FREE MIXTAPE for Gamer Geeks and Hip-Hop Nerds
As video game music has become more mainstream, or at least more popular thanks to outlets like OverClocked Remix, I think it's safe to say that, as a genre, geek beat is closer to hip-hop than anything else - and that's before cats like Dan the Automator started doing full soundtracks.
Whereas a lot of critics loathe the simplicity in gamer funk, I've always dug them. In particular, two dope bit-inspired cuts that come to mind are Big Shug and Statik Selektah's "Punch-Out," and U-N-I's "Castlevania".
This here Team Teamwork joint is competently mixed, which isn't always easy when you're tweaking one-dimensional sound effects. The Lupe track is especially dope, and even a little bit hilarious for some reason.
Being an amateur gamer and a hip-hop snob, I can appreciate the MC selections, but only get the comfort food willies from about half of the game backdrops. Nonetheless, hella wired rap fanatics are sure to have a good squirt over more than a few of these.
- Ludacris - Roll Out (Street Fighter 2)
- Biggie, Craig Mack, Rampage, LL Cool J & P. Daddy Combs - Flava In Ya Ear (Donkey Kong Country 2)
- Childish Gambino - Let Me Dope You (Streets of Rage)
- Big Boi & Cutty - Shutterbugg (Super Metroid)
- Lupe Fiasco - I Gotcha (Sonic 3)
- Dr. Octagon - Blue Flowers (Yoshi’s Island)
- Ghostface Killah - The Champ (Ristar)
- Gang Starr - The Squeeze (Super Mario RPG)
- Kanye West - Touch The Sky (Mortal Kombat)
- Bonecrusher, Killer Mike & T.I. - Never Scared (A Link To The Past)
- E-40 & Busta Rhymes - One Night Stand (X-Men 2: Clone Wars)
- Talib Kweli & Mos Def - Bright As The Stars (Earthbound)
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