Adam WarRock “Broken People” (Download MP3)
Beat used: Jacob Latimer “Heartbreak Heard Around the World”
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Here’s the thing about nerd rap, or nerd core, or nerd culture or whatever. It’s something that I try to stress every time someone asks me a question like, “What’s it like being a nerd rapper?” or “What does being a nerd mean to you?”
Nerd culture is full of a lot of broken people. And that’s totally okay, because honestly, everyone’s pretty broken inside. While websites and thinkpieces talk about how COOL it is to be a nerd nowadays, what most people who didn’t grow up nerds seem to forget is that the general way our brains work (obsessive, compulsive, overly enthusiastic and addictive) made a lot of outcasts. Being a nerd was never about being “uncool” the way that movies tried to frame it as. Being a nerd was always about being different, feeling like you didn’t fit in. Just because Captain America 2 was a huge blockbuster and bros wear Wolverine tshirts, it doesn’t change the fact that we are conditioned from a very early age that in some way, we are less-than-deserving of the love and acceptance that all people are entitled to.
I know a lot of people who think it’s perfectly silly to make nerd music for a living. I get that. I know a lot of fellow artists who think it’s a ploy for hits and attention; that it’s easy to make pop culture-based stuff, to play off of it. I won’t lie, I found a working model; and it just so happens to be what I love to do, so sure – there’s some of that inside of me. But here’s the thing: I love making music that speaks to people who feel fucked up and alone. I like espousing the notion that your obsessions and your predilections don’t in some way, make you less worthy of the life that “normal” people would have you sometimes (intentional or not) believe you aren’t entitled to.
Nerd culture is fun, it’s great, it’s wonderful. I’m a nerd. But it’s also full of a lot of depressed, anxiety-ridden, emotionally messed up people. I don’t cast stones, trust me – I’m one of those people. I struggle with that stuff daily.
The point is that you’re not alone. And sometimes it can feel like you’re a bit more alone than usual, because the world seems to think it’s done you a favor by giving you Big Bang Theory and The Avengers and comic tshirts at Target and Thor cups at 7-Eleven. It’s still a struggle. Just like everyone goes through, daily.
So if you’re hurting, if you’re feeling alone, if you’re feeling utterly broken. Hey, I do too. You’re not alone. You can find help, you can find a family of people who will get you through the dark spots. And all I can say is that I’m very proud if I get to be the soundtrack for you on not only the good, but also the bad days.
Where my broken people at?
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