I’d like you to do something for me. Turn on the radio. Spin that dial until you find your local Top 40 rap or hip hop station. Now just listen. What are you hearing? I’m willing to bet I can guess.
There is a substantial chance that what you are currently listening to is an angst ridden wannabe gangster who bloviates ad infinitum about the types of rims they have on their ride, the monetary value of their jewelry and the amount of promiscuous young women they have came, saw and conquered. Perhaps there might even be a few blatant endorsements contained within the song. From cars to the artist’s preferred alcoholic beverage, there is nary an artist to be found who isn’t name dropping in hopes of nabbing some free swag.
Now, turn off your radio, throw it on the ground and reenact the scene from Office Space where Peter, Michael and Samir go completely apeshit on their printer from work. It may help set the mood if you sing the song “Die Motherfucker, Die” by the Geto Boys to yourself while this is occuring. Otherwise you simply won’t be getting the full effect.
You need a new artist in your life. One who is going to treat you right. A man who isn’t afraid to pop open a Snapple, lay you down by the fireplace and play Street Fighter II with you until the sun comes up. That man is Mark Schaffer.
Mark, better known by his alter ego Schäffer the Darklord (or STD), is one of the brightest stars in the proverbial Hip Hop sky, and is most frequently associated with the Nerdcore genre. Far from your average rapper, if you were to tune in to any of his albums, you’d find songs whose topics range from a modern day take on the classic Shakespeare characters Romeo and Juliet (Black Metal Queen) to the ramifications the ressurection of Jesus Christ may have on the world (Night of the Living Christ). You’ll fall in love with such classic tales such as the one about a guy who produces several identical clones of himself in order to satisfy his insatiable hunger for self pleasure, and eventually, murder (Revenge of Attack of the Clonefucker). Not to mention a chilling ballad about a man whose skin is tough as nails, who was born without a heart, and whose bloody foibles you’ll hear all about during his quest to obtain one (The Tin Man).
Schäffer has been around for quite a while, and his origin is quite eclectic. Born and raised in Iowa, he was the drummer for a punk band. He and his bandmates would constantly riff off one another and make their own fake rap songs in their spare time. What started as a joke lit a fire in Mark that is still burning to this day. From his humble beginnings working at a local porn shop, to losing an Adult Video News award to Snoop Dog and honing his stage skills as a stand up comedian Mark finally found his voice, and thus Schäffer the Darklord was officially born.
Perhaps best known for the song, and subsequent music video for, “The Rappist”, as well as his brief but captivating appearance in the documentary Nerdcore Rising, Schaffer has since toured the country alongside MC Frontalot, Coolzey, mc chris, MC Lars and many others. He has also performed at Nerdapalooza (stay tuned for a post about Nerdapalooza in the coming weeks) in Orlando, FL every year since 2008. His high energy act is a perfect mix of hip hop, stand up comedy and pure evil. He is frequently joined on stage by a small black box through which the Devil speaks to him.
When not onstage rapping, he can be found onstage performing with the New York City based Sex Pistols tribute band God Save Queens and hosting (as well as rapping in) numerous burlesque shows. He has worked with Original Cyn, Vaudeville Nouveau, Kitty Nights and Starshine Burlesque, but he most frequently works with Epic Win Burlesque, which he co-produces alongside Nelson Lugo. The two are also collaborating on an upcoming podcast, which I’m sure we’ll review once it’s available to the masses.
He has released three full length albums to date, “Meet My Maker” in 2004, “Mark of the Beast” in 2007 and “Manslaughterer” in 2009. All three albums can be found via iTunes, Amazon and cdbaby. A new album is currently in the works.
You can check him out at all of the following links.