Well, this article should be a learning experience for all: if there happens to be one language that I’m even worse at than German, it’s the Star Trek based vocabulary of Klingon. Coincidentally, this covers both languages. Also coincidentally, you don’t need to speak a lick of either to enjoy.
The powerfully foreheaded rock God you see in the banner picture above is German rapper Klenginem and, believe it or not, his musical legacy almost never was. I say this because up until 2003 no one had ever really attempted to wield the musical hammer of Klingon-inspired rap music before and Klenginem admits originally he started his musical act as a joke amongst friends…and then the thunder followed.
Growing up on the Klingon starbase Morska, it was no problem for Klenginem – whose real name is Quvar muHwI’ valer – to receive the most different kinds of communication waves, among which also the terran rap-music.
As a communications officer, it was no problem for him to adapt the songs to the klingon music, and then he presented his first try to the warriors of the Dark Vengeance Fleet. To make his pseudonym, he used the name of a famous terran rap-singer, from the “Klingon Eminem” he got the name “Klenginem”.
As the response was larger than expected, having fans up til high command, Klenginem made several new songs. To reach a larger audience, and become famous throughout the galaxy, some of the songs were also sung in federation standard, and some terran and Klingon melodies folksongs were included into Klenginem’s repertoire. [official website]
Laugh all you want at the expense of his Comic Con accessories, but I think it really says something about a dude when despite dressing up as a Klingon for the past seven years he has more street credibility than Snow. After the jump be sure and catch Klenginem’s
only video for SuvwI’pu’ qan tu’lu’be’. It’s a torrid lyrical story of love and deception…oh yeah, need I remind you that it is also completely grammatically correct for Klingon.
Some called it the greatest performance ever. Klenginem called it Thursday night. Enjoy video and gallery of other potential Klingon pop music superstars!
Special thanks to GreatWhiteSnark for the tip.