“Niggas always wanna hate. ‘Oh, he ain’t writin his shit. Oh, he ain’t recordin’ it. Oh, he ain’t alive.’ So the FUCK WHAT? Haters always gotta down someone tryna do something with his afterlife,” Nathan Smith, manager of legally dead rapper MC Bern, says passionately.
While Smith ranted, Bern sat slumped in a nearby chair with a dead expression, dead.
That’s the default for Bern, a legally dead artist whose newest album, Top 5 Dead Not Alive, is quickly rising on iTunes. The hysteria around the Atlanta artist, who died in December from an overdose of codeine and promethazine, has reached a fever pitch that far eclipsed his career when he was alive.