For 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.
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.