The Notorious MSG. Allow me to let their PR machine speak first.
Blasting out of the streets of Chinatown, The Notorious MSG are three renegade restaurant workers on a mission to rip your asses in half with their high-sodium beats. After years of struggling in the kitchens, Hong Kong Fever, Down-Lo Mein and the Hunan Bomb found salvation in music. Hell-bent on revenge, they formed a band and the deep-fried force of nature called The Notorious MSG were born.
Together with Billy D. Wang on lead guitar and Noodles on drums, the group’s sound is an rectum-tearing explosion of old school hip-hop and 70’s rock and metal. Their stage show, a whirlwind of sound and fury, has reduced women to tears and made grown men incontinent.
I recently stumbled across them when I was checking out the website for the NY Anime Fest. There were a lot of musical guests including The Notorious MSG. Being a huge Biggie Smalls aka The Notorious B.I.G. fan, this caught my eye. Clearly, they were going for the humor with the name, but were they a straight up joke or actually entertaining? Well, if you've visited their website by clicking on the link above, just listen to the songs that automatically play. Or check this out here:
You back? That's right, muthabitches! They rock the house! They got a little Beastie Boys meets Charlie Chan going on there. Sure, they play up the funny with accents and songs like "Egg Rollin'", "Dim Sum Girl", and "Chinatown Hustler". But, guess what? They got skills to pay the bills. It's entertaining as a mofo, pimp! How can you go wrong with Buddha-like lyrics such as: "Don't be a chicken if ya got beef!"? Most places say "NO MSG!" proudly. I say BRING IT ON!!
They have 2 albums out. Get them both. I did. You can thank me later with some General Tso's chicken and shrimp dumplings.