He played in several bands, including a Sonic Youth-like artpunk band in Hamburg for years (always with a different name), and was the first singer of “Niños con Bombas” (who threw him out due to excessive vocal weirdness but still remain friends). Jake started rapping in 1992 as his alter ego M.C. Eye, at a time when white rappers were still pariahs (with very few exceptions- ones like MC 900 Ft Jesus hmm, does anyone else see a spiritual likeness between these two?), first under the patronage of the tough gals of drum and bass, Die Patinnen, then with the Jonas Schoen Sextett and as the leader of the Jazz rap combo M.C. Eye & Blind Jazz. But it was in the Hamburg hiphop training camp Trainingslager that Jake learned to freestyle from his mentor/buddy/adopted son Mad Maxamom. The cross-styling also started soon thereafter, also with Max and with beatboxer Mark Boombastik in a band called No Berlin No, a trashpunkmetalrap band that made it a rule never to practice and still managed to entertain guests on stage like Peaches, Gonzales, and Maxwell from the Meteorites. Mark is seen again with Felix Kubin in Jakes other band, Anaerobic Robots (Gagarin Records).
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