Boasting a mighty term as one of Americaâ€™s leading comedians, Chris Rock came back strong in 2004 with Never Scared, his fourth HBO special and fifth album. Hosted by Washington D.C.â€™s DAR Constitution Hall, the comedian puts out one of the most powerful performances to date, gaining much inspiration from another rocky year of living in the U.S.
Topics run from clear heels to â€śThe government hates rapâ€ť early on in the show, giving little haste before digging into politics.. He juxtaposes Al Quaeda with Al Cracka, Janetâ€™s Superbowl stint with Michaelâ€™s boyish fun, and Americaâ€™s â€śhorribleâ€ť drug policy with affirmative action, which ends in quipping the only straight Bush pun, calling the president a â€śC Student.â€ť
Well exceeding a year after Never Scaredâ€™s original performance, Rockâ€™s fifth studio album features a number of skits, including â€śTip You Hat To Whitey,â€ť where Rock boasts the white manâ€™s plot to take over Mars, sounding only a little unreasonable. The album comes with a behind-the-scenes DVD, where Rock self-describes the release as â€śless insideâ€ť than previous ones. Rockâ€™s mainstream appeal will be better determined in later 2005, from talk of a sitcom based on the comedianâ€™s childhood. Future projects aside, Chris Rockâ€™s Never Scared hits its target.