Ya Know I’m So Sincere

Greetings Internet. It has clearly been far too long since our last rendezvous. You look good. Looking trim. Me? What have I been up to? Well I’m glad you asked!

The VPC is upon us! Beaker and I displayed our opening salvo before the competition kicked off, and now we present to you the trials and tribulations of being a part-time artist. Each round of the VPC (Vocalist/Producer Challenge) has a theme for each lyricist, and our inaugural theme was sincerity. I struggled at first. It’s easy to be sincere. We all have struggles. We all have strong feelings about shit. My personal challenge involved speaking of something that is important to me and relatable to my audience (most of whom I assume are also performers) without succumbing to cliché emotional, heavy violin type melodrama. My solution: the ups and downs of going from a musician doing regular shows and putting out a steady stream of music to becoming an father figure focused more on my family and work than having nerdcore adventures. It’s something I struggle with a lot to be honest, and as such it’s a topic I take on more often than not these days. I often feel like I’ve let down those kind enough to consider themselves my fans. On the other hand, there is no scenario in which being with my family takes second place to any opportunity. It comes from the heart.

Voting for the VPC is a challenge all its own. You have to be a registered forum member at forums.nerdcorenow.com, and also sign up for an account at nerdcorenow.com/vpc. As of this writing, Beaker and I are sitting in 6th place (after a furious early showing in the top spot) trailing the likes of Adam Warrock/Vince Vandal, Tribe One/Jesse Dangerously, and YTCracker/Project Zero. The surprise (in my opinion. It’s not surprising they’ve done well. Just that I hadn’t heard them yet) are Zilla Persona/Dain Saint and Sketch (rapping as Lex Lingo)/Bill Beats. Bill Beats shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone living in the Northwest, and I’m pretty sure I have a track coming out with Sketch… sometime.. in the near future, but their first offering proved to be a smooth collab. “Idle Hands” by the Zilla/Dain teamup is the funkiest, dopest thing I’ve heard in a while. The VPC delivered already in its overall goal of exposing fans to new artists. Thank you Klopfenpop. Job well done.

I want to warn anyone who is considering voting for me in the first or any round: if you downvote someone a 1 just so I can get a lead, then we will no longer be friends. Don’t do it. If you think a song is trash and you feel you wasted your time letting it infest your earholes (I’m looking in your direction Rob$tar), then by all means do what you feel must be done. But if you are “playing the game” to help me out, just know I don’t need it. I only discovered a couple weeks ago what was at stake for the winner. This is about fun. Not about winning, even though I’m still full confident that the result will see Beaker and I on a parade float, likely in the shape of something phallic. For lols.

So I hope you dig the new hotness. News coming soon about 2 new albums I’ve been working on (like there’s artwork and eeeeeeverything!) not to mention the fact that with each passing day The Grammar Club project nears completion. Seriously. We only have 4 more songs that needs tweaking I’m told. So be sure to check out mine and Beakers track, give us 14 stars (it’s up to you to find a way) and be sure to check out a bunch of the other artists. For kicks, you should post your round 1 thoughts here! Below are the lyrics (more or less) for your following along pleasure.

Beefy & Beaker – Part-Time Artist

What I wouldn’t do to be out there on the road with ya
Rock some hot shows with ya. Sell some t-shirts with ya
But I got a shift at eleven o’ clock
Followed up by another shift at ten on the dot
That is unless they call me in to start an hour early
They don’t seem to care to see me as the king of rapping nerdy
They see me as a cog, clink clank in their system
They see that I’m a rapper but they never seem to listen
And I can’t make it up to Renton for your next gig
I’m sorry that I haven’t rhymed up in Wisconsin
But the kiddo means a lot to my life
And I have made a couple plans to make a woman my wife
And they both really hate to see me pack up a bag
And think of all the cool adventures that we all could have had
If I hadn’t spent my duckets on an 8 hour flight
To spit sick for six hicks who weren’t spending a dime

Part time artist
Dreaming of a Tardis
So I could go back in time, do those shows that I couldn’t do
Kill responsibilities just so I could chill with you
It’ll get better
Baller like never
But I would give up every dollar I had
To take another shot at warming up your favorite band

Doc was like a brother, Router like a little sister
Like a sister into liquor and the love of many misters
Frontalot became a mentor, all the same for YTCracker
I met David and Hairetsu, realized I know some hackers
These people were my buddies, I’d look forward to our meetings
Hey yo Lars, I love your style, maybe wanna swap some CDs?
Maybe work together? Call me when you’re near my cities
Showed me life is for the living, taught me about the CPs
Now it feels like a whole other life ago
Am I a rapper just because I own a microphone?
The brotherhood that I was in, I couldn’t make it last
I flirt with fame everytime that I PAX
In an alternate reality I’m posting some hits
Beefy 616 has some excellent quips
But Beefy Earth X still an excellent man
A little hard on the eyes, but a hell of a dad

-love beef

VPC 2013

Guess what, Internet. I love combining music making with competition!

VPC 2013
Only Nerdcore Now could put on a competition that will pit Adam Warrock against Random against YTCracker against Death*Star again Beef Muthafuckin’ Thompson, but that is exactly what is happening with the Vocalist Producer Challange 2013. Starting January 4th, rappers will team up with a single producer and create tracks based on a changing round-by-round challenge. The community votes as well as being graded based on the criteria of any given round. Any team of two can enter. I’ve teamed with longtime internet homie and Nerdcore Meow co-host Beaker. Vince Vandal is joining forces with Warrock. K-Murdock & Random will continue their Forever Famicon flavor stylings. Benjamin Bear is producing for Hairetsu. Superpowerless has embraced MC Wreckshin. Project Zero has snared YT. The biggest question is what big name will announce their involvement next?! The beauty to me is that there are the relative well known names I’ve mentions, but there are also a slew of “underground” acts still scratching the surface and primed to enter both your ears and your hearts.

If you’re interested check out the announcement at NerdcoreNow.com and if you want people to tremble but sure to announce your team on this forum thread. I’m excited to work with Beaker for the first time and to discover a slew of new artists. I’ll be sure to keep you posted when new hotness is up for your ear holes.

-love beefy

Bowling For Shiva: A Tribute To The League

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#BowlingForShiva
A bunch of months ago, Rusty Shackles approached me about working on a project together. I assumed he wanted to draw me in the nude. Instead, we realized, over twitter, that our love for The League combined with his dope art skills and my “ehhh” rap skills combined with the tireless efforts of our friends could result in a fun EP. This is that EP! Since you’re likely a fan of nerdcore, you’re probably not that aware of the world of sports in general, making a show like The League not something that would normally jump out at you. Quickly smack yourself in the mouth, boot up Netflix, and shotgun season 1. Do it. It’s only a few episodes and it is really excellent. This album isn’t like the music shown on the show. I don’t make hilarious Taco songs. I do my thing. I try to get into the skin of my favorite characters and try to figure out what they might say if they were rappers. This is my homage to a terrific piece of pop culture that, frankly, is only now getting a fraction of the love it deserves. Welcome to Bowling For Shiva: A Tribute To The League. A Rusty Shackles Joint.

This album is in no way affiliated with The League, FX, FOX, NFL, DJ Khaled, or any other company/artist/actor/performer/producer/ect (though we are open to it) and we beg you kindly not to sue us! Thanks

Bowling For Shiva
A Tribute To The League
A Rusty Shackles Joint
[download .rar 45mb]
1. Shivablast
2. On The Clock
3. Taco Corp
4. Lineup Nirvana
5. RAFIBOMB
6. Fantasy

The Crew


Rusty Shackles
Brains behind the operation, Artist


Vince Vandal
Music for On The Clock, Fantasy


DJ Empirical
Music for Shivablast


Mikal kHill
Music for RAFIBOMB


Beefy
Rapper, “Producer”

Blog Raps [090612]

Salutations Internet! Missed you! I heard that you’ve been talking to Z over at Radio Free Hipster. It’s cool. I’m cool. Whatever. We always knew this wasn’t exclusive. So, yeah. I barely care. Whatever. Good for you two.

I can’t blog from my iPhone. Yes, physically I can post a blog from my phone, but these sausage fingers of mine cannot function on a touch screen. I just end up leaving out valuable adjectives and all together skip most grammatical normalcy. It’s the biggest first world problem I face on a nightly basis. Weep for me. So, that being said, I had a lot I wanted to say about the last few weeks, I needed something to record in my new computer area, and I felt too much time had passed for me to do justice to the experiences through prose. I opted instead to write rhymes. These are those rhymes. I hope you enjoy!


Production: Kool Keith – The God of Rap Dr. Dooom 2

-love beef

AICN and chris

Hey there blog, it’s me again. Let’s see if I can come up with anything to update you with.

I’m a fan of films almost as much as I’m a fan of film rumors, spoilers, and gossip. Because of this one of my daily visits is Ain’t It Cool News, and the other day they reviewed the nerdcore documentary that came out like 4 years ago, Nerdcore For Life. I may have mentioned that film on this site once or twice in the past. The review was written by Jon Doe as part of a series called “Hurts So Good”, not because the movie was bad, but because our music is so bad that it does a 180 and turns out to be good. I guess. The music I was making when the doc was filmed was rather on the bad side back then, so I’m going to let it slide… this time. In all honesty though the write up was really awesome and hopefully will lead to some more people checking out the flick. Also, Doe said I was his favorite person in the flick. I cheated though, to be fair. I did my interviews from a hot tub. Any documentary subject becomes the favorite once he/she speaks from their heart from within a hot tub. Seriously though, my nerd boner is super huge because of this. I love AICN and thought the closest I would ever come to gracing their pages was if I was mocked for my appearance in Nerdcore Rising. Go peep game at the article and let me know whatcha think.

Hey! You want to read a few paragraphs that will keep me from ever touring with the man who was my hero and reason for trying to be a better performer and nerdcore rapper? Too bad! I’m writing it anyways!

Is anyone out there surprised that mc chris has yet again done something to alienate new fans and challenge those loyal to him to stay his fans? I submit that mc chris fans spend more time defending him online than singing his praises. This newest episode involves chris kicking out a fan from his show for a tweet the fan made in regards to chris’ opening act. The fan didn’t go on a rant. He didn’t use foul language or slurs. He simply tweeted, “Dear nerd rapper opening for Powerglove/mc chris. You’re not good enough to pander to me. Better luck next time.” mc chris felt that Richie Branson was more than capable of pandering to the fan, so he jumped on stage, found the fan in the crowd, and demanded that he get kicked out of the event. Being that this was an mc chris show, chances are extremely high that he went on to bad mouth said fan for a while after the incident. That last part is speculation since I wasn’t at this show, but I’ve been to at least 3 other shows where chris kicked someone out and spent the rest of the night boasting. Now, I don’t know Richie Branson. I’m sure he’s a terrific guy doing very well musically. He must be if he’s touring with chris. But is it just me, or do you also feel that if anyone should have gotten upset and had a right to overreact, it should have been Richie?

My problem with the entire event isn’t that mc chris overreacted and was an asshole to a fan expressing his opinion regarding the talents of chris’ friends. My problem is that he only felt bad about it after that fan took to reddit, explained his side of the story, and unleashed the well deserved backlash upon chris. Before reddit joined in, chris continued to badmouth the dude on twitter and facebook. The fan has, what?, like a max of 1,000 followers? Chris has easily 20 times that on twitter alone. So not only did he kick the kid out of the show, a kid who until the other night was likely a huge mc chris fan, but then he proceeded to blame the kid for the backlash he received as a result of it. Because only the fan’s close and personal friends could possibly have a problem with what chris did, right?

Cut to the reddit backlash, which spreads to chris’ facebook and twitter pages (and to a twitter account not even owned by the nerd rapper), and suddenly chris has a change of heart and decides that what he did was in fact wrong and stupid, and posts a teary eyed vid on youtube. This is not the first time this has happened. This won’t be the last time it happens either. This fan’s only crime was speaking his mind to his followers about a rapper he felt pandered more than performed and didn’t reach the level of entertainment he found in mc chris. Do you think it’s at all possible that if one were to search through the archives of chris’ posts and tweets that a person could find an example or two of mc chris expressing negative opinions about something? Is it possible the target of those negative comments also had friends who wouldn’t take kindly to it? But it’s ok when mc chris does it. He’s chris. Do you know how many MySpace friends he has? He’s told you a million times. His tweet followers number into the bajillions. He made thousands of dollars from fans to make his very own cartoon. He raises money for cystic fibrosis for crying out loud. How could a person like that be the bad guy? The fan was just some fan. Chris has plenty of those. One less won’t kill him, I guess. Of all the acts in the nerd scene, I’ve never seen any performer treat their fans with more vitriol, disdain, or impatience than mc chris seems to. Maybe that’s just because he has more, but I’ve never seen even a portion of that kind of behavior from guys like Front, Lars, or YT on their worst days. Not that Lars has “worst days.” Even on horrible days Lars will smile. He’s my hope for America.

I’m not calling chris a monster. I’m not saying he’s evil through and through and you should set fire to all of the mc chris merch you can find. I’m just saying that this is just another in a looong line of examples of mc chris being an asshole to the fanbase that made him. He became famous rapping about feeling like an outcast, being bullied, and not feeling comfortable with other people, then he proceeds to outcast, bully, and alienate kids at his shows for not doing things how mc chris decides they should be done. How is that not like the high school bully? He has the power now and he sure as hell is going to let you know about it if you step out of line. I’m glad mc chris came to his senses and decided to finally do the right thing and apologized to the kid. My question, however, is what will chris be apologizing for next? Odds are we won’t have to wait long to find out.

Love, beef.

Keithy Keithy He’s So Beefy

Guess what, Internet? I was in a music video! A long while back while I was in Chicago I met up with Ben of the Former Fat Boys and we shot some footage for the track we’d done with YT and Lars. Cut ahead what feels like a million years and Revenge of the Nerds is out and it looks incredible. You see that spaceship? That’s next level stuff right there.


Also, I asked my beautiful girlfriend Chandra to marry me. Yeah, that’s right. Lil’ ol’ can’t get a girlfriend Beefy is going to have a wife. Ain’t that some shit? It is. So what better way to congradulate the two of us then by buying a new shirt for your body? My thoughts exactly!

Gonna Get Hitched

I put a ring on it. Like that songs says. ORIGINAL!

Didn’t See That Coming, Didja?!

Good! Because neither did I. It has been announced today that I’ll be traveling to Baltimore on March 16th to perform at the latest thrilling installment of Super Art Fight! I will mostly be there to root on my friend and With Sprinkles cover artist Brandon J. Carr as he defends his title Super Art Fight World Title against Jamie “Brawlin’” Baldwin! Did I mention that PAX Headliners, Da Vinci’s Notebook members, Jonathan Coulton cruisers, morning show radio regulars Paul & Storm will also be performing? Because that is also happening. It is happening in a very big way. As you are well aware, it is a rare occasion when I leave the comforts of my beloved Northwest, so if you can make it out to The Ottobar this March I suggest you attempt to do so. My hugs await you, traveler.

This news should in no way overshadow the fact that I am also performing next month, Feb 17-19, at Radcon in my hometown of Pasco, WA. I should let you know now that I am not in fact performing all three days, but rather I’m just unaware of when exactly I am performing. I am sure that there is efforting to get that information as we speak. I know I’m excited to go home and perform for you again Tri-Cities. I hope you can make it out!


Yesterday Stevie D of The Illbotz released his debut single for his new solo album featuring myself and (surprise, surprise) Adam Warrock called “Best Damn Fuckin’ Rappers In The Universe.” I just want to add this disclaimer: I do not, at all, find the title of this song to be in any way any kind of form of hyperbole. It’s the hard, honest truth. 2Pac? Pffft. Biggie? Please. Kool Keith? Nice try, other Keith. Obviously Stevie D, Warrock, and myself deserve to be put on some sort of rap Rushmore where we act as a hip-hop tribunal that judges lesser rappers. Poor rappers. Witness this song via YouTube, and if you’d like you may also download it for free over at bandcamp. Stevie raps circles around you. I talk about bow ties. If Adam isn’t the best then he’s your favorite. Yeah he is. I’d also like to mention the wonderful art provided by Rusty Shackles. How bad ass do I look? The answer: very.

Bang Biscuit

Sure, you might have blacked out your website to protest SOPA and PIPA, but I haven’t updated my site since October because I REALLY CARE.

Twitter has made me grow lazy as a writer. I wasn’t exactly Shakespeare to begin with, but there was at least a time in my life when I could keep a regular blog. Now if it’s more than 140 characters I can’t be bothered. There were days when we held iron man blogging competitions, which of course is the laziest form of competition, but a competition nonetheless. It seems like I can hear myself thinking, “Sure, you could open up Word and attempt to express very complex thoughts with your limited vocabulary… OR you could surf Reddit for a few hours then watch Doctor Who and take a nap on the couch!” And I always always always choose the nap. Napping means you’re better than other people because while other people are at work or at school or are otherwise being responsible, you’ve decided that you are entitled to some midday sleep on top of what you slept the night before and will sleep in the coming hours. And in the mind of one Beef Thompson, those options, regardless of how self-fulfilling and nonproductive they are, far outweigh the “joy” I get out of blogging. Not the opening paragraph of course. The opening paragraph is the milk chocolate bottom of my ice cream drum stick. It’s the parts below with their information and opinion that always get me down. Because I’m forced to remember those times I said, “Oh man, I have to add that to the blog.” Fat chase of that, buddy. So we’ll deal with the bigger fish and see what eventually follows.

The other day I joined the boys of Nerdcore Meow for their eleventh episode and subsequent After Hours podcasts. We discuss music new and old as well as topics you should not discuss with your grandparents. Unless you have some down ass grandparents. I like Nerdcore Meow because it reminds me of hanging out and recording with Jones McFly when we were doing regular updates of Just Another Lazy Podcast. Like JALP, podcasting about the nerdcore scene kind of pushes you right to the forefront of the community. I like it because it keeps me up to date on the goings-on on the nerdcore forums as well as letting me hear from MCs I enjoy like Billy The Fridge and Klopfenpop. Also on this podcast, I debuted a brand new song that will be on my eventual solo album. How could you not want to listen to it now?

The chances that you have heard of, let alone regularly listen to, The Dan Patrick Show is pretty slim to none. However, with my graveyard shift, the DP Show has become part of my Monday thru Friday routine. And because I write songs about things I really really enjoy, I wrote a track about Dan and the Danettes. You can catch the show on the Audience Network on Directv as well as various Root Sports stations, or hear the radio broadcast on various Fox Sports radio affiliates from 6-9am PST. Again, being as how you are reading the blog post of a nerdcore rapper, you probably aren’t huge into sports talk radio and thus will not really enjoy the track, but maybe you just like my voice and flow and also enjoy the wonderful beat making of the wonderful c64 of Dual Core.

The other day I was thinking to myself, “Self, how can I mercilessly destroy a terrible rapper while simultaneously teaching others about how to be a better rapper?” Thankfully my good friend Swagberg completed that very task with this informative and hilarious video aimed at a wayward Bronie. Swagberg, who performs under several different monikers, is in my top 5 of people who I envy in regards to their considerable talent. As the video implies, homedude knows his shit. He’s not a shit-talker like I was a shit-talker because he can actually back it up. When I was ripping into Ham-Star and MC Wreckshin I wasn’t exactly being confused with Big Pun due to my abilities. Unrelated: You should go download Kabuto’s The Kvetch Sessions.

In Beefy music news, the Grammar Club just scored a huge get in regards to featured artists. I would tell you, but then you might not buy the album. Granted, the album will be released for free on the Creative Commons license, but I still demand your surprise! At first Shael and I had discussed doing maybe a 6 song EP, but we have since moved on to an album length feature. The biggest hold up, like every other project I’m on, is me and my lack of recording. That will hopefully take care of itself. I assume through some kind of voodoo magic. I will be featured on upcoming albums from Adam Warrock, Ultraklystron, Stevie D of the Illbotz, and the Emerald Empire collaboration. Mustin and I have made no progress one our joint effort, but I have completed two new tracks for my solo album made from beats I stole years ago from Doctor Popular. I don’t have permission to use said beats, but I’m planning on doing some major Doc Pop seducing. My hip don’t lie, either.

In the background while I type this at 3:30am is the film Road Trip, wherein the main character films a lovely message to his out of town girlfriend… on VHS. Road Trip is already so old that middle school kids wouldn’t understand why Breken Meyer didn’t just Skype her. Kids who were born in 1990 can drink now. You feel old as shit now, don’t you? Have a great day!

The Adventures of Beef Thompson: Vampire Hunter


Art by Thor Thorvaldson

Hey all! My new album, The Adventures of Beef Thompson: Vampire Hunter, is now available free for download at beefy.bandcamp.com! All it costs is your e-mail address so that I can later tell you when my next album comes up. Also exclusive info, tracks, and show announcements. No spam. I don’t have anything to sell. Also, I’ll probably lose the list of e-mails in a month or two. So you really have nothing to lose! If you feel that my music is worth a couple bucks, I set up the name your price feature so you can throw in however much you think the album is worth. All proceeds will go towards making my next album, Too Big To Fail, as good as it can be. Mastering, physical CDs, maybe traveling funds for a show or two. The options or near limitless. I’m not doing a kickstarter or going on tour to drum up funds, so you can think of this as my hip-hop bake sale. But fear not if you love the album but don’t have the funds to spare. We’ve all been there. And if you haven’t, what’s it like to be the 1%? I bet it’s super nice. Big thanks to Adam Warrock and Hairetsu for featuring on tracks and thanks to Shael Riley, Klopfenpop, tanner4105, Snake Eyes, and Doc Pop for throwing it down on the musical side. Also a giant thanks to Thor Thorvaldson for providing the amazing album art! (Check out his DA link to find out what other awesome nerdcore rapper he’s working with). If you dig the album please tell your friends, tweet, facebook, blog about it, vidcast, all that stuff. Get the word out, because nothing is better than free music! If you hate the album… I don’t know. I guess make posts about how I suck and that you hate me and that MC __________ is better. That’ll show me!


SUPER AWESOME AMAZING DONORS INCLUDE:
Scott Armstrong
Bryan Kissel
Jared Curtis
Luke Douglas
Jimi Cullen
Jon Hydeman
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Brian Felcher
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Jon Hickey
Clifford Lang
Josh Maher
Charles Arnold
Sean Ward
Spencer Brown
Larry Fine
Austin Wentz
Shaun Hamson
Poverty Man
Brian Roberts
Trevor Brummitt
James Powell
Dennis Menard
Ross Butler
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Brian Augustine
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Paul Stein
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Just Another Lazy Podcast – Episode 94 – Clopping

The JALP site has been down for quite some time, but McFly, McQueen, and I recorded a BRAND NEW EPISODE! OMG!!!! We recorded it a while ago, but for over a week Comcast wasn’t allowing me to upload anything at all. It was madness. So sit back and enjoy listening to three idiots tell you how to live your life! It’ll be like a Fox News morning show! Also happy birthday to MC Lars who’s song we continue to steal for the intro!