MC Hawking would be a nerdcore rapper before “nerdcore rap” being a factor. In early 2000’s, software engineer Ken Lawrence began using text-to-speech software to display to the world what it might be like if theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking got around the mic. His first&mdashand only&mdashalbum, 2004’s A Brief History of Rhyme: MC Hawking’s Greatest Hits, is recognized as an earlier nerd-rap classic, but he never adopted up. So far.
Today, the Hawkman has returned using the world premiere from the first video from his approaching sophomore album, The Hawkman Returneth.
This track, “Fear of a Black Hole,” initially debuted in 2016 in the Starmus Festival within the Canary Islands while watching real Stephen Hawking, who had been the festival’s honoree that year. And in the crowd were celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, biologist and Twitter crank Richard Dawkins, and Queen’s John May. Nerdcore veteran MC Lars contributed a literary verse to “Black Hole” and became a member of Lawrence on stage at Starmus.
A couple of years just before that event, Lawrence began MC Hawking’s Podcore Nerdcast. It had been the very first public output from MC Hawking in almost ten years, however it only spurred his motivation to record new tracks “from about five percent to around 15 %,” according to his podcast co-host Len Pal. The Starmus performance and “Fear of the Black Hole” altered everything, though, and today it appears as though the intersecting worlds of physics and gangsta rap will receive a new Hawking record in 2018.
He is able to’t leave rap alone, the sport needs him.