Logan on Superfetch
Esoteric has also used his talents to take shots at animal abusers in the past and a recently released song by the 20 year veteran takes careful aim at two very famous ones.
Esoteric is no stranger to controversy, especially with regard to making songs aimed at public figures the rapper doesn’t like. In 2008, one of his groups The East Coast Avengers made a highly controversial track called “Kill Bill O’Reilly” targeting the conservative commentator which drew the ire of neocons everywhere, including Michelle Malkin, whose response subsequently led to the follow-up song “Dear Michelle Malkin” which goes off on the “pundit” for being a hypocrite among other things.
The East Coast Avengers – Kill Bill O’Reilly
The East Coast Avengers – Dear Michelle Malkin
The songs were acclaimed in the rap scene as a show of the political power of hip hop. They set an example of what a motivated group can do – one battle rapper from Boston and his colleagues got the furious attention of a national news network over 2 songs that cost hardly anything to make. With a new administration and a whole lot of new faces in the news, fans have wondered who’s going to be next on Esoteric’s hitlist. The answer is two-fold: former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin and Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick. While Eso has alluded to them in the past, he’s never made an entire song about them like he did with Bill O’Reilly – until now.
In his newest song, released last week, the rapper relentlessly attacks Sarah Palin for her involvement in wolf hunting, which has frequently been criticized as unnecessary and inhumane, along with Michael Vick for confessing to the murder of numerous pitbulls for entertainment. The song, and it’s graphic and disturbing video cast a very ugly shadow on these individuals whom Eso alleges are very similar in nature.
Esoteric – Palin-Vick (I warn you it is graphic)
Frankly, I can’t help but openly applaud Esoteric for having the heart to do the right thing and go at a person even the president calls to congratulate. It’s a little disturbing when the president thinks playing a game well exonerates someone from torturing defenseless dogs. The fact is, America forgave Michael Vick for what he did and everyone seemed to forget all about it. I’m certainly glad Esoteric didn’t and as a pitbull owner, it’s great to see our favorite avenging spirit from the East Coast come at Vick with a fully loaded clip. I certainly hope this new song gets the same amount of attention as his aforementioned tracks with the other East Coast Avengers, which showed us that sometimes a well-made song can have the power of a bullet. Like a sniper, Esoteric can zero in on anybody at anytime with his sharply refined talent; and if this sniper has your name, you’d better watch out – he doesn’t miss.
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Army of the Pharaohs