Hurts So Good - NERDCORE FOR LIFE
…Keep your ratios up or I ban you off my tracker
if you ain’t sharing you’re prolly a hacker
my switch lights up like a Christmas tree
when I’m online surfing p2p…
(YTCracker – Warez Loder)
That’s a line from the second verse of one of artist YTCracker’s most prominent songs of his career, “Warez Loder.” He’s one of the many artists featured in NERDCORE FOR LIFE, a music documentary that delves into the somewhat underground world of nerdcore hip-hop and all of the elements of its culture, in an effort to give you an in depth look at the phenomena that had been silently building across the nation.
While the “hurts” aspect of NERDCORE FOR LIFE being so good isn’t so much the film itself as it is the subgenre of music it showcases, the film is definitely interesting no matter how you view the topic of a bunch of nerds coming together to rap. From all traditionally accepted definitions of hip-hop and the culture surrounding it, one would never expect artists like Monzy (a Stanford computer science PhD candidate), mc chris (a voice actor of Aqua Teen Hunger Force fame) and MC Hawking (a computer text-to-speech rapper purporting to be physicist Steven Hawking) to pick up a mic and seriously try to make a living off of rhyming. While quite strange at first, this film manages to present these artists in a light that is neither mocking nor undeservedly praising, but just a account of their lives trying to do what they love and survive the uphill battle set before them.
The meat of the film focuses on introducing you to some of the more prominent artists involved on the scene, introducing you to them and going a bit into their struggles. There are quite a few of the artists that are briefly touched upon, each with their own interesting tale of where they came from, how they got involved in the movement and where they want to take it. My personal favorite was a kid from Pasco, WA who went by the stage name Beefy. He’s one of the bigger personalities in the film, who thoughtfully – and hilariously - comments on the majority of the topics presented from the comfort of his Jacuzzi, smoking on a cigar and sipping on a cocktail. Listening to his quips alone is worth the fare, but watching him interact with the rest of the crew truly makes for an entertaining and truly educational experience.
In addition to the positivity exuded amongst the artists, much like that which exists within the more popular talent of the larger genre, there are also the essential rifts in the group and NERDCORE FOR LIFE spares no expenses in bringing their “beefs” to the forefront. Covering the battles between several different emcees, including Monzy’s attack on MC Plus+…
…Your problem, Plus Plus, is that your typing isn't strict
In ML my type is realand your type is 'a dict…
(Monzy - So Much Drama In The PhD)
…and MC Router’s backlash on the lovely, sexy, beautiful, totally hot Nursehella’s proclamation of being the first female nerdcorer on the scene,
…I’m a surgeon with my lyrical explosion
Don’t need you merging on the shit that I’m splurging
Don’t need a nurse, I do surgeries on the daily
Smack in the face just cause I use melee…
(MC Router – I’m The Surgeon)
Lamoureux doesn’t shy away from giving the artists an outlet to speak their minds. One of the main issues within the film, one that completely seems to divide the entire community, concerns rapper High-C and his unsolicited handling of the marketing of nerdcore hip-hop. From starting the forum by which many artists were discovered to being responsible for organizing press events and concerts, he is the face of the movement to many of those who would otherwise have no idea about their music. Sadly not everyone involved is excited about how he handles this responsibility and power, but as in all walks of life, with all good comes bad and the not so glamorous sides of the story are fully covered here in the attempt to give a well rounded perspective on nerdcore hip-hop as a whole.
With Dan Lamoureux doing such an excellent job showcasing everything about the nerdcore life, it’s more of the hip hop stereotypes they are trying to break, the nerd stereotypes they are trying to maintain and the music itself that truly hurts so good. With the film only able to showcase so much of the music itself without having to sacrifice coverage, I honestly recommend going out and listening to some of the music. It’s some really interesting stuff. It’s artists with names like MC Frontalot and Optimus Rhyme rapping about Magic The Gathering and Internet porn addictions, in the cleverest ways possible, something I’m sure quite a few of you will be able to relate to. While their incantations may seem ridiculous at first, as you get past the shock of it all, the lyrics truly begins to grow on you, with their love for the craft shining through in their music.
Hell, I can still jam to Frontalot’s “Nerdcore Rising” all day long.
At the end of the day, NERDCORE FOR LIFE is a great documentary on a subject that had gone under the radar for so long and pretty much needed to be exposed. Showing that while nerdcore’s talent bank may walk, talk and look different than those traditionally associated with the genre of hip-hop, they are legitimate artists that similarly want to voice their opinions in the only way they know how… by spitting dope lyrics onto banging beats. While it’s true that they deviate from the norm in content and their basement production values may be well beneath that of the more mainstream cast of characters, if this documentary reaches enough people, it may pave a way for them to reach even bigger audiences. While we’re a long way from hearing the likes of MC Lars and Baddd Spellah being mentioned in the same sentence as your household Jay-Z’s and Kanye Wests, with a film like NERDCORE FOR LIFE in the atmosphere, it’s no longer completely out of the question that it may one day happen.
I mean, there was once a time when...
“…They never thought that hip hop would take it this far...”
(Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy)Deuces.
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July 17, 2012, 4 p.m. CST
by mick vance
July 17, 2012, 4:05 p.m. CST
by Seth Brundle
July 17, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST
by The Shropshire Slasher
Is he in it? At the end of the day, NERDCORE FOR LIFE is a great documentary on a subject that had gone under the radar for so long and pretty much needed to be exposed. Now that is funny!
July 17, 2012, 4:17 p.m. CST
He's a bird, man. He's gotta be free.
July 17, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST
The documentary, the writer claims, is great. The "hurts" refers to the style of music, which he later praises, stating that he jams to MC Frontalot. What a bullshit article.
July 17, 2012, 4:39 p.m. CST
by The Shropshire Slasher
July 17, 2012, 4:49 p.m. CST
July 17, 2012, 4:50 p.m. CST
July 17, 2012, 4:51 p.m. CST
Thought the point of this Hurts So bad was you are suppose to go over older films that are so shity they are good, or am i getting this confused with the 50 other writers from other online sites that use the same gag?
July 17, 2012, 5:16 p.m. CST
by Stereotypical Evil Archer
July 17, 2012, 5:24 p.m. CST
Please just fire this John Doe idiot.
July 17, 2012, 5:38 p.m. CST
he is the master of this genre. Except for Frontalot and MC Chris, the others are unlistenable.
July 17, 2012, 5:43 p.m. CST
by Pete Dauber
A lot of nerdcore is just mediocre or bad hip hop. But it can also be weirdly enjoyable. Most of it is not the kind of stuff that you'll want to listen to every day but a little here and there is amusing. There was a band called Futuristic Sex Robotz that I strongly encourage folks to look up. They were decent and their music was pretty hilarious if you're a computer geek.
July 17, 2012, 5:52 p.m. CST
A bunch of losers making ear rape music is not funny, not bad and definitely is not even in an ironic way- good... It's boring and beyond awful. Do real movies for Fuck's sake!
July 17, 2012, 5:53 p.m. CST
Or just show them my diploma, they would wreck them...
July 17, 2012, 6:03 p.m. CST
Nerdcore for Life
July 17, 2012, 6:06 p.m. CST
That is all
July 17, 2012, 6:08 p.m. CST
July 17, 2012, 6:37 p.m. CST
by Michael Miller
MC Paul Barmen, and Kool Keith were two of the first people that came to my mind as well as Del, and a few others.
July 17, 2012, 6:40 p.m. CST
Or for electronic music, I guess there is IDM (Intelligent Dance Music already sounds nerdy enough). How about some Nerd n' Bass? Nerds need some fast paced high octane music to recklessly drive their cars to.
July 17, 2012, 6:42 p.m. CST
Now that is actually pretty funny. For some reason it reminds me of the surly cartoon Hawking that taunted Peter Griffin.
July 17, 2012, 6:47 p.m. CST
by Royston Lodge
Much of this stuff is free at last.fm.
July 17, 2012, 7:58 p.m. CST
Meganerd The Link I Am a Pirate The entire DG EP with MC Lars
July 17, 2012, 8:28 p.m. CST
Which means that it'll be around forever. Jesus wept.
July 17, 2012, 8:37 p.m. CST
July 17, 2012, 8:37 p.m. CST
Sorry, but there it is.
July 17, 2012, 8:38 p.m. CST
July 17, 2012, 8:39 p.m. CST
Ugh let's move on from this article and hope this writer gets his shit together.
July 17, 2012, 8:45 p.m. CST
July 17, 2012, 10:35 p.m. CST
by Nerd Rage
Rock and roll started off as black music too. You can delete all your heavy metal tracks now.
July 17, 2012, 10:57 p.m. CST
im confused what these articles are about: good movies that are bad, or bad movies that are good. ugh i dont understand.
by Arcadian Del Sol
July 17, 2012, 11:09 p.m. CST
by Shawn beaverson
I would easily include both of those artists as nerdcore. Also Del the funkee homosapien, and childish gambino
July 17, 2012, 11:13 p.m. CST
by Nerd Rage
I just fast forwarded 40 years when hip hop is nothing but devil worshiping screaming and white "hip hop" fans downplay the latest emerging music mostly because it came from black people. and the cycle plays out endlessly until the sun explodes.
July 17, 2012, 11:20 p.m. CST
The most common 'edgy' font you find out there.
July 17, 2012, 11:23 p.m. CST
by Nerd Rage
I can't think of any bigger influences on the genre. Those two probably planted the most seeds. RIP MCA and ODB.
July 18, 2012, 1:19 a.m. CST
by Bedknobs and Boomsticks
with "geek," "nerd," etc. has become loathsome, but I won't rag on this because a friend of mine is in one of those bands, even though the compulsion is burning me up. He was never a geek to begin with, though. He just ended up in one to play guitar.
July 18, 2012, 2:01 a.m. CST
You suck at your job, dude. First you did Starship Troopers, now some 'great' indie documentary that was in multiple film festivals... jesus christ, it's NOT THAT HARD to find BAD MOVIES. YOU SUCK AT YOUR JOB
July 18, 2012, 7:12 a.m. CST
July 18, 2012, 7:28 a.m. CST
Look up Powerglove for a start with nerd metal!
July 18, 2012, 9:14 a.m. CST
nerdcore.....what a bunch of bullshit how many of these douchebags ever had to suffer a swirly from the jocks? how many of these lame idiot wannabes ever got stuffed into a locker? how many of these teeny-bopper fucks ever had their drawers yanked up their asscrack until they ripped? have any of them ever even had their books knocked out of their hands? they're not nerds, they're not geeks, they're just dumbass children who have no idea what being a nerd really is, they never suffered the bruises or the indignity, they have no talent, they have terrible taste, they're fucking poseurs now get the fuck off my lawn
July 18, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST
by Roane Gaddy
....have no nerd credentials.
July 18, 2012, 12:21 p.m. CST
That isn't a guy, that is MC Router (female)
July 18, 2012, 12:39 p.m. CST
by Jon Forbing
But there's definitely a few who really shine, because they are just rappers who happen to be nerdy, and a bunch of others who are just gimmicky. You'd be hard-pressed to find an example of mc chris referring to himself as "nerdcore", and MC Lars calls himself a "post-punk" rapper (still no idea what the fuck that means). I think the big difference is that the best of them (chris, Frontalot, Lars, Adam Warrock to an extent) have plenty of songs that are just songs, without bludgeoning you over the head with the "WE'RE NERDS" thing.
July 18, 2012, 1:06 p.m. CST
July 18, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST
It took me 2 minutes or research to find this. It would have been nice if there was a link in the article. http://www.hulu.com/watch/183668
July 18, 2012, 6:12 p.m. CST
I give props for Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple for kicking starting the heavy metal genre.
And all it took was a bunch of no-talent, beat machine using hacks talking about their rims and how many imaginary people they've killed to become more popular than legitimate music. I could care less if heavy metal music was derived from jazz - a black people's music. Hell, even Jimi Hendrix is credited for the term 'Heavy Metal.'
July 18, 2012, 7:07 p.m. CST
Loved his stuff for a long time, but haven't been listening to the genre for a while... or much rap at all anymore really. Except maybe some P.O.S. , but even that album is a couple of years old now. I'm just not as excited about it as I used to be. Too much emphasis on boast, not enough butter on the toast.. knowhaddimsayin?
July 18, 2012, 7:07 p.m. CST
July 18, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST
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