- Chaos the Rapper, leaning against a germ-y pay phone.
Chaos the Rapper, a producer and MC born and raised in D.C., has a thing for H1N1. On August 23, he dropped Swine Flu II, the latest mixtape in his outbreak-themed series of music, which kicked off with last year's Swine Flu Flo.
"When the swine flu actually hit, there was so much hysteria going on in the news," Chaos says. "I decided to use the swine flu name because my flow is the sickest."
Swine Flu II dropped on the same day that the D.C. earthquake took place, and its promo push continued through Hurricane Irene. So, between all of the flu raps and the natural disasters going on, does Chaos feel like he's suddenly surrounded by...chaos? "We were joking about it like, 'Yeah, Chaos shook the world up when he dropped Swine Flu II you know, playing around with it. It's crazy."
The rapper says that although the earthquake and hurricane were helpful in promoting Swine Flu II, he'd like to link up with a few other DMV rappers and do something for those who were negatively impacted by the recent severe weather events.
"It would be good to do something inspiring for the people who lost their homes, who went through the disasters," he says. "If some artists got together and put together a song, that would be nice."
Chaos the Rapper, formerly just Chaos (the name was changed to be more SEO-friendly, he says), says his new project (which features cameos from UCB's Roc Mikey, Gerreddi, and many others) is very much like Swine Flu Flo but, um, more ill.
"There's something for everybody--everybody is gonna find something," he says. "They’re gonna find club music, street music, semi-political music, heartfelt music. It's not your average mixtape, it's more like an album. I want people to hear it, because I really took my time with it. I critique myself so much, I just really want to put the best project out there."
Chaos has two other upcoming mixtape projects he's working on: One called The Workhorse, and another called I F*cked Your Song. But, he says, despite recent events, he has no plans to abandon the Swine Flu theme and do, say, an earthquake or hurricane-inspired mixtape. "Nah, nothing like that," he says.