Nerds In Space!

Wicked Obsession & AdamWarRock at the Spacebar ArcadeFor those of you who don’t know about nerdcore, it is a sub-genre of hip hop that features nerd themes (gaming, sci-fi, etc.) and/or music from video games. It’s largely underground, with most of the music being released free online. If you know me, whether in real-life, or just from reading my blog, I am a HUGE nerdcore fan. I’m even lucky enough to be able to call a few nerdcore artists “friend.”

I’ve been to a few nerdy concerts over the past couple of years, from MC Frontalot (the nerdfather) to mc chris; Random and Adam WarRock; to my own concert, which featured Billy the Fridge & Ronald McFondle. Last night, I took Wicked to her first concert ever at the Spacebar Arcade in Boise, Idaho. I’ll admit, it was the best concert I’ve ever been to! And judging from the turnout at the Spacebar, Boise does, in fact, have a healthy nerd community. This concert was the very best way to introduce Wicked to nerdcore.

The night kicked off with Atlanta-based rapper Tribe One who immediately hit every nerd in attendance with raps that drew out feelings. The energy and enthusiasm that emanated from Tribe One pulsed through the audience and set the tone for the rest of the night. Each song in his set was amazing; however, my favorite was Doing It Wrong, from his Malibu Shark Attack album. Tribe One put on an incredible set and was an absolutely fantastic opening to the night.

Next up was Adam WarRock, née Eugene Ahn, a Korean American attorney who quit his day job to pursue music and has been dubbed the Internet’s foremost comic book rapper. Hitting the stage hard with King Slayer, a song about his favorite character in the Game of Thrones TV show, WarRock has the unique ability to blend nerd culture seamlessly. As a Browncoat (aren’t we all?), one of the highlights of WarRock’s set was one of my personal favorite songs, MAL.

After Tribe One and WarRock, I was hesitant to think Schaffer the Darklord would be able to measure up to my expectations. Sure, I know who he is, I used to play his music on 1337ology Radio, but I’d never seen him in concert. Of course, I’d be lying if I said he didn’t blow me AND my expectations away. With a mix of songs from his newest album Sick Passenger and some older tracks, Schaffer had everybody in the Spacebar dancing. Scary thought if you’ve never seen a nerd dance … trust me, we shouldn’t. The entire set was awesome, and Schaffer, without a doubt, has a stage presence able to captivate any audience, and I’m not joking. I’ve seen nerdcore fans, I’ve seen hardcore nerdcore fans, shit, I am one, but I have never seen nerdcore groupies. I did tonight, two cute blonde nerd-girls pushing to the front of the crowd as Schaffer started Do Sex. While Boo! (I’m A Ghost!) and Tomgirl were entertaining, it was a track from his Manslaughterer album that resonated with me the most. As a hemophiliac, I don’t hear a lot of mention in movies, TV or music about my affliction. In fact, before last night’s concert, I only knew of one rap that mentioned hemophilia, Ultraklystron‘s Hearts Bangin’; now, I can add Buckets of Blood. Best of all, the album version is a collaboration of Schaffer and Kabuto the Python (one of my favorite nerdy rappers).
The Cli3nt & Schaffer the Darklord at the Spacebar Arcade
Over all, this was an amazing showcase of some of the best names nerdcore has to offer. I encourage you all to check out each and every one of these artists. Visit their web sites, download their music and then go see them live. You are missing out if you aren’t familiar with any of these artists.

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The Cli3nt

   I am 43-years-old, a hemophiliac, the co-founder of GamersRevenge.com, a blogger at TheCli3nt.com, part-time YouTuber (Geek Out! videocast) and Twitch streamer.
   I'm an old-school gamer, having started playing video games back in 1977 on the Atari 2600 (even managed to place 6th in Jafco's Atari Pac-Man tournament in 1982). I first began abusing games shortly after my best friend introduced me to Quake. By the time Quake II was released, I was addicted.
   After being found, in May 2008, passed out in front of my computer with a mouse cord wrapped around my arm and over 100 flash drives scattered around my body, I sobered up. To help maintain my sobriety, I switched to single player console gaming.
   In my life outside of the Wasteland, yes, I do have one --- wait, that's a lie. I have my Xbox One, Plex media server, high-speed internet, and Dax the Magnificent (my furry four-legged child).

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