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MC Router, Ytcracker, Beefy, Ultraklystron, Nursehella, Jesse Dangerously, Jason Z. Christie
Dan Lamoureux
84 Mins.
Journeyman Pictures

 "Nerdcore for Life" Review 

Admit it.

If you're not a nerd yourself, then your familiarity in pop culture with geek life probably centers around "Revenge of the Nerds."

Welcome to "Nerdcore for Life," an entertaining and thought-provoking look inside nerdcore, a melding together of all things geek and, somewhat surprisingly, all things hip hop.

By immersing himself in the nerdcore world, director Dan Lamoureux emerges with the heart and soul of a musical and cultural sub-genre rapidly gaining in popularity. It's going to depend upon your perspective and personal preferences who's the heart and who's the soul, but "Nerdcore" features interviews, raps and conflicts from the likes of MC Router and her arch-rival Nursehella,  MCPlus+ and his rival Monzy, MC Lars, Beefy, MC Chris, YTCracker and quite a few others.

What makes "Nerdcore for Life" ultimately rise above your standard run-of-the-mill musical documentary is that Lamoureux clearly cares about and respects his subjects.

What is Nerdcore?

Well, you take hip hop with its computer generated beats and true-to-life lyrics and you blend it together with the everyday life experiences of a nerd.  What does this mean? It means you get songs about technology, literature, anime, video games, the internet and much, much more.

The purest essence of Nerdcore is quite simple...pride.

Be who you are.

Be what you are.

Fuck 'em if they don't like it.


Whether you're listening to The Sucklord, a blinged out Sith Lord, or the potentially too big for his britches MC Chris, "Nerdcore for Life" draws you in with its human dramas, musical rivalries, compelling lyrics and unique beats.  The point being that these musical artists ARE musical artists...this is not a joke, a gimmick or a Weird Al moment.

The musicians and artists in "Nerdcore for Life" are hip hop artists to the core, they simply have refused to by into the limitations of wide-release hip hop and, instead, speak of their own life experiences with refreshing and entertaining honesty, intelligence, emotion and occasional humor.

Shot on a modest $12,000 budget, "Nerdcore for Life" was an Official Selection at the 2009 Lake County Film Festival and is currently on the festival circuit. 

© Written by Richard Propes
The Independent Critic