DC Animated Universe

"They're Playing My Song" is the fifth episode of Static Shock. It first aired on November 11, 2000.


Rubberband Man breaks into a record company, trying to find the man who stole his hit song from him. A record executive says it was Ice-Pack. Ice-Pack is living off of RB Man's wealth now since he has that song.

Meanwhile, Richie and Virgil arrive at an abandoned gas station; Virgil is underwhelmed by this "Dump", but Richie suggests it become his new Superhero headquarters; meanwhile they notice RB Man chasing Ice-Pack, then RB Man sends a limo into the air, but Static managed to land a limo on safely. Static tries to talk with him, but RB Man defeats him and continues chasing Ice-Pack.

Back at his house, Robert makes Virgil get a job, so he applies at Burger Fool. When Frieda plays Ice-Pack's music, a person gets mad and walks out of the restaurant.

Meanvile at the Spire Record, while Ice-Pack is signing CDs for his fans, RB Man shows up and kidnaps him, putting him on top of a spire. RB Man claims to have written the music Ice-Pack raps to, but Ice-Pack has no idea what he's talking about. Accusing him of plagerism; Ice-Pack admits he only sings the lyrics; not write them. As such he gives him a name; of his producer.

At Burger Fool, Frieda runs in the shock, saying that "Snake Man" just put Ice-Pack on top of a spire, so Virgil sneaks out to go to the situation. When Ice Pack starts to fall, Static catches him. As it turns out, Ice-Pack's producer was the one who ripped him off. RB Man, whose real name is Adam Evans, confronts the producer, D.J. Rock. Arriving at the Producers mansion to demand a recognition and payment; D.J. Rock admits to it and offers him financial compensation; this trick works and he locks RB Man in a vault; with a airtight seal his air supply will inevitably run out and he'll die of asphyxiation.

Somewhere in Dakota Hills, Static shows up in producer mansion and figures out RB Man is stuck. Static frees him and RB Man immediately goes after the producer, trying to asphyxiate him. Static stops and taking producer on playground and chained him. Static tries to talk with RB Man, but no avail, he glued him on the carousel and defeats him. After that, RB Man and D.J., the producer, are both arrested, and D.J Rock swears that he will be free, but Static assures him that his theft is exposed. Unfortunately, Virgil learned he was fired.


Background information[]

Home video releases[]

Production notes[]

  • The original television broadcast included the line "Even Superman has a day job" when Richie welcomes Static to the Abandoned Gas Station of Solitude. This was removed from later broadcasts and the DVD release (leaving a long silence instead). When first produced, Static Shock was not part of the DCAU, and comic heroes were fictional in the show. After the second season, the line was cut as the series was absorbed into the DCAU.

Production inconsistencies[]

  • In the original credits, Jason Marsden is credited for the part of Rubberband Man, and Kadeem Hardison for Static. This was corrected for the DVD release.
  • When Sharon calls Virgil by his full name to get him to wake up, the closed caption on the scene incorrectly shows his middle name as "Albert" instead of "Ovid".



Actor Role
Phil LaMarr Static/Virgil Hawkins
Limo driver (uncredited)
Jason Marsden Richie Foley
Kadeem Hardison Rubberband Man/Adam Evans
Kevin Michael Richardson Robert Hawkins
Michele Morgan Sharon Hawkins
Terence Trent D'Arby D.J. Rock
Danica McKellar Frieda Goren
David Faustino Executive
Maria Canals Shelly Sandoval
Dispatch (uncredited)
Chris Clarke Back-up Singer

Uncredited appearances[]


Ice Pack: All right, dawg. It's my producer. That's who ripped him off.

Ice Pack: Huh? W-What? I mean, how?
Static: Your rappers certainly are an articulate bunch. What was that, freestyle?

DJ Rock: What are the odds I'd steal beats from one of those Bang Babies?
Henchman: Actually, they're pretty good, boss. You steal music from a lot of people.


  1. Dwayne McDuffie.com
  2. NEW STATIC SHOCK EPISODE - Comics Continuum (Nov 8, 2000)