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WFF2008 Reviews: "Nerdcore for Life"

Post by Joshua James on 4/7/2008 10:30am

tatty001Medium.jpgSpeaking with Nerdcore For Life director Dan Lamoureux you can tell he cares deeply for the subjects in his film. That love and respect translates perfectly to the documentary that follows some of Nerdcore’s most prominent artists from their basements to the stage. Most importantly Lamoureux is introducing the world to the Hip-Hop sub-genre of Nerdcore.

For a definition of what Nerdcore is I will take it’s decription directly from the film’s website:

The term “Nerdcore” refers to both a sub-genre of hip-hop music that is created by self-professed nerds and to the subculture that has grown out of that style of music. The subject matter covered in Nerdcore Hip-Hop is diverse but generally songs focus on interests that in the past, mainstream America would consider geeky such as video games, computer programming, cult films, the internet, anime, comic books and science and technology. The predominant theme behind the Nerdcore movement is one of Nerd pride and empowerment.

I’ll admit that before seeing Nerdcore For Life I had never heard of the musical style but it didn’t take long for me to become a fan. The subjects know they are geeks, nerds, dweebs and it is the acceptance of this that makes them so endearing and watchable. It is the unpretentious nature of artists like Beefy, MC Router, Monzy, and MC Lars that is immediately identifiable and gripping.

Nerdcore and it’s history, beefs, influences, and it’s future are covered masterfully by Lamoureux. I don’t think Nerdcore will ever be a widely accepted genre as it is often focused like a laser beam on specific geek topics, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of it’s artists gain wider notoriety in some Independent Hip-Hop circles. If I should be wrong and Nerdcore blows up it will owe a great deal of gratitude to Dan Lamoureux for opening the world’s eyes to the genre.

Josh Trinkner


Joshua James is the pseudonym for Joshua Trinkner, a small town boy with big city dreams that eventually failed and led him to Madison. Along with writing for Dane101 Josh is the co-host of the internet talk/sketch comedy show Drunk Dial 101 with fellow contributor Adam Schabow. When he isn’t pontificating endlessly about the sound of tin can Josh is taking care of his son and making sweet sweet love to his wife down by the fire with a snifter of brandy and Lou Reed’s ‘Metal Machine Music’ on the stereo because that’s how he rolls.

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