I think it’s safe to say that the fourth season premiere of Game of Thrones is one of the most anticipated events for us Nerds. Last week, HBO aimed right for the NOC sweet spot when they released the hotly anticipated mixtape Catch the Throne.
Featuring tracks from some of the biggest names in hip hop rapping about Westeros, the mixtape instantly captured the collective imagination of the entire internet. And while it is pretty great, I can’t help thinking “been there, done that” since Adam WarRock already released a bunch of GoT tracks and compiled them in to his own mixtape. A year ago.
My lovely, amazing and infinitely patient wife recently pointed out to me that I’ve been gone more than I’ve been home since we got married in December. There’s been a lot going on lately, hasn’t there? I just got home from three straight months of touring, and I’m leaving tomorrow to go to my little brother’s wedding and then I’m flying into Austin, Texas for my first official showcase at South By Southwest with a bunch of my bestest nerdcore friends like Doc Awk, Jesse Dangerously, Adam WarRock, MC Lars, Schaffer the Darklord, Random, MC Frontalot, and more. It’s going to be nuts.
Before I head out again, I’ve got a whole slew of new stuff to share with you.
As you know, we love talking about hip-hop here at The Nerds of Color. More specifically, the subgenre known as Nerdcore has a special place (and its own category) here as well. So it was a big deal to get three of the biggest names in the game to sit down for a special episode of Hard N.O.C.
Joining Keith (@the_real_chow) on the show are overly enthusiastic hip-hop artists Adam WarRock (@eugewarrock), Tribe One (@tribeonewon), and Random (a.k.a. @MegaRan). As always, Hard N.O.C. Life is directed by the indomitable Nelson Wong (@aarisings).
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these rappers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.
In gaming culture, an NPC (non-player character) is often a bit player in the overall story — he or she is there for no reason except to get the main character to their goal. Their backstory is never told.
Much like an NPC, people of color who desire to create music or art or think differently than their counterparts are often discouraged and forced to keep those thoughts and ideas to themselves. And to play the background.
I had an idea a while back to create a collective of like-minded, forward thinking creatives who have been through a lot of the same things I had as a person of color who enjoyed nerdy things as a child an as an adult.
I guess it’s Frozen week on the Nerds of Color! Earlier in the week, I mentioned a twitter convo about the movie that I had with Adam WarRock. I (half-) jokingly tweeted that I wanted him to do a song over a “Let it Go” instrumental.
— Keith Chow 周樂文 (@the_real_chow) January 21, 2014
Well, he took it to another level and actually wrote a whole song and released it free for the whole interwebz to enjoy. Though he ultimately didn’t use the Idina Menzel showstopper, the beat from the B.o.B. track” John Doe” is still pretty evocative of the Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez music from the movie.
Here, I’ll let Adam explain why he decided to do the track — plus a link to download — after the jump:
The first free mixtape from Nerd Rap Sensation™ Adam WarRock has been released from the TARDIS. Whovians rejoice!
What’s that? Adam WarRock just made a mixtape about Doctor Who? The guy who had never watched an episode of Doctor Who in his life? Well, apparently, Adam spent the holidays with the Doctor and is now a convert. Here’s a taste of what you’ll get in the 8-track EP:
If you happen to be in Overland Park, KS tonight, head on over to Elite Comics for their 20th anniversary bash. The party also coincides with the launch of the Middle Of Nowhere Comic Store Tour featuring our very own resident nerd rappers: WarRock and Tribe.
I mean, what better way to celebrate New Comics Wednesday than with awesome folks and cool music?
One of the NOC’s favorite rappers, Random aka Mega Ran, is back with a brand new album out in December. In the meantime, check out “Best Friends,” his lead song and video off of Blur Bomber, a collabo with Mister Wilson.
Next week, our man Adam WarRock will be hitting the road once again. This time, he’s got a brand new album to promote and a spiffy profile in the UK newspaper The Guardian to boot. Adam won’t be alone on the tour either, as he will be joined by a few friends (some of which might be familiar to you readers of The Nerds of Color).
After a brief swing through the South (namely, Louisiana and Texas) to close out November, WarRock will hit up the Midwest with our very own Tribe One through out December!
Look for more formal announcements from Adam later in the week. In the meantime, check out the current list of dates and venues after the jump. And go order The Middle of Nowhere if you haven’t already!
It’s the Fifth of November, and you know what that means…
Just a heads up.
When you start seeing posts by some random dude it’s not because the site has been hacked. It’s because the random dude is me.
I’m Tribe One. I’m new here. I feel like I’ll fit in, though. I’m a comics fanatic, a life-long gamer and a lover of pretty much all facets of nerd culture. That and I’ve got STRONG (also correct) opinions about things. For instance, I believe ST:TNG is the pinnacle of SF television and that while Batman is the best superhero, Peter Parker is actually the best comic book character.
You see? I belong here.
Also, I rap. No, it’s ok. Trust me. I’m good at it. Like, really good.
Since WarRock is such an avowed Marvel head (as if his rap name didn’t already give it away), songs in the key of DC are few and far between. But from the Watchmenesque album cover to his latest single, it seems Adam isn’t just exclusive to “the 616.” So when he drops a track about the Dark Knight, you know I’m about it!
Adam WarRock‘s latest free tune is a collabo with artist Chris Haley called “Nerrd Lines,” their ode to cosplay and cons. Set to Pharrell’s earwormy beat for “Blurred Lines,” the controversial summertime smash by Robin Thicke, WarRock and Haley’s version spawned from a summer spent at cons where hundreds of folks could be found waiting in lines circling convention centers from Connecticut to Baltimore. All while wearing layers of spandex and plastic in 90 degree weather. Here are some sample lyrics from “Nerrd Lines”: