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MC Frontalot Brings Back Nerdcore Rap with 'Final Boss'
Posted by Steve Juon at Tuesday, September 30th, 2008 at 2:30PM :: Email this article :: Print this article

This press release courtesy of Lyssa at Girlie Action.

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MC Frontalot
Final Boss
(Level Up, November 4th, 2008)

“MC Frontalot, who defined the subculture with 2000’s ‘Nerdcore Hip-Hop,’ crams tons of words into raps about goth girls and text-adventure games; his look is strictly ‘70s math teacher, while his quirky cadences are reminiscent of Kool Keith or late-‘90s Anticon MCs.” –XLR8R

The Godfather of Nerdcore Rap is at it again, bringing his parsecs of knowledge to your cochlea with his newest album, Final Boss.  Featuring guest spots from Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket), Jonathan Coulton and Wil Wheaton, Final Boss is unabashedly geek-tastic.  MC Frontalot holds forth on topics ranging from cryptozoology (“Scare Goat”) to improper use of punctuation (“Tongue-Clucking Grammarian”) to a new dance based on a grand-dame (“Wallflowers”).  The album takes its title from Front’s track of the same name, featured in the video game “On the Rainslick Precipice of Darkness” from the makers of the popular webcomic, Penny Arcade.

Front's chameleon-like adaptability is on full display with the release of Final Boss.  Tongue-twisting lyrics lie over swathes of eclectic samples and beats from a wide variety of genres.  A true master of ceremonies, Frontalot ushers us through his multi-faceted offerings with wit and aplomb.

MC Frontalot, also known by his given name Damian Hess, pioneered nerdcore, a subgenre of hip-hop performed by nerds for nerds.  Hess recorded his first Frontalot rhyme in 1999 (before an adoring audience of Robotech figurines), subsequently posting music to his own website and SongFight.  The independently produced tracks earned him a devoted audience, including the founders of Penny Arcade who named Front their “official MC” in 2002 and invited him to play at their annual Expo.  In 2005 he released his first album, Nerdcore Rising.  One year later, Front embarked on his first US tour with bandmates G minor 7, Blak Lotus and The Categorical Imperative and filmmaker Negin Farsad.  The material that Farsad came away with was eventually turned into the prize-winning documentary “Nerdcore Rising: The Movie” which premiered to rave reviews at SXSW 2008.  After the release of Final Boss, Frontalot looks forward to touring this fall.

For more information on MC Frontalot, please contact:

Lyssa Thompson, x104;

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11/01:  Long Island, NY @ Crazy Donkey
11/03:  Boston, MA @ Harpers Ferry
11/04:  Teaneck, NJ @ Mexicali Live
11/05:  Albany, NY @ The Linda
11/13:  Boulder, CO @ Blacksheep
11/16:  Seattle, WA @ High Dive
11/19:  Oakland, CA @ The Uptown
11/21:  Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry's
11/23:  Las Vegas, NV @ Jillian's
11/28:  Austin, TX @ Flamingo Cantina
11/29:  Dallas, TX @ Double Wide
12/05:  Marrieta, GA @ Swayze's
12/07:  Charlotte, NC @ Milestone
12/09:  Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java
12/10:  Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
12/11:  Doylestown, PA @ Siren Records
12/12:  Philadelphia, PA @ Khyber Upstairs
12/14:  Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s

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