References: Mega Man
Random, aka Mega Ran, didn't get a cease-and-desist order when he released a hip-hop tribute to Mega Man that heavily sampled many of the original sound files from the early games. In fact, Capcom decided to support and promote his fan-driven efforts, which led to the creation of a second album of choice cuts revolving around the heroic blue robot's gaming adventures that was released shortly after Mega Man 9 on WiiWare. A song commemorating the series' first female robot master is a fitting highlight.
Notable lyrics: “I was breezing, battling bosses / The record is flawless, zero losses / Until I came across this stunning young piece / Who resided at the bottom of the sea – and she / Told me her name was splash woman / Beautiful but deadly, she was mad cunning / Had a voice that could sooth the savage beast / her physique was way above average”
References: All of us
Like many hip-hop artists, MC Lars is a good storyteller. The Stanford graduate also likes to treat many of his songs as musical essays revolving around a main thesis and featuring supporting arguments in his verses. He wields both skills in "O.G. Original Gamer," arguing with lyrical comrade MC Frontalot about the merits of gaming obsession by taking on fictional personas to get their opposing points across. The back-and-forth between the two is comical to say the least.
Fun meta-game: How many nerdcore rappers can you spot in the video?
Notable lyrics: “Dad found me on the steps of the video arcade / Orphan baby in a basket, seven pound is all I weighed / And before I learned to walk well I’d mastered Donkey Kong / Q*bert, Final Fight, Master Blaster and Pong”
References: PC multiplayer
Enjoy Rock Band 2, Rock Band: AC/DC Live and Beatles: Rock Band? MC Router works as an Associate Producer at Pi Studios – the development team that makes those and other fine games happen. And if you couldn’t tell from the health meter and LVL UP tattooed across her chest (see below), Router is a hardcore gamer and no stranger to the gratuitous pwning of n00bz. Much of her music is inundated with gaming and technology references.
In this video, filmed by the director responsible for the Nerdcore For Life documentary, she bitch slaps the bane of PC gamers like a pro.
Notable lyrics: “Things are running smoothly, haven’t seen a trace of lag / Just a bunch of frag grenades shooting from my gamertag / As I’m about to make a kill and win this round of slayer / My screen freaks and I freeze up, now I can’t move my player”
References: The Legend of Zelda
A renowned hacker, digital gangster and serious purveyor of rhyme, YTCracker is a legend amongst those who dig their rap with a heavy touch of nerdiness. This tune off his debut solo album, Nerdrap Entertainment System, hijacks the intro riff from The Legend of Zelda to lay a foundation for the “undisputed king of nerdcore” to deliver his lyrical barrage. It was a tight track when it first came out in 2005, and YTCracker's bang-up live performance backed by a live band proves he's not only a master of bits, bytes and code.
Notable lyrics: “Now people know that a DG carry weapons / But if that weapon is a NES you steppin’ / We finished Contra with one life / Finished Metal Gear 2 using only a knife, right / People might think that we’re frontin’ / Then they see all the n00bs online that I’m puntin’ / My rhymes flow just like my code / Even though my source is owned by SCO”
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