Nerdcore

Mega Ran returns to the scene with a new chip-hop track for anyone who's ever needed music to survive. The Philly born, Phoenix based Teacher/Rapper/Hero releases a new tune from his upcoming EP, Wouldn't Miss It For The Worl...
It's been almost a year since the comedy rock-rap duo of "8-Bit Duane " Zuwala and "The Amazing BrandO" Lackey made peace with each other following a very intense falling out. Back in the studio as The Adventures of Duane &a...
You're probably sick of seeing clips of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on the Dtoid front page, but I can guarantee this one tops 'em all. Regular watchers of Fallon's show of course know that the in-house band is none other t...
Mega Man rapper Mega Ran may have recently dropped a stellar Castlevania hip hopera album, but he'll never forget the little blue dude who propelled his music career, resulting in his decision to leave his teaching gig and fo...


Asian sensation Adam WarRock is a pretty chill dude. Our own Tara Long of course loves him to pieces, but it was I who managed to score a brotastic fist bump at last year's Nerdapalooza in Orlando. He's so skilled, he can tu...
I gotta give it up for my man Mega Ran, without a doubt one of my favorite nerd music acts around. He's got quite the spread, from Mega Man to Final Fantasy VII and even to River City Ransom. And next on the block is the tur...
Last year, I discovered a nerdcore rapper by the name of Richie Branson, who laid verses atop anime tracks from Cowboy Bebop, Gurren Lagann, and more. He was also a very vocal proponent of bringing Toonami back onto Cartoon N...
Following a swift completion of BioShock Infinite's 1999 mode last week, I was hit with a particularly potent wave of boredom. Quelling the bubbling cauldron of monotony was easy while skating through the battle-torn dystopia...
In case you've forgotten that Destructoid is staffed by beautiful, talented people, let me remind you that we've got artists, singer-songwriters, scientists, and former reality show stars amongst our ranks. We are some gifted...
Ummmm... wut? This Pokémon rap, a parody of Trinidad James' "All Gold Everything," is so ridiculous that I have to wonder how anyone in the video could keep a straight face. Thugged-out Pokémon trainers wearing...
How can I help you, King DeDeDe?I NEED A MONSTAH TO CLOBBER DAT DERE KIR-BEH! Game music arrangement repository OverClocked ReMix has released Milky Way Wishes: A Kirby Super Star Tribute, a project that has spent a dizzying...
Mega Ran, everyone's favorite Philly rapper not named Will Smith, started a new project earlier this year called Time and Space. On the second Tuesday of each month, he will release a short EP of hip hop arrangements that sam...
I've heard Lucio Baldomero's rapping skills live a few times at MAGFest, accompanying my favorite game music cover band, The OneUps. He's just released his first full-length album, The Master System, which features some excel...
Just after MAGFest ended last month, nerdcore rapper Mega Ran unloaded a new EP on the Destructoid doorsteps. A collection of tunes from games like Battletoads and Earthworm Jim with original lyrics added, Time and Space was ...
Man, videogame remixer Dj CUTMAN is a showman indeed. Look at that sick armor he wears to his shows! Never seen him perform live? Check out this recording of his MAGFest 11 set -- nothing like being there in the room, but you...
Random AKA Mega Ran knocked it out of the park with Black Materia, a love letter to his favorite Final Fantasy ever. He followed it up a year later with Black Materia: The Remixes, which inserts new beats into old tracks, exp...
MAGFest 11 has come and gone, but as James Hetfield once said, the memory remains. Why should we have to wait a whole year for the next event, though? Why can't MAGFest be every day, or at least every few weeks? MAGFest organ...
As I mentioned earlier during Mega Ran's exclusive album premier, Niero and Dale North fell in love with "Sock Hop" when Ran performed it during his MAGFest set. They loved it so much that they downloaded the song from Bandc...
My boy Random a.k.a. Mega Ran was performing at MAGFest, so of course I had to swing by his set and show some love. Those who had never seen a Mega Ran performance were in for a treat. Even Niero and Dale North were floored b...
In all the bustle of the Mega Man anniversary celebration, we failed to mention that Final Fantasy just turned 25 as well! Yep! On December 18, the very day after Mega Man's birthday! Ah well! It's a big enough franchise tha...
The first "game music with lyrics" group I remember falling in love with was The Adventures of Duane & BrandO, the white boy nerdcore tag team of Duane Zuwala and Brandon Lackey. Their curse-laden rhymes were loads of fu...
In celebration of Halloween, Phoenix-based rapper Random a.k.a. Mega Ran and Richie "Toonami Is Back Bitches" Branson released the holiday-themed The Ghouls 'n Ghosts EP. It's a collection of song collaborations from various...
Microsoft and 343 Industries are drumming up excitement for the upcoming release of Halo 4 with an official soundtrack remix contest. Musicians choose one of three song stems to chop up, upload the finished work to SoundCloud...
A rapper named Random chops up NES sounds to make his music. One of the most popular brawlers on the NES was River City Ransom. "Random" and "Ransom" are just one letter apart. It's pretty much the most inevitable thing ever....
You ready for PAX? It's just a few short days away! I wish I could go, but The Fates have conspired against me. I'll be missing out on many things, such as the Fangamer VERSUS Attract Mode party going down on Saturday night a...
Two days ago, we learned the heartbreaking news that Nintendo Power, one of if not the most influential American gaming magazine, would cease publication following the December issue. Maybe you've been a long-time subscriber...
Last weekend, August 3-5, a bunch of nerds made Central Florida our b*tch. I'm talking about Nerdapalooza, an annual celebration of geek music spanning nerdcore, hard rock, chiptunes, and other genres. Think MAGFest, only sma...
In February, Adam WarRock released his free Mass Effect 3 EP exclusively on Destructoid in celebration of the release of the game. Now, as part of his annual donation drive, he's released a follow-up track, "Garrus...
What a lying son of a gun. When rapper Random dropped Mega Ran 10 last year, he also announced his desire to move away from Mega Man-themed projects aside from the odd single here and there. But like Michael Corleone, I can ...
By now, if you haven't heard of Random, I don't know what else to say. I've blabbed about the guy enough times already, so if you still haven't given him at least a quick listen, shame on you! Our good buddy Mega Ran has work...
When Random announced that the Mega Ran journey was ending with Mega Ran 10, I was more than little disheartened. Oh, sure, I'm still following and enjoying his other projects, but like many, I was introduced to his music thr...
HIimRAWN, whose Zelda rap "I'm Questing" we shared a few months back, has just released his latest music video, this time based on Mega Man. Duh! Why would I ever pass up an opportunity to talk about the Blue Bomber? What ki...
As a known and trusted connoisseur of hip-hop, I feel compelled to tell you all about Memphis rapper (and fellow Destructoid reader) Adam WarRock. After gaining recognition recently for his 3-track EP inspired by the NB...
The other day, I got an email from rapper Random, asking me if I'd be interested in scoring an exclusive single from his new Final Fantasy VII album Black Materia: The Remixes. My exact response was, "Aw, hells yeah! That wo...
By now, you all should be aware of my love for the works of Phoenix-based rapper Random. Most of us, myself included, were first exposed to his music through Mega Ran and the subsequent sequels. But as big of a Mega Man fan ...
Forever Famicom is the gift that keeps on giving! After releasing two companion EPs, rapper Random put the finishing touches on a music video for "Epoch" off the original CD. Sampling the main theme from Chrono Trigger, the ...
A Boy and His Blob for the Wii is such a better game than the NES original, it isn't even funny. The new version doesn't restrict you to a limited number of jellybeans, sports a much more pleasant art style, and has a hug bu...
The release of Skyrim may have kicked off the holidays for some of you fine folks, but for me, November 11 was Mega Ran Day! After months of waiting, nerdcore rapper Random has unleashed the final album in his Mega Man tribut...
When Tara Long and I first started doing The Destructoid Show almost a year ago, we immediately starting sizing up the competition. During one of these late-night research sessions, I stumbled upon a show that...
[First we brought you the wallpaper, and here's the video! Thank Playboy for making Monday suck less.] This. Since 2006 Destructoid has published every form of conceivable games editorial imaginable. We've brought you c...