Back in 2010, GamersRevenge started a podcast called The Joystick Hour (later renamed The Joystick Show and coming back soon as Khaotic Insanity). As we began putting the show together, we realized we needed music. But we didn’t want free loops that everybody else used. Then n1njr suggested nerdcore. At that point, I didn’t know what nerdcore was. Sure, I’d heard mc chris’ Fetts Vett, but other than that, I was clueless.
Once I started researching nerdcore, I was hooked. Reaching out to a few artists brought us in contact with Billy the Fridge, Vanilla Rice, MC Router and Beefy. As time went on, more and more nerdcore artists helped us with the podcast which led to us starting 1337ology Radio, a 24-hours a day, 7-days a week online radio station playing nothing but nerdcore. And, if you’ve been reading TheCli3nt.com, you know how I now feel about nerdcore…IT IS AWESOME!!!!
It was 1337ology Radio that took me to Seattle to finally meet Billy the Fridge, Ronald McFondle and Vanilla Rice. It was Vanilla Rice (now known as VR) that introduced me to his fiancé, Shubzilla, at her first live performance, the 2011 GeekGirlCon(cert).
Based out of Renton, Washington, Shiboo “Shubzilla” Blalack is a nerdcore rapper, founder of the Seattle-based non-profit, GeekGirlCon, a founding member of The NPC Collective (Nerdy People of Color) and a member of the electronic-rap group, 9k1 (with Lex Lingo and Bill Beats). Shubzilla is intimately familiar with the stage from her training as a dancer. Turning to rap, Shubzilla’s debut in the nerdcore genre was with Nerdcore Now’s Vocalist/Producer Challenge 2011. Coming in 10th wasn’t good enough, so Shubzilla took part in 2012’s Vocalist/Producer Challenge III and secured second place.
Shubzilla’s lyrics are fierce, and like Mega Ran, they invite fans to participate and become part of the event. With performances at the Nectar Lounge, The White Rabbit, The Shipwreck Tavern, and Substation, Shubzilla is an easy choice for any promoter (shameless plug). Not satisfied with just performing in the Puget Sound, Shubzilla also accepted an invitation to perform at Nerdapalooza 2013 in Orlando, Florida.
While there may be some debate over who holds the title of “First Lady of Nerdcore,” from the moment I saw Shubzilla perform that night, I knew I was witnessing the crowning of the “Queen of Nerdcore.
It is with great honor that I present to you, my interview with Shubzilla.
For my readers who don’t know you, who are you and what do you do?
I’m Shubzilla – a local rapper from the Seattle area (Renton, to be exact). I write songs and collaborate with friends of mine, most of whom, are also vocalists and producers.
Do you have a formal music education?
I don’t have a whole lot of formal music education. I tried a hand at playing the piano, the clarinet, and the soprano sax, but instruments weren’t a passion of mine. A lot of what I’ve learned, music-wise has been through my time as a dancer or through my peers in music-making.
What has been your biggest career challenge so far?
I tend to take on a lot on such limited time.
Were you influenced by classic oldies? Which ones?
My influences include Salt-n-Pepa, Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah, Run The Jewels, The Shanghai Restoration Project, and Hail Mary Mallon. There’s a bunch more, but those are the folks that first come to mind.
What’s your goal for 2016?
My goals are to release two more EPs and tour. I also want to collaborate with at least 3 different people I haven’t collab’d with yet.
How do you balance your music with other obligations – spouse, children or job?
I communicate A LOT with my husband to ensure we’re on the same page. In order to make everything work, transparency with what’s going on – music or otherwise – is a must. If he doesn’t know what’s happening, how can I expect him to be on board with my ambitions or vice versa?
If I came to your home and looked under your bed, what would I find?
Carpet. I don’t store anything under my bed.
Your favorite promoter (shameless plug) just offers you billing with Salt-N-Pepa or Nicki Minaj, who do you choose and why?
If you were driving cross-country and could only bring one CD, what would it be?
The Shanghai Restoration Project’s self-titled album.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I’m a fan of Hall and Oates.
McDonalds or Jack in the Box?
As of recent I’m pretty fast-fooded out so I’ll just take a homecooked meal.
Aliens have arrived, and they’re HUGE Shubzilla fans. They want you to come live on their planet. Do you go? Why or Why not?
I would respectfully decline. I like where I live!
Be sure to visit Shubzilla’s Facebook page and go give her music a listen! Thank you Shubzilla for letting me interview you, it was an honor and a pleasure. Oh, and Shubzilla, as the Queen of Nerdcore…can you knight me? I’d like to be Sir Jay “Nerdiest of all Nerdcore Fanboys” Bishop.