And now for something completely different . . . No, it’s not Monty Python; it’s Phoebe Xavier aka Professor Anarchy, “The (self-proclaimed) World’s Greatest Transsexual Rapper” and performance artist. Anarchy has recorded over 300 songs, released two full length digital solo albums and “been the prime contributor “to five additional albums as well. Xavier is also a frequent contributor to poetry slams and open mic nights and has rapped and recited all over the country from Philly to Los Angeles.
In fact, this well-traveled talent has even performed internationally: “(The) point is I have been all over the place rapping. I was in Tokyo for 8 hours and made sure I was hustlin’ CDs and spittin’ flows there!”
But how and why did Xavier take on this anarchistic persona? Actually it began decades ago when Xavier was born in New Jersey in the “late ‘70s”. She went to high school somewhere “near Philadelphia”.
Anarchy recalls writing her “first rap” with her “Aunt Dar at like age 6”. In fact, she has seemingly “always been into rap”. In fact, the first album/tape she owned was License to Ill by the Beastie Boys.
Anarchy would try college but drop out sometime “around ‘97”. Anarchy explains: “I didn’t like the cookie cutter status quo I was looking at.” This would also be the year she would start “getting serious about rap” and has “been writing & recording songs since 97-98” and has “been producing songs since about 2000”.
The new millennium witnessed the release of Anarchy’s 2001 digital debut disc The Irrelevant Recordings Compilation. This would garner Anarchy enough attention to be able to join with DJ Karizma and “a producer named Konscience” to form a Philadelphia, PA/Trenton, NJ-based group they christened Kolective Entelijence. They would join their talents together and the following year (2002) would release their own EP titled Telepathy.
The Kolective Entelijence was sufficiently encouraged by the reaction to their first release to put out another digital disc in 2004 titled Fenetik Entropy. In another two years, however, (2006) Anarchy would move on to another tuneful team-up. This would result in the release of the humorously titled Debtors Prism by ASK? & Anarchy.
Anarchy would even manage to score guest appearances on a couple of albums the following year (2007). Her individualistic rapping would appear on Clean Guns’Living in Harmony Mix Tape and Dr. Merkaba’s Samples of a Damaged Planet. 2008, however, would be an even bigger year for the rap artist.
Indeed, the year would include the release of Anarchy’s Video Killed the I Get No Radio Play Star. A work titled not only as a takeoff of MTV’s first music video but also as a statement on Anarchy’s struggle to get her digital ditties heard by a larger audience. Anarchy would once more gig with ASK? As a guest artist on the Too Much Acid release. The well-traveled, nomadic performer even appeared at the National Poetry Slam in 2008 in Australia. Before returning home to the US Anarchy would also perform “in Sydney Australia as well as Newcastle & Canberra”.
Anarchy would soon have personal struggles but would not be deterred from making herself heard. 2009 highlights would include the release of another solo work TheComedian Rapist as well as appearances on EMER’s Vandalismmm and Mekz One’s Spellcast: Issue One. The following year would find Anarchy’s talents tracked onto Future Robot Monster’s A Post Apocalyptic Survival Guide to Beats that are Crunching.
Despite fighting to keep a roof over her head, Anarchy demonstrated remarkable determination in continuing to produce her personal brand of rap. She even appeared at three popular underground venues in L.A. including: The Baccus, The Cozy Castle—home of Insects Vs, Robots—and Sludge Mansion—“the home of The Shrine”. Anarchy will make a guest appearance on ¡MOLLY!’s ¡MOLLY! 5 and hopes to soon be releasing two solo projects: The FUN Mixtape which will include your crusty chronicler’s personal favorite “Laughing Man”, “It’s All Baby Jesus” and “MUG” and another release titled Written Apology. At present, Anarchy says: “I am currently promoting my new single on iTunes/Amazon “Join My Cult!!”. If Anarchy gets out of the music industry what she is putting into it she cannot help but become successful.
My name is Phoenix and . . . that’s the bottom line.