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The history of video games, via the rap songs that sampled them

By 12.04.12

Time for yet another video game related history lesson, but this one is guided by hip hop.

Yesterday I passed along a sample-heavy, audio history lesson that covered just Nintendo. Today’s kind of the same, but kind of different; it’s a survey of all the instances in which rappers have mixed game audio with their rhymes.

Surely more is out there than what’s accounted for, but SPIN did a pretty damn job covering their bases…

So what’s the big take away here? More folks need to sample Chrono Trigger. Also, it’s kinda odd that Busdriver, who covered Parappa The Rapper, was included…

About Matt Hawkins... Matt Hawkins is an NYC based video game journalist, designer, consultant, and cultralist. He's been published in EGM, Kotaku, and MSNBC amongst others. Matt also makes comics and zines, is obsessed with cable access, gets into arguments with homeless people all the time, and once had his nipple bitten off during a one night stand. But that's neither here nor there.
TAGSchrono triggerGaminghistory of video gamesparappa the rapperRapsoundtracksVideo gamesvideo games and rap

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