Straight Outta Gotham: Geek Culture + Hip Hop Culture
There’s a unique bond that hip hop culture and geek culture share. If you’re a fan of both, you may have noticed their similar themes like alter egos, counter-culture and escapism. I’m one of the many that exist in that Venn diagram overlap where geek meets rap. A few weeks ago, I finally decided to mashup my love for these two sub-cultures with the tumblr, Straight Outta Gotham, where I feature rap lyrics that make geek references. The title of my blog came from N.W.A’s infamous Straight Outta Compton album. The G’ed up Batman mascot is made by the talented Steve Seeley.
SoG‘s origin story began when I had one of those Oprah “ah ha” moments while listening to “Knuck if you Buck” by Crime Mob. “Knuck if you Buck” is one of my favorite southern rap songs. There’s just something about it that always gives me life. So one day, I was cleaning my room, rappin’ and dancin’ along to the song and then M.I.G.’s verse came on, “Jumpin’ off from on the stage/ throwin’ bows like Johnny Cage”. In that moment, Straight Outta Gotham was born. Now, I’ve heard this song countless times and that Mortal Kombat line always made the gamer in me smile. I knew I wasn’t the only one who loved hearing geeky references in rap songs so I stopped cleaning up (because I didn’t feel like it anyway) and started brainstorming how I could make it a thing. A few hours later, it was an official thing with “Knuck if you Buck” being my first post.
SoG includes everything and anything that falls within the geek realm. I knew rap had geek references, but I didn’t realize just how much. There are a few rappers that I can always count on to show their fanboyness in a song. Pretty much all of Odd Future are geeks, which shouldn’t be a surprise. Lupe Fiasco is practically an otaku if his newest project “Testuo & Youth” wasn’t a big enough clue. Eminem used to collect comics when he was younger and Childish Gambino is the epitome of a blerd. Wu-Tang Clan is practically a given and the rapper Danny Brown seems to like a little bit of everything. Then of course there are random rappers here and there that have a little geek in them… But let’s be honest, don’t we all?
It’s so much fun finding geeky references for Straight Outta Gotham. I also take submissions, so if you heard something nerdy, send it my way!
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