"Rap is all about 'I am awesome, I am the shit,'" explains one of nerdcore's biggest acts, MC Chris. "Whereas nerdcore is all about, like, 'My car doesn't really work and I haven't had sex in a year and a half.'" Nerdcore Rising follows the first national tour of MC Frontalot, "the godfather of nerdcore," as he travels from Brooklyn to Seattle. What Frontalot's crowds lack in numbers, they make up for in passion: As a subgenre of hiphop, nerdcore might be really, really niche, but as one of the chief figures in that niche, Frontalot is massive. Overlong and occasionally indulgent, Nerdcore Rising still manages to be both charming and insightful: Sure, it talks a lot about the music, and it's packed with interviews with geek icons like comedian Brian Posehn and web comic Penny Arcade's Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik. But ultimately, the film's about what it means to be an outsider, and throughout, there's a sense of earnestness that's touching, funny, and awkward.
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