Schäffer the Darklord

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Schaffer the Darklord
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Schaffer the Darklord, after a "Bender"
Background information
Birth name Mark Schaffer
Also known as STD
Born November 14
Genres Hip hop, nerdcore, horrorcore
Occupations Rapper, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Labels DB Productions

Mark Shaffer (born November 14)[citation needed], better known by his stage name Schaffer the Darklord (STD), is in American nerdcore hip hop artist from New York City.[1] He combines dark metal themes with hip hop music to create a unique, and often comedic, style of music. He has cited his main musical influences to be Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys and MCA of the Beastie Boys.


In 2001, Schaffer collaborated with Katastrophe and Strict Chem to form the rap group The End of the World. One of their songs, Candyass, was featured in the film Sugar High Glitter City, directed by Shar Rednour and Jackie Strano; the soundtrack was nominated for a 2002 AVN Award but lost to Snoop Dogg's Doggy Style.[2] He later branched out on his own, although he and Katastrophe have maintained both a personal and professional friendship.

In 2003, while living in San Francisco, Schaffer was a member of the bands Burmese and Bottle dog.[3]

Schaffer the Darklord's songs include "Tin Man", a macabre retelling of The Wizard of Oz with the titled character as the heartless villain, "Cat People" a fun, nerdy romp about cats, people who love cats, were-cats, and other cat related phenomena, "The Other Devil", which hilariously depicts two devils arguing on Popeye's shoulder, which is now performed live with the notorious Schaffer the Puppet starring as the Other Devil, as well as many songs featuring the Darklord's unique combination of self-deprecation and narcissism such as "A Very Bad Man", "Thunder Thief", "Scorpio", and "The Heckler". Schaffer has performed and collaborated with many of Nerdcore's biggest names such as MC Frontalot, MC Lars, mc chris, and many others around the country.[4]

When not rapping, Schaffer hosts & performs in nerdy burlesque shows all over New York City, such as Hotsy Totsy, Kitty Nights, Original Cyn, Starshine Burlesque, Sweet & Nasty, The Pink Room, and Vaudeville Nouveau. Up until recently, Schaffer had also co-produced many shows with Nelson Lugo for Epic Win Burlesque[5][6][7] although he recently took a step back from the production end of things to focus on his rap career.

He (and many of New York's finest Burlesque performers) have starred in a music videos for his songs "The Rappist",[8] and "The Bender". He appeared in Nerdcore Rising, a documentary about the world of nerdcore hip-hop, through the eyes of MC Frontalot. He has also been photographed and interviewed by Blender Magazine.[9] Recently, he has started a podcast with longtime friend and collaborator Nelson Lugo called Epic Piecast, for There the duo discuss all manners of Geekdom, such as Comic Books, Video Games, Nerdcore Rap, and anything else their nerdy minds happen to think of. He has also released a free EP of collected miscellaneous songs throughout his career called Junk Drawer.

Schaffer has performed at Nerdapalooza, the largest nerdcore hip hop event in the world, every year since 2008. Very recently, Schaffer performed a charitable act with noted nerdcore performers mc chris, and Mega Ran to benefit the victims and families of the tragic shooting at the AMC Theaters in Aurora, CO during the Dark Knight Rises premiere.


  • Meet My Maker (2004)
  • Mark of the Beast (2007)
  • Manslaughterer (2009)
  • Junk Drawer (2012)
  • Sick Passenger (2013)

Featured appearances[edit]

  • Robot Apocalypse on Rhyme Torrents Volume 6 (2007) by Schaffer the Darklord (ft. Drown Radio & Lord Illingworth)
  • Do the Bruce Campbell on Digital Gangster LP (2008) by MC Lars and YTCraker (ft. Schaffer the Darklord & Zealous1)
  • Rapper of the Corn on Rhyme Torrents Vol 8, CD 1 (2008) by MC Loki (ft. Schaffer the Darklord)
  • Internet Addiction on Puzzle Pieces (2009) by TYT (ft. Schaffer The Darklord)
  • Magnificent 7 on Next Level (2009) by Dual Core (ft. Frontalot, Lars, Schaffer The Darklord, Beefy, Random, Ytcracker)
  • Disaster on Zero Day (2010) by MC Frontalot (ft. Schaffer the Darklord & Beefy)
  • We're All Gonna Die on The Fump, Vol. 23 (2010) by Insane Ian (ft. Kiki Canon, Devo Spice & Schaffer the Darklord)
  • Sick Skills on Cool Whip Recipes (2010) by MC Cool Whip (ft. Schaffer the Darklord)
  • The Honey on The Honey (2010) by Coolzey (ft. Schaffer the Darklord & The Rhombus)
  • Fire & Ice on Stalking to Myself (2010) by Casethejoint (ft. Schaffer the Darklord)
  • Smiles Times on With Sprinkles (2010) by Beefy (ft. Schaffer the Darklord & Epic-1)
  • mc chris Is Back on Race Wars (2011) by mc chris (ft. Schaffer the Darklord & Jesse Dangerously)
  • My Baby Left Me (For Skyrim) on VPC 2011 Compilation (2011) by Kabuto the Python & Beaker (ft. Schaffer the Darklord)
  • Here, You Can Have This Back on Tuesday (2011) by Benjamin Bear (ft. Betty Rebel & Schaffer the Darklord)
  • Publishing Rights' on Ultimate Songs From the Pit (2011) by Shael Riley and the Double Ice Backfire (ft. Schaffer the Darklord)
  • Fire Blossum on Nerdapalooza 2012 Mixtape (2012) by DJ Roborob and Friends (ft. Schaffer the Darklord and My Parents Favorite Music)
  • Oppenheimer on City Beautiful (2012) by Adam WarRock (ft. Schaffer the Darklord & Tribe One)
  • Glasses on Hit Factory (2013) by Coolzey (ft. Schaffer the Darklord)
  • Da Doo, Dentist!, and Suddenly on Epic Win Burlesque: The Musical - Original Cast Recording Soundtrack (2013) (ft. Schaffer the Darklord, BB Heart, Boo Bess, Francine the "Lucid Dream", and Nelson Lugo)
  • The Kicked Ones, Pt. 2 on Almighty (2013) by Kabuto The Python (ft. Schaffer the Darklord)
  • Now Hiring on Blank Pages (2013) by Dr. Awkward (ft. Schaffer the Darklord)
  • It's Raining Dicks on Man Dies Defecating a Drinking Game (2013) by Afterbirth Monkey (ft. Schaffer the Darklord)
  • How You Die (On the Internet) on Middle of Nowhere (2013) by Adam Warrock (ft. Schaffer the Darklord & int80)