We’re obviously huge fans of thrash titans Testament, and we love how outspoken guitarist Alex Skolnick has been against the January 6th Capitol riots and the conservative rhetoric that caused them. But now, Alex has launched a new rap persona, Skoly-D, as one half of a rap duo with Hu$h Money alongside rapper Kimmy G (AKA Kimmy Gordon), and has dropped a new song called “B.I.G. L.I.E.” to honor January 6th and decry the people who caused the riot.
As you can see below, and as you might have guessed, Skolnick doesn’t seem to be taking his rap career very seriously. “B.I.G. L.I.E.” is mostly him calling out conservatives for the mental acrobatics many of them have committed to surrounding the January 6th riots while throwing a middle finger at right-wing news syndicates. The video was shot “guerilla-style” by Frankie Fulleda, and takes place at Fox News HQ, so at least they went all out in committing to the project. Things get especially weird when Skolnick appears in a bathrobe and mustache as an embodiment of “slime time” news, but by that point no one is watching this video for its normalcy.
“B.I.G. L.I.E.” deals with plenty of non-laughing matters, yet we can all use a little comic relief,” claims Skolnick, who is also the song’s composer and producer. “What better way to point out the absurdity of it all than some classic rap grooves with humor inspired by the founding father of funny sociopolitical music, Mr. Zappa?
“We don’t expect to change any minds here, but hope that whether someone agrees with the song or not, they will — at the very least — be entertained. And for those who aren’t: We eagerly await your online rants and zingers. Make ’em good!”
Watch “B.I.G. L.I.E.” below. And don’t worry — Chuck Billy says Testament are working on new material right now, so this won’t become Alex’s full-time gig.
Words by Chris Krovatin