The world knows Tom
Green for his comedic abilities and now Green is setting out to prove that he
also has skills with a microphone with a new untitled rap album.
Green was a founding member
of Canadian rap group Organized Rhyme and dropped an album with the group titled
Stiffenin Against The Wall in 1992.
The album produced “Check
The O.R.," which earned the group a Juno nomination.
"It is time for me
as an artist, and a human being, to dig deep down into my soul and be completely
honest," Green reflected. "For the past several years I have grappled
with a hidden truth. Now, it is finally my time to be honest. It is time for
me to be honest with the public, with my friends, with my family, and most importantly,
with myself. I am a rapper."
In previous interviews,
Green stated that he started rhyming in high school. That soon progressed into
"I actually got into,
like, making beats and stuff," Green explained to Canadian magazine Chart
Attack in a 1999 interview. "Summer jobs I’d, like, save up and buy
a keyboard and a sampler. It became this great outlet for doing wacky, wacked-out
sh*t on stage. I was doing stand-up at the time too, but this was another outlet,
where I could go up and rap, and I’d do it on a fairly regular basis,
opening for punk bands around Ottawa. We’d go down, and go on before them,
chucking bread into the audience, and throwing weird sh*t around. It was all
sort of for fun, and then we kinda got alright at doing it. So we came down
here to New York City for a couple of months when I was 17, and worked with
a producer down here. Then it sort of became kind of serious, and we got a record
deal. It started as a fun thing, but it actually wasn’t that fun anymore
by the time it got to the record deal stage."
Green's new album will drop
on Sony BMG Music Canada and will be produced entirely by Mike Simpson of the
Dust Brothers. Simpson has also produced tracks for The Beastie Boys, Biz Markie
“The world knows the
comedy skills of Tom Green, but his rap skills are known almost exclusively
in Canada," commented Sony BMG Music Canada President Lisa Zbitnew. "This
record is about to change all that."
To support the new album,
Green will embark on a five-city tour with Simpson and Birdhouse Skateboarder
Green’s untitled solo
rap debut is slated for a Fall 2005 release date.
Below is a list of Canadian
8 - Hamilton, ON The Underground
Thursday, June 9- Barrie ON Foundation Night club
Friday, June 10- Kingston, ON Elixer
Saturday, June 11 - Ottawa, ON Barrymore's