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Welcome to 2011. Here's your dubstep-influenced hacker rap anthem.

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Your mental image of hackers, which is wrong.
  • Your mental image of hackers, which is wrong.
With hackers showing up so frequently in the news today and likely to continue doing so for the foreseeable future, it might be a good idea to revise your mental image of what they're all about. Lots of people seem to be still working off the 1995 cyberthriller Hackers, and thus think of them as being heavily into vinyl pants and Crystal Method. In reality what they're really stoked on right now are a flying, singing, rainbow-shitting cat made out of a Pop-Tart and rap tracks about breaking into people's computers. Which is apparently a thing now.

The latest such track to blow up the blogs is by ytcracker, an admitted hacker who runs the message board Digital Gangster, which famously took credit for hacking Paris Hilton's phone in 2005—he's also admitted to a history as a spammer, which is to hacker rappers approximately what being a former crack dealer is to gangsta rappers. His new single, "#antisec" (video below), is apparently a tribute to the antisec movement that ytcracker seems to be saying inspired the recent headline-grabbing operations by hacker group LulzSec (much the way rappers of an older generation will occasionally use a song to remind younger performers about the people who laid the groundwork they're building on). Or at least that's what I think it's about—the technical jargon's so thick and so fractured by rap's syntactic juggling that the only words I'm sure I understood were "Internet" and "doors."

Oh and the beat's bass line seems heavily influenced by dubstep—which, in case you didn't know, a lot of computer geeks are super into these days.

So we've got a song about an ongoing hacking operation adapting the structures of a certain kind of hardcore hip-hop track to talk about bits and boops over a dubstep-inflected beat and oh yeah the chorus is a shout-out to a Twitter hashtag. If any one thing could be frozen in amber to forever show exactly what mid- to late June 2011 was like, it would be this video.

(via Julianne Escobedo Shepherd's Twitter)

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