Some of the AlphaLab mafia (DeviceKnit, Fooala, and CloudFab specifically), currently residing in StartUptown, have started to pick up on a meme that I've come to love: Startup Rap.
It's basically a sub-genre of nerdcore rap, which is a play on hardcore rap, but this time with startup themes. A good friend of ours, part of the second AlphaLab class, and current no-show in the Startup Rap scene, Don Charlton once compared startup culture with rap culture because both:
- Have huge emphasis on personalities (Jay-Z / DHH)
- Have "rough" lives during their initial rise to glory
- Focus on making money
- Always have to be hustlin' (so hard)
...and I'm sure plenty more.
I'd like to leave you guys with these embeds of the current crop of start hits. Enjoy!
RJMetrics rap about the perils of not staying on top of your online metrics, which can be overwhelming, and yet at the same time can often be the key to victory.
After R.J.M.'s "Business Intelligence", Patrick at Bingo Card Creator Blog made his own rap calling out other founders without business partners in: "Won't the Solo Founders Please Stand Up" - a parody of Eminem.
Posted on GigaOM, is "The Foursquare Rap: Badges Like Us" which reps their favorite app and the great community and quirks that exist around it.
Then came THE NEW DORK's "Entrepreneur State of Mind", a parody of Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind", and is widely regarded as the first well produced video in the startup rap scene.
Recently, on the NYC startup rap scene, and here seen on Justin.TV, is a new currently unnamed founda spittin' his beats and reppin' his city.