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Schäffer the Darklord

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Schäffer the Darklord
Photograph of a man in a purple suit, holding a microphone, pointing to "STD" case.
Schäffer the Darklord performing at AniMinneapolis 2017.
Background information
Birth nameMark Schaffer
Also known asSTD
Born (1974-11-14) November 14, 1974 (age 46)
Centralia, Iowa, United States
OriginCorning, Iowa, United States
Occupation(s)Rapper, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals (rapping)
LabelsDB Productions
Websiteschafferthedarklord.com, schafferthedarklord.bandcamp.com

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Mark Alan Schaffer (born November 14, 1974)[citation needed], better known by his stage name Schäffer the Darklord (STD), is an American nerdcore hip hop artist from Corning, Iowa.[1] He combines dark metal themes with hip hop music to create a unique and often comedic style of music. His influences range from the Beastie Boys to Prince to Slayer.[2]


Photograph of a man in a purple shirt and dark suit, holding a microphone.
Schäffer the Darklord performing at Nerdapalooza 2008.

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.[3] 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 Bottledog.[4]

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 nerdy romp about cats, people who love cats, were-cats, and other cat related phenomena, "The Other Devil", which depicts two devils arguing on Popeye's shoulder, which is now performed live with 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,[5] MC Lars,[6] and many others around the country.[7]

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[8][9][10] although he recently took a step back from the production end of things to focus on his rap career.

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Schaffer the Darklord performing in Minneapolis.

Schaffer has starred music videos for his songs "The Rappist",[11] "The Bender",[12] "Afraid of Everything",[13] and "Boys".[14] He appeared in Nerdcore Rising,[15] 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.[16] Recently, he has started a podcast with longtime friend and collaborator Nelson Lugo called Epic Piecast, for Nerdyshow.com.[17]

Schaffer had performed at Nerdapalooza, the largest nerdcore hip hop event in the world, yearly from 2008 to 2013.[18] Schaffer has also performed at a benefit for the victims and families affected by the Dark Knight Rises shooting in Denver, Colorado.


Year Album
2004 Meet My Maker
2007 Mark of the Beast
2009 Manslaughterer
2012 Junk Drawer
2013 Sick Passenger
2015 Sex Rhymes
2018 The Department of Darkness

Singles and small projects[edit]

Year Song(s) Album Artist Featured Guests
2007 Robot Apocalypse Rhyme Torrents Vol. 6 Schaffer the Darklord Drown Radio & Lord Illingworth
2013 Da Doo/Dentist!/Suddenly Epic Win Burlesque: The Musical - Original Cast Recording Soundtrack Schaffer the Darklord BB Heart, Boo Bess, Francine the "Lucid Dream", and Nelson Lugo
2014 Rawr/Don't Rawr - Single Schaffer the Darklord
2017 All tracks Hold Person - EP Schaffer, Riley, and the Double Ice Backfire

Featured appearances[edit]

Year Song Album Artist Featured Guests
2008 Do the Bruce Campbell Digital Gangster LP MC Lars & YT Cracker Schaffer the Darklord & Zealous1
2008 Rapper of the Corn Rhyme Torrents Vol 8, CD 1 MC Loki Schaffer the Darklord
2009 Drug of Choice 1 Epic-1 Schaffer the Darklord, 1080IP & YTCracker
2009 Magnificent 7 Next Level Dual Core Schaffer the Darklord, MC Frontalot, MC Lars, Beefy, Random, & YT Cracker
2009 Internet Addiction Puzzle Pieces TYT Schaffer the Darklord
2010 The Honey The Honey Coolzey Schaffer the Darklord & The Rhombus
2010 Disaster Zero Day MC Frontalot Schaffer the Darklord & Beefy
2010 Smiles Times With Sprinkles Beefy Schaffer the Darklord & Epic-1
2010 For the Gamers Forever Famicom Mega Ran & K-Murdock Schaffer the Darklord & Int 80
2010 Sick Skills Cool Whip Recipes MC Cool Whip Schaffer the Darklord
2010 We're All Gonna Die The Fump, Vol. 23 Insane Ian Schaffer the Darklord, Kiki Canon, & Devo Spice
2010 Fire & Ice Stalking to Myself Casethejoint Schaffer the Darklord
2011 mc chris is Back Race Wars mc chris Schaffer the Darklord & Jesse Dangerously
2011 My Baby Left Me (For Skyrim) VPC 2011 Compilation Kabuto the Python & Beaker Schaffer the Darklord
2011 Here, You Can Have This Back Tuesday Benjamin Bear Schaffer the Darklord & Betty Rebel
2011 Publishing Rights Ultimate Songs From the Pit Shael Riley & the Double Ice Backfire Schaffer the Darklord
2012 Fire Blossum Nerdapalooza 2012 Mixtape DJ Roborob & Friends Schaffer the Darklord & My Parents Favorite Music
2012 Oppenheimer City Beautiful Adam Warrock Schaffer the Darklord & Tribe One
2013 Glasses Hit Factory Coolzey Schaffer the Darklord
2013 Now Hiring Blank Pages Dr. Awkward Schaffer the Darklord
2013 The Kicked Ones, Pt. 2 Almighty Kabuto the Python Schaffer the Darklord
2013 Guest List Almighty Kabuto the Python Schaffer the Darklord, Adam Warrock, Int80, Sayhi, Da Silky Slimz, Old Snake the CQC MC, Beefy, Whoremoans, The Scrub Club All-Stars, Navi, Mikal kHill, Sulfur, The Ranger, Billy the Fridge, Random, Jesse Dangerously, Wordburglar, & MC Frontalot
2013 It's Raining Dicks Man Dies Defecating a Drinking Game Afterbirth Monkey Schaffer the Darklord
2013 Men Bionic Men Bionic - Single Hops Schaffer the Darklord
2013 How You Die (On the Internet) Middle of Nowhere Adam Warrock Schaffer the Darklord & int80
2013 Mark & Eugene Free Tunes from Adamwarrock.com Adam Warrock Schaffer the Darklord
2014 Requiem Friends & Fandoms Vince Vandal Schaffer the Darklord
2014 Sinking Ship The Snuggle is REAL Mikal kHill Schaffer the Darklord
2014 My Grave The Valley Demo Demon Schaffer the Darklord
2019 Self-Proclaimed Psychic Special EP LEX the Lexicon Artist Schaffer the Darklord

Film and television credits[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Nerdcore Rising Himself
2012 Oddities (TV series) Himself "A Gurney for Grandpa" - Season 3 Episode 17 - Air Date: March 10
2013 Oddities (TV series) Himself "Mutant Mascot" - Season 4 Episode 2 - Air Date: February 16


  1. Official Schaffer the Darklord website
  2. [1]
  3. Swan, Rachel (2005-02-16), "Trans-Cendent: Katastrophe joins up with Deep Dickollective, "The Godfathers of Gay Hip-Hop.", East Bay Express, retrieved 2009-11-25
  4. York, Will (2003-02-19), "Local Live", SF Bay Guardian, retrieved 2009-11-25
  5. [2]
  6. [3]
  7. Schaffer the Darklord's Facebook Page
  9. Andrew Singer, Inside With: Schaffer The Darklord. The Apiary Archived January 18, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  10. Lord Jason, Shake Your Inhaler, Baby: Deep Inside Schaffer the Darklord. Brightest Young Things Archived July 24, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  11. Music Video for "The Rappist"
  12. [4]
  13. [5]
  14. [6]
  15. [7]
  16. http://www.blender.com/photos/55656/geek-squad.html#4
  17. [8]
  18. http://nerdyshow.com/2013/07/the-hex-grid-nerdapalooza-series-1-schaffer-the-darklord/

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