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Mar 29th 2022 at 6:15:51 AM

Comics Rule Everything Around Me is supposed to be about rap songs that are about unexpectedly nerdy subjects, as a sort of sister-trope to Nerdcore (hip-hop), Heavy Mithril (metal), and Filk.

In practice, it's being used for that, any form of nerdy Shout-Out in a rap song (even if it's incidental to the song's overall subject), and for troping actual artists who are open about being nerds.

Wick check results:

  • Correct Use (rap song is about something nerdy): 5/37
  • Rap song has a nerdy Shout-Out in it: 8/37
  • The rapper is a nerd: 5/37
  • Multiple/Unclear use: 3/37
  • Zero-context examples: 9/37
  • Other Misuse: 3/37
  • Indices + laconic: 4/37

There are 2 options as I see them: expand the trope to include Shout Outs within rap songs, or send it to the salvage yard or TLP if someone will sponsor it. I don't think that 'rap song has a nerdy Shout-Out in it' is meaningfully different enough from Shout-Out as a whole to be worth splitting off, so my preference is to yard it.

Additionally, it's an 11-year old trope with only 37 wicks. At least some of that is probably due to its name being a reference to a song that most people have never heard of. If we keep it, it could use a less opaque name.

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Mar 29th 2022 at 6:51:57 AM

At least some of that is probably due to its name being a reference to a song that most people have never heard of.

C.R.E.A.M. is actually a pretty well-known rap song. The Other Wiki says that it is considered one of the greatest Hip-Hop songs (if not songs period) of all time, and there are multiple articles from big websites written about the song.

Although I could be biased as I listen to a lot of Hip-Hop. Perhaps on this site it isn't very well-known, and that's contributing to the problem (even though I like the name personally.) I am personally in favor of yarding it as I do agree that "nerdy Shout-Out" is not different enough from Shout-Out to preserve on its own. Perhaps if it goes to TLP it could get a new name too.

Edited by themayorofsimpleton on Mar 29th 2022 at 9:56:20 AM

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Mar 29th 2022 at 6:53:38 AM

I would say we can expand the definition to nerdy rap and hip-hop, regardless of how well-known the singer's nerdity is.

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Mar 29th 2022 at 7:36:13 AM

[up]Also, what exactly is the distinction between the two? I might come across as an uncultured normie, but I'm not that much of an ace with genres.

Just considering the possibility that these two might be redundant to each other.

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Mar 29th 2022 at 7:54:42 AM

Is there much difference between nerdy rap and nerdy hip-hop? If not, then this trope can be merged into Nerdcore.

themayorofsimpleton Learn to work the saxophone | he/him from a record store Relationship Status: I love you for psychological reasons
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Mar 29th 2022 at 9:17:17 AM

So what is the difference between Comics Rule Everything Around Me and Nerdcore, then?

EDIT: To answer my own question, the respective pages say about the other trope:

So the difference is: Comics Rule Everything Around Me - Rappers make nerdy references; Nerdcore - Rappers make an entire genre out of nerdy references? Feels like a superficial difference to me; I vote merge.

Edited by Snicka on Mar 29th 2022 at 6:22:45 PM

Mar 29th 2022 at 10:10:29 AM

Or (as I see it)

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Mar 29th 2022 at 10:30:20 AM

If that's the case, Nerdcore seems to be The Same But More for Comics Rule Everything Around Me, which itself is The Same But More Specific for Shout-Out (as in the latter meaning "Pop-cultural references in works" and the earlier, "Pop-cultural references in rap music".

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Mar 29th 2022 at 10:42:19 AM

I don't know about that. A movie can have romance elements without being a full-on Romance. Genres aren't really tropes.

I agree that CREAM is the same but more specific to Shout-Out, however.

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Mar 29th 2022 at 11:41:05 AM

Then, if CREAM is to be cut, I suggest to split its examples between Shout-Out (for references to nerdy media in rap music) and Nerdcore (for rap music centered around nerdy things).

Edited by AoeAbility on Mar 29th 2022 at 11:41:31 AM

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Mar 29th 2022 at 2:19:42 PM

At only 37 wicks, I think we can merge this with Shout-Out and leave Nerdcore alone. I agree that Nerdcore isn't the same since it's an entire genre, while this trope is about Shout Outs and can appear in other genres.

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Mar 29th 2022 at 2:32:15 PM

Then again, I don't think Nerdcore can be just left like that. That page is also in need of some help, I believe.

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Mar 29th 2022 at 2:33:17 PM

We can't tackle Nerdcore unless we have a separate check for it.

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Mar 29th 2022 at 2:35:05 PM

Why? It seems to be in good condition (~60 wicks, decent-length examples page) for what seems to be a relatively niche genre. Just because we don't have pages for a lot of its examples doesn't the page itself is not worth having/needs fixing (my favorite example: Gaucho)

Edited by Synchronicity on Mar 29th 2022 at 4:35:25 AM

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Mar 29th 2022 at 2:36:31 PM

I see that. Again, might need to do some more research into it.

But yeah, In favor of merging CREAM with Shout-Out and Nerdcore, based on which examples refer to what.

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Mar 29th 2022 at 8:29:08 PM

Since Nerdcore is a genre and not a trope (meaning it's something that uses tropes), I think having a list of artists on the main page is more important than having wicks elsewhere on the wiki.

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Apr 1st 2022 at 6:20:39 AM

[up]Absolutely. I would have done it sooner had I remembered it's been three days.

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Apr 2nd 2022 at 3:19:05 PM

Crowner checkup: Disambiguating is nearly unanimous at 13 yeas and 1 nay.

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Apr 3rd 2022 at 7:02:33 AM

The amount of yeas has gone up by three since yesterday. The amount of nays is still the same.

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Apr 4th 2022 at 9:08:53 AM

I moved the on-page examples to Shout-Out and disambiguated the page. I can probably finish up the wicks later, but right now my arms hurt from moving the on-page examples.

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Trope Repair Shop: ComicsRuleEverythingAroundMe
1st Apr '22 6:19:35 AM

Crown Description:

Comics Rule Everything Around Me has a low wick count and overlaps with other tropes like Shout Out, Nerdcore, Heavy Mithril, and Filk Song. What should be done with it?

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