We're opening up the fave FF event to EVERYONE.
NEEEERRRRRDDDDDSSS! Mount up!
From the early nerdcore albums of MC Frontalot to the Epic Rap Battles of History and the entire careers of the Lonely Island and Childish Gambino, rapping nerds have become major players in pop culture. Now it’s your turn to show us what you’ve got, in the fourth annual Fantastic Fest Nerd Rap Throwdown!
What is Nerd Rap? Simply put, it’s any hip hop beat paired with an emcee (or multiple microphone fiends) rapping about geek culture. Weird Al’s “All About the Pentiums” and “White & Nerdy” are amazing nerd rap parodies, and this Motherfuckin’ Tom Cruise rap by Andrew Todd at our event in 2013 is pretty badass, too.
In the first round of competition, each Nerd Rapper will perform a prepared rap using any beat of their choosing for up to 2 minutes of performance time. Each performer will be rated on a scale of 1 to 10 by our panel of celebrity judges, and the top three performers will go on to compete in the final round – the Freestyle Challenge. We’ll have our own beats prepared along with new geeky topics, and each rapper will have to make up a new flow about a new subject on the spot. Audience applause will determine the ultimate winner, who will be crowned Nerd Rap Champion of the Year and showered with fame and prizes from our Fantastic Fest sponsors.
Now in our fourth year, and celebrating our debut Nerd Rap show at the new Highball, for the first time ever we’re also opening up the competition and the audience to the general public and Fantastic Fest badgeholders alike!
Think you’ve got what it takes to become a Geek God of the Mic? Competing is totally free, and all you need to do is sign up using the WuFoo form below giving us your name and contact info along with a link to the beats you would like to use and the subject of your rap.
Another change this year from the first three years: performers may choose any background beats that they like. We still recommend the amazing talents of Fatboy Roberts, a movie-obsessed fan like the rest of us, and his incredibly transcendent, funkified remix of his favorite movie, TV show and video game themes, and you can find great beats at his website, Geek: Remixed. But if you have another source you want to use this year that will be 100% legit, too.
We’ll have a limited number of spaces for competitors, and we’ll be filling up performance slots on a first come, first served basis, so pick out your beats and sign up today!
Admission to the event is free for Fantastic Fest badgeholders, or $5 for general public audience members who aren’t also competing. Then stick around after the competition for an evening of rap karaoke where everyone is invited to perform their favorite hip hop jams on the Highball stage.
Sign up HERE.