Despite three critically acclaimed albums and nearly ten years on the mic, Stephen Hawking remains virtually unknown as a musician. Well to hell with that noize, this is a new millenium and my boy MC Hawking is gonna be crazy large!
Stephen William Hawking was born on January 8th, 1942 in Oxford, England. At eleven Stephen went to St Albans School, and then on to University College, Oxford where he majored in physics. After three years he was awarded a first class honors degree in Natural Science.
In 1963, at 21, Stephen was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease (a neuromuscular disease that progressively weakens muscle control) doctors predicted an early death for him. Stephen, however, had other ideas.
Refusing to allow his disease to get the better of him, Stephen went on to Cambridge where he gained a Ph.D in Cosmology. Since 1979 Stephen has held the post of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, a chair that was held in 1663 by Isaac Newton.
Throughout these remarkable achievements the disease continued to ravage Stephen's flesh, though not his mind. Confined to a wheel chair Stephen completely lost the use of his vocal chords in an operation to assist his breathing in 1985. Since then he has communicated with the help of a computer. A speech synthesizer "speaks" for him after he punches in what he wants to say. Stephens only major complaint with this system: it makes him sound like an American.
In 1988, an event happened that changed Stephen's life profoundly. The Beastie Boys played a concert at the colleges Student Center. Stephen was blown away. He was utterly captivated by the pounding rhythms and twisting rhymes. Over the next several weeks he became obsessed with rap music and immersed himself deeply into its culture. He soon realized that he favored the harder-edge music produced by bands like NWA and the Ghetto Boyz. Stephen had found a new passion to rival theoretical astrophysics: gangsta rap.
MC Hawking was born.
As in all things previous to this point, Stephen refused to allow his disease to get in the way of his ambition. He began writing freestyle raps and participating in open mic nights at local hip-hop clubs. At first people didn't know what to make of Stephen and his gangsta raps, in the beginning he met with considerable derision and ridicule. Stephen, however, was persistent. Slowly he built a reputation as a serious hardcore rapper in the local club scene.
In 1991 Stephen bought time at a small, local studio and recorded a three song demo. In A year later he self-released ; the EP sold over 10,000 copies in one year (impressive sales figures for an album with no label support).
In 1993 MC Hawking signed with (a subsidiary of the Disney corporation) and in early 1994 he released his first major label album, . The album was received very well with critics and helped establish Stephen a small, devoted cult following, however it never caught on with the mainstream.
After taking a year off to do science stuff, Stephen once again entered the studio and emerged just over a year later with what is considered by many to be his best work to date: .
Again, the critics responded with . Although the album sold well amongst his fans (topping just over a quarter of a million) the public at large responded with disinterest.
Although MC Hawking has not released any additional albums to date, he has remained busy. In the scientific field he continues to lecture extensively and publish with startling regularity. Musically, it is rumored that he is working on a new album. We can only wait and see what this remarkable man will do next.