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Sammus in Engadget

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Our own SAMMUS is the subject of a well-done and timely piece in Engadget on her space somewhere between Nerdcore and Afro-Futurism. As we all try to find our space in this crazy new world, POC’s are especially boxed in..but thanks to the art and hustle of folks like Sammus, we know that our voices are not going unheard.

“I think it’s going to continue to shift to skew more in the direction of lots of people of color, women, non-binary folks, who love games and love cartoons and love geek, nerd stuff, but want to use it to talk about their unique experiences,” Sammus says.

Read the rest here.

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NPCC @ MAGFest 2017!

Sadly enough, MAGFest is over but that isn’t stopping us from reminiscing about our favorite moments.


If you were following us on facebook or using the hashtag #npccmag you may have noticed we were scattered quite a bit around the convention. For those of you who are unfamiliar with MAGFest, it is “an annual festival held in the Washington metropolitan area that celebrates video games and video game music, as well as their surrounding culture.” – Wikipedia

This was my second MAGFest (Some members 5th and 6th) and it was an amazing experience. People come from all over the world to nerd out about the things they love and share the passion for those things together like a family.

Since it was a MUSIC AND GAMING FESTIVAL the NPC Collective definitely did the musics. We had 4 main stage sets between the collective, played the Mega Man-athon from 5-10PM on Friday and were scattered through probably 10 other sets between main stage and underground.


Mega Ran, Creative Mind Frame, K Murdock, DJ Cutman and Sammus speaking about different ways they monetize their music

But the true fun was partaking in the convention itself, going to panels… playing in the arcade at 3AM and just hanging with people talking life. If you want to catch some of our performances you can head over to the MAGFest youtube page and Mega Ran also set us up a nice little Spotify playlist for the NPC Collective!

Below is a video with some of the collective’s thoughts on the con!


GeekGirlCon 2016 Kickoff Party & Concert/Pokemon GO Contest


This is an image of Sammus and the information for the Kickoff Party. Text: GeekGirlCon Kickoff Party Concert featuring Sammus / Pokemon GO Game Cosplay! and Whitney Monge. Friday 10/7 @ Hard Rock Cafe

If you are in the Seattle area, come see Sammus rock the stage with GeekGirlCon at the Hard Rock Cafe! This is a FREE EVENT for those 21+. The first 100 people through the door will receive a free drink ticket!

Come thru and welcome back Sammus to Seattle and celebrate women in the fields of math, science, STEM and all around nerdery!

GeekGirlCon is a two-day convention Saturday, October 8-Sunday, October 9.

Also! If you’re going to GeekGirlCon, be sure you don’t miss the Women in Nerdcore Panel featuring Sammus and Shubzilla! That panel is Sunday, October 9 at noon!



Read & Stream Nerdcore Emulation Station 3 (N3S) Here!

Creative Mind Frame (1-UP) has come to the end of his Nerdcore Emulation Station journey.

If you’re not familiar with the Nerdcore Emulation Station (NES) series, it all starts with an assault on the entire universe by an evil army who call themselves the “Imagidrains.” (If you are, then skip down below to start reading and streaming!)

In the future, creativity is directly tied to life force which is fervently defended by artistic heroes of each planet.

The king of the Imagidrain army spends decades during a time of peace planning a vicious assault to send his imagination stealing minions to overrun planets in multiple galaxies, which succeeds in overwhelming the heroes who once defended them.

After a mysterious voice teleports the nearly killed heroes to a planet not currently taking the Imigidrain King’s immediate attention (with good reason) , he instructs them that in order to defeat the king, they must first venture through the worlds of Sony Playstation, Sega Saturn and Nintendo 64. In these worlds they will fight enemies they have never fought before including guardians left behind by the Imagidrain King to keep “visitors” at bay in order to augment their power so they can face off against the evil king.

Eventually the mysterious voice reveals himself to be of interesting relation to the story and they continue on to the Gamecube after freeing the planet guardians and other characters and bringing them along for the journey.

After saving the Gamecube from the Imagidrain army sucking it’s life force out, they are now venturing to the trippy home planet of the Imagidrains… the Dreamcast. While it is a Sega world at heart, it seems to have spread its reach to other systems and brought it back into the home planet, possibly due to the Imagidrains evolving and spreading to other galaxies and systems.

Cover of Nerdcore Emulation Station 3 (N3S)

Cover of Nerdcore Emulation Station 3 (N3S)

Join 1-UP and party as he and party venture through this final world to put an end to the Imagidrain strong hold on the galaxy and also make sense of the past of the hero.

N3S Track 1 - Soul Calibur

N3S Track 1 – Soul Calibur

N3S Track 2 - Sonic Adventure

N3S Track 2 – Sonic Adventure

N3S Track 3 - Canon Spike

N3S Track 3 – Canon Spike

N3S Track 4 - Power Stone

N3S Track 4 – Power Stone

N3S Track 5 - Shenmue

N3S Track 5 – Shenmue

N3S Track 6 - Marvel Vs Capcom

N3S Track 6 – Marvel Vs Capcom



N3S Track 7 - Jet Grind Radio

N3S Track 7 – Jet Grind Radio

N3S Track 8 - Madspace

N3S Track 8 – Madspace

N3S Track 9 - Sonic Adventure 2

N3S Track 9 – Sonic Adventure 2

N3S Track 10 - Virtual On

N3S Track 10 – Virtual On


N3S - Back Cover

N3S – Back Cover

Sammus : Managing Infinite Lives

Managing Double/Triple/Quadruple Lives


I still can’t believe how crazy the past year has been. Last summer I had just finished up my second full-length album [PRIME], and was anxiously preparing for my first performance that required air-travel. This summer I dropped a Kickstarter-funded Metroid EP, shot the video for the first single off said EP, flew to Seattle and Orlando for some very fun performances, headlined the hip-hop stage at my local cultural festival, landed a write-up in an airline magazine, and a lot of other things I’ll probably remember after this gets published. Oh yeah – last week I also received my Master’s degree after passing a rather intense written and oral exam in my PhD program. Like I said, it’s been a crazy year.

For the past three years I have been chipping away at a PhD at Cornell University, while pursuing a career as a nerd rapper and producer, and more recently serving as an Assistant Residence Hall Director on campus and an Assistant Manager at the graduate student center. People often ask me how I manage to hold it all together – to which I respond that I don’t really. Every now and then there’s peace and I’m able to focus on one aspect of the chaos but more often each strand overlays the other so that I feel like I’m being crushed by their collective weight. The reality is that I spend a fair amount of time panicking and questioning every decision I make.

While I think we can all agree that prolonged stress and anxiety are definitely not healthy, I’ve also come to accept that anybody who wants to be exceptional in multiple areas is going to deal with a lot of worry sometimes. Still, I do think it is possible to minimize the general stress that accompanies ambition. One doesn’t have to develop broad sweeping goals that resemble those dreaded unattainable new years resolutions we often make. Instead I suspect that it’s probably better to think about micro changes that can be implemented to temper the daily craziness.

For me this has meant something as seemingly trivial as being more intentional about my social media usage. When I first started rapping seriously, I did what any good artist in the Internet age would do – I created a WordPress website, and booted up the necessary social media pages to reflect my Sammus persona. At that time I wasn’t doing too much, so I updated my social media pages as needed. When things happened (blogs posted my songs, I had shows coming up, etc) I posted about them. And when nothing was going on, I didn’t feel the need to post anything. However as time passed and I met with some successes, I felt compelled to post more and more, even if more and more wasn’t necessarily happening or it was becoming increasingly complicated to manage my various pages alongside my other responsibilities. By the time I had developed a small fan base, I had expanded to every social media platform that I knew – now I had to manage a Facebook account, Twitter, Soundcloud, Reverbnation, Tumblr, Youtube and of course, my website.

Prior to this year I remained committed to posting regularly. However after a series of unfortunate events around the beginning of 2014, I found myself avoiding all social media and focusing on myself. I didn’t post anything for a while – and I realized that taking a break was okay. What I had to remember was that I started out making music because I thought it was a fun thing to do. I also had to remember that presumably the people who like me are still going to like me and my music even if (because??) I’m not in their faces every second of the day talking about how awesome I think my music is. Obviously pursuing music professionally means that I will have to deal with many not-so-fun aspects of music like marketing and promoting my work ad nauseum (although my manager handles a fair amount of that) but there is something to be said for taking a step back to reassess how all of that work ties in to the passion:obligation ratio every now and again.

I would be lying if I said that I am not totally exhausted at the end of most days, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!