Stream Mania is sweeping the globe (especially Europe, according
to the group's webpage),
and there seems to be no end in sight. Their edgy lyrics and
social commentary are combined with a hard-hitting beat, and
the result is obviously a recipe for success. Just recently,
NinjaCulture's Nathan had a chance to sit down with MC Jackswitch
and SerialC00L, the boys from I/O Stream, and see what they
had to say.
Please introduce yourselves.
Jackswitch: We are I/O Stream, famous gangsta rappas a.k.a.
nerd-core hip hop.
We provide the perfect blend of Programming and Gangsta rap
for the general Programming/Hip Hopping public
As 'gangsta rappas', one would expect your music to be very
explicit. Is it?
Our music is massively explicit, especially from a programmers
point of view.
The concepts and ideas that we express in our lyrics are incredibly
controversial, because we go against all new programming protocols,
writing code in a previously unheard of style, and using our
status as supastar gangsta rappas to get the message to the
Some of the programmers I've met are timid and easily frightenable
people. Doesn't this style scare people like that away? How
did you get so popular among that crowd?
Our goal is to take some of these timid programmers, and scare
the crap out of them.
We mainly aim at non-programmers who arent as timid,
and try to convert them to our fast-paced way of life, and
choose DOS as the OS of choice.
SC: And make the timid ones crap themselves!
So you intentionally frighten and offend, like Ronald McDonald?
Yes, very much like that.
SC: Did you see his new TV ad? Wow!
Yes, that was really something. So how was the group formed?
One day we noticed a serious lack of gangsta rappers writing
about computer programming. Naturally we tried to solve the
SC: And BOOM! There we were, mixin it up and spreading
the word, YO!
Were you immediately popular? Or did it take time to build
It took a while to record our first single, and in about an
hour, we were already getting record contracts shoved in our
MC: After our fourth single was released, we were asked to
play at the half-time show at the SuperBowl.
SC: Naturally, we turned it down. We're just too freaking
cool for that crap!
There's rumors of a music video in the works, but do you have
any plans for a tour?
A tour is being planned when and if we release our first CD.
SC: We're hoping to get into the Fargodome!
MC: We are currently trying to find enough security staff
to accommodate for our psychotic groupies who follow us around
SC: Not like wed need them. Have you seen my biceps?
(editor's note: his biceps
are truly amazing)
Now, I know a lot of fans would be upset if I didn't ask this
question: Who are the "TC Elite Team" that you refer
to in your music?
We cant legally reveal that information due to a controversial
I see. Does this have anything to do with the group's rumored
involvement with 'software piracy'?
Na, it had more to do with the illicit material released
I did some digging and found out that SerialC00L was connected
to a series of assaults on a particular tree outside of the
Garden Valley Collegiate library. Care to comment?
WHY DOES EVERYONE KEEP BRINGING THIS UP?! Ive done my
time, Ive learned what tree abuse can result in.
I've had a question or two submitted via email from some readers,
and I'll ask you those now. This one is by Stan, from Alberta.
"You guys are total crap. I absolutely can't believe
how horrible you are. All the stuff you rap about is obsolete.
Why would you go through all the trouble to release an entire
WHAT? Why dont you tell that (expletive deleted)
to (explicit phrase deleted) himself!!
SC: Yo! And go (expletive deleted) your (expletive
deleted) then eat it! JERK!
MC: We dont have to take this (expletive deleted).
THIS INTERVIEW IS (expletive deleted) OVER YO!!
SC: (expletive deleted) WORD!
was obviously the end of the interview. Their refusal to answer
certain questions obviously hints at a shady past, common
for most rap stars, but one thing is certain; the world has
not yet heard the last of I/O Stream.
I/O Stream Page (contains downloadable versions of
their hit singles)