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Nerdcore hip hop

Music genre
Stylistic originsHip hop music
Nerd culture
Cultural originsLate-1990s nerd culture
Typical instrumentsTurntable, synthesizer, Rapping, drum machine, sampler, beatboxing

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Nerdcore hip hop, 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 has the earliest known recorded use of the term in the 2000 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.

Though nerdcore rappers rhyme about anything from politics to science fiction, there are some perennial favorites in nerdcore subject matter, including Star Wars, science, fantasy and computers.

Music with similar themes, but different musical styles can be found in the filk genres. 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, a group which does not claim to be nerdcore, 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 well-known performer Frontalot do not focus narrowly on stereotypically nerdy topics. The difference is largely one of self-identification; the group Blackalicious does not identify as "nerds", while Frontalot does.

Nerdcore hip hop Video Trailer for the documentary, Nerdcore For Life, which chronicles the tumultuous world of Nerdcore Hip-Hop. Dir Dan Lamoureux UPDATE: Nerdcore For Life finally made its world premiere in April 2008 and now can be seen playing in film festivals across the US. For more information about the film or to find out about screenings visit our website or be-friend us on myspace: http To receive updates about the documentary and to find out when the film is released on DVD, join our mailing list:
4.15 min. | 4.01 user rating
The hottest new hip-hop single from the biggest name in web development... MC Dave Berzack!!! Check out my portfolio: PROPS Directed by Scott McKibben: (Love you, Scott!) Recorded by Mike Wilson at Patchwerk Studios (Mike, you rock!) Office provided by http (Thanks, Lee!) Based on 'Paper Planes' by MIA (Good song. Go buy it!) BEHIND THE SCENES: The autotuned stuff at the end about ROI and conversion rates was totally ad libbed at the recording studio! The guys thought I should "add some R Kelly sh_t"... now it's my favorite part! ...they also thought I should nix the Rosa Parks line, which is my second favorite part. The entire budget: about $500, mostly for the recording studio. I bartered with Scott for designing his website, and got a bunch of friends to be my office posse. The dumpster bit was another ad lib. We freaked out a couple of the locals. The barbershop... nice guys. Let us shoot there for $50, making that the most expensive haircut of my life. Apparently, they've been in a few other hip-hop videos too. Guess that's life in the ATL! The girl in the beige suit is my girlfriend, Marissa. She's so awesome! LYRICS: Yo! All the Creative Directors out there! Throw your hands up in the air... if you're down with RIA Yo, I'm a killer application developer The sites that I write are so tight, they're top caliber I got my DB, PHP, AS3... Rockin' the projects with props to Adobe Kickin' ActionScript, I'm equipped with Eclipse <b>...</b>
3.40 min. | 4.85 user rating
The song is available for download on iTunes click below to purchase: Modern Warfare/Medal of Honor: Hip Hop Video (MW/MW2/Black Ops/Medal of Honor Music Video) The Concept is one of the top 5 hip hop artists in Tampa, FL. He took on this project as a side gig and ended up coming out pretty awesome. Check out more videos by director MASTeRMIND at the following youtube address: Visit for a chance to listen to more of The Concept's hip hop music. Fan us @ Directors Channel: Website: Facebook: Twitter: Myspace: Official Music Video!!! Call of Duty Rap! Medal of Honor Rap! Lyrics - I'm the king of the hill, ima take it all// I lurk in the shadows and sneak with the low crawl// I'm so serious, I'm feelin so delirious// Your stun grenade isn't enough to render me defenseless// Take me out the parameters of ya scope// I could see that things didn't turn out the way that you hoped// Naw.... I'm suspenseful like the breakdown// You better watch ya back cuz you about to get took down// You could try to match me pound for pound...// You'll have better luck just waitin for the next round// I'm in the fight, I'm killin it on this mic...// You could run, but you can't hide from this air strike// yeah... I pack heavy not light... You're wrong and I'm right// That's why I got ya head in my ACOG sight// I'm on the over watch, I'm <b>...</b>
3.95 min. | 4.95 user rating
Nerdcore Rapper Zilla Persona's "LoLFail." Mp3 download link here: Zilla has an album! Check him out on iTunes! Nerdcore Hip-Hop artist Zilla Persona's entry for the League of Legends "Songs of the Summoned" contest. Track - "LoLFail" User: zillapersona Region: NA Lyrics below: Across the bandwidth, another noob scoots Coulda opened with a weapon but instead got boots You shoulda' got the gank, but my kill shot shoots Leave it to Zilla to steal another man's loots Now it's 3v3 because I can't do 5's I get up in your base While i'm chasin' your Ryze And it's no surprise He's healin' i'm feelin' My earned demise Towered right between the eyes Part of the team But i'm not a team player Type in all caps "THE NEW CHAMP AINT FAIR" Run into the fray Never thinkin' it through Watch me feed the troops And then blame it on you I'll rock anivia and stack attack Because my ultimate is being level 18 wack I'll squander my gold on junk and potions Cremes and lotions, leave you with the quotient You say I'm stock, while I think I'm hot When my history confirms That's it's probable to positive I'm not You take the top while I solo bot You say to give 'em my worst, that's all I got I get two boots Cuz it makes me run faster Max wall first And you'll call me Wallmaster Junglin' your jungle As I bungle and fail Delivering the deaths Like I'm out delivering mail That is, to say, directly into your hands I'm a nightmare Feared through all of the lands! Demacia and Noxus <b>...</b>
1.67 min. | 4.95 user rating
This is an amateur music video I made for YTCracker's song "NES"; a fine example of Nerdcore hip-hop from YTCracker's free album "Nerdrap Entertainment System" which is available for download at the original artist's homepage, Note: I am NOT the original artist of this song (I don't have half that much talent for writing music), nor do I own rights to this song in any way. I hope you enjoy!
3.25 min. | 4.64 user rating
This month's podcast is a video for the second single from MC Lars's upcoming record, "This Gigantic Robot Kills." Directed by Timothy Thompson and Odin Wadleigh, "White Kids Aren't Hyphy" is a satirical look at Bay Area hip-hop culture. Watch as Lars ghostrides his Prius down Lombard Street! Thanks to Skee-Lo for inspiring the hook.
4.08 min. | 4.71 user rating
A funny hip-hop Christmas song by MC Eric B, from
2.28 min. | 3.98 user rating
DJ Joe Korea feat. MCCM & EZ Mac - Nerds for Life Check out the uber leet music video for the Internet's newest and hottest nerdcore hip-hop stars, DJ Joe Korea, MCCM, and EZ Mac! UPDATE - here are some lyrics! Sup MCCM? Hey yo what's up Joe Korea? I'm layin' down some beats on my MIDI keyboard. Aw yeah, I want everybody to put your hands together now! Bring in my man EZ Mac. LOLzerz, sorry I'm late you guys. Sup EZ Mac, let's bust some nerd rhymes! Alright yeah, let's get started, let's get crackin'! Okay, here we go, yo yo! [Verse 1 - DJ Joe Korea] Yo, I've been playing Counter-Strike since Beta One, In Goldeneye can't even kill me with the Golden Gun. I'm down with Super Mario and Donkey Kong, I'm the spy in TFC can't tell whose side I'm on. That's right I'm old school, got a problem with that? Well in 2142 I'll knife you in the back, Then proceed to teabag and tag your corpse, Cross me in Jedi Knight I'll use the Force. (Nerd!) You really can't beat me in any game, Because well, my box, it's really insane. I got the Intel Core 2 Quad Extreme, Who needs two gigs of RAM when you have sixteen? I could own you in WoW with my Netherstrand Longbow, But RPG's need patience I don't have, so, I prefer the fast-paced FPS; Aim my AK at you, you'll breathe your last breath! (Bladow, headshot!) [Chorus] Hope it's alright, That we're nerds, Nerds for life! We're not contrite, That we're nerds, Nerds for life! (That's right.) [Verse 2 - MCCM] I got an M1 and it's loaded and locked <b>...</b>
3.80 min. | 4.34 user rating
[NOTE: LYRICS BELOW] The Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland is (finally) up and running! While the folks over in Europe are busy celebrating, we thought we'd take this opportunity to pay homage to the ORIGINAL king of the particle accelerators; Fermilab in Batavia, IL, USA. The LHC got it's own rap video back in 2008 so we figured it was about time Fermilab had one too! Filmed on location in and around the Tevatron particle collider at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, "Particle Business" is rapper funky49's hip-hop tribute to the "OG Atom Smasher." The video was directed and edited by Dan Lamoureux, the filmmaker behind the Nerdcore hip-hop documentary, "Nerdcore For Life." Huge thanks to all the fantastic folks at Fermilab that made this crazy thing possible! For more music from funky49 visit As for Nerdcore For Life, you can now order the DVD at! Credits: Music - funky49 & redvoid Shot and edited by: Dan Lamoureux Lyrics - funky49 Guitar - c plus student Additional vocals - Dr. Ben Kilminster Mixed and mastered - The HT @ Studio 6, Port Orange, FL Costume design - Christy Redd LYRICS: [chorus] Rock stars of physics, particle business smash matter, anti-matter and witness quarks, bottom to top they dont stop Where the Higgs at? Yo thats their mark! Go! Go! Go! [verse 1] Tevatron, OG atom smasher Say Hello to CERNs party crasher The new Lord of the Rings LHC hear me This be competitive collaboration baby Strippin <b>...</b>
3.58 min. | 4.54 user rating
A funny hip-hop song by MC Eric B (owner of about doing your income taxes. Note: To enter this video in the Turbotax Rap contest, I had to remove all the celebrity name references and images, so this is version with those still included. Lyrics: It's April 15th and my taxes are due feels like I'm having some sorta financial deja vu Got boxes of receipts piled up high on my desk tryin' to decipher regulations that are oh so Kafkaesque Some things they are taxable and some things they are not in the end they try to take everything that you got My concentration starts to crumble faster than Britney and K-Fed and bunch of random questions soon pop into my head Like for people who are blind do they make the forms in braille? and if I don't pay the IRS will they throw me in jail? But enough of this silliness time to start the number crunchin' one more sign I'm a slave to the time clock we're all punchin' Chorus ============================ How I hate to do my taxes all those forms so complicated the IRS must be an agency that the Devil created Inflicting mathematical torture and emotional pain like getting poked with a needle when they can't find a vein Each year I go to hell and back don't wanna make that trip anymore sometimes I win the battle but I can't win the war 'Cause nothing sucks as bad as doing your income taxes it's even worse than root canals and bikini waxes ============================ Do I put a pen to paper or file it online? donate to the election <b>...</b>
2.00 min. | 3.65 user rating

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Nerdcore - the new hip-hop for 'nerds' and 'geeks' - Indian Express Tweet this news
Indian Express--A new form of -hip---hop- for "nerds" and "geeks" has come up in the form of "-nerdcore-". MC Frontalot, one of the founding fathers of the scene, ... - Date : Sun, 17 Oct 2010 07:46:13 GMT+00:00
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Valley Advocate--While you're curled up in bed having work nightmares, members of the Northampton -hip---hop- collective are pulling all-nighters crafting bootylicious jams. ... - Date : Tue, 12 Oct 2010 19:20:32 GMT+00:00

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