Bigger & Blacker
Chris Rock's probably appeared on more hiphop albums this year than JayZ. Shame he's not a rapper ...More on
After a notaltogethersuccessful film career, the Brooklynborn comedian has made himself one of America's hottest 'crossover' celebrities with his cheeky, streetsmart brand of standup. Unafraid to call a spade a spade, Rock was the man who dubbed Fatboy Slim 'White Boy Retarded' at this year's MTV Awards.
On this, his third album, we get Chris mostly in standup mode, coming across like a goofier, angrier Eddie Murphy, blending lowrent raunch with, hey, some serious political points, man. One of the record's hilarious moments is Chris' 'interview' with Monica Lewinksy, where he substitutes lyrics from one of Lil' Kim's more explicit songs for Monica's answers.
Depending how infantile you find that idea and noting that WuTang Clan's Ol' Dirty Bastard makes frequent appearances on this record should give you some idea of whether Chris Rock is your cup of tea or not. The easily shocked need not investigate, because it's the cruder stuff that's the funniest.
His take on Baz Luhrmann's vile 'Everybody's Free To Wear Sunscreen', for example, is a soso mickeytake, but its highlight is the observation that, "If a girl's got a pierced tongue, she'll probably suck your dick/If a guy's got a pierced tongue, he'll probably suck your dick".
Entertaining for a couple of listens, it's certainly not a seminal comedy album, but it'll fill a wet afternoon well enough. And like most things in life, it's a lot more fun after you've been on the sauce.
To read all our reviews first - days before they appear online - check out NME magazine, on sale every Wednesday