Round Two: Nerd Life
Overall Theme: This is a track about the reality of your life as a nerd. Media defines our geeky selves in very stereotypical and often times caricatured ways. What is it like being you as a geek? What was it like? Were there good days? Where is your community? Playing the part of a character can be a real escape, but hip hop, and much music in general, is rooted in the experiences, struggles, and successes of the artists that make it. Forgive me for this following sentence. Let’s keep it real in round two, teams!
The subject of this track is pretty broad. As long as it is truthful, rooted in who you are as a person, then it is fair game. This can be broad, like a full telling of your youth growing up as a geek, or specific, like the day you met the love of your life. The main goal here is to get across the details, emotions, and experience of yourself to the audience.
After working with your vocalist on the subject of the song, work with them to create a beat that lines up with that experience. If you can find a shared experience or time in your lives (not necessarily shared physically) all the better. Similar to Round 1, you’re looking to craft a beat that compliments and further relays the tale that the vocalist is telling. This can include samples, vocal drops, sound effects, etc.
Example of where these aspects already exists in Nerdcore
This song details the true experience Beefy has with last minute shows. This is something a lot of live-booking artists can relate to.
The heartbeat monitor worked into the beat, the early statement by the doctor, these all enter the track to help with the imagery. We can’t speak for the authenticity of the track, but the production design integration is very solid.
Again, the track doesn’t HAVE to be a sad track. It doesn’t HAVE to be about your childhood. It doesn’t HAVE to be about a geeky event. These are all options; just as doing a track about working at a comic book store, if that is or was your job, or the best Christmas you ever had, are all in play.
ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY VOCALPROD3@GMAIL.COM BY 11:59 PST ON OCTOBER 26th, 2014 TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS ROUND.
If you have any concerns or question please address them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Edit: Additional Challenge parameters below:
You MUST use multi-rhymes throughout the song. We will make the chorus of the song exempt from this rule, however multis are expected throughout at least 50% of your verse bars (ending in an at least 3 syllable rhyme.)
Rather than just rhyming rat, cat and bat, all of which are one syllable, you would rhyme more words in each bar.
If you can’t stand the thought of a sucking chest wound
You better get yourself a motherfucking vest soon
Four syllables at the end of each bar rhyme.
Producers: You are driving this.
The beat has to be created to help tell the vocalists story. In either
case, if the personal story is about a traumatic trip to the dentist
it should involve creating a beat using dentist drills for samples OR
using samples throughout that tell the story, car sounds
and the sounds of traffic in the background leading up to a terrible
car crash. If you want to write a track about how much your mother
means to you - you better go and pull some samples of your momma’s
voice to go into the song.
These samples must be executed clearly and predominately displayed throughout the track.