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Classic Album Review: Chris Rock | Bigger & Blacker

The SNL alumnus gets in your face with plenty of raw, racy, racially based humour.

This came out in 1999 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Former Saturday Night Live star and angry young standup Chris Rock is often seend as a ’90s version of Richard Pryor.

And on his new, fittingly titled CD, Bigger And Blacker, he feeds that rep with plenty of raw, racy, often racial humour that gets in your face on topical issues ranging from homosexuality (“They can’t fight in the military and it’s against the law for them to get married … who’s got it better than that?”) to the Columbine killings (“They were upset that nobody liked them? There were six of them — I didn’t have six friends in high school!). Unfortunately, B&B isn’t all so wickedly spot-on: There are too many goofy skits and song parodies on which he comes off as another SNL alum: Adam Sandler. Rock should stick to his Pryor convictions.