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Conversations with yourself #7: Return of the nerdcore

Written by Eric Ratcliffe on Saturday, May 17 2008 and posted in Columns
This edition I have a conversation with the second half of what makes the grammar club awesome: Beefy.

Beefy discusses big event comics and Joe Quesada's reign as marvel's EIC, rapping about comic books, his work on the grammar club and just how much easier it is to write being a nerd.

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Eric: My first question is about the song play with me featuring bethzilla which is actually a song that constantly ends up playing on my ipod. Was the song itself based on reality?

Beefy: Yes and no. Play With Me is basically just my song to every girl I really have a crush on but don't have the balls to talk to. I think my down fall is that I only seem to fall for very beautiful women...who in turn scare the crap out of me. But there are the rare occasions when I man up. Bethzilla is also way out of my league, for the record.

Eric: Obviously your not hiding the fact that your nerdy which is a comfort to fellow nerds everywhere, do you find it easier to write because of your nerdiness?

Beefy: I find it easier to write honestly being a nerd. We have a lot of culture to pull from. Don't get me wrong, if I were rapping about blunts and bitches I'd have like 40 albums out by now that no one would listen to. Unless it was to make fun of it. But I like knowing that for the most part I'm the same guy in real life that I am in the music, except I'm far more witty and confident in the music.

Eric: How would you describe nerdcore for those who haven't heard of it?

Beefy: Nerdcore is music that will cure you or polio. It's also hip-hop for fans of pop culture and technology. You won't really find entire songs about Surge, Chun-Li, and Empornium in mainstream hip-hop.

Eric: Your a comic book reader which shines through with certain songs (And apparently a fellow lover of deadpool) do you find that a lot of your writing comes from the stuff you read?

Beefy: I love comics, but I only have a handful of songs about comics or characters save for I'm No Superman. Writing a song about comics is hard for me, but I like being able to drop lines like "I get high like Storm, get deep like the Morlocks" or "Leave ya hanging like Daredevil/Bullseye: The Target." But writing a song all about comics seems to be my allies's heel. I've tried to write 3 more since I'm No Superman and I've scrapped 2 of them but I think the 3rd the charm. On a quick side note, my favorite part about going to Comic Con last year was that I was able to get Gail Simone to sign issues 1 and 15 of my favorite comic Agent-X, which was a spin off of Deadpool. I used to <3 Gail Simone. Still do a little.

Eric: The Grammar Club is your side project with Shael Riley, DJ Snyder and Adam!. Do you find it easier to collaborate with others than it is to be a solo artist?

Beefy: It may not be easier for the rest of the gang, but it's so easy for me. I feel bad because I do the least amount of work for The Grammar Club but still get second billing under Shael. I think that they could have chosen any rapper for the role and I'm just grateful they chose me.

Eric: You and Shael seem to work together a lot, do you find it easier to bounce idea's of someone else?

Beefy: I love working on Grammar Club and with Shael in general. He's such an amazing song writer that it makes me want to step up my game to match his imagery and hilarity and emotion. We did Miss Information and after that I knew I'd force him to do a lot of projects with me. He's going to be on my next album with me doing a song called Minimum Wage Slave. I wrote a chorus and he basically said, "Let me sexy the chorus up for you" and without a doubt he came up with one of the catchiest hook on the album, which is saying something since writing catchy hooks is one of the few things I do well.

Eric: Whats on your current pull list, comic wise?

Beefy: I lost the link to the zcultfm tracker and now I can't download comics lol. When Joe Quesada became the EiC of Marvel he said that they were no longer going to do multi-series big cross over events. Now that's all they do with Civil War and World War Hulk and this new Secret Invasion one. Getting away from cross overs was what I used to love about the Joe Marvel era. DC did their Crisis series and 52 and I felt over saturated by it all. Plus my favorite shop closed and then I was really boned. This is just a really long way of explaining that I haven't properly been keeping up with my comics. I feel like a chump.

Eric: What video games do you find yourself playing lately?

Beefy: Recently I've just been watching my roommate kill people on GTA4. It's like I've been watching him play for so long that I don't want to go through playing through all that story myself. I'm making Tuna do the leg work while I lay on the couch and say shit like, "You should shoot that guy!" Then when he gets busted or killed tell him "Dude, you totally shouldn't have shot that guy. You fail." We've also been playing a bit of Mario Kart Wii which is a weird transition, but I really wish the Wii Wheel would work on GTA.

Eric: And what can we expect next from you beefy? Plug away.

Beefy: Rolling Doubles is almost done. I've been saying this for a year, but this time my lovely producer tanner4105 is with me on this.

Posted originally: 2008-05-17 04:33:55

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About the Author - Eric Ratcliffe

Eric Ratcliffe is the host of The Why I Love Comics podcast, as well as the writer of the long running and award winning webcomic New Comic Day! When not interviewing the biggest names in geek culture, Eric writes the occasional column about something he is enjoying or informing people about webseries, podcasts, gadgets or many other cool things. You can also find Eric on Email / twitter / facebook / youtube / steam / x-box live and many other social media avenues on the internet. 


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