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Optimus Rhyme

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Optimus Rhyme
From left to right: Stumblebee, Powerthighs, Wheelie, Grimrock
From left to right: Stumblebee, Powerthighs, Wheelie, Grimrock
Background information
OriginSeattle, Washington
GenresNerdcore, funk rock
Years active2000–2008
LabelsNarcofunk Records
McCraken Music
  • Wheelie Cyberman
  • Powerthighs
  • Stumblebee
  • Grimrock
Past members
  • Broken English
  • Thundercracker
  • Galaxion Waxspin

Optimus Rhyme was a hip hop group from Seattle, Washington. Optimus Rhyme is most widely considered a nerdcore group because of the nerdy nature of their lyrics. The name of the band as well as the stage names of the members and many of their lyrics refer to the Transformers franchise. Their music is a combination of rapped hip hop lyrics with funk rock music. Optimus Rhyme formed in Seattle in 2000.

Wheelie Cyberman


Wheelie Cyberman is the stage name of Andy Hartpence,[1] who is a former web supervisor for Nintendo. He was known as NOA_INDIANA and later NOA_ANDY in the online community Nintendo NSider Forums, and the song Obey The Moderator is based on his experiences moderating the NSider Forums.[citation needed]

Wheelie Cyberman is now performing with the chip-hop group Supercommuter, accompanied by bandmates Stenobot and Tron Juan.


Photograph of a man playing a guitar and a man on drums.
Optimus Rhyme performing in March 2007.

AutoBeat EP (2002)

  • Dermato Fibro Sarcoma Protuberance
  • Sapp
  • Tim Garret

Positronic Pathways (2003)

  • Incogni2
  • DBR
  • For the Record
  • Officer Weir (Jon-Michael)
  • Calm Down

Narcofunk Compilation (2003)
Compilation of Narcofunk artists.

  • Compiler

Brobot Demos (2004)

  • 520
  • LED's
  • Precognito

Optimus Rhyme (2004)

School the Indie Rockers (2006)

He Dies In Rocket School (2007)

transfORmed EP (2008)

  1. God Rest Ye Autobeat Allies
  2. Worms
  3. Click-Click
  4. Anxiety
  5. Daryl Hannah
  6. Train in Vain (Live at the Croc) - iTunes only
  7. Guns of Brixton (Live at the Croc)- iTunes only


  1. MC Chipmunk (2007) - Myspace only

Other recordings featuring Optimus Rhyme members


Narcofunk Compilation (2005)
Compilation of Narcofunk artists.

  • Birthrate of Stars (feat 3D, Wheelie, Broken English)

Like Minds (2005)
Free downloadable album.

  • That Sound (featuring Broken English)

MC Frontalot, "Secrets From the Future"

  • "Ping Pong Song (Baddd Spellah Remix feat. MC Frontalot)"

(listed on the back cover as "Very Poorly Concealed Secret Track")


  1. ^ Stout, Gene (2007-08-16). "SeattleNoise: Optimus Rhyme". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2008-03-02.

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