In recent years, there have been a lot of cringe-worthy hip-hop/videogame music mash-ups. So it comes as a very pleasant surprise to finally hear some videogame-flavored hip-hop that’s, well, really enjoyable!
Forever Famicom, released just this month, features a host of beats inspired by classic NES and SNES games, including Little Nemo, Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger, Star Fox, and Mega Man. The MC, Random, is best known for his Mega Ran album, a collection of hip-hop Mega Man tributes.
On Forever Famicom, Random teams up with underground hip-hop producer K-Murdock, best known as a member of the group Panacea. Panacea has previously dropped some videogame references on their albums (the cover of The Scenic Route depicts the group playing videogames, and their 2008 album, A Mind On A Ship Through Time, features a track called “Chrono Trigger”), but Forever Famicom takes the hip-hop gamer nostalgia to a whole new level. And I mean that in the best possible way.
My favorite track has to be “Epoch” (above), which turns the main Chrono Trigger theme into an ill, uncompromising beat. What completely slays me are the sampled Street Fighter II shout-outs at the end (“China! Brazil! India! JAPAN!”). They’re clearly a playful nod to the hip-hop trope of filling the outro with international shout-outs (for example, see A Tribe Called Quest’s “The Chase, Part 2” off Midnight Marauders – “Everybody in London rock, rock on, everybody in Sweden, rock, rock on…”). Cheesy, hilarious, and poignant, all at the same time. I love it.
Honorary mention goes to the track “Player Two” for sampling the very memorable game-over music from Secret of Mana (“I Closed My Eyes“).
Follow the jump for the their excellent Little Nemo throwback.