Boasting a mighty term as one of America's leading comedians, Chris Rock came back strong in 2004 with Never Scared, his fourth HBO special and fifth album. Hosted by Washington D.C.'s DAR Constitution Hall, the comedian puts out one of the most powerful performances to date, gaining much inspiration from another rocky year of living in the U.S.
Topics run from clear heels to "The government hates rap" early on in the show, giving little haste before digging into politics.. He juxtaposes Al Quaeda with Al Cracka, Janet's Superbowl stint with Michael's boyish fun, and America's "horrible" drug policy with affirmative action, which ends in quipping the only straight Bush pun, calling the president a "C Student."
Well exceeding a year after Never Scared's original performance, Rock's fifth studio album features a number of skits, including "Tip You Hat To Whitey," where Rock boasts the white man's plot to take over Mars, sounding only a little unreasonable. The album comes with a behind-the-scenes DVD, where Rock self-describes the release as "less inside" than previous ones. Rock's mainstream appeal will be better determined in later 2005, from talk of a sitcom based on the comedian's childhood. Future projects aside, Chris Rock's Never Scared hits its target.
Crystal at 4/20/2005 02:29:00 PM