STYLE: Hip-Hop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 169932-26757 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD EP ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Steve Hayes
Nerdcore is a form of hip-hop themed around subjects that are defined as 'nerdy'. Indiana's Ben Knight isn't from a rap background but wanted to try something different from his time spent touring with pop, punk and rock bands. The EP title and track of the same name is itself a twist on Bill & Ted's band in the movie - even more relevant with talk of a Bill & Ted 3 movie in the pipeline. The overall theme of the album is fun, nerdy, with an array of references to sci-fi, movies, games, plays on words and nerd topics, as in "Something Happened On The Way To Zanarkand" (from Final Fantasy). Throughout, Knight drops intentionally simple old skool vocal flows but this doesn't mean low quality. With nods to 8-bit music ("Weapons Of Mass Distraction") and games, the project mixes clarity, quality production and witty lyrical banter effortlessly. In the game hide and seek, someone hides so someone has to seek to find - but this seeking and finding is the core of the game. In the same way, this album is like one of Jesus' parables - if you seek him, you'll find him. And you'll have a lot of fun along the way.
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