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August 23, 2006

Fool Rappin' Coders

There was an article in Wired this month that I honestly thought was a joke at first. It's about "nerdcore" rappers. Sample lyrics: "You are a troller! One-week ban/I know your other screen name, man" (by Optimus Rhyme) or "Cuz I can kick it in Algol, roll it up in Snobol/Anything from Ruby all the way back to Cobol" (by High-C). Can these people really exist?

Evidently yes. If you go to the website nerdcorehiphop.org, you can download all the "geeksta rap" and "chip hop" that your little heart desires. And here you can buy MC Frontalot's album Nercore Rising on Amazon, which is a genuine real company. And MC F is playing at Meydenbauer this Saturday, at the Penny Arcade Expo, alongside a D&D miniatures tournament and a session called "I'm Getting Old: When Life Cuts Into Gaming" (I somehow picture Frontalot's roadie standing in front of Meydenbauer yelling, "It was supposed to be MC Frontalot and THEN the puppet show").

Now I'm tempted to start throwing down some rhymes myself, like an epic Tone Loc takeoff ("Compiled Thing" b/w "Funky Code Profiler") or my never-written parody of Snoop's "Gz and Hustlas" entitled "Devs and Testers" ("how many bugs in 06 will I be fixin? Every single one, to get the job done"). But instead I'll sit back and listen to my man Ytcracker (say it out loud) as he drops some computer science on tracks like "warez loder" and "view source". Sounds like Eminmen crossed with Bill Gates crossed with a $50 Casio keyboard--not bad.

Posted by AdamBa at August 23, 2006 10:01 PM

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Don't knock it til you try it, man. :-) There's a lot of crap out there, but MC Frontalot is awesome, and I like Optimus Rhyme, too. You can download most of Frontalot's song from his site, frontalot.com. The humor in them is great - stuff only geeks get. It doesn't take itself (too) seriously... :-)

Posted by: Josh Bancroft at August 24, 2006 05:03 PM

Ah yes, nerdcore! Ari Bixhorn, aka the VB Rapper, was way ahead of his time: http://blogs.msdn.com/danielfe/archive/2005/07/10/437296.aspx

Posted by: Dan at August 28, 2006 09:18 PM