Can the music industry handle the nerd revolution? I’m not talking about file-sharing or Daft Punk, I’m talking about hardcore MCs living the Geeksta life. Finally, after the mounting anticipation ever since MC Frontalot (a.k.a. Damian Hess) earned a feature story last year in Newsweek, I’m excited that the documentary Nerdcore Rising will have its long-awaited premiere at next month’s SXSW festival in Austin. Rising follows Frontalot on his first U.S. tour, and, despite my lack of personal experience with D&D and high-waisted chinos, I can’t wait to see more Nerdcore (what can I say, I know and love a lot of nerds). Here’s a teaser clip in which a bespectacled fan sums up his favorite artist thusly: “Frontalot raps about all the things I care about, like Magic the Gathering and internet porn addiction.” (Meanwhile, the Dead Kennedys’ Jello Biafra warns ominously, “Be careful with your own stereotype — it could become a prison.”)
(Check out a longer, more musical trailer here.) After the jump, more on the Nerdcore movement.
Nerdcore for Life is another upcoming documentary about this hip-hop subgenre — in post-production according to the filmmakers’ website — that further celebrates dork pride. In its mildly NSFW trailer (hey, they are rappers) we meet an MC who positions nerds as an oppressed minority, an MC who asserts that Nerdcore isn’t a parody of mainstream rap, and one who (naturally) devotes hobbity rhymes to J.R.R.Tolkien.
Have a look and a listen, PopWatchers, and then answer me this: Do you/could you take the Nerdcore genre seriously? (If so, tell us why.) Or is it a gimmicky rap-lite joke that’ll get you beat up by the cool kids?