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Nerdcore hip hop, or geeksta rap, is a subgenre of hip hop music that is performed by nerds, and is characterized by themes and subject matter considered to be of general interest to nerds. Self-described nerdcore musician MC Frontalot coined the term in 2000 in the song "Nerdcore Hip-Hop." Frontalot, like most nerdcore artists, self-published his work. As a niche genre, nerdcore has a strong amateur tradition of self-publishing and self-production.

Of all nerdcore artists, Frontalot and mc chris are probably the most widely known.

Popular nerdcore subject matter includes Star Wars (Frontalot's "Yellow Lasers", 2 Skinnee J's "Mind Trick", mc chris's "Fett's Vette"), science (MC Hawking's "Entropy", 2 Skinnee J's "Pluto"), and computers. Some non-nerdcore hip hop compositions exist that focus on similar topics.

The word "nerdcore" is also occasionally used as an adjective meaning "hardcore nerd", that is, someone who publicly takes pride in being nerdy.


Notable nerdcore artists

2 Skinnee J's
Commodore 64
Grand Buffet
Jesse Dangerously
mc chris
MC Frontalot
MC Hawking
MC Lars
MC Paul Barman
MC Plus+
Optimus Rhyme

There are many more less known nerdcore artists; see the external links, below.

Related artists and songs

Although the following artists' commercially-released albums and songs are not technically nerdcore, they do feature themes typical of the genre:

Deltron 3030
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien
Elemental Science Project (ESP)
Dream Warriors "Twelve Sided Dice" (1991)
Eric Schwartz Wimp Pimp (2005)
General Patton vs. The X-Ecutioners "L.O.L.- Loser On Line (Hate the Player, Hate the Game)" (2005)
Jason Brannon and Bentframe "Star Wars Gangsta Rap"
KOMPRESSOR performs more in the genre of electronic music, but often speaks words rhythmically over the music. Also did a collaboration track with MC Frontalot
Kool Keith as Dr. Octagon
The Lonely Island's fictional rap group Incredibad verges on nerdcore in several songs, especially "Lazy Sunday".
MC 900 Ft. Jesus
"Weird Al" Yankovic "It's All About The Pentiums" (1999)

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