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July 29, 2005 reports the arrival of "geeksta" rap--a genre of hip-hop that "glamorizes not guns ... but Java and secure encryption algorithms."

In other words, it's hip-hop for the computer science profession. "Geeksta rappers adopt the same combative verbal-assault stylings of their forerunners, but bust rhymes about elite script compiling and dope machine code," according to the magazine.

In recent months, reports, the geeksta rap field has "seen a growing number of releases from computer science labs, where egocentric grad students show off their Ph.D. credentials in tracks like 'Have to Code' and 'End of File.'"

"The stigma that was once attached to computer geeks and role-playing nerds is diminishing incredibly fast," said "digital gangster" Bryce Case Jr., aka "ytcracker." "It has almost become trendy to have skills on a computer." Rather than guns, he'll speak about DDOS, he says.

Then there's MC Plus+ , a geeksta leading light whose moniker comes from the C++ programming language. He rattles off lines like: "I'm encrypting s--- like every single day; sending it across a network in a safe way; protecting messages to make my pay; if you hack me you're guilty under DMCA ."


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