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MC Frontalot's third and most awesomest album features 14 tracks of unspeakable glee, spanning all your favorite topics: grammar & usage, cryptozoology, getting to the ends of video games, and the Japanese word for nerd. Special guests include Jonathan Coulton, Glen Phillips (Toad The Wet Sprocket), Random, Jesse Dangerously, Wordburglar, and Wil Wheaton. It is impossible that you will be disappointed. See frontalot.com/cd for the full rundown, free singles, teaser tracks, and extremely hi-res DRM-free buyable downloads.

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Final BossThere aren't a lot of musicians who are geeky enough to qualify for a CD review on BBspot. A nerdcore rapper who's rapped about Zork, encryption, and the Penny Arcade theme? Yeah, MC Frontalot's qualified... The quality of production is high. There are so many guest appearances I thought it was a Jay Z CD. I highly recommend purchasing this album. --BBspot

MC Frontalot's new nerdcore album, Final Boss, is a perfect, catchy collection of raps and sketches about video-games, Japanese manga fandom, voting machines, and other important subjects. Of especial note is a completely, convulsively hilarious sketch with Wil Wheaton about Wil and Frontalot's respective career-choices. --Cory Doctorow (BongBoing)

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  • Audio CD (November 4, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Level Up Records & Tapes
  • ASIN: B001IA8PIA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,604 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matt G. on November 19, 2008
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I bought Nerdcore rising a couple of years ago and Secrets from the future right when it came out. I like these albums alot. McFrontalot is one of my favorite artists and I love most of his songs. I don't like alot of other nerdcore because I find it annoying or just not amusing. McChris is alright, but the skit / content ratio is too close. This album isn't the best McFrontalot album, but it does have a few really good songs.

Anyways on the new album:
On first impression I though this album was a little short especially with multiple skits. The songs are VERY varied and you have not heard McFrontalot like this before. There are the usual songs with other rappers, along with a girl singnig japanese in one song (which reminds me of Katamari Damacy.) The songs have more of a pop sound, but they are not annoying and it's still nerdcore; there is even a song or two with some really cool techno-like electronics in the background. It almost reminds me of Beck due to the huge variety in song style, not sound obviously. These unique songs like "Canadia" are some of my favorites. All in all this is probably my least favorite McFrontalot album, that does not mean I do not like it though... just comparing.

I bought the digital copy from Amazon b/c it came at 256kb/s and itunes still does their terrible 128kb/s. This is the 1st Frontalot album I've bought digitally, but at $18 it's too much. The $9 digital cost is acceptable. Had I paid $18 for this album I would be a bit unhappy (mostly due to its length.)

Bottom Line: If you like MCFrontalot you will probably like this, even if it's a little short and different.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Rodriguez on December 13, 2008
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I first discovered Frontalot before Nerdcore Rising showed up on the scopes, and I am happy to say that Final Boss is the best album yet! Frontalot has a superb gift for intelligent, intricate rhymes, not to mention the most excellent album artwork (which in my opinion is the second drawback to purchasing only the MP3 files -- the main drawback being that Front is receiving less of your money which he so richly deserves). Once you've bought the MP3s here, also buy the CD from Frontalot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 13, 2008
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MC Frontalot delivers again with this wonderful album. The sheer spectrum of geekery covered by these rhymes would put a rainbow to shame. The humor exhibited is witty and clever and the songs are just plain fun to listen to.

Also, I knew they were up to something in Canadia.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Sisson on February 7, 2009
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Few artist in the Nerdcore World can drop an album that sounds so good that you feel like it came from the major music labels with all the gleam and polish that entails. MC Fronalot happens to be such an artist, and his latest efforts on Final Boss do not disappoint.

I really loved this album. It does a great job of wondering around the geek cultures and observing them from within. Often tongue-in-cheek, the album seems to show all that is great about the Front when he raps. Thick beats, check. Cameos of nerdy icons, check. Vocabulary way bigger then you average MC, check.

The only negative I can find with this album is that it is so ensconced in that which nerdcore, it is really hard to ask someone new to the scene to make this their first purchase. I still think that Nerdcore Rising is the best album for newbies, but if you are a nerdcore fan and have heard of MC Frontalot, buy this album. Now. Right now. BUY IT!!!!

**Also, Amazon, if you are going to sell nerdcore on you site, the spell checker should really know it too. All I'm saying.

I have one negative thing to say about this album
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This is my first Frontalot album yet. Only heard of him recently as well. PAX East in Boston as a matter of fact. I went, I saw, and I was hooked on this new, unique, and awesome blend of music and lyrics.

I am not one that is usually big on rap/hip-hop, but his stuff just has a groove to it that I havent heard in many other places. Granted you also have to be something of a nerd (hence nerdcore) to understand most of the lyrics. Songs like Tongue-Clucking Grammarian could easily a club song. Maybe something you would salsa or chacha too. Seeing and hearing them do the female vocal part in 'Shame of the Otaku' was hilarious live.

Everyones favorite geek Wil Wheaton even makes an appearance on this album.

All in all, MC Frontalots flow and style is, as I said earlier, new and awesome. Check it out. There are also some other staple Front songs you should checkout if interested in nerdcore at all. Nerdcore Rising, Crime Spree, and I Heart Fags are just a few examples.

Buy this album, it doesnt disappoint.
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I really didn't get the early MC Frontalot; put bluntly, I could barely understand a word he was saying, and that detracted from my enjoyment. But then he played the father on MC Lars' "Original Gamer", and I found a free download of "Secrets from the Future" on Front's web site... and now I'm hooked. He cleaned up his elocution, really upped the quality of his production, and now he's on the cutting edge of funny music.

I mean, "Diseases of Yore" alone is enough to make this album worth $9! If you can't groove to a song about scrofula, there's something wrong wit ya!
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