OK, so we mentioned this last time we rounded up funny musicians. But Mos is a genuinely funny guy — particularly his best moments on Chapelle’s Show.
When Public Enemy first appeared to terrify conservative talk-show hosts, they cut a remarkable image: two angry men in baseball hats and LA Raiders jackets, three black-clad dudes in sunglasses who looked like they were in some sort of paramilitary organization… and an outlandish skinny jester with gold teeth and an oversized clock around his neck. In the group’s glory days, Flav’s frequently hilarious interjections provided much-needed color and comic relief to Public Enemy’s records and performances, preventing them from becoming overwhelmingly polemic. In later years, he’s sullied his legacy somewhat with Flavor of Love, but remains a larger-than-life personality and one of the world’s great originals.
“Humor in hip-hop is important to me because I feel like I like to laugh and I love watching comedies so of course it comes through in my music,” Ludacris told ArtistDirect a while back. He’s not wrong – who else, for instance, would create an entire track based around retelling the story of an Eddie Murphy movie? He’s also got a way with a one-liner (like Word of Mouf‘s memorable description of women like “real life Scratch-n-Sniff stickers”).