Nerdcore…what the hell is it?

Well, I have had quite a few people give me some funny looks with some recent music discoveries in a wild and unique genre called “nerdcore”. So what is nerdcore? Well, here is a snippet from Wikipedia’s page on nerdcore:

Nerdcore hip hop, or simply nerdcore, is a sub-genre of hip hop music 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 history of self-publishing and self-production.
Wikipedia’s page on nerdcore…yes seriously

And here are a few examples of some of the front runners of the genre

MC Frontalot

MC Chris

Optimus Rhyme

Interesting eh? Now you gotta remember most nerdcore artists are self published, are not affiliated with a major label, or have had any huge mainstream success. So though the roots of nerdcore can go back to acts like They Might Be Giants and Wierd Al Yankovic, the official start of the nerdcore movement would be around 2000 with MC Frontalot coined the term. If you peruse the wiki of the genre you can see that its got a major following especially among the gaming and pc crowd. Frontalot and others regularly attend the Penny Arcade Expo PAX shows, there has been several movies about the genre, and even the gathering in Orlando called….Nerdapalooza 🙂

So please my fellow geeks, listen to these artists and support them if you like them. You gotta remember if you go to one of their sites and buy a CD, its going to help them, not some big record label executive. Here are some sites of interest for you.

MC Frontalot
MC Chris
Optimus Rhyme
Nerdcore Rising

And remember my friends, if you don’t call yourself a geek, you’re in denial and you need to consult the internetz

Stay geeky!!

The Master


About mastercharles
just a Geek, Nerd and Fanboy all rolled up with some Otaku mixed in.

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