Chicago hip-hop MC Phillip Morris | Chicago ink
Phillip Morris raps about his tattoos.
Phillip Morris With his overcaffeinated stage presence, intelligible off-the-dome wordplay, and consciously wack wardrobe (tube socks that read peace, love, and music), this Pilsen-based MC has a refreshingly nasty habit of steering clear of modern hip-hop trends. Tattoos included. The anything-goes scrawl sported by the likes of Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy and Gucci Mane (who famously got a large ice-cream cone inked on his face) makes Morris laugh. He puts in some thought before going under the gun. The hands of an ornate cuckoo clock on his left bicep sit at 11:11. “The number 11 has always had symbolism to me,” says Morris, whose birthday falls on November 11. “Even in making music, tweaking knobs to 11.” On his upper left arm, the SOPA/PIPA critic has the cassette-and-crossbones tall ship logo of the notorious torrent company Pirate Bay. “I’m an avid fan of downloading shit for free,” says the 32-year-old, who has used file-sharing sites to obtain the recording software that produced his first releases. He encourages people to rip his shit gratis at phillipmorris.bandcamp.com.