That's vibranium, by the way. Captain America's shield is made out of vibranium, or, more specifically, a mixture of vibranium and proto-adamantium which was created by metallurgist Myron MacLain in an accidental discovery that occured when an unknown catalyst entered the mixture while MacLain was asleep, which is what makes Cap's shield unique, since the alloy cannot be duplicated. It's an interesting claim, because vibranium is not necessarily known for being hard. It's known for special properties that allow it to absorb all vibration, shock, and kinetic energy directed at it, making nearly indestructible when combined with the proto-adamantium to make Cap's shield. Adamantium, the metal alloy in Wolverine's claws, was created by MacClain in an attempt to reproduce the experiments that resulted in Cap's shield and is generally referred to as the strongest (or hardest) metal in the Marvel universe. However, the proto-adamantium is actually harder than adamantium, so in that regard, it makes an apt metaphor when illustrating one's sexual vitality as measured by the strength of one's erect penis, though a penis that neutralized all shock, vibration, and kinetic energy would likely make for a thoroughly frustating sexual experience.
What the hell am I talking about? Well, I just listened to Marvelous, a sonk by U.K. rap artist Conf, who contacted The Outhouse and asked us to check out his music, and one of the lines in his song, Marvelous, got me started on that tangent. Conf makes comic book/gaming/geek-themed hip hop music, which is as absurd and oddly appealing as it sounds. Listening to a dude that sounds (to my American ears) like Ali G rapping about wanting to bang Catwoman ("I wanted to penetrate her even before Halle Berry played her") over competent beats with animation that's both as good and as bad as the trailers Marvel is always putting out for its super-mega-crossover events is surreal for sure, but it's also, for some reason, satisfying.
Don't take my word for it, though. Check it out for yourself right here:
Conf isn't the first rapper to make rapping about comics his focus. A few years ago, an Australian rapper named Losty visited The Outhouse and invited us to check out his track:
Losty eventually ended up in a group called The Havknotz, and they've continued to make comic book themed rap:
But even putting aside the hardcore comic book rap scene, comics have had a place in rap for a long time. The Wu-Tang Clan's music contains multiple references to comic books in their lyrics, and some of their members even use the names of Marvel characters as aliases, like Ironman Tony Starks (Ghostface Killah) and Johnny Blaze (Method Man). The tradeoff works both ways as well, as evidenced by Ghostface's recent comic book foray, Five Reasons to Die (my review here), a comic book companion to an album of the same name, similar to shock rocker Alice Cooper's 1990s Neil Gaiman jaunt, Last Temptation, but with considerably less eye makeup.
Wu-Tang aren't the only well-known rappers to have strong comic book connections. In fact, the deeper you look, you'll find that comics seem to go hand in hand with rap music. There was the 2006 Public Enemy comic, pictured in the article image at the top. Eminem, who recently joined Iron Man on a variant cover for Mighty Avengers #3, is known to have been a comic book fan as a kid, and comic book artists have produced quite a few rap album covers. Comics Alliance collected some comic book and rap connections in an article back in 2009, and there are literally thousands more if you look deep enough.
So check out the videos above, and if you're a rap fan, tell us about more connections in the comments below. I'm no rap expert, preferring old school punk and metal, but I dabble a bit. I'm sure some of you have a lot more to share on this topic than me.