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Encyclopedia > Nerdcore hip hop

Nerdcore hip hop, or geeksta rap, is a subgenre of hip hop music that is performed by nerds or geeks, and is characterized by themes and subject matter considered to be of general interest to nerds, though it can appeal to others as well. Self-described nerdcore musician MC Frontalot coined the term in 2000 in the song "Nerdcore Hiphop". Frontalot, like most nerdcore artists, self-publishes his work and has released much of it for free online. As a niche genre, nerdcore generally holds to the DIY ethic, and has a strong amateur tradition of self-publishing and self-production.[1] This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... For other uses, see Nerd (disambiguation). ... The word geek is a slang term, noting individuals as a peculiar or otherwise dislikable person, especially one who is perceived to be overly intellectual.[1] Formerly, the term referred to a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live... For other uses, see Nerd (disambiguation). ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ... See also: 2000 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2000 Record labels established in 2000 // John Tavener is knighted in the New Years Honours List. ... Online means being connected to the Internet or another similar electronic network, like a bulletin board system. ... The DIY ethic (do it yourself ethic) refers to the ethic of being self-reliant and doing things yourself as opposed to paying others to do it. ...


Though nerdcore rappers rhyme about anything from dextromethorphan (mc chris, "the tussin"), politics (Frontalot, "Special Delivery"; MC Lars "UK Visa Versa"; Futuristic Sex Robotz, “Fuck the MPAA”), and even science fiction (Futuristic Sex Robotz, “Positronic Pimp”), there are some perennial favorites in nerdcore subject matter, including Star Wars (Frontalot, "Yellow Lasers"; 2 Skinnee J's, "Mind Trick"; mc chris, "Fett's Vette"; MC Lars, "Space Game"), science (MC Hawking, "Entropy"; 2 Skinnee J's, "Pluto"), and computers (Optimus Rhyme, "Reboot"; Monzy, "Drama in the PhD"; MC Plus+, "Computer Science for Life"). Making music about these topics does not make one automatically nerdcore—they are also popular themes in geek rock, filk, and other nerd-centric genres; the combination of hip hop and the subject matter makes them nerdcore. Somewhat less straightforwardly, there are hip hop artists who have recorded compositions which focus on similar topics, but who are not generally considered nerdcore. (An example would be Blackalicious, who are generally agreed to not be nerdcore artists despite science-oriented songs like "Chemical Calisthenics".) Conversely, one does not need to concentrate on those topics to be nerdcore: most of the songs by both of the undisputed leaders of the genre, Frontalot and mc chris, do not focus narrowly on stereotypically nerdy topics. The difference is largely one of self-identification; Blackalicious do not identify as "nerds", while Frontalot and chris both do.[2] It has been suggested that Triple C be merged into this article or section. ... Chris Ward IV (born September 2, 1975), otherwise known as mc chris, is a rapper, voice actor, and improvisational comedian born in Illinois, U.S.. He attended Art Institute of Chicago, and New York Universitys (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts. ... For other uses, see Politics (disambiguation). ... Andrew Robert Nielsen (born October 6, 1982) is an American rapper, known by his stage name MC Lars. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... This article is about the series. ... 2 Skinnee Js is the name of a musical band, sometimes characterized as nerdcore hip hop. ... Lifes a Bitch and Im Her Pimp is a nerdcore hip hop album by artist mc chris, released in 2001. ... A magnet levitating above a high-temperature superconductor demonstrates the Meissner effect. ... MC Hawking is a fictional nerdcore artist who gained some popularity in the early 2000s, largely due to the availability of his music on the Internet. ... This article is about the machine. ... Optimus Rhyme is a hip hop quartet from Seattle, Washington, occasionally aided by Rapper Broken English. ... photo of Monzy Dan Maynes-Aminzade (aka Monzy) is a Nerdcore hip-hop artist, programmer and PhD student at Stanford. ... Cover of Algorhythms Armand Navabi (aka MC Plus+) is a Nerdcore hip-hop artist, programmer and PhD student at Purdue. ... John Flansburgh and John Linnell of They Might Be Giants. ... Filk is a form of music created from within fandom, and performed generally late at night at science fiction conventions. ... Musical composition is a phrase used in a number of contexts, the most commonly used being a piece of music. ... Blackalicious is an American alternative hip hop duo. ...


The word "nerdcore" is also occasionally used as an adjective to describe a "hardcore nerd" (that is, someone who publicly takes pride in being nerdy) or anything which is nerdy to an extreme level.

Nerdcore rappers: MC Frontalot and band, MC Lars, Optimus Rhyme, Luke Ski and The Former Fat Boys

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Sound

Nerdcore has no unifying musical sound, and the sound of nerdcore varies wildly from MC to MC. One common theme, especially in the early days of the genre, is uncleared sampling. MC Frontalot addressed this directly in his 1999 song "Good Old Clyde", a thank you of sorts to Clyde Stubblefield for the "funky drummer" break - which, of course, was sampled to provide the song's beat. Sources for samples in nerdcore range from Vanilla Ice ("Ninja Rap", sampled in mc chris's "Bad(dd) Runner)") to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ("Rondo Alla Turca", in MC Plus+'s "Computer Science for Life"). YTCracker's Nerdrap Entertainment System is an entire album made up primarily of samples from 8-bit Nintendo games. Though some artists have moved away from this—Frontalot, for example, completely remixed several songs to remove uncleared samples before releasing them commercially on his 2005 album Nerdcore Rising—it is still quite common, as most nerdcore tracks are released non-commercially and thus attract little to no attention from the RIAA. This article is about reusing existing sound recordings in creating new works. ... See also: 1999 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1999 Record labels established in 1999 // January 7 After eight years of marriage, Rod Stewart and supermodel wife Rachel Hunter announce their separation. ... Clyde Stubblefield is a drummer best known for his work with James Brown. ... The funky drummer break is one of the most used sampled drum loops in hip-hop and drum and bass music, together with the Amen break, which is more related to drum-and-bass. ... For other uses, see Break. ... Robert Matthew Van Winkle (born October 31, 1968), better known as Vanilla Ice, is a Grammy Award nominated, American Music Award winning American rapper and actor known mostly for the 1990 single Ice Ice Baby. ... “Mozart” redirects here. ... The first two bars of Sonata in A, K331 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts Piano Sonata No. ... Bryce Case, Jr. ... 8-bit refers to the number of bits used in the data bus of a computer. ... “NES” redirects here. ... See also: 2005 in heavy metal music 2005 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2005 Record labels established in 2005 Albums released in 2005 January 1 - In most of Europe, copyright expired on a number of classic pop and rock-and-roll songs recorded in 1954 and earlier, including... Nerdcore Rising (spine title: NERDC0R3 R1S1N6) is the official debut disc by Nerdcore rapper MC Frontalot. ... RIAA redirects here. ...


Several DJs have provided beats and done remixes for multiple nerdcore artists, most notably Baddd Spellah, who currently mixes the majority of Frontalot's tracks. Spellah also won mc chris's remix competition in 2004. A remix is an alternative version of a song, different from the original version. ... See also: 2004 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2004 Record labels established in 2004 2000s in music. ...


History of nerdcore

The term "nerdcore hip hop" was coined in 2000 by MC Frontalot. However, prior to that time artists as varied as the Kool Keith, Deltron 3030, MC 900 Ft. Jesus, and Daniel Dumile began exploring topics far outside of the traditional hip hop culture, including stereotypically "nerdy" topics like space and science fiction. Though these underground artists were generally outside of geek culture and are not considered nerdcore, they can be said to have set the stage for artists like Frontalot, who has listed several of them as influences. Nerdcore had clear influences from geek culture as well, including geek rockers like They Might Be Giants, parodists like "Weird Al" Yankovic (who released a rap called "It's All About The Pentiums" in 1999 and "White & Nerdy" in 2006), and others. Keith Matthew Thornton (born c. ... Deltron 3030 is a supergroup of hip hop artists, composed primarily of producer Dan the Automator, rapper Del tha Funkee Homosapien and DJ Kid Koala, all of whom also worked on the Gorillaz self titled debut album. ... MC 900 Ft. ... Daniel Dumile (IPA: duːməhːlayɪ) (born January 9, 1971) is an American hip hop artist who has taken on several stage names in his career - originally Zen Love X, most famously MF DOOM, and in side projects such as King Geedorah, Metal Fingers, Viktor Vaughn, and collaboration projects... John Flansburgh and John Linnell of They Might Be Giants. ... This article is about the musical group. ... This article is about the musician himself. ... Its All About The Pentiums is a song by Weird Al Yankovic. ... See also: 1999 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1999 Record labels established in 1999 // January 7 After eight years of marriage, Rod Stewart and supermodel wife Rachel Hunter announce their separation. ... Straight Outta Lynwood track listing White & Nerdy Pancreas Canadian Idiot Ill Sue Ya Polkarama! Virus Alert Confessions Part III Weasel Stomping Day Close But No Cigar Do I Creep You Out Trapped in the Drive-Thru Dont Download This Song White & Nerdy is the second single from Weird... See also: 2006 in British music Musical groups established in 2006 Record labels established in 2006 // January – James Nicholl, drummer of Pay*Ola became ill and was admitted to hospital. ...


By 2005, the new subgenre of 'geeksta rap', (named for gangsta rap) had definitively emerged, largely independently of more traditional nerdcore. The difference was in both lyrics and attitude; the geeksta artists (mostly computer scientists) focused on proclaiming their prowess with computers and other technical abilities. This braggadoccio led to the first nerdcore feud, between MC Plus+ and Monzy.[3] For the Ice T album, see Gangsta Rap (album). ... Computer science, or computing science, is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation and their implementation and application in computer systems. ... Cover of Algorhythms Armand Navabi (aka MC Plus+) is a Nerdcore hip-hop artist, programmer and PhD student at Purdue. ... photo of Monzy Dan Maynes-Aminzade (aka Monzy) is a Nerdcore hip-hop artist, programmer and PhD student at Stanford. ...


Nerdcore artist MC Lars achieved some mainstream success with "Download This Song" in 2006, especially in Australia. The single received sustained radio play and the video was regularly featured on pay-television channels. It spent eight weeks on the ARIA charts, peaking at #29. Andrew Robert Nielsen (born October 6, 1982) is an American rapper, known by his stage name MC Lars. ... Download This Song is the second single from MC Lars fifth studio album, The Graduate, and features Jaret Reddick of Bowling for Soup. ... See also: 2006 in British music Musical groups established in 2006 Record labels established in 2006 // January – James Nicholl, drummer of Pay*Ola became ill and was admitted to hospital. ... The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) is a trade group representing the Australian recording industry. ...


Notable nerdcore artists

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MC Frontalot performing in April 2007.

There is no canonical definition of nerdcore. The most general definition of a nerdcore artist would be "a rapper who is also a nerd". However, not everyone accepts this. Some limit the genre to artists who openly proclaim themselves as "nerdcore", which automatically precludes any artists who stopped recording before Frontalot coined the term in 2000. Others consider bands to be nerdcore if they are called nerdcore by other nerdcore artists. Many automatically exclude artists who have been released on a major label and/or had some level of commercial success, while others consider this irrelevant. Further, "notability" is somewhat hard to define in a nerdcore context, due to two facts: almost all nerdcore is self-produced and self-distributed, and the genre has not broken into mainstream success. Any list is therefore inherently incomplete and subjective. That said, any list of major players (past and present) in the nerdcore scene would include most if not all of the following: Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Wikiquote is one of a family of wiki-based projects run by the Wikimedia Foundation, running on MediaWiki software. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other uses, see Mainstream. ...

Keith A. Moore (born December 15, 1985), is a Nerdcore rapper, Flash animator, and webcomic artist from Pasco, Washington better known by the stage name Beefy[1] [2]. In 2005, Moore produced two independent EPs, The Whitesican EP and nerd. ... The band Commodore 64 (named after the 1980s computer of the same name) was one of the pioneers of the hip hop music sub-genre known as geeksta rap or nerdcore. ... Jesse Dangerously Jesse Dangerously is an alternative hip hop artist from Halifax, Nova Scotia. ... Chris Ward IV (born September 2, 1975), otherwise known as mc chris, is a rapper, voice actor, and improvisational comedian born in Illinois, U.S.. He attended Art Institute of Chicago, and New York Universitys (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts. ... This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ... MC Hawking is a fictional nerdcore artist who gained some popularity in the early 2000s, largely due to the availability of his music on the Internet. ... Andrew Robert Nielsen (born October 6, 1982) is an American rapper, known by his stage name MC Lars. ... Cover of Algorhythms Armand Navabi (aka MC Plus+) is a Nerdcore hip-hop artist, programmer and PhD student at Purdue. ... Kristin Ritchie , (1986), is a Nerdcore rapper, better known by the stage name MC Router. ... photo of Monzy Dan Maynes-Aminzade (aka Monzy) is a Nerdcore hip-hop artist, programmer and PhD student at Stanford. ... Optimus Rhyme is a hip hop quartet from Seattle, Washington, occasionally aided by Rapper Broken English. ... Shael Riley is a Nerdcore hip hop rapper and guitarist currently residing New York City, NY. His music first became widely known on the Internet through Overclocked Remix due to a song called Zelda, Music Of My Groin, which pokes fun, or tributes, depending on the listeners point of... Bryce Case, Jr. ... Beau Faasamala (born 1983) is an American rapper and producer from Oceanside, California known as ZeaLouS1. ...

Film

Currently two feature length documentaries about the world of Nerdcore Hip-Hop are in the works, Nerdcore Rising and Nerdcore For Life. Nerdcore Rising, directed by New York filmmakers Negin Farsad and Kimmy Gatewood, follows Nerdcore pioneer MC Frontalot as he embarked on his first US tour in 2006.[4] Nerdcore For Life by Chicago director Dan Lamoureux examines the genre as a whole and contains appearances by over two dozen of the best known performers in the scene.[5] Both films are currently in post-production. Negin Farsad is a comedian, writer and actor. ...


External links

  • Nerdcorehiphop.org Contains most up-to-date nerdcore hip-hop news.
  • Rhyme Torrents A nerdcore hip-hop forum that many artists frequent.
  • Nerdcore Rising A documentary following MC Frontalot on his first US tour. Currently in production (trailer)
  • Nerdcore For Life A documentary film that profiles the world of Nerdcore Hip-Hop. Now in post-production.(trailer)

References

  1. ^ Refrain of the Nerds The Boston Globe. November 4th, 2007
  2. ^ Dungeons, Dragons and Dope Beats The New York Times. August 5th, 2007
  3. ^ Geeksta Rappers Rhyme Tech Talk. EE Times. February 13th, 2006.
  4. ^ Nerdcore Rising vaguelyqualifiedproductions.com
  5. ^ Nerdcore For Life Canvas Magazine. April 2007.




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