Actress Abbie Cornish reveals secret identity: MC Dusk

By day, Abbie Cornish cries and laughs on camera; by night, she takes the stage as rapper “MC Dusk” – or just “Dusk.” She has a unique voice and a tastefully new sound for this genre of music. Cornish is ready to turn her second talent into a career, and the world of acting has previously prepared her for the world of merciless criticisms and honest reviews.

Cornish maintains a busy acting career. One of her earlier films was “Candy,” where she played Candy, an on-again, off-again drug addict, alongside Heath Ledger. Her highest rated movie was “Seven Psychopaths,” where she plays Colin Farrell’s nagging girlfriend. The movie she is most known for would be “Sucker Punch,”  where she played one of the five girls who tries to escape a mental institution alongside Vanessa Hudgens. She is currently working on costarring with Gerard Butler for his upcoming film “Geostorm.”

Cornish strives to no longer be known as “just an actress.”

Media is divided into movies, music, and reality TV. These categories are not set in stone, allowing those trapped inside to choose the label they really want.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson went from WWE wrestler to well-known actor (“Hercules,” “The Game Plan” ). Justin Timberlake broke from his singing career to act for “Friends with Benefits” next to Mila Kunis. Joey McIntyre became a TV actor in addition to singing with the other “New Kids on the Block.” Miley Cyrus went from being Hannah Montana to being…well, Miley Cyrus.

I think we can all say that the singing actor and the acting singer is not as unusual as it used to be.

Occasionally we might have a rapper turned actor: LL Cool J is a lead character for “NCIS: Los Angeles” and Eminem had a cameo appearance on “The Interview.”  Lonnie Lynn Jr. – more commonly known as “Common” – balances between movies and music. Sometimes he will combine the two, as in his duet with John Legend for the movie “Selma.”

How many famous celebrities can say that they went from actor/actress to rapper?

On Dec. 29, Cornish announced that she would go on tour with American rapper, Nas. A few days later, she released her first single: “Way Back Home.”

The initial news received a range of comments, with a large percentage commenting on her race and/or her gender.

(comments from "Sydney Morning Herald")
(comments from “Sydney Morning Herald”)

But the commentators are missing the main point: the music.

Cornish told Daily Mail, “[Acting] was paying the bills. Music was still a big part of my life, but it wasn’t public… what was missing, was making music and sharing music.”

Once the audience got past the physical barrier, their judgements evolved to focus more on her performance as a musician rather than the colorr of her skin color or her gender.

“Way Back Home” earned mixed reactions (on her “Soundcloud” page) but a large majority of them were positive.

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She is unique in comparison to other hit artists. She is different from Eminem because she does not follow his style of increasing volume with each lyric and dark tones. She is different from Kanye West because the music is not necessarily something you would hear on the radio. She is different from Nicki Minaj because the sound is not something typically danced to.

“Way Back Home” keeps a beat that is easy to head-bob to but has an original tune that is hard to get out of your head. It is not clouded by machine noise from laptops, like modern dance remixes. What makes this song more refreshing than what our ears are used to is the lyrics: they are not based on love life gone wrong. The poetry focuses on the journey of finding that one place you can call home.

Cornish’s outbreak is similar to Eminem. It took a while for fans to accept Eminem as a serious rapper primarily because his race whereas Dusk will be handling the haters through race and gender. If she continues to follow Eminem in his plan to success, she should have nothing to worry about. Her perseverance is just as strong as her voice.

Dusk is currently touring in Australia, while she simultaneously continues to work on her first album. If the rest of her songs are anything like her first single, I believe her second shot at her music career will be bigger and better.


Author: Nhi Le

Nhi Le – aka Nikki – joins The Eye for her third and final year as a senior. She enjoys comic books, crime novels, and an excessive use of verbal irony.

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