Mark Shaffer (born November 14, 1974), better known by his stage name Schaffer the Darklord (STD), is an American nerdcore hip hop artist from New York City. 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.
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. 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.
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, MC Lars, and many others around the country.
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 although he recently took a step back from the production end of things to focus on his rap career.
Schaffer has starred music videos for his songs "The Rappist", "The Bender", "Afraid of Everything", and "Boys". 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. Recently, he has started a podcast with longtime friend and collaborator Nelson Lugo called Epic Piecast, for Nerdyshow.com.
Schaffer has performed at Nerdapalooza, the largest nerdcore hip hop event in the world, every year since 2008. Schaffer has also performed at a benefit for the victims and families affected by the Dark Knight Rises shooting in Denver, Colorado.
|2004||Meet My Maker|
|2007||Mark of the Beast|
Singles and small projects
|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|
|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|
Film and television credits
|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|