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Eminem may get all the press as rap’s “great white hope,” but besides the color of our skin, he and I have about as much in common as ODB and Urkel. So who’s gonna represent for all us hiphop heads who also happen to be white, suburban-born, college-educated sci-fi geeks? Even if you don’t know his name or face, chances are you already know the voice of MC Chris from his work on the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block, where he’s portrayed Sealab 2021’s perennially pissed-off Hesh, as well as Aqua Teen Hunger Force’s perennially reincarnated, diabolically insane rapper MC Pee Pants. But Chris is a real rapper off-screen (his first album is available as a free download via his Web site), whether he’s singing the praises of getting crunk on cough syrup in “The Tussin,” or delivering a first-person bio (“Fett’s Vette”) of the most ruthless bounty hunter in the galaxy—told with an obsessive attention to detail only a card-carrying Lucas dork could understand. Although his constant references to Star Wars, comic books, cartoons, and other pop-culture minutiae place him squarely within the confines of the “nerdcore” hiphop subgenre (with such other luminaries as MC Frontalot and MC Paul Barman), MC Chris is really just talking about where he’s from and what he knows—which is, after all, hiphop in its truest form. Let your geek flag fly when MC Chris performs at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at Jaxx, 6355 Rolling Road, West Springfield. $12. (703) 569-5940. (Jason Powell)