Ish1da X The Epitome – Ojii-Sama [Prod by KenKen KillT iT]

Who is Ish1da?

What?! A rapper named after an anime character?


What is the first thing we think of when we hear that word?

Many of us see the stereotypical image of a skinny kid with oversized glasses, a LOTR (Lord of the Rings, sheesh…norms!) pocket protector clipped onto a sweater vest, and a Star Wars Edition X-Box One controller hanging out of the side pocket of his cargo pants.

What if I told you that, at some point in the last 20 years or so, that nerds evolved?  In fact, nerds not only evolved, but society finally realized that being a nerd was about more than fandoms and quirky kids with eccentric habits. Being a nerd was also about having your own unique identity and interests.

It also helped that those same nerds revolutionized the technology that began to define our world. Now, just like the Borg from Star Trek, which is often considered a “nerd show”, we began to assimilate the citizens of Earth!

In that case, Nerdcore artists, Ish1da and The Epitome are residents of The Cube.

Hailing from Kansas City, MO, the rappers are both hardcore anime fans. Don’t let that fool you though. Ish1da spits some serious lyrics and gets gangsta on Ojii-Sama.  He even shouts out deceased Kansas City rapper Fat Tone:

“I’m a tell you like Fat Tone told me/

Everything around me, ruled by Ojii”

This song destroys the image of Nerdcore as a lightweight & outdated sub-genre. Nerdcore is obviously here to stay, and it’s also obvious that it’s “lit”.

Now, show some respect to the Ojji-samas.

Photo Credit/Edit: Ekaj DaVerbal Miraje




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Al Gibson

Al Gibson is the Staff and Publishing Director for, as well as owner of He is also an independent Hip-Hop Artist, creating a sound that he has dubbed Sci-Fi Music. Based in Northwest Indiana (Chicagoland), Vin's mission for AltWire is to, "bring recognition to each and every Independent Artist who is trying to amplify their voice. It's not about stats for AltWire. It's about the love of music!"
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