Yup, Raptendo is another rap mixtape with classic video games. Like Gold N’ Fly, this one from PK Mao focuses on Nintendo’s 64-bit era, but with a diverse enough track selection that you’re sure to find something agreeable. No games and no rappers are repeated through the three volumes, so there are a total of 94 emcees involved, from Wu-Tang to Jay-Z. Says PK Mao:
And though I do plenty of cutting and pasting of the underlying beat, no overdubbed drums or anything created on my part is added, all that you hear is straight from the game. This was done to show that there are some pretty viable hip-hop beats in Nintendo 64 games, despite the technological limitations.
Not all of the tracks are hits. Sometimes the melodies of the N64 tunes overpower the rapper, and other times the backing track lacks a heavy beat, a letdown even if that was the intention. But you don’t like rap or video games enough if you can’t make one solid album out of the 46 free tracks available. My favorites: On Mission (Talib Kweli vs. Wave Race 64), Help Me Out (Del tha Funkee Homosapien vs. Perfect Dark), Da Art of Storytellin’ Pt. 1 (OutKast ft. Slick Rick vs. Super Smash Bros.), Men At Work (Kool G Rap vs. Mortal Kombat) and My Adidas (Run-DMC vs. Super Mario 64). Get it all for free here. [via GoNintendo]