MC Router

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MC Router
MC Router performing in June 2007
Background information
Birth name Kristin Nicole Ritchie
Also known as "Router"; Krisje; Abedah-Kristin Ritchie
Born (1986-05-06) May 6, 1986 (age 33)
Origin Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
Genres Nerdcore
Occupation(s) rapper, associate producer at Game Circus, translator
Years active 2004–2009
Labels Unsigned
Website Archived October 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine

Abedah Ritchie (born 5 May 1986), is a former Nerdcore rapper, formerly Kristin Nicole Ritchie and better known by the stage name MC Router. In 2009 she worked in the Netherlands under the new stage name Krisje before leaving hip hop altogether. Ritchie later converted to Islam, changing her given name to Abedah, and became a translator. Her conversion has caused problems with her family.

Hip hop career

Ritchie, as the self-proclaimed "First Lady of Nerdcore"[1] founded the group "1337 g33k b34t" with friend Tanner Brown (aka "T-Byte") in 2004.[2] Although the two are still friends and occasionally collaborate musically, the group disbanded in late 2006 to leave each of them to perform as solo acts.[3] Late 2006 also marked the birth of "Tri-forc3", a joint effort between MC Router, Beefy, and Shael Riley.[4] After Wired Magazine published an article on the Nerdcore scene in late 2006,[5] she wrote a letter to the magazine editors and composed a song entitled "UNwired", explaining why she felt that the Nerdcore scene was misrepresented in the article.[6][7]

As year 2007 began, Router released another new track entitled Trekkie Pride,[8] which is known as "The First Nerdcore Song of 2007".[9][10] The song appeared on a Drown Radio podcast less than a week later.[11] She has also performed with such notable Nerdcore artists like MC Frontalot, MC Lars, Beefy, YTCracker, and mc chris.

As of the end of 2007, MC Router left the nerdcore scene due to a friendly disagreement between her and her producer.[citation needed] T-Byte and MC Router are still friends and continue to work on their own music separately leaving T-Byte moving on to work with other Nerdcore artists and with MC Router no longer doing Nerdcore or nerd related music at all.

At the end of 2009, after doing a show in Amsterdam with Nerdcore artists at Club Panama for Glitched [12](w/ Beefy, MC Lars, YTCracker) Router began working on new music in the Dutch language with a new DJ from the Netherlands as well as a new stage name by the name of "Krisje". MC Router has gained considerable press among the Dutch crowds, especially for her music video [13][not in citation given] and song for Paul de Leeuw, as it was featured on one of the most popular TV news channels in the Netherlands.[14]

In January, 2012, she appeared in the first nerdcore novella, Zombie Killa.

Conversion to Islam

Ritchie converted to Islam and changed her given name from Kristin to Abedah, which means "Worshiper of God" in Arabic, sometime shortened to "Abby". She said in an interview with Muglatte that before Islam she was a Christian but never took religion seriously. She also said that she converted to Islam because she found logic in it.[15]

On March 3, 2014, she appeared on the Dr. Phil show with her mother, Darlene, who was concerned about her daughter's new Islamic beliefs.[16]

Since January 2012 Ritchie has worked as a translator at "Strictly Saudi" writing services.[17]


  1. ^ Johnston, Geoff (5 April 2007). "MC Router". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 11 July 2007.
  2. ^ "Beats and geeks: White rappers merge the worlds of hip-hop and computers in an underground scene called 'Nerdcore'". 26 February 2007. Retrieved 24 September 2009.
  3. ^ "The MC Router Interview". Archived from the original on 9 September 2007. Retrieved 24 September 2009.
  4. ^ Z (8 July 2006). "Hipster, please!". Archived from the original on 21 September 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2009. [unreliable source?]
  5. ^ Thomasson, Roger (September 2006). "Me So Nerdy". Wired Magazine (14.09). p. 5.
  6. ^ Katayama, Lisa (20 November 2006). "Angry Nerdcore Song About Wired". Table of Malcontents. Wired News. Retrieved 11 July 2007.
  7. ^ "Rants + Raves". Wired (14.11). November 2006.
  8. ^ Tanz, Jason (14 March 2007). "Nerdcore and the Future of Music". Esquire Magazine.
  9. ^ "The First Nerdcore Track of the New Year". Archived from the original on April 14, 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2009. [self-published source?]
  10. ^ "New Year's Nerd News in Brief". January 2, 2007. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-26.
  11. ^ "Drown Pirate Radio 02- "Space Mix Tape 02". January 9, 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-26.
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  15. ^ Ritchie, Abedah (May 3, 2014). "My Journey to Islam".
  16. ^ "I'm Worried My Daughter Might Turn into a Terrorist". Dr. Phil. July 18, 2014.
  17. ^ "Abedah-Kristin Ritchie". LinkedIn. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
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