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Only took me nearly a year to really sit down and enjoy this one. It was definitely worth the wait! Check out some of my favorite tracks like perhaps the best Knuckles rap yet??? in SVK, or the high production quality and infectiously upbeat sounds of Game Boys.
If you're a fan of this whole video game hip hop thing, then this is an essential album in your collection.
Geek E. Inc brings us 10 tracks from a dozen hip hop artists, all in tribute to classic animated shows like Dragon Ball Z, Hey, Arnold, Reboot, and more. This compilation features some talented emcees such as Tekforce, Shubzilla, Ultraklystron and many more. Grab the full, ten track collection for $9, and grab the bonus deluxe songs while you are there too.
The Hero returns! K-Murdock is back with a crew of the best emcees in nerdcore and underground hip hop. Readers of this blog will be familiar with names like Sammus, Mega Ran, and SkyBlew, and should come to know names like EyeQ, Kadesh Flow, and the rest of the artists on Hero Muzik Vol II.
I hit play and Murdock is already killing it with those stereo CT sounds, changed up just enough to get your head nodding. That beat flows through the entire album. Layered underneath some great verses from incredible emcees like Sammus, Mega Ran, Doug Funnie, and so many more. This is not an album to be slept on. Don't shut down like robo and let hundreds of years pass before you get down to this album.
1-UP returns with part three of the hip hop collaboration series Nerdcore Emulation Station 3. Over a dozen tracks featuring our hero 1-UP along with well known companions such as Sammus, SkyBlew, TekForce, and many other great voices in the nerdcore scene.
Check out the debut album of Boy Meets Robot. Seven tracks paying tribute to video games, social justice, and invisible pink unicorns. You know, the real topics other artists are afraid to touch.
TekForce drops another full length collection of dope rhymes. I just got over the Tek Support album, and this drops in my lap. Not o mention I have Server Crash pt 2 to look forward to.
After a few listens myself, I keep returning to stand out track 'Confessions of a Black Nerd Ft. Eye-Q,' an introspective track that shows a bit of where TekForce is coming from. Always interesting to dig deeper into the heart of these great artists I post about on this blog. The other 9 tracks on the album are high quality too, and show the range of influence and styles TekForce can suppply.
Also look out for the November episode of the SUBCON podcast for more TekForce discussion after I bump some of his tracks on the show.
Philonius Phunk and friends drop a fourteen track tribute to the gone, but clearly not forgotten game store FuncoLand. I've never been myself, but remember seeing FuncoLandads in my old gaming magazines!
This album is fire though, with tons of awesome guests from 'the new generation of nerdcore.'
Been a while since I wrote 'nerdcore' but this is a great album to dust the old moniker off for. This album runs the gamut of nerdy pop culture. I featured two of my favoite tracks from the album on SUBCON 33, so you can hear my thoughts, and their awesome catchy rhymes there!
Tons of tracks with several great guest appearances.
Not video games, but I do what i want. Mayor Wertz returns with the Midnight Movie EP, the album for every movie connoisseur, or for those who just watch whatever's on TV. Personally I hate movies, and haven't been in a theater in about ten years.
I can't say enough great things about the final track Oh My God! inspired by the movie Troll 2. Simply the greatest hook I've ever heard.
Big video game jams
Nearly two dozen new tracks with tons of guests
When I imagine I am all through the latest nerd rap, TYT drops nearly two dozen new tracks in my lap.
Juice Lee lays it down old school with those beats and it's kicking my ass. Review coming at some point for sure.
Current Favorite tracks: Lightning Strikes Twice, Con-Soul
He included lyrics! Oh damn that makes this the best nerdy hip hop album of 2015 for me so far!
Juice Lee (born Fred McKinstry) is a nerdcore Hip Hop artist hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio. His in-depth storytelling and near-limitless comic book and gaming references, wrapped inside intricate wordplay, evoke images of a lyrical Superhero. When not steeped in the realm of RPG’s and comic book characters, his lyrics are drawn from real experiences of the average working-class person rather than fabricated images of success. A gamer who performs and rhymes with his game face on, Juice Lee's nice-guy nerd sensibilities and intelligence flow seamlessly into his stellar lyrical prowess and inviting stage presence.
Juice has been active in his local hip hop scene since 2002. He independently released three solo efforts, the most recent being the “The Reverie” EP (2014). Juice has also played in a number of venues across the US, such as Riverbend (Cincinnati), the Shadow Lounge(Pittsburgh), and the Airliner Bar (L.A.). He has also performed in various music festivals across the country, such as the Vans Warped Tour and All Points West. Juice is currently working on his next project, a follow-up to the Kung-Fu Rap opera “The Epic of John Fong,” which he is targeting for a Spring 2015 release. He also has collaborated with Ilyas (formerly of Tanya Morgan) in creating a nerdcore album entitled “Double Dragon.” In addition to playing on the same stages as nerdcore acts such as Mega Ran, SkyBlew, and D&D Sluggers, he has also opened for numerous mainstream Hip Hop acts, including The Roots, Aceyalone and Talib Kweli. Juice is also a VFX artist who ishot and edited a special effects-heavy vlog. When he’s not rapping, he runs a weekly geekly podcast, “Darkfyre Entertainment,” with co-hosts Nyte and Leago.
Juice Lee heralds his hip-hop-high-score raps as beacons of hope for all rhymeplayers. Game Over.
Check out the latest release "The Reverie" here:
Also the Epic Retro gaming LP with rapper I-EL entitled “Double Dragon”
more music can be found here:
Mayor Wertz is on the ballot in Miami
Catchy EP! I don't know a single thing about Hotline Miami though.
This is by longtime friend of the site, Mayor Wertz, which is why I feel okay in saying, ADD SOME LINER NOTES, "Mayor." Get your secretary on that or something. I don't even have anything to copy/paste here. I'm just grabbing his facebook post...
Nerdcore Emulation Station is correct, featuring a who's who of nerdcore over two albums. A few name drops are the likes of Mega Ran, Ill Gill, Sammus, SkyBlew, and perhaps a dozen or more artists from every corner of the nerdcore kingdom.
Te initial N.E.S. album drops beats from a variety of classic games throughout gaming history. Parappa the Rapper, Metal Gear Solid, Sonic, and Mario are all represented on the album. These are accompanied by flows from 1-UP and the aforementioned litany of amazing emcees.
One of the greatest things about this series, is the overarching storyline nature of the album layout. I think 1-UP explains it best,
"In the distant future, Emcees live happily across different galaxies providing entertainment and joy through their story telling to their people.
An evil force plans to put an end to all of that. The imagidrains and their evil leader devise a plan to feed on everyone's imaginations simultaneously through an all out assault on every galaxy at once with stolen abilities.
The Emcees fight but cannot withstand this onslaught of newly found foes and their powers. A voice appears in their head and transports them all to a new world where they must venture through uncharted territories, learn new skills, and fight new enemies in order to level up.
Follow 1-UP and many other Emcees as they fight through the worlds of Playstation, Sega Saturn and N64 defeating bosses and freeing them from the Imagidrains mind control, finding new items and leveling up so they can return to their worlds and defeat the imagidrains."
This album is a ridiculous 25 tracks in length, with two or more emcees on every track, you'd be hard pressed to find a bigger collection of new and old nerdcore and hip hop talent.
Despite the eclectic list of artists, the beats help hold the mixtape feel together over the immense amount of tracks. Remixes bring out the catchiest and most memorable parts of the video games they lift from, and keep the adventurous theme in mind as you hear the noble music of Zelda or the get moving beats from Super Mario.
Think that I post the album stream and we are over here? We got a whole second album to discuss.
A few months after the initial launch of the Nerdcore Emulation Station, 1-UP has gathered the emcees of nerdcore for another adventure. He even includes an update about where this adventure stands,
"Join 1-UP In the second chapter of NES as he and his comrades venture to the Gamecube world in order to free the inhabitants from the Imagidrain army.
They are currently pumping the planet's resources dry causing the planet to lose it's form and if nothing is done it will implode."
That's right, it looks like the N.E.S. is chilling on the GCN planet for a full album, with remixes of music from Smash Bros. Melee, Metroid Prime and Pikmin, among many others. Sammus even reprises her role alongside Shammers (another one of my personal nerdcore favorites) as her namesake Samus in "Metroid Prime - Stage 7 (Ft Sammus, Shammers and W!SE)." The fusion of styles definitely makes this the stand out track for me.
The problem with plunging into the deeper recesses of video game inspired music is that I can easily miss out on the bigger releases in the process. I am only now discovering Professor Shyguy, and I'm glad I did.
That Chip-pop style I enjoy so much from the likes of The Grammar Club and Shael Riley is alive and well in Professor Shyguy's latest. Then the cameos by the incredible musicians Amanda Lepre, and Duane and Brando on their respective tracks make great contrasts of musical styles that I don't hear often enough in VGM.
Check out the latest, and, as far as I know, greatest, from Professor Shyguy, Rated Heart on bandcamp for $10 download.
A nice little song about exploring the land of Hyrule on the search for adventure.
A short acoustic ballad from Alex Retro that is sure to get stuck in your head.
It's truly hard to believe that MPFM has been at it for over ten years now. This track is one of my favorites from her debut album,©®@~ Mystery, though I didn't have the pleasure to hear it until the CD got a re-release sometime after the follow up album Wheelo Exgirlfriends was released.
One of the first times I heard someone rap over the nearly sacred track Time's Scar from Chrono Cross as well, and MPFM nailed it oh so long ago.