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The Dueling Nerdcore Documentaries

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the both-of-you-break-out-your-magic-deck dept.

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Colin Reuter writes "There are not one but two feature-length documentary films in the works about the burgeoning nerdcore hip-hop scene. Nerdcore Rising from indie company Vaguely Qualified Productions in NY focuses on the founder of the "movement," MC Frontalot, and features MC Hawking, mc chris, Weird Al Yankovic, Brian Posehn, Daily Show personnel, and dozens of aspiring nerdcore rappers from around the country. The competing movie, Nerdcore For Life from Chicago's Crapbot Productions covers many of the same personalities, getting the backstory on more than twenty young nerd rappers including ytcracker, MC++, and Lords of the Rhymes. With two movies duking it out, the print edition of Wired profiling the rappers, and the Associated Press getting onboard, is nerdcore going to turn into a legitimate subgenre? Or will this always be our dirty little secret?"

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Is nerdcore going to become a legitimate subgenre? (4, Insightful)

daveschroeder (516195) | more than 7 years ago | (#17257550)

No, and yes.

Seriously, ANYTHING can be a "subgenre" of something, and you'll always be able to find someone or group out there who likes anything. The answer is, it's already a "subgenre".

If the question is, "Will nerdcore ever be popular beyond my really small group of friends and I who never get laid?" then the answer is, "No."

Re:Is nerdcore going to become a legitimate subgen (3, Insightful)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 7 years ago | (#17257654)

If the question is, "Will nerdcore ever be popular beyond my really small group of friends and I who never get laid?" then the answer is, "No."


I don't know about that. The article mentions Weird Al Yankovich, who was nerdcore before there was name for it. He's made himself quite a living doing what he does and has gotten a whole lot of airplay. Will all nerdcore go as mainstream as Weird Al? No, but neither did all gangsta rap or all goth rock. But some of it snuck through, and I expect nerdcore will continue to grow in popularity. Do you know how many people I've heard with a fhqwgaads ringtone?

Re:Is nerdcore going to become a legitimate subgen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17257806)

I am sure about that.

The thing is, suburban non-nerd are not into pretending to be nerds.

All that other rap shit out there presents kids with a desirable (to them) image to try an emulate, who the fuck wants to emulate the nerd image.

It is funny shit if you ask me but will it ever be big? Abso-fucking-lutly NOT!

Re:Is nerdcore going to become a legitimate subgen (1)

east coast (590680) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258024)

who the fuck wants to emulate the nerd image.

Sadly, there are tons of poseurs where I work. They see "the IT guy" strolling along and they all want to know what is going down and most offer suggestions that are way off base. There's a ton of wannabes out there, without the resources to be what it is that they want to be they normally turn to pop culture to give themselves an identity.

Re:Is nerdcore going to become a legitimate subgen (4, Funny)

MECC (8478) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258286)

I'm also quite annoyed by people more into geek or nerd 'culture' than the intellectual pursuits which usually end up earning the honorable title of geek or nerd. People just into the look, sound, dress, or other surface effect just aren't.

Re:Is nerdcore going to become a legitimate subgen (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 7 years ago | (#17259360)

"All that other rap shit out there presents kids with a desirable (to them) image to try an emulate, who the fuck wants to emulate the nerd image."

For that matter...why can't there be a nerdcore ROCK movement? I'd love to be able to get into a movement with good music with melody, lead guitar, and a bassline that doesn't just drone on and on and on....

If you like rap..cool, but, we need a movement for the rest of us out there, that want something we can jam too that also has more musicality to it.

Re:Is nerdcore going to become a legitimate subgen (1)

hondo77 (324058) | more than 7 years ago | (#17259574)

For that matter...why can't there be a nerdcore ROCK movement?

Didn't Buddy Holly start one way back when? Just ask John Lennon [everything2.com] .

Re:Is nerdcore going to become a legitimate subgen (1)

Dorceon (928997) | more than 7 years ago | (#17259578)

Have you tried They Might Be Giants?

Re:Is nerdcore going to become a legitimate subgen (1)

Soygen (911358) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258054)

Those are just stupid nerds. They aren't emulating. ;)

Re:Is nerdcore going to become a legitimate subgen (-1, Troll)

carpe_noctem (457178) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258168)

But the question is, has Weird Al gotten laid yet? I would wager not....

Then again, maybe that's what was behind his decision to cut his hair and get lasek surgery...

Re:Is nerdcore going to become a legitimate subgen (0, Offtopic)

no reason to be here (218628) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258294)

But the question is, has Weird Al gotten laid yet?

uhh, he's married and has a kid. i'll let you come to your own conclusions.

Re:Is nerdcore going to become a legitimate subgen (1)

lysdexia (897) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258846)

I dunno. Since the Lasik and the perm, Al is actually a fairly good looking guy now. My former business partner is a very attractive female. She sweats his parodic ostimoticles.

Re:Is nerdcore going to become a legitimate subgen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17258994)

I would presume so, considering that he's a) married and b) has a daughter, which is more than can be said for most slashdotters. If not, then his wife is a cheating bitch, but who would cheat on a nice guy like Al? Anyway, Weird Al is far from being a nerd - it's an act; his career. He makes FUN of nerds. He MOCKS them. Mercilessly, and makes big money doing it.

Re:Is nerdcore going to become a legitimate subgen (1)

coleopterana (932651) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258626)

There's a huge difference in the artists featured and Weird Al, which is that Weird Al uses references and music that specifically DO appeal to larger numbers of people, and if they don't appeal to them, at least most people can get them. I think there's a specific group of people out there that want something that only they and a few people get (partly because it makes them feel good and elitist). That being said, it would have to be GOOD, in the ways that Weird Al can be considered good by SOME objective standards, to become any more popular, and it's not that. I'm subjected to that crap when I drive anywhere with my boyfriend, and having heard too many albums now, I feel very comfortable saying it's just NOT GOOD in any musical sense or genre. NOT trying to bait anyone, but it's not.

Re:Is nerdcore going to become a legitimate subgen (2, Informative)

Darthmalt (775250) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258194)

Some like Weird Al are already popular and others like MC Lars [mclars.com] are getting there. Their songs have mainstream appeal and do talk about other things than technology. They also don't get too overly technical with their songs that are more tech driven. However, others like ytcracker [ytcracker.com] who raps in java during one song are simply too geeky to be mainstream

Re:Is nerdcore going to become a legitimate subgen (1)

th3space (531154) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258202)

I don't know about that...there are some bands out there that, even to the members themselves, defy classification. Take, for example, The Blood Brothers and also Liars. More often than not, I've seen these two bands simply refered to as 'other' or 'unknown', simply because there is nothing to legitimately compare it to, even after their having been around for a while.

Of course, one could argue (and many do) that both bands are horrible and can only be qualified as 'crap', but still...not *everything* can/will be a subgenre unless there are more bands that get into producing like-minded music.

With regard to the question of Nerdcore, though...I honestly believe that it will transcend its small stature in the coming months/years, not because of an explosion in the amount of people who 'get it', but because of an explosion of kids/hipsters/scenesters who absolutely must like something kitsch.

The same could have once been said about UK Hip-Hop, or rapping Hasidic Jews...and, well...I think the facts speak for themselves, there. They may not be the next in line to inherit (insert popular hip-hop mogul here)'s throne, but they're certainly capable of selling vast amounts of albums and concert tickets.

Re:Is nerdcore going to become a legitimate subgen (0)

cultrhetor (961872) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258458)

Technically, there is no such thing as a "subgenre." According to Carolyn Miller, one of the most influential founders of the North American school of genre theory, "genre" is defined as a patterned set of responses to a recurrent rhetorical situation ("Genre as Social Action" Quarterly Journal of Speech, 1984).

Re:Is nerdcore going to become a legitimate subgen (1)

maxx_730 (909644) | more than 7 years ago | (#17259054)

Dude your sig is really messed up. It roughly translates into: "you he was, i you will be". It should be either "Tu fuisti, ego ero" or "Ego fui, tu eris". And remember that tu or ego are optional.

PS: Latin grammar nazi team please mod me up for this, kthanks :P

Re:Is nerdcore going to become a legitimate subgen (1)

DragonWriter (970822) | more than 7 years ago | (#17259176)

Technically, there is no such thing as a "subgenre."


Perhaps, but the rest of your post doesn't support that:

According to Carolyn Miller, one of the most influential founders of the North American school of genre theory, "genre" is defined as a patterned set of responses to a recurrent rhetorical situation ("Genre as Social Action" Quarterly Journal of Speech, 1984).


And...so? Leaving aside whether that's the best definition of genre to apply in this discussion, how does that rule out the existence of "subgenre"?

Please keep it a dirty little secret (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17257556)

I can't stand the shit that is on the radio now!

Rugged, easy-to-clean plastic laminates (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17257744)

children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult
each one is able to support more than 14 tons
and you can really see how big it is
and together they stretch for almost 1/4 mile
2.5 times the height of mount everest (the highest point on earth)
this super-imposed outline will give you an idea of its size
it's 370 miles wide at the base
and over 100 feet in length
but that's 40 miles from the opposite rim
and over 75,000 feet at the top
and that figure increases every year
Rugged, easy-to-clean plastic laminates are used on all the walls and surfaces
and that figure increases every year
the floors on which you are walking
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Re:Rugged, easy-to-clean plastic laminates (2, Funny)

thc69 (98798) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258004)

children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult
each one is able to support more than 14 tons
Wow, they must be on steroids or something...

Dude (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17257558)

Could you cram ANY more links into that friggin summary?

Re:Dude (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17257638)

Could you cram ANY more links into that friggin summary?
That's so that we all get to say "RTFA n00b" since no one will have read them all.

Besides, with a name like "colon router", what else would you expect from submitter?

Re:Dude (0, Offtopic)

kahei (466208) | more than 7 years ago | (#17257936)


Cram it, summary! Cram it wherever your species traditionally crams things!

Sorry.

Stuff That Matters (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17257608)

I don't care how much time cnn spends on the subject. Entertainment is NOT NEWS. Can we get on to stuff that matters?

Re:Stuff That Matters (4, Insightful)

revlayle (964221) | more than 7 years ago | (#17257668)

like what? Wii vs. PS3? Linux better than Microsoft? Microsoft bashing? book reviews on programming subject we have seen 100s of times? more crap about Stallman? your right and net neutrality or some other "web [VIRTUAL] atrocity" etc... etc...

None of it really matters, it's all just interesting to read. Not all of it, but there is something for all nerds here. Also, If I had mod points and this was not an AC post (as I just realized as I get to this point in my response), I would mod down.

HOLY LINKS, BATMAN! (1)

Ponga (934481) | more than 7 years ago | (#17257612)

:D

The Revolution (1)

Derosian (943622) | more than 7 years ago | (#17257644)

Rise up my fellow nerds for this is the day we always waited for, when we will be hailed as the new cool!

Seriously though, as the tech industry companies already depend on us, why not get a little fun in the music industry.

Re:The Revolution (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258078)

Rise up my fellow nerds for this is the day we always waited for, when we will be hailed as the new cool!
Ah, the epitome of nerd-dom. Nerds were the new cool a few years ago, but like true nerds, we all missed the trend. Brooklyn hipsters, even Manhattan hipsters, wore ill-fitting shirts, thick-rim glasses, etc. Messy hair, pale skin, all the easily identifiable nerd looks.

Cool-in-an-ironic-way, like the ironic mullet that some hipsters sported until last year or so.

Re:The Revolution (1)

prencher (971087) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258638)

So you're talking about moby?

Re:The Revolution (1)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 7 years ago | (#17259282)

Hi, Derosian. I'm a nerd too. I just found that out tonight. We have news for the beautiful people. There's a lot more of us then there are of you.

Competing? (3, Insightful)

Ripley29 (644468) | more than 7 years ago | (#17257682)

Why do these movies 'dueling' and 'competing'? Sounds like they're different takes on the same subject. Can't we watch both?

Re:Competing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17258156)

Contrived schism.

Re:Competing? (1)

sparkane (145547) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258340)

No. No, you can't. Any more stupid questions? ;)

Re:Competing? (1)

nutznboltz2003 (832752) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258820)

Any more stupid questions?
Does it run linux???

Re:Competing? (1)

idontgno (624372) | more than 7 years ago | (#17259506)

Heh.

There may be more stupid questions, but there are no questions more stupid.

The only solution... (2, Funny)

lawpoop (604919) | more than 7 years ago | (#17257760)

... is to have a VJ battle of the two documentaries and release the resulting mash-up.

You may think it's cool (1)

east coast (590680) | more than 7 years ago | (#17257762)

Pimp Daddy Welfare still rocks over any nerd core.

Just use Ubunti (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17257846)

One more reason why Assbuntu is Fedora/GNAA as the major community-led Linux distribution that aims to be easy to use.

Anyone else remember... (2, Informative)

Lord Agni (643860) | more than 7 years ago | (#17257872)

the ON [Original Nerd (C)] Netmaster 10baseT [packetstormsecurity.org] ?

Idiots (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17257932)

It only take a room full of idiots and a music exec. I suspect that we already have enough idiots and now all we need to do is wait for a music exec before we're stuck with another genre of crappy music. All hail the music industry for taking so many small time fads and turning them into massive trends for the masses. /optimism off

Re:Idiots (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17259688)

>> It only take a room full of idiots and a music exec

You win the redundancy of the day award.

It's time (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17257954)

Someone shoot me.

They're feature length, so? (1)

ryeinn (844805) | more than 7 years ago | (#17257962)

These sound interesting, but I have to wonder, if if they're released, where in the world will they be viewable? I mean, it's great that these are getting made, but pretty useless IMHO if the only place to see them is at some film festival that is inaccessible to the everyday person.

MC Chris (2, Funny)

Hubbell (850646) | more than 7 years ago | (#17257970)

The true hero of sealab!
Oh and...
My backpack's got jets
Cause I'm Boba the Fett

HELL YES! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17259068)

I don't even know who these other guys listed are (besides weird al), but mc chris is the only nerd rapper IMO; and he's funny as hell live.

Shudder (1, Redundant)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 7 years ago | (#17257974)

...and features MC Hawking, mc chris, Weird Al Yankovic, Brian Posehn, Daily Show personnel, and dozens of aspiring nerdcore rappers from around the country.

Weird Al is NOT an aspiring "nerdcode" rapper, and PLEASE for the love of God don't lump the proven genius that is Weird Al with these other obscure whatever-the-hell-they-ares.

Re:Shudder (1)

no reason to be here (218628) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258238)

Weird Al is NOT an aspiring "nerdcode" rapper

you're right. he's an ESTABLISHED nerdcore rapper. and if you don't think that "white and nerdy" or "all about the pentiums" do not qualify as nerdcore, then wtf does?

Re:Shudder (1)

no reason to be here (218628) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258268)

oops. double negative. sorry. my bad.

and i even previewed first...god i suck.

Re:Shudder (2, Interesting)

TodMinuit (1026042) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258272)

He's done two parodies which could be considered nerdcore. He's also parody grunge, R&B, country, and so on. Does that mean he's an established grunge, R&B, country, and so on artist? I think not.

Re:Shudder (4, Insightful)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258468)

you're right. he's an ESTABLISHED nerdcore rapper. and if you don't think that "white and nerdy" or "all about the pentiums" do not qualify as nerdcore, then wtf does?

A "nerdcore" rapper does music (to use the term loosely) in the style of rap -- that's their particular style. Weird Al does parody of music using the style of the original music. That he happens to do parodies of some rap songs does not making him an "aspiring" nerdcore rapper.

Re:Shudder (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#17259724)

you would be right, except he wrote the lyrics, and they certianly deserve the title nerdcore.

Plus, Wierd Al has been in the nerd culture as much as Monty Python, Douglas Adams, and video games.

Re:Shudder (3, Insightful)

Jerf (17166) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258526)

Well, if having three or four good "nerdcore" songs makes Weird Al a "nerdcore artist", then he's also a gangsta rapper and a pop musician and swing singer (or whatever you'd call that) and folk singer and apolka singer and a hip-hop artist and a Grunge artist and... you get the point.

I question the utility of labeling him that way. "Parodist" covers it best.

On his own throne, the boss like King Koopa (2, Interesting)

spezz (150943) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258006)

MF Doom [wikipedia.org] should be in this list. He's more "real" rap I suppose because he's got more street cred and Melanin than some of those listed, but he wears a damn Dr. Doom mask and has a whole supervillain persona.

Plus he's got Stan Lee samples on his albums. How dorky is that?

Also, have the older "rap is crap" crowd taken the day off because usually these stories have whole threads about how music died in the 60's?

Re:On his own throne, the boss like King Koopa (1)

Richard Steiner (1585) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258094)

Music died after the 70's. :-)

But what does "music" have to do with rap? :-) :-)

Re:On his own throne, the boss like King Koopa (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#17259508)

as opposed to all the wonderfull noise that came out of the 70's.*CoughDiscoDuckcough*

Sure some was great, but most was crap and lost in time. Like all eras of music.

Re:On his own throne, the boss like King Koopa (1)

businessnerd (1009815) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258350)

Also, have the older "rap is crap" crowd taken the day off because usually these stories have whole threads about how music died in the 60's?
zzzzzzz......zzzzzzzz......

zzzz{snarf}wwha...what? Who's there? Oh yeah rap sucks, Zeppelin rules, i'm going back to be...zzzzzzzz

older "rap is crap" crowd (1)

cascadingstylesheet (140919) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258432)

>Also, have the older "rap is crap" crowd taken
>the day off because usually these stories have
>whole threads about how music died in the 60's?

Maybe this stuff is so lame that it doesn't even
deserve comment :) Rap, after all, has enough
substance to be a worthy opponent ...

After all, this stuff is *designed* to be crap
(but *ironic* crap: "no, really, I'm not trying
lamely to act hip and cool by rapping, it's
ironic! It's beyond criticism!") :p

Weird Al, BTW, is exempt from the above ... he's
old enough for us old timers ;)

Re:On his own throne, the boss like King Koopa (1)

TheFlyingGoat (161967) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258552)

I love Doom and Danger Mouse (1/2 of Gnarls Barkley and 1/2 of Dangerdoom), but neither belong on this list. Both are excellent musicians and producers that sample some somewhat nerdy tracks and also dress up in cool outfits (see any Gnarls Barkley performance for an example) whenever they get a chance, but that doesn't make it nerdcore. If Jay-Z wore a superman cape and sampled the Batman song, that wouldn't make him nerdcore either. I think the thing that qualifies people as nerdcore is the content of their songs, not how they dress or the music they sample. I think through Doom's entire discography, only a couple songs could qualify as nerdcore.

That said, anyone that likes rap music (even those who aren't sure if they do or not) should check out MF Doom, Danger Mouse, and Dangerdoom. Really good stuff.

Re:On his own throne, the boss like King Koopa (2, Informative)

The-Bus (138060) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258656)

I think MF Doom does sort-of deserve to be on that list. I mean he did an entire album as King Geedorah [wikipedia.org] (spelling slight altered). He's also do an album with Danger Mouse as "Danger Doom" which included samples from Adult Swim cartoons like Space Ghost: Coast to Coast and Aqua Teen Hunger Force (on which mc chris, mentioned in TFA, has appeared).

But nerdcore, to some extent, has been around for a while. There was a band called Commodore 64 that released a "nerdcore" album in 1999 called The K-Minus Initiative that had titles like "Straight Outta CompUSA" and "Proof of the Reimann Mapping Theorem." I think the bandmembers included a mathematician and an economist.

The height of nerdcore, both in obtuse, intelligent/stupid rhymes and actual skill(?) in delivery, has to be MC Paul Barman. It's hard to describe his music: it's equally really funny bawdy sex jokes with very intelligent references. For example, when a woman refuses him sex, he sings, "My pissed of Jabrowski turned three colors like Krzysztof Kieslowski."

There's many others too, so this genre may have been coined recently, but that does not indicate its arrival.

Re:On his own throne, the boss like King Koopa (1)

Pope (17780) | more than 7 years ago | (#17259288)

"Everyone knows rock attained perfection in 1974. It's a scientific fact."

MC++?? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17258014)

You have got to be kidding me.

Anyway, my guess is that these people aren't actually smart - smart people don't like primitive non-music like hip-hop and rap - rather, they are just appropriating nerdiness in order to manufacture a new "scene".

Re:MC++?? (0, Troll)

sparkane (145547) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258490)

Your comment was rated insightful. I am guessing it was for the insight you displayed into those who like hip-hop and rap. Frankly, knowing your views, I'm surprised you don't like it more.

Re:MC++?? (4, Insightful)

Stefanwulf (1032430) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258684)

Of course - a smart crowd with large vocabularies could never be interested in a form of expression which relies heavily on the quality of the lyrics, rhymes, and meter. That's also why smart people generally avoid such primitive forms of non-art as poetry.

Mod Parent Down. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17258890)

Troll.

Re:Mod Parent Down. (0, Redundant)

un1xl0ser (575642) | more than 7 years ago | (#17259022)

Agreed. This is a troll.

Optimus Rhyme (1)

djdavetrouble (442175) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258034)

He stole his name from Petey Pablo. Optimus Rhyme was one of Petey's earlier monikers.

Bad start for a rapper , where originality is everything.

On the other hand, GREAT FUCKING NAME !

I learned all of this from TV, behind the music or some documercial.

Sucklord (1)

djdavetrouble (442175) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258102)

another hilarious name.
check out his supervillians video !
supervillians [stemspot.com]

Founder?!?? (2, Informative)

Buddy_Gilapagos (583062) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258128)

What about MC Paul Barman, Infesticons (and their alter egos the Majesticons), even El-P and Company Flow have been delving in these realms for years. Check them out if you never heard of them, you may like them even if you are not a fan of hip-hop.

Re:Founder?!?? (1)

dthree (458263) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258648)

Where Frontalot and other rap about geeky things, I would say that Barman is geeky about rapping and wordplay. His subject matter is not overtly geeky but the amount of dedication he has to the craft of rhyming it astounding.

Re:Founder?!?? (1)

adavies42 (746183) | more than 7 years ago | (#17259246)

And to quote MC Hawking,

Front coined the term but I make the claim
To be the progenitor of the nerdcore flow
So for all you nerds who be new to the show
You only exist with the Hawk's permission
But that's all good if you're down with the Hawk
So come on everybody it's time to rock!

I don't give a shit... (1)

logicassasin (318009) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258154)

"...is nerdcore going to turn into a legitimate subgenre? Or will this always be our dirty little secret?"

As long as these dudes start buying their beats from me, I could care less if it becomes "legit" or not.

This shit is just embarrassing (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17258162)

LOL HE'S RAPPING ABOUT NERD SHIT

It might be funny if one of your IRC pals is doing it, but come on! No sane person is going to admit that s/he listens to something like that.

Deal with it.

If you suspected you might be a geek... (1)

twocents (310492) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258206)

If you are reading about Nerdcore Documentaries on Slashdot, then suspect no longer, you rival all of your friends in the world of geekdom.

Alas, I honestly feel the need to go out and do something 'cool' now that doesn't involve computers, WoW, etc.

Re:If you suspected you might be a geek... (1)

psykocrime (61037) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258438)

There isn't anything 'cool' that doesn't involve computers, slashdot, WoW, etc!

Re:If you suspected you might be a geek... (1)

sparkane (145547) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258572)

Well, I will say now that stealing elections involves computers it is WAY COOLER than it used to be!

Re:If you suspected you might be a geek... (1)

twocents (310492) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258790)

Dude, no need to be THAT cool!

Re:If you suspected you might be a geek... (1)

UncleTogie (1004853) | more than 7 years ago | (#17259534)

{There isn't anything 'cool' that doesn't involve computers, slashdot, WoW, etc!}

My girlfriend and a tin of cinnamon-flavored Altoids bets otherwise...

.....and yes, the Altoids trick really DOES work. ;)

New business model (0, Offtopic)

Aetas (969463) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258250)

Someone make a nerdcore dedicated website and put nothing but porn, prostitute, and stripper banners on the site. Talk about perfectly targetted marketing.

The nerdcore genre is going to fizzle... (5, Funny)

Peter Trepan (572016) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258280)

...cause my geekcore genre is the mad shizizzle. My geekcore rhymes are fresh and fly, 'cause they're written by a Lisp-powered strong AI. And my DJ skills are so off the hook, they be askin' me to write the O'Reilly book. Y'all test my songs while they're still in beta, and don't be no RPG playa hata. If all y'all hear me, wave your hands and say: G to tha E to tha E to tha K.

Re:The nerdcore genre is going to fizzle... (1)

986151 (986151) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258692)

Damn! I have mod points, but there's no "+1 Awesome" option!

Re:The nerdcore genre is going to fizzle... (2, Funny)

glwtta (532858) | more than 7 years ago | (#17259014)

Sushi K? Is that you?

Re:The nerdcore genre is going to fizzle... (2)

Atario (673917) | more than 7 years ago | (#17259438)

G to tha E to tha E to tha K
Don't you mean: "G to teh 3 to teh 3 to teh | to teh <"?

Re:The nerdcore genre is going to fizzle... (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 7 years ago | (#17259782)

Coder, pleazzzze! *My* rhymes are mad like Steve Ballmer!

-Eric

What defines a subgenre? (1)

xoyoboxoyobo (945657) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258316)

Couldn't you say that nerdcore is the burgeoning musical outlet for a subculture that already exists? Or in specifically musical terms... if a movement of music doesn't neatly fit into any classications of genres that exist already, especially if it takes elements of genres that exist already, would that define a new (sub or no) genre of music? This is a tendency that's especially prevalent within electronica. Which comes first? The genre or the subculture?

i dunno... (1)

trybywrench (584843) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258386)

i don't really know what to think about all this. i mean White and Nerdy hit a little close to home. Now they're making documentaries? what part of recluse don't they understand? If i wanted to be cool, i'd have learned to play guitar instead of asm.

MC Lars? (2, Insightful)

InfoVore (98438) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258466)

While not strictly Nerdcore, I'd say MC Lars [wikipedia.org] should be included. He's more of a literature geek, but his stuff is definitely White & Nerdy rap. He bills his work as "post-punk laptop rap". A few of his songs:

- Download This Song [youtube.com]
- iGeneration
- Space Game
- If I Had a Time Machine
- Mr. Raven (based on Poe's "The Raven")
- Internet Relationships
- Ahab
- Signing Emo

Give him a try. His stuff is fun.

I.V.

Hmmm (1)

Dasupalouie (1038538) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258634)

What about WTCracker? I love all his songs and I think he outdoes all those guys, plus he was caught hacking law enforcement websites in Colorado when he was a kid so he is a legit nerd.

This is offensive on so many levels. (0)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258716)

As a fan of hip-hop music, as a geek, and as a technology enthusiast.

LK

MC Coffee Mug puts them all to shame (1)

absorbr (995554) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258738)

http://www.mccoffeemug.com/ [mccoffeemug.com]

East Coast v. West Coast (2, Funny)

Paulitics (1036046) | more than 7 years ago | (#17258872)

So will there be a beef between linux rappers and Windows rappers?

If MC Ubuntu gets shot I know it was Windows 2000 PAC that did it.

Are there lyrics licensed under GPL?

Windows 2000 PAC

I spit mad rhymes without taking a breath,
Any sucka MC's that step to me will see my blue screen of death!

It's necessary that my style is proprietary,
All you bitches running MAC are straight up wack.

MC Ubuntu

Of course my flow is open source.
I know you like it so,
Download and burn my ISO

I aint no sucka MC
you can download my shits for free

Not free as in beer,
You dumb ass Ballmer queer

History is repeating itself... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17258910)

I guess it's true that history always repeats itself. http://www.jabootu.com/lambada.htm [jabootu.com]

Oh please (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17258956)

Nerdcore. Evidence that Nerds are just as dumb as the rest of the population.

Futuristic Sex Robotz (1)

scourfish (573542) | more than 7 years ago | (#17259220)

A while back, some people on the somethingawful forums created the futuristic sex robots [futuristicsexrobotz.com] and released an album under the creative commons. Their songs rap about WOW, crusing in a DeLorean, and the way things were back in the day; their most popular track is "Fuck the MPAA." They also sound a heck of a lot better than some of the artists listed above.

Nerdcore is pretty good (2, Interesting)

TadMSTR (996071) | more than 7 years ago | (#17259390)

I first got started on nerdcore with MC Chris. I didn't even know it as nerdcore then. Some time later I discovered there were more artists doing this kind of music. Forget how I heard of them, probably IRC. Started off with the Rhymetorrent site. Its stuff I can relate to and the beats are actually good. Its nice to see that its growing. I look forward to watching the 2 films. Best of all most of the nerdcore artists give their music away for free. If you haven heard of them, check out Futuristic Sex Robots. They're one of my favorites.

I'd rather listen to my garbage disposal (1)

fretlessjazz (975926) | more than 7 years ago | (#17259540)

I've never witnessed such a display of an utter lack of creative musical prowess! Does anybody else feel embarrassed to be white?

Please, no (1)

Faux_Pseudo (141152) | more than 7 years ago | (#17259686)

When I was picking the music to use for a crap geekcast [locnetwork.com] I was am doing I was asked "Don't you want to use nerd core?" I gave the guy a dirty look even though I subscribe to a Nerdcore Podcast [podshow.com] .
It is a good novelty but I just can't take it seriously. I have seen serious and funny nerdcore but I haven't seen any nerdcore that hits like Nirvana, NWA, Artie Shaw or even Neil Diamond. Maybe one day but not yet.
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