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The 2AM Rapper

special to the New York Times:

Elvis.  The Beatles.  Prince.   In every generation, a new musical artist comes on the scene who so energizes his audience during his straight-from-the-heart performance that whoever was lucky enough to be in attendance is riveted to his every word.  Such was the case last night during the ground-breaking act of rapper Master Crazy Dude on the MTA Queens 23 bus at 2AM.

Using his unique beatbox technique, Master Crazy Dude repeated his raw, intense, lyrics over and over again until everyone on the bus, passengers of all colors and creeds, were united in moving t0 the front of the bus, in fear for their lives.

I may be funny
But I’m no Ben Stiller
I did my time
For being a killer
Parker Lewis… he just can’t Lose
But not when I hit him with a bottle of booze
F**k you!
F**k you!
F**k you!
F**k you everyone on the bus!

The vibrant musical energy of the street is alive in New York City, which makes this the greatest city in the world (just keep it away from the condos on the Upper East Side).


  1. better safe than sorry

    not a fan of rap music.
    maybe ear plugs are required for the city that never sleeps?

  2. V-Grrrl

    Wow, the lyrics are profound. I’m so sorry I missed his live performance on his private tour bus.

  3. Jane

    I predict that he will be among the next batch of winning contestants on P. Diddy’s “Making the Band”. He will carry his talents into a limo or two for a short time, and the fade into obscurity. VH-1 will follow up with him on a “Where Are They Now” special, and he will be found in a homeless shelter, rapping about some alien named Jesus he sees in his Cream of Wheat, and how the tin foil wrappers that his chew comes in carries special messages from God.

  4. mr_g

    Ah, the sweet serenade of street rap. I’m just sorry my folks aren’t around any more to enjoy it. Actually, strike that one…

  5. apathy lounge

    See? This is what I’m talkin’ about! How anyone can say that New York ISN’T the most interesting city in the country is totally beyond me.

  6. Neil

    Apathy Lounge — Oh yeah, it was a REALLY interesting experience. We were all wondering if we should run from the bus.

  7. anymommy

    Queen. Thank you. Guess I could have googled that or something. This guy was no Queen. Or even Aerosmith.

  8. ExpatJane

    Now THOSE were some moving and inspirations rap lyrics!

  9. kenju

    And such is the entertainment in NYC – ever varied and so close at hand! Free even, sometimes…..LOL

    I think I might have been scared.

  10. WannaBeTanked

    What? No audience participation? I’m sure he could have used a visual aid to help in his performance.

  11. Finn

    God I miss New York.

  12. AnnieH

    I think I know this guy…. young guy,ink tatoo on his upper left arm that says, “Kill All The Whities”?? He was my patient back in Room 12–collapsed after running from police due to “massive ingestion of illegal substances.” He was a delight. Glad you found him:>)

  13. Dave G

    Ha! Thank you, I needed a laugh today. Very vivid portrait.

  14. Memarie Lane

    I want to say something clever and witty, but I just spent 14 hours with 500 Oklahomans and 2 New Yorkers. Kinda sucks the clever and witty right out of my soul.

  15. churlita

    I used to take the bus in L.A. Believe me, that rapper would have been the tamest thing I saw taking mass transit there.

  16. Poppy

    The Q29 is where it’s at! But… ya know, that’s probably not taking you where you need to go.

  17. Dana

    I think I’ve discovered a new favorite song. Wow.

  18. palinoe

    “But not when I hit him with a bottle of booze” is new line for breaking awkward silences.

  19. Neil

    P – You try that at BlogHer.

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