San Francisco rapper MC Crumbsnatcher's furry music video
As a club-goer most likely to get down to goth/industrial/EBM, I'm not qualified to say much about hip hop/rap. However, I know that MC Crumbsnatcher is a secret goth too, and that's my fursuited ass he's humping at 4:00 in the video, so let's do this.
The San Francisco Bay area hosts many subculture scenes. They bring people together who often stay separate in less busy places. MC Crumbsnatcher's ties might be tagged as spoken word/slam poetry, indie rap, electro, Nerdcore and Homocore. His Facebook page also lists Poo Joke Teller, ruiner of childhoods, and being a trained psychic. Let's add Furry to the list.
Content warning: Video contains extremely graphic sexual language and suggestive dancing.
I was introduced to MC Crumbsnatcher when he and his buddy Wonder Dave helped put on a "plushie/furry" themed drag show at a small bar, one block from my apartment. Out of curiosity, I went in my husky fursuit, with low expectations for something not truly rooted in the scene that goes through the Bay Area Furry List. I was delighted to be brought on stage by an announcer in a Halloween gorilla costume, for a few special barks and a gorilla grope. Wonder Dave turned out to be good buddies with my dear departed old room-mate, Gabrielle (who was a show promoter and board member of Slam Poetry International, when we lived together 3000 miles away in Buffalo.)
Crumbsnatcher's backup dancers were a donkey and a penguin in mass-marketed Halloween costumes, helping him tell a story about a love affair with a penguin. They weren't exactly capital-f Furry, but it was a start. His fun show made him a cool guy in my book. One of his next shows was for the release of his first album, for a few hundred furries at Frolic, San Francisco's monthly furry club night.
When he put out a message asking for music video help, support was enthusiastic. Smash Wolf offered video services from Smashwolf Productions. I hooked him up with costumes from Jovino Bunny, whose company Bunnywarez offers locally hand sewn animal jammies. Other performers included NeonBunny, promoter of Frolic. We all crammed a tiny apartment with 35-40 dancers. Although a lot of costumes came from whatever was available, I'd say the video is made with legit Furries.
Authenticity is a common theme for rap music. So are feuds about it. A short few weeks before the video was released, rapper Kreayshawn put out her own video that rips off furries, using what looks like cheap Wal-Mart type costumes.
Crumbsnatcher's response: "We're coming for you, bitch!" This promises a rap battle of epic proportions.
("Furry" content starts around 1:30.)
"Gucci Gucci", according to Kreayshawn, is a song coaxing people to wear their own styles and not succumbing to being a "basic bitch".
Here's the lyrics. She's also known for throwing insults at veteran rappers for being "fake".
I don't know a lot about rap, but using fake furries brings to mind Urban Dictionary's definition for fronting:
A façade. Appearing one way, but really acting another. Misrepresenting yourself.
As a furry who likes to get humped on video, my ass belongs to MC Crumbsnatcher. I call Kreayshawn full of fluff. Here's hoping we see a legendary throw-down between them, to see who truly rules the San Francisco Bay Area's indie rap scene.
For a tangent towards a self-indulgent, yet furry-related piece of news: This week saw the conclusion of a Kickstarter campaign for GaymerCon, "the first gaming and tech convention with a focus on LGBT geek culture". It's due to happen in San Francisco in August 2013. A total of $91,389 was pledged, beating their $25,000 goal by 365%.
Gaymer Con is seeking geek and gaming-related musical performers. I think I know a good candidate... if you do, you should send in a recommendation.
Full disclosure: I was introduced to the founder of GaymerCon while fursuiting, at Further Confusion 2012. I loaned a few grand to help make the Kickstarter video, and I'm on their organizing board.