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Def Jam Rapstar Killed The Rapper…

I love pretty much everything about hip-hop music, and hip-hop culture as a whole. The first CD I remember deciding for myself that I wanted was Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic”. I stayed up late watching Arsenio Hall one night and Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg were the musical guests. My life was never the same. Since then the world has taken hip-hop everywhere it could possibly go. The culture is used to sell everything from sodas to cars. There have been a few videogames based in the hip-hop world, and they’ve run the spectrum of enjoyability. (Side-note: the Spectrum of Enjoyability is sort of like the Matrix of Leadership.) The best of the bunch has been GTA:San Andreas. The worst? Well, that’s got to be the upcoming title from Def Jam and 4mm Games, Def Jam Rapstar. Like the last time I wrote about this game, I’ve got nothing good really to say about the Rock Band-esque title where the player becomes the rapper. This is not what KRS-One meant when he said, “You are hip-hop.” Anyway, Konami has decided to publish the game and announced a few of the 40+ songs that will be released with the game.

2 Pac — I Get Around
50 Cent — I Get Money
Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg == Nuthin’ But a “G” Thang
Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx –Gold Digger
Lil’ Wayne — A Milli
Notorius B.I.G. — Juicy
Slick Rick — Children’s Story
T.I. featuring Rihanna — Live Your Life
Wu Tang Clan — C.R.E.A.M.
Young Jeezy featuring Kanye West — Put On

I don’t even know what to say. Young Jeezy? Really?? Please just shoot me; make sure you do it before I’m forced to watch any of the sure to be horrible user generated “freestyle rap videos” that players can publish. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but this game sounds like a very bad idea. I don’t like to end the day on a bad note, so let’s end this with a video featuring the greatest hip-hop band of all time, The Roots. Suzanne Vega was on Jimmy Fallon the other night, so she teamed up with ?uestlove, Black Thought and the rest of the crew for an amazing performance that you’ll find below. Enjoy, and stay thirsty my friends.