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Review: Nerdcore Hip-Hop Compilation CD Project

CmdrTaco posted more than 8 years ago | from the stuff-to-listen-to dept.

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'Nerdcore' is a tricky thing to nail down. Some of it is simply novelty niche tracks with cheesy lyrics, and gimmicky derivative music. Some of it is inspired by trip-hop, others from 80s hip hop or 90s gangsta. A lot of it is really bad. And some of it is actually really good. Witty, sharp lyrics. Entertaining beats and excellent production value. You can hear all of these things on Rhyme Torrents Nerdcore Compilation. Read on for my review.

The best part is that this is all available freely as bittorrents. It'll take you many hours to wade through it all, but the gems in there make it worth the trip.

What I hear on these albums really runs a wide spectrum of music, both in terms of genre and production value. Some sound like a kid with his iMac and a mic. And there's others that sound just as produced as any mainstream studio release. Of course music is about more than how expensive of a mic you used: you'll hear "Good" songs in both groups.

Besides the fact that almost all of these tracks are 'Rap', if there is a unifying feature here it's that the songs are about nerdish things. You'll hear tracks reciting Pi, talking smack about operating systems, and games from Super Mario Bros to Warcraft and Dungeons and Dragons. Much of the Post Dre rap you've heard celebrates the 'Gangsta' lifestyle. Personally I find much of this very hard to take seriously. Likewise, much of the lyrics just get campy. It's like a Weird Al mad libs lyric, where the rapper tries to rhyme whatever techish things pop into mind. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't.

MC Hawking is a great example. His track essentially an MC Battle style rap that relies on the synthesizer voice gimmick. But damnit it actually works. The lyrics are tight and amusing. I wish the hook was stronger, but thats a track I'll enjoy listening to.

Monzy's 'So Much Drama in the PhD' works as well. 'I run gmake and gcc / and i ain't never called malloc without calling free'. The parts come together really well. He might not be the best rapper you've ever heard, but I really enjoy the track. But the lyrics are ultimately that of a novelty song. Very entertaining with a good beat, but very niche.

Ytcracker's "In My Time" is just a fantastic track. You'll be hard pressed not to tap your foot. His lyrics are less obvious then most anything else on the rest of the album. He might be referencing the Atari 2600 or downloading porn to a USB pen, but you could play this track outside a compilation like this and it works. He's probably my favorite on the set. I had to snag more of his stuff from his web site, and it was interesting to see that his work is actually progressing. Having mined the most extreme end of the tech/geek world, his last few songs are stronger for it.

Another common theme here is liberal use of samples. Almost everything has samples from somewhere. You'll here the sound of Mario catching a mushroom integrated into the beats of tracks, and countless game theme songs and sound effects split apart and remixed. Sometimes it's just a gimmick. Other times it works musically. In addition to liberal use of sampling, copyright issues are a common theme in many tracks as well. Sometimes it's subtle, flippant references to downloading movies. But in the case of "Fuck the MPAA"... well, not so much in the way of subtle ;) Don't get me wrong- I got little warm fuzzies hearing sounds that i haven't heard in years, back from my childhood. But after 70 odd tracks, the novelty fades.

On a somewhat related notes, Googling a few of these artists and you'll find another common theme- the remix. Many of these artists feature remixes on their own sites done by others. Doing this definitely shows that a compilation like this is only the tip of the nerdcore iceberg.

It's also worth noting that there are a number of tracks that kinda don't fit. Foreign language stuff. Stuff that falls more into the pop category than hip hop. Some of these tracks are allright, but they feel out of place in this compilation. Like the Rappy McRapper track 'Lick Your Own Butthole Dance'. It's purely goofy silly stuff. Not bad mind you, but it simply doesn't fit. That said, I must have listened to that butthole song 10 times. It's so stupid I love it.

I sort all my music using iTunes '5 Star' thingee. Anything I rate 1-2 stars, I never want to hear again. 17 tracks here fell into that category. Anything 4-5 stars is stuff that goes into my uber playlist. I currently have 1174 songs in this playlist. Of the 4 CDs of music here, 15 songs made it to that playlist. Thats better then most music I listen to.

My suggestion- just download it. Listen to a couple tracks at a time. Don't listen to 15 in a row or it'll break you. Listening to someone rap about Warcraft and followed by one about rolling D20s gets old when strung together. But the best tracks on here stand tall, taking "Nerdcore" away from being simply silly novelty tracks ready for morning zoo radio and campus CS labs, and instead showing that the so called "Nerdcore" lifestyle can be celebrated in at least as interesting way as "Gangsta". The best tracks here do just that. Finding them is fun. A number of artists here are doing just that.

But at the end of the day, sometimes you just need to find a bit of music that you can relate to. And when you hear 'join me in the basement cuz it's warcraft patch day / time for D&D a frontalittle mainstay' day, so it's time to play D&D.... well, thats my Tuesday too. There's something odd about hearing it rapped about.

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Hmm... (1, Insightful)

Poromenos1 (830658) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705723)

I don't know, I wouldn't admit openly to listening to that. Like, I'd be OK with myself with it, but if someone told me they listened to nerdcore, I'd think "what a geek" :P

Re:Hmm... (1)

BecomingLumberg (949374) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706113)

2 skinnee j's is nerdcore, a great band, and one you can be proud of.

They also put on the most energetic and fun concert I have ever been to.

Re:Hmm... (2, Funny)

fotoflojoe (982885) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706125)

...if someone told me they listened to nerdcore, I'd think "what a geek"
But it will help you ferzle your inner nerzle.

Just like a few other things. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15706192)

I don't know, I wouldn't admit openly to listening to that.

From an RPG.net thread making up RPG Demotivator posters: [rpg.net]
Gaming Humor. [imageshack.us]
(Credit goes to Opsimath on page 9. Posting AC since I copied it w/o permission.)

Geez (-1, Troll)

ToasterofDOOM (878240) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705735)

You would think that nerds, who are supposedly intelligent, would choose music with real musical value, stuff like Rush or Dream Theater, or other non-manufactured musical types, even jazz or classical.

Re:Geez (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15705760)

Or maybe geeks recognize those bands as the most overrated acts in the history of music.

Re:Geez (2, Interesting)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705942)

"Or maybe geeks recognize those bands as the most overrated acts in the history of music..."

I dunno....all that playing their own instruments, and composing original music, lyrics and sounds vs sampling/stealing others work hardly sounds like groups that would be overrated. Possibly they are admired for their actual talent for creating something new and musical at the same time.

I dunno, with (c)rap, it seems if you had enough equipment (sampling, drum machine, mixing) and write some rhymes...anyone can do it. Hell, I could probably do it....and if that's the case, it can't possibly be talent. Anybody can shout out phrases to a drum beat...what happened to people that can actually sing, play instruments, work in melodies and harmonies...?

Re:Geez (1)

ToasterofDOOM (878240) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705963)

Exactly what I was going for. Also, how is Dream Theater overrated? I could maybe see Rush, but commercial success isn't always overrated if it's actually good, is it? Oh, I forgot, this is /. oh well.

Re:Geez (1, Funny)

linvir (970218) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705964)

(c)rap
Anyone else stop giving a shit about this guy's opinion the moment they saw this?

Re:Geez (1)

clamum (934624) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706444)

Yeah, he should read his signature.

Anyway, if you guys haven't checked out Deltron 3030 you should. It's sort of a hip-hop sci-fi concept album with Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Dan the Automator (from the first Gorillaz album), and DJ Kid Koala.

It's not super geeky, but it's geeky enough, and honestly it's the best hip-hop album I've heard. Awesome production, great lyrics. If you like underground hip-hop and haven't heard this, GET IT NOW.

3030 way past the millennium, check it out
Yo, Deltron thunderforce, ain't no other source of sunlight
Two ton mic, leave you toungue-tied
Runnin amuck with technology with no apology
Shoutin out to my colony with third eye physiology
Millennium past apocalypse is all I spit
Make you swallow it - your weak style, I'll abolish it
with nuclear rockets they glued to your optics with sci-fi
Unsettlin, man and metal blends
Underground chillin with the Mole Man, and his whole fam
Inhibit bacterial growth, material wrote
Impenetrable, incontestable, indigestible intelligence
Never let a computer tell me shit
It's rapid innovation, penetratin
Artificial life forms, who bite songs
I'm a buy a vest, lie is next, then I'll flip the bio-techs
Right into the wireless; your third eye is hit with psoriasis
The mightiest, Deltron Zero
Traverse and purge the travesties that tempt your earholds
The area of distribution, lifts the clueless
My flow is like, liquid oxygen
Rip it often with specific impulse, increasin thrust
Grease the cuts - unleash a cluster of thoughts I muster
I talk to touch ya, and rupture commercial communications
Convert solar energy, into imagery
In the mind's eye, blindside the contagious
With radioactive isotopes to decay them
Atomic mass they small as fragments
I magnetize the avid lies
My radiation shields reflects, rejects Decepticons
who take the truth and stretch it long, while I bless a song
Next level incredible, metal melding
Flexability and my engine is never failing

Re:Geez (1)

Darthmalt (775250) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705784)

But that would require social interaction!! On a serious note manufactured music is much easier for a lone artist to produce. And thats exactly what most of these artist are. Like MC Chris or MC Lars (mcchris.com and mclars.com). Occasionally they collaborate or bring in other people but for the most part it's just one guy sitting at his computer recording his voice and using loops to produce the background track.

Re:Geez (1)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705974)

but for the most part it's just one guy sitting at his computer recording his voice and using loops to produce the background track.
That model has its advantages in surprising ways. I've seen MC Chris live, and it's an experience.. he raps, while his DJ (John Fewell, who does the music-looping in MC Chris' songs) runs the show off an iBook. Reportedtly the lappy died one time, and they were able to run it off a measly iPod.

Re:Geez (1)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705816)

> You would think that nerds, who are supposedly intelligent, would choose music with real musical value, stuff like Rush or Dream Theater, or other non-manufactured musical types, even jazz or classical.

Filk is a long-standing Hackish tradition, and Nerdcore is merely its latest incarnation.

But since you asked, how about blues?

Just One More Hack [colorado.edu] , and then the author of the UPS debugger will put it on the 'net...

Well, I've written a debugger and it suits me just fine It'll chase away your problems, turn your water into wine
It's got so many features, in fact it's bloody clever,
If it can't solve your problem then your problem probably never
can be solved
so you might as well pack it on in,
coz it's the best debugger that there's ever been.

It's got everything you wanted, everything you desire.
It'll handle fancy structures, set your soul on fire,
It'll indirect through pointers, and catch a falling star,
and if you ask it nicely it'll pop off to the bar
and tell your friends
how to solve the problems they're in,
coz it's the best debugger that there's ever been.

If you've got a nasty problem and your data structure's bent
and your pointer's in a tangle with your structure elements,
If you're losing all your memory coz your allocator leaks
And your girl's getting nasty coz she's not seen you for weeks,
then stoke up Mark's debugger
you know it'll win,
coz it's the best debugger that there's ever been....

MP3 version available at: Just One More Hack [nosuch.com] - Mark Wheadon, ca. 1991-1992.

Well, if *I* had MC Hammer... (1)

Valdrax (32670) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705909)

Filk is a long-standing Hackish tradition, and Nerdcore is merely its latest incarnation.

Wow. I never thought the day would come where I'd miss folk music.

Re:Geez (1)

ToasterofDOOM (878240) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705930)

I enjoy blues, and I wasn't really attacking simple music, though it generally isn't my style. I enjoy Filk at times, as it is humorous, but I can't stand rap. Oh well, at least it isn;t country music and I still have excellent Karma! =D

Re:Geez (1)

15Bit (940730) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705818)

What is art? What is style? Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? What is good/bad music?

All these questions to be answered in our forthcoming slashdot discussion thread.

PS: I tend to post my wide-sweeping taste/art/style etc generalisations anonymously...

Re:Geez (1)

ToasterofDOOM (878240) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705873)

I simply meant (not entirely seriously, but that obviously wasn't conveyed) that I found it amusing that nerds who are so infatuated with complexity seem to enjoy the simplest of musical genres.

Re:Geez (1)

15Bit (940730) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705953)

Oh, i agree completely. Just pointing out that the comment could be a bit contentious and may spark some lively discussion. Which is a good thing.

Re:Geez (3, Interesting)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705819)

Well, basically we want to have something to define us, too.

It's cool to have some music, some lyrics, some inside jokes that nobody "gets" but you. Find me a non-nerd who could appreciate something like "2B or not 2B, that is FF".

Same with music. And its lyrics, its style, the way it works.

Re:Geez (3, Insightful)

instantkamera (919463) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705849)

This is a joke right?

Music is an art. You dont have to be the best with a brush to make great are. Likewise, Skilled hands dont always make the most heartfelt pieces.

An artist needs to be proficient enough to express what they want, in the manner they truely envisioned because, thankfully, art is not defined by the strict confines of scientific/mathematical perfection.

Translation:

Dream Theater is the pizza topping equivalent of DUB CHEE.

Re:Geez (-1, Flamebait)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705863)

"You would think that nerds, who are supposedly intelligent, would choose music with real musical value, stuff like Rush or Dream Theater, or other non-manufactured musical types..."

Yup, and do remember to try NOT to use the words "rap" and "music" in the same sentence, as that they are mutually exclusive terms, kind of like military intelligence.

:-)

Re:Geez (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706174)

"You would think that nerds, who are supposedly intelligent, would choose music with real musical value, stuff like Rush or Dream Theater, or other non-manufactured musical types..."

"Yup, and do remember to try NOT to use the words "rap" and "music" in the same sentence, as that they are mutually exclusive terms, kind of like military intelligence."

Whew....lots of rapsters with mod points in here. Can't take a joke?

:-)

Re:Geez (4, Interesting)

geekoid (135745) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705890)

I see, it's not music you like, therefore it's not real. How closed minded.

Once I stiopped disliking music because of it's genre, I found a lot of really good stuff.

I think EmmnEmm is a fantastic story teller who has some music that really cuts to the painfull part of parenting.

Re:Geez (1, Troll)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705973)

"I see, it's not music you like, therefore it's not real."

No...I just said it wasn't for the most part...music, in a joking manner. Playing instrument, actually singing, harmony, melody...all things involved with music.

For the most part, with some exceptions, rap is nothing more than shouting or speaking over a drum machine beat, often with some samples of real musicians' work thrown in.

Re:Geez (2, Informative)

mvnicosia (937268) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706129)

Please come back and post when you've listened to several albums by The Roots, Beastie Boys, Digital Underground, and A Tribe Called Quest. BTW, rap is defined by M-W as: 1 a : the science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity b : vocal, instrumental, or mechanical sounds having rhythm, melody, or harmony Thanks for your uneducated and close-minded opinion, though.

Re:Geez (1)

mvnicosia (937268) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706164)

It's Eminem, but I'm sure he'd appreciate your support.

Posers (1)

SnailNobra (903090) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705924)

Because in any group of people there are the legits and the posers. A real geek is going to openly admit to listening to music with some musical merit like jazz, classic & progressive rock, or just about anything that rarely ever makes it onto billboard. But for the wannabe geeks, they need to proclaim this sort of thing in order to prove their geek cred. It's all about image and their way to garner respect from people.

Plus they're all middle class white boys from the burbs who don't know anything about bitchez, ho's, bling, benz, poppin' caps but couldn't buy enough Death Row records. So when they decided to be rappers the only thing they knew about rapping was geek stuff. I get this image of Michael Bolton from Office Space dressed up like Grandmaster Flash.

Re:Geez (4, Insightful)

telbij (465356) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706135)

You would think that nerds, who are supposedly intelligent, would choose music with real musical value, stuff like Rush or Dream Theater, or other non-manufactured musical types, even jazz or classical.

On the other hand, it's no surprise that a nerd who values intelligence above all else would fail to realize musical taste has nothing to do with intelligence.

Post your favorite 'nerdcore' artists! (2, Interesting)

Comsn (686413) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705739)

like mc chris
http://www.mcchris.com [mcchris.com]

or rappy mcrapperson
http://www.rappymcrapperson.com [rappymcrapperson.com]

Re:Post your favorite 'nerdcore' artists! (3, Interesting)

DarkShadeChaos (954173) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705787)

I think my favorite was Weird Al... not that there are too many examples, but those shine (especially All about the Pentiums)

Re:Post your favorite 'nerdcore' artists! (1)

notNeilCasey (521896) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705844)

If anybody is in New York, mc chris is doing a live show (music & sketches) Dungeonmaster of Ceremonies [ucbtheatre.com] this Friday at 8pm at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater [ucbtheatre.com] .

Full disclosure: I have a small part in the show and I work for the theater. But I'm on topic!

Re:Post your favorite 'nerdcore' artists! (1)

justkarl (775856) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706056)

My favorite: MC Husky, produced by me. Go to http://music.randombeats.com/ [randombeats.com] and click on "MC Husky - Outcast. Only about 1 or 2 minutes. (P.S. for interested parties, I should clarify that I'm the producter, NOT the rapper. Not *that* dorky...ok maybe)

Re:Post your favorite 'nerdcore' artists! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15706107)

Deltron 3030 - they were there years before it was a geek cause celebre, and, shockingly, they were commercial. The album was a sci-fi hip-hop epic, something along the lines of that Daft Punk album with the associated manga (Discovery?). The flash videos were some of the best I've ever seen.

No one talks about them any more... though Dan The Automator is successful.

Re:Post your favorite 'nerdcore' artists! (1)

Comsn (686413) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706323)

yes, i am waiting for that gorillaz movie...

daft punks' interstella 5555 [imdb.com] was great

or even DJ QBert's Wave Twisters [imdb.com] was a fun watch.

more animated music videos people!

dont forget the classic river city ransom work it [evilzug.com] mvid.

Re:Post your favorite 'nerdcore' artists! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15706368)

http://www.keithschofield.com/pi [keithschofield.com] Yes the number pi.

Re:Post your favorite 'nerdcore' artists! (1)

Magus2501 (899681) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706496)

MC Plus+ http://www.mcplusplus.com/ [mcplusplus.com] He's a CS PhD student here at Purdue University. And he's the reason Monzy wrote "Drama in the PhD."

Why rap?? (4, Informative)

RingDev (879105) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705755)

There are great non-rap geek songs in the world. My current favorite has to be "Code Monkey" http://www.jonathancoulton.com/lyrics/code-monkey [jonathancoulton.com]

-Rick

Re:Why rap?? (1)

stupidfoo (836212) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705914)

Ughh... I hate that song.

Re:Why rap?? (0, Offtopic)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706037)

Speaking of strange 'music'... Syd Barrett [msn.com] just passed away.

Shine On You Crazy Diamond....

Re:Why rap?? (1)

DeafByBeheading (881815) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705999)

Nerdcore is rap [wikipedia.org] . This guy put together some nerdcore compilations, and Taco posted an article about it to slashdot. That's why rap. I don't mean to sound like an ass, but if you want a non-rap nerd music article, make a compilation and submit a story. Some of us enjoy some rap (witty counter-arguments like "it's not music" and something about a "silent c at the beginning" notwithstanding), especially in goofier guises like nerdcore.

Re:Why rap?? (1)

Ender_Stonebender (60900) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706232)

No no no no! Did you even look at the link that you posted? Nerdcore HIP-HOP is rap (and other forms of music that fall under the "hip-hop" umbrella, but with geeky themes). "Code Monkey" is nerdcore, but it's nerdcore soft rock, not nerdcore hip-hop.

Generally speaking, any description with a -core suffix needs to be modifying something. For example, hardcore rap is a far different thing from hardcore punk - but they're definitely both hardcore. And hardcore land luge racing is also hardcore.

Re:Why rap?? (1)

DeafByBeheading (881815) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706275)

You may be right, but Wikipedia redirects "Nerdore" to "Nerdcore_hip_hop" automatically and I've never heard of nerdcore referring to anything else, unless, like you mentioned, explicitly qualified. It's a moot point, though, since the compilation is limited to nerdcore hip hop (more or less)...

Re:Why rap?? (1)

RingDev (879105) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706370)

But why limit the compilation to rap? There are a lot of great non-rap nerdcore songs. As the OP said, 6 CDs worth of music and he came up with what, 15 to add to his play list?

-Rick

Re:Why rap?? (1)

d3ac0n (715594) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706396)

The reason that Nerdcore is considered rap, is because a rapper COINED the term. That would be MC Frontalot (www.frontalot.com) in case you were wondering. Frankly, I don't know how any self-respecting geek can have a "nerdcore" collection and NOT have any Frontalot in it! (or how Cmdr-taco could completely forget to mention him.)

Re:Why rap?? (1)

havenskate (964747) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706328)

I really liked this song. Thanks for sharing. :) and it's not rap. yay. I mean, rap is okay, but I honestly thing this is far less cliche than a lot of the rap nerdy songs I hear. Thanks.

DDR Mario (2, Funny)

Slightly Askew (638918) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705785)

I recently bought DDR Mario Mix for the Gamecube. While I'm not a fan of house/techno/trance/whatever music, I was impressed with the remix of some of the classic Mario songs. I'm waiting for one of these mixes to show up at the local dance club just to see how many people catch the underlying music:

"Dude, why do I have the sudden urge to jump on top of your head?"

Re:DDR Mario (1)

badboy_tw2002 (524611) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705983)

"local dance club" Its ok, dude, you bought DDR Mario Mix. We know you don't go to clubs. :p

How do they compare to MC Lars? (1)

georgeha (43752) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705788)

You know, he raps about downloading music, and the dangers of cybering, and how Hot Topic is not Punk Rock.

I like his songs, he has a talent for crafting great pop tunes.

bling (3, Funny)

MrSquirrel (976630) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705793)

What does nerdcore need to bring it in the the mainstream?... MATERIAL ITEMS -- yes I'm referring to "bling". With the ultra-materialistic and ego-centric minds of the masses, having a piece of "bling" makes one feel special (just like everyone else). What will the nerdcore "bling" be? Diamond-studded pocket protectors? Gold-capped braces? Keyboards with hydraulics? Segways with rims?

In all reality, I don't think nerdcore is geared to ever become mainstream... which is good, because mainstream usually means "mindless crap to please the masses and get them to buy things".

Re:bling (1)

dr_dank (472072) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705831)

In all reality, I don't think nerdcore is geared to ever become mainstream... which is good, because mainstream usually means "mindless crap to please the masses and get them to buy things".

But on the negative side, its female-repelling properties classify it as a contraceptive, needing a doctors prescription in several states.

Re:bling (1)

Random Destruction (866027) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705895)

There are states where contraceptives require a prescription??!

The mind boggles.

Bling (1)

everphilski (877346) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705834)

I was an RA a few years back and we set up a murder mystery in the dorms. I wasn't in charge of setting it up but I was an actor. I was told to dress as a rapper. I had a wifebeater, an Adidas jacket, but couldn't find the bling... so a friend (who knew me all too well) took a can of mountain dew and the pop tops and made me my "bling" ...

Re:bling (2, Funny)

TheDreadSlashdotterD (966361) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706028)

Back in my day, boy, we wore motherboards around our necks, holstered dremel tools, and spike our hair with thermal grease.

Re:Nerd - Bling (1)

avirrey (972127) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706474)

I have some nerd bling. I got it from thinkgeek.com - It's a Binary Watch. Everyone should have one, cept the nerdcore peeps need to dangle it around on their necks. Big o' flashy LED's.

rating system (2, Insightful)

mcmonkey (96054) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705794)

Anything I rate 1-2 stars, I never want to hear again.

My keyboard has a special key for songs (and other things) with such ratings. I call it the 'delete' key.

Seriously, why bother rating something you never want to hear again? Why not just delete it? It this an iTunes thing?

Not an iTunes thing (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705852)

a moron user thing.

Now 1-2 star rating on something I don't want to here, but want to share with somepeople who may like it would make sense.
When I get enough, I burn a disk, then delete.

Re:rating system (1)

nbannerman (974715) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705870)

Well, I've got 22049 songs in my collection. Most of these game straight from my CD collection, which used to total over 1000 albums and compilations. As a point, I live in the UK, and most CDs I have I purchased before the price wars started here; new CDs used to set me back over £15 ($23?).

Now whilst I'll readily admit I barely listen to a lot of this stuff anymore, there are occasions when I suddenly want to listen to something, even if it is for all intents and purposes rubbish.

Mid-90s dance cheese might seem a bit naff now, but at 3am with some mates, never under-estimate the value of reliving crazy times with bad music!

Re:rating system (1)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705875)

Seriously, why bother rating something you never want to hear again? Why not just delete it?

It's because he has the hoarding gene that so many nerds have. (Is that related to the monoamine oxidase A thing?)

Re:rating system (1)

Das Modell (969371) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706042)

I have a tendence to hoard files. I have 2.80 Gb of music from Monotonik [mono211.com] , and I listen to only a fraction of it.

Re:rating system (1)

rbarreira (836272) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706122)

(Is that related to the monoamine oxidase A thing?)

I think this deserves a new slashdot meme...

Re:rating system (1)

Cerberus7 (66071) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706212)

Careful. Last time I tried that, I got modded to hell for every attempt at keeping the meme going. Apparently, somebody didn't like it enough to mod down every post I made with the fake new meme. I don't remember exactly what it was, but somebody else posted a comment I thought was worthy of being a meme, so I started posting it myself. Something about cunnilingus on a hardwood floor...

Re:rating system (1)

linvir (970218) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706014)

I'll be using that special "Delete" key on the cruft out of these torrents, because these files were free. But the vast majority of my music cost real money, so with my hard drive being nowhere near full, I may as well keep them around. If my hard drive was even bigger, I'd probably never bother deleting at all.

Do not underestimate the power of subjectivity.

Re:rating system (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15706145)

We don't like splitting up complete albums or compilations.

If I've got the billboard top 100 songs of each year since 1960 in iTunes, it's hard to go deleting willy nilly. I'll rate down to 1 or 2 instead. Then if I ever get the urge to listen or if someone's over and they say "You remember that song..." I can find it no problem.

Awesome Rapper (1)

zmilo (815667) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705804)

MC Frontalot's pretty good himself, and is the official rapper of PA: www.frontalot.com [frontalot.com] And no, I wasn't getting paid for that.

Re:Awesome Rapper (1)

databyss (586137) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705984)

The front is one of the top in this genre.

I've seen him live a few times, he puts on a good show with a band and all.

More Frontalot and Hawking! (1)

Enigma2175 (179646) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705815)

There are some OK tracks on this but not near enough Frontalot or Hawking.

Devo (3, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705830)

was nerdcore in the 70's/80's.

I'm just sayin'

Kraftwerk (1)

P3NIS_CLEAVER (860022) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706109)

before I knew what a nerd was we enjoyed listening to Kraftwerk. I guess that makes me old.

Meh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15705832)

I prefer Futuristic Sex Robotz.

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

torrent (-1, Troll)

Lord Ender (156273) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705837)

I'm getting the torrent at 714B/s. Wow. You guys are all a bunch of leaches.

[Don't mod up people who post torrents in the comments. They are all on the page linked. Mod such posts as redundant.]

nerdcore (1)

IAstudent (919232) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705851)

I first got into nerdcore with ytcracker's 'Nerdrap Entertainment System'. Thought there would be others out there doing the same thing and it looks like I was right.

Props to yt and the rest for making rap I can actually stand listening to.

Re:nerdcore (1)

zmilo (815667) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705898)

RIP Surge, man, RIP Surge...

Bah (1)

Umbral Blot (737704) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705862)

I personally don't like nerdcore. Aparently the reviewer doesn't really like it either, and I quote: "Listen to a couple tracks at a time. Don't listen to 15 in a row or it'll break you." Generally that is a sign you find something distasteful, and are tolerating it only for some other reason (want to feel like you fit in with the nerd crowd?)

Re:Bah (3, Funny)

linvir (970218) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705905)

Yeah right, I'm sure CmdrTaco - founder and overlord of Slashdot - is just dying to be accepted as a true member of the 'nerd crowd' at Slashdot.

Re:Bah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15705931)

I have the same reaction to Charlie Parker

Bah... (1)

technoextreme (885694) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705886)

This website has better music even though some of it is sixty years old. These songs deal with incompetent managers and even the United States obsession with science and the military. It also helps that some of these people actually have signing talent.

The Great Luke Ski! (1)

shawnmchorse (442605) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705892)

Can't say I've ever even heard of nerdcore, but The Great Luke Ski [lukeski.com] was who I thought of first. He does comedy music including parodies (a la Weird Al), and quite a bit of it is "white boy rap". But the key thing is that the vast majority of it is related to things that typically interest nerds and/or geeks, including Star Trek, Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, X-Files, The Matrix, Simpsons, Futurama, etc. His 2002 album was even titled Uber Geek [lukeski.com] , and he recorded so many Star Trek and Star Wars related songs that he eventually ended up compiling all of them onto their own privately released CDs ("Trek-Wutchyalike" and "May The Farce Be With You").

"I'll take you to my house..." (1)

InsaneLampshade (890845) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705896)

"It'll take you many hours to wade through it all, but the gems in there make it worth the trip."

Wow, i really should learn to read things properly, at first glance i thought the above sentence said "I'll take you to my house...".

Don't forget the nerdcore producers! (1)

spyrochaete (707033) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705903)

The musicians deserve credit too! My favourite is Finnish producer Tero [discogs.com] who has done live PA's with nothing but 2 Commodore 64s!

wtf (1)

mtjs (918147) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705910)

who the hell had mixed in the voices ... :| the volume was broken ?

Thanks God... (1)

GigG (887839) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705911)

Thank God I'm to old to be this much of a nerd.

No MC Plus+ mention? (1)

alohatiger (313873) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705966)

He's going to bust a... (whatever geek rappers bust into people)

Re:No MC Plus+ mention? (2, Funny)

DigitalHammer (581235) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706047)

motherboard cap?

some bad nerdcore rap fer ya (5, Funny)

aendeuryu (844048) | more than 8 years ago | (#15705970)

Fingers to the keys to the code I be typing
I'll bash that script, like a process I be sniping
You're lamer than some h4x0r saying "Yo! Yo! Whatsup?!"
I wish that somebody would terminate ya with a kill -HUP.
I'm flying like Apache, you're slower than concrete.
You're built like a gnome, and I ain't talking 'bout no suite.
No shortcuts'll save you, your doom is complete
No Alt-F4'll help you, no Ctl-Alt-Delete
will stop this feat, you better believe it
this ain't no superstition,
I'll open all your ports and your hardrive repartition.

So, you say you're fighting for the nerdcore crown...
But I'd say that you're closer to a nerdcore clown.
Pack it in, save your ass, yo H4x getthefuckouttadodge!
You're a Beowulf unclustered, with its power cords dislodged.
You're too l4me for this g4me, wanna fl4me? It's all the s4me
Cuz you're an Apple 2c and I'm a mainframe.
You're inept! Can't even play dead, you play sick.
We couldn't pityyoumore if you were Visual Basic.
You like that kid? Yeah, that's what I'm talking about!
It's a rout! I flout my stout clout with this cool cool cout
and I'm out.

Don't steal the word nerdcore! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15705989)

What the language naturally suggests: hardcore nerdy, aka extremely nerdy. I've been using it since before I heard about this genre of rap.

Why rap anyway? Doesn't the word 'hardcore' in a musical context suggest heavy metal?

Post-Dre Gangsta (1)

IngramJames (205147) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706008)

Much of the Post Dre rap you've heard celebrates the 'Gangsta' lifestyle

Alas, this is true. There is lots of other stuff out there, but it won't get much radio or club play, because Gangsta sells better.

In the words of KRS-One: "Hip hop is where it always was - underground." (sorry, quoted from memory, almost certainly without accuracy).

For some recent (well, OK, not that recent, but I don't keep up to date) non-Gangsta hip hop, check out Bomfunk MCs for some serious breaks and BBoy-centric music, "The Return Of The DJ" LPs and various other artists.. they aren't too hard to find if you know where to look (google for the above and surf - you'll find lots of stuff). And nowadays you can even buy some underground stuff in HMV and Virgin (ahhh, I remember the day when I asked for Public Enemy in Virgin juuust to see the puzzled looks)..

MC Iron is okay (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15706016)

http://wee-unit.mserle.net/mp3s [mserle.net] is one of my favorites. MC frontalot is one of the best, although spamtec is fun to listen to... and of course, monzy.com made 2 mp3s that are far more geekier than anything else out there, coding-wise!

Note: wikipedia has an okay-ish article on nerdcore with other links

Stevens (R-Nerd) (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706066)

Senator Ted Stevens is the kind of nerd who wishes he were a geek, doesn't have the brains. He does have the sucka MC mic [alternet.org] on C-SPAN whenever he wants to throw down the jive, so he's an artificial-hip-hopper, nationwide.

Re:Stevens (R-Nerd) - you got that abckwards (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706305)

Nerds need brains. geeks do not.

how much brains do you need to argue why a wookie would use alight saber? or discuss who is better Superman or mighty mouse. Or think that there time they ahve been playing roleplaying games counts for something? Those are geek activities.

Geeks think up, design and build the toys that allow geeks to play.

Re:Stevens (R-Nerd) - you got that abckwards (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706418)

Read your post and explain it to me.

What are you trying to say, nerd? Abckwards, indeed.

MC Frontalot (4, Interesting)

NilObject (522433) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706163)

Not a single mention of MC Frontalot? Are you people nuts?!

http://frontalot.com/index.php [frontalot.com]

He's the most nerdcore!

Slashdot effect (1)

lixee (863589) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706189)

I wished all my favorite shows' torrents were slashdotted in that way.

Foot Tapper? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15706194)

Ytcracker's "In My Time" is just a fantastic track. You'll be hard pressed not to tap your foot.

Unless you're NOT gay. Then it should be easy not to tap your foot.

Emulation Station (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15706290)

LOL. Download volume1 and listen to "1337 G33K B3AT - 22 - Emulation Station.mp3". Rap done by pre-pubescent kids is hilarious sounding. The High pitched voices just cracks me up.

Why wasn't I consulted?! (1)

shotgunsaint (968677) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706307)

Wow, my band does a song that would fit on there perfectly. It's called Geekstylin', and it's about my favorite D&D character. Also, I'm disappointed to learn of the lack of the Buck65 track "Making Love to your Hard Drive." Every slashdotter should hear that song, at least once. Effing hilarious.

Download download (1)

harvey_peterson (658039) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706321)

Wow - these might be the best seeded torrents ever.

check out Hich-C's aka Sandwich Boy's other site (1)

mikesum (840054) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706366)

Here's the post about it on beos news.

http://beosnews.com/?postid=137 [beosnews.com]

Be sure to check out Wired in August.

Roosevelt Franklin (1)

cthrall (19889) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706372)

If you haven't heard anything by Roosevelt Franklin, go get their album "Something's Gotta Give."

In a different style (1)

infolib (618234) | more than 8 years ago | (#15706414)

Les Horribles Cernettes [web.cern.ch] are quite nerdcore in their own way. "I feel your attraction It's a strong interaction" seems quite the right words if you're the world's "one and only High Energy Rock Band".

Oh, and check the lyrics for liquid nitrogen [web.cern.ch] too.

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