Winter Already Came: Catch this Game of Thrones Mixtape Instead

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.

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See With Your Ears, Hear With Your Eyes

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.

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Strictly Nerdcore with Adam WarRock, Tribe One, & Mega Ran

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).

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The East Coast is in the Middle of Nowhere

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these rappers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

Polar Vortex? Ice storms? Blizzards? Adam WarRock and Tribe One don’t care. That’s why they live the raplife. Besides, the cold never bothered them anyway.

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Introducing the NPC Collective

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.

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Adam WarRock Wants to Build a Snowman

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.

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:

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Rap Game Doctor Who

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:

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The Middle of Nowhere Tour Kicks Off Tonight

We’re not in Kansas anymore, but Adam WarRock and Tribe One are!

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?

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The Middle of Nowhere Comic Store Tour

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!

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Remember… Remember… to Download Adam WarRock’s New Album!

It’s the Fifth of November, and you know what that means…

Adam WarRock‘s new album, The Middle of Nowhere, is now available! Just head on over to Adam’s bandcamp page and get your own copy now.

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New Kid on the Blog

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.

Hi.

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.

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Boom! Pow! Smash! Adam WarRock Raps About Batman

This morning, Newsarama debuted the video for “B.S.F.X.,” the lead single off Adam WarRock‘s forthcoming studio album The Middle of Nowhere.

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!

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I Hate These “Blurred Lines” Too

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”:

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