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4:00 PM on 06.28.2014

Mega Ran has Infinite Lives

Mega Ran returns to the scene with a new chip-hop track for anyone who's ever needed music to survive. The Philly born, Phoenix based Teacher/Rapper/Hero releases a new tune from his upcoming EP, Wouldn't Miss It For The Worl...

GRIMECRAFT


3:00 AM on 09.30.2013

Duane & BrandO's remastered LP is ready for yo' bawls

It's been almost a year since the comedy rock-rap duo of "8-Bit Duane " Zuwala and "The Amazing BrandO" Lackey made peace with each other following a very intense falling out. Back in the studio as The Adventures of Duane &a...

Tony Ponce

4:00 AM on 06.21.2013

The Roots' frontman spits crazy Mario rap on Jimmy Fallon

You're probably sick of seeing clips of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on the Dtoid front page, but I can guarantee this one tops 'em all. Regular watchers of Fallon's show of course know that the in-house band is none other t...

Tony Ponce

5:00 AM on 06.10.2013

Mega Ran and JP chip artists to remix Mega Man once more

Mega Man rapper Mega Ran may have recently dropped a stellar Castlevania hip hopera album, but he'll never forget the little blue dude who propelled his music career, resulting in his decision to leave his teaching gig and fo...

Tony Ponce



Feel doubly fine with Adam WarRock's Psychonauts single photo
Feel doubly fine with Adam WarRock's Psychonauts single
by Tony Ponce

Asian sensation Adam WarRock is a pretty chill dude. Our own Tara Long of course loves him to pieces, but it was I who managed to score a brotastic fist bump at last year's Nerdapalooza in Orlando. He's so skilled, he can turn literally anything into hip hop -- hell, he made an entire EP based on the mockumentary show Parks and Recreation! How does he do it?

Adam has offered a new song for exclusive download on Destructoid. Using the beat from the Raz Fresco track "Phony Ones," he whipped up "Basic Braining," an homage to the other Raz, star of Double Fine's Psychonauts. If you've got love for the house that Tim Schafer built, I think you'll enjoy this track.

You can grab "Basic Braining" for free over here. Can ya dig it?

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6:00 AM on 06.03.2013

Preview Mega Ran's Symphony of the Night hip hopera

I gotta give it up for my man Mega Ran, without a doubt one of my favorite nerd music acts around. He's got quite the spread, from Mega Man to Final Fantasy VII and even to River City Ransom. And next on the block is the tur...

Tony Ponce

2:00 AM on 06.02.2013

Sales of new Chrono Trigger nerdcore album go to charity

Last year, I discovered a nerdcore rapper by the name of Richie Branson, who laid verses atop anime tracks from Cowboy Bebop, Gurren Lagann, and more. He was also a very vocal proponent of bringing Toonami back onto Cartoon N...

Tony Ponce



From insult to identity: What exactly is a nerd? photo
From insult to identity: What exactly is a nerd?
by Taylor Stein

Following a swift completion of BioShock Infinite's 1999 mode last week, I was hit with a particularly potent wave of boredom. Quelling the bubbling cauldron of monotony was easy while skating through the battle-torn dystopia of Columbia. Feverishly hunting down achievements, collecting voxophones, and Bucking Bronco-ing my way to victory pacified me for a time, but that time had passed.

Upon repetition, (three play-throughs, in fact) the vibrant collective of American idealism, religious fervor, and technological prowess dreamt up in the minds of Ken Levine and the folks at Irrational Games had unfortunately been reduced to a memorized script. Like a well-oiled machine I stood front and center stage, wielding a flurry of headshots and premeditated vigors until the credits rolled. With the experience complete on every level, the post-game reality crept into consciousness. Now what do I do with myself?

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9:00 PM on 04.23.2013

Go cop Insane Ian's new VG / pop music parody medley

In case you've forgotten that Destructoid is staffed by beautiful, talented people, let me remind you that we've got artists, singer-songwriters, scientists, and former reality show stars amongst our ranks. We are some gifted...

Tony Ponce

3:00 PM on 04.06.2013

Stay gold, Pokemon... stay gold

Ummmm... wut? This Pokémon rap, a parody of Trinidad James' "All Gold Everything," is so ridiculous that I have to wonder how anyone in the video could keep a straight face. Thugged-out Pokémon trainers wearing...

Tony Ponce



Get milky with OC ReMix's Kirby Super Star album  photo
Get milky with OC ReMix's Kirby Super Star album
by Tony Ponce

How can I help you, King DeDeDe?
I NEED A MONSTAH TO CLOBBER DAT DERE KIR-BEH!

Game music arrangement repository OverClocked ReMix has released Milky Way Wishes: A Kirby Super Star Tribute, a project that has spent a dizzying eight years in production. I can only guess at what kinds of behind-the-scenes shenanigans caused such a massive delay, but love for the Super Nintendo classic carried the team through.

Unlike the disgustingly monstrous multi-disc collections like Mega Man X: Maverick Rising or the recent Donkey Kong Country 3: Double the Trouble!, Milky Way Wishes is a respectable 23 tracks in length, spanning all manner of genres from chiptune to folk music. You can download it for free directly from the album's page, or you can mind OCR's precious bandwidth and torrent the pink puffball. The power is yours!

Milky Way Wishes: A Kirby Super Star Tribute [OverClocked ReMix]

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Castlevania and Zelda get Mega Ran's nerdcore treatment photo
Castlevania and Zelda get Mega Ran's nerdcore treatment
by Tony Ponce

Mega Ran, everyone's favorite Philly rapper not named Will Smith, started a new project earlier this year called Time and Space. On the second Tuesday of each month, he will release a short EP of hip hop arrangements that sample music from games fans have specifically requested. Someone asks for Gitaroo Man? Gosh darnit, they're gonna get a Gitaroo Man song!

Though the full albums complete with instrumental bonuses cost a few bucks, Ran has been gracious enough to provide Dtoid with site-exclusive versions for free. First there was January's release led by the Battletoads pause beat, then there was last month's set featuring the rarely covered Beyond Good & Evil. Now we bring you Time and Space: Mach's Principle, which spreads the Castlevania love and invites A Link to the Past to join in the festivities as well.

As usual, you can download this album (along with many other Dtoid-exclusive releases) from our SoundCloud page. And if you want Ran to cover a game of your choosing, drop him a line at megaranfans@gmail.com or a modest donation on his FundRazr.

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6:30 PM on 02.19.2013

You want Lucio Baldomero's Chun Li remix

I've heard Lucio Baldomero's rapping skills live a few times at MAGFest, accompanying my favorite game music cover band, The OneUps. He's just released his first full-length album, The Master System, which features some excel...

Jayson Napolitano



More free fan-requested VG raps by Mega Ran photo
More free fan-requested VG raps by Mega Ran
by Tony Ponce

Just after MAGFest ended last month, nerdcore rapper Mega Ran unloaded a new EP on the Destructoid doorsteps. A collection of tunes from games like Battletoads and Earthworm Jim with original lyrics added, Time and Space was the first installment of an initiative to release an EP every month in 2013 with material that fans suggested.

Every second Tuesday in the month, a fresh album will appear. But because you guys are so special, you'll be able to download them for free the day before on Dtoid's SoundCloud page. Second on deck is Time and Space: Eternalism, a four-track roundup that sources Super Mario RPG, Illusion of Gaia, and Beyond Good & Evil.

If you'd like to suggest a game for Ran to cover next, hit him up at megaranfans@gmail.com. If you want to donate, slide on down to his FundRazr page and fork over a couple of bucks. Bigger donations will obviously hold more weight when it comes time to picking new songs for the following month, but that shouldn't discourage you from making any ol' wild request.

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FREE compilation of game remixes! Yeah, I said FREE! photo
FREE compilation of game remixes! Yeah, I said FREE!
by Tony Ponce

Man, videogame remixer Dj CUTMAN is a showman indeed. Look at that sick armor he wears to his shows! Never seen him perform live? Check out this recording of his MAGFest 11 set -- nothing like being there in the room, but you take what you can get!

How would you like to rock those jams on your mp3 player whenever you want? CUTMAN has just uploaded Game Music Record Label, a best-of compilation of various tracks produced in 2012 and released through his GameChops net label. You can buy a physical version for $10, but just until Sunday, you can download the 20-track album for FREE.

The album contains not just tracks produced by CUTMAN himself but also by other GameChop artists like Ben Briggs, bLiNd, halc, Doni, and Mykah. Additionally, there are cuts from the Zelda project Triforce of Bass, the Halo 4 tribute featuring nerdcore rapper Mega Ran, some love for the Powerglove (It's so bad!), and bless me bagpipes, Gravity Falls again! Truly outrageous!

Game Music Record Label [GameChops]

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White Materia is FFVII tunes mashed with popular songs photo
White Materia is FFVII tunes mashed with popular songs
by Tony Ponce

Random AKA Mega Ran knocked it out of the park with Black Materia, a love letter to his favorite Final Fantasy ever. He followed it up a year later with Black Materia: The Remixes, which inserts new beats into old tracks, expands others, and even adds all new ones. Both are some of the finest work he's ever done, not to mention among the best Final Fantasy musical tributes around.

Proving again that third time's a charm -- not that the first two weren't already spectacular -- Ran has released White Materia. Another remix album? How did he plan on keeping that old shizz fresh? By recruiting mashup artist DJ Nerd42 to splice Black Materia lyrics with songs from Eminem, Guns N' Roses, Daft Punk, Will Smith, and many others.

Ran's Yuffie rap "Ninja Girl" gets crossed over with "Gold Digger." No, not the Kanye West original. It's Weird Al's polka cover! That's flippin' AMAZING! And guest rapper Adam WarRock's "Cait Sith" is now backed by the theme song from Sesame Street! WHAT IS GOING ON HERE!?

Best of all, unlike Ran's past two FFVII albums, this one is all free. You kinda need to listen to this stuff. It's pretty incredible.

White Materia: Final Fantasy VII Mashups [Random]

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