When video games meet hip hop
Hip hop has made its way into almost every area of popular culture. From cinema to fashion and all the rest.
In gaming culture as well, hip hop has been well represented with games featuring artists as well as their soundtracks.
Def Jam: Vendetta
Def Jam Vendetta is a 2003 professional wrestling video game that combines hip hop with professional wrestling. Players of the game had to choose between four protagonists and battle hip-hop icons like NORE, Ludacris, DMX, Redman, Method Man, Scarface, and Joe Budden.
As the player, your mission was to eliminate all of the rappers above so that you could confront their leader D-Mob and recover Angel, the main protagonist’s love interest voiced by Christina Milian.
Creating your own discotheque at your convenience has never been easier. This game released in 2009 gave points by pressing dots on the turntable and transforming it into a controller by creating new songs from mixes of licensed songs from the game.
Many DJ and mix artists like DJ Shadow, Z-Trip, DJ AM, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Daft Punk and Benny Benassi have all contributed to the game lending their images for playable avatars and creating mixes.
50 Cent: Bulletproof
Without a doubt, G-Unit was once the “it”. Besides music, the franchise has branched out into video games and this game revolves around 50 Cent who finds himself drawn into the underworld and takes on one of New York’s most dangerous criminal organizations.
After receiving a call for help from his former cellmate and friend, K Dog, 50 Cent decides to strap in and call on his G-Unit team Lloyd Banks, the locksmith, Young Buck, and Tony Yayo , a demolitions expert to save him.
During the rescue mission, 50 Cent is shot nine times, just like in his real life story, and survives. 50 Cent then embarks on a quest for revenge against the hitmen who tried to assassinate him. The game also featured Dr. Dre, Eminem, and DJ Whoo Kid.
50 Cent: Blood on the Sand
It was a sequel to 50 Cent: Bulletproof. The third-person shooter video game centered around a fictional 50 Cent and G-Unit concert somewhere in the Middle East.
50 Cent and his team spring into action after their payment, a diamond-encrusted skull is stolen, and they fight to get the stolen item back.
PaRappa the rapper
It was the first “rhythm game” and players take control of a rap dog named Parappa. In the game, you have to help Parappa win the heart of a flower-like girl named Sunny Funny.
There were six stages in the game. One stage allowed Parappa to learn how to fight by rapping alongside an onion, a Kung-Fu master or spitting bars alongside a moose who is a driving instructor to obtain his license.
Rap Jam: Volume 1
This basketball video game gave players a chance to jump with hip-hop rivals like LL Cool J, Coolio, House of Payne (Everlast, Danny Boy and DJ Lethal), Naughty by Nature (Treach, Vin Rock and Kay Gee), Onyx (Sticky Fingaz, Fredro Starr, Big DS, and Suave), Public Enemy (Flavor Flav, Chuck D, and Terminator X), Queen Latifah, Warren G, and Yo-Yo in games with no rules.
grand theft auto san andreas
The hip hop influence of this game is clear in the plot of the game. Players take control of CJ, a former mobster who returns home after the death of his mother and is sucked into a life of crime and joins his former gang.
It engages in all manner of crime, a replication of West Coast hip hop, focusing on gang life, style, vernacular and music.
Wu-Tang Shaolin style
The Wu-Tang Clan collective’s love of martial arts and old martial arts movies led to the development of the Wu-Tang Shaolin Style game. Although the game did not feature the actual rappers.
It was based on their stage characters and they lent their voices for voice-over work and contributed to the game’s soundtrack.