By Stan Hopewell
TIJUANA, Mexico – After rap mogul Gray Matter debuted an android of the late Mic-D last month, many people wondered about the ethics of such a decision. Now, Gray Matter debuted his late partner as a clone at a concert in Tijuana.
“People were complaining about his jerky movements,” said Gray Matter after the show, “but now he ain’t a robot. Now he’s a real human being, yo!”
Indeed, the cloned Mic-D’s movements were much more fluid than the android, but most concert-goers did not initially recognize that it wasn’t just an actor playing the part. “From a hundred feet away, it’s just some dude, you know?” said Janet Mayer, an American who came to Tijuana to see this show. It was a sentiment carried by most of the audience of 10,000, but afterwards, Gray Matter showed him off the media.
“This is the real deal, my [expletive] [expletive],” he said. “We’re going to blow this [expletive] up!”
The Mic-D clone seemed overwhelmed by the attention, seeing as he was technically only two months old despite having an adult body. Gray Matter didn’t allow him to speak or interact with the media and quickly ducked back into their tour bus without taking questions.
One of the questions repeatedly asked was about the moral quandaries of resurrecting a deceased friend for monetary gain without the deceased’s consent. Concert-goers seemed put off when they learned the news. “Oh my God, I can’t believe he said that,” said Juanita Hermanos. “Why can’t they leave the dead alone? Don’t they know that’s bad luck?”
“What? No, that was just an actor, right? No way someone would be so stupid to do that to their friend,” said Carlos Estes.
“Ew,” said Stacy Paul.
There were other lingering questions as well: Where did the android go? Where did Gray Matter get the money or genetic material to clone Mic-D? Did his family consent to it? And how is he going to tour the U.S., where cloning is illegal? It’s no coincidence that the cloned Mic-D was debuted in Mexico. He was likely bred there as well as Mexico has more lenient cloning laws.
Reporters crowded Gray Matter’s tour bus, screaming questions at him. The bus pulled away, and Gray Matter leaned out the window, flipping everyone off. The cloned Mic-D did the same but used the wrong fingers.