Biz Markie, Drake Tapped for ‘Rapstar’ Game
Think you’ve got what it takes to karaoke your favorite rap joints? If you don’t, then you’ll have plenty of time to practice. Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH and Autumn Games have just announced that ‘Def Jam Rapstar’ will be available in the United States on October 5 and the United Kingdom on November 5.
While 40 songs will be available, six new tracks that will be featured in the game have been announced, including Biz Markie‘s ‘Just a Friend,’ Drake‘s ‘Best I Ever Had,’ OutKast‘s ‘So Fresh, So Clean,’ Pete Rock and CL Smooth‘s ‘They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.),’ Salt-N-Pepa‘s ‘Push It’ and UK rapper Tinchy Stryder’s N-Dubz-assisted ‘Number 1.’ Additionally, Just Blaze and DJ Premier have provided instrumentals titled ‘On the One’ and ‘JJ’s Beat,’ respectively, for gamers to use to as a backdrop for original rhymes in Freestyle Mode. ‘Def Jam Rapstar’ also allows users to record themselves rhyming, using a console camera, for upload to defjamrapstar.com, where community members will be able to gauge your mic skills.
This isn’t the first time that Def Jam has ventured into the video game realm, having previously released fighting games ‘Def Jam: Icon,’ ‘Def Jam Vendetta,’ ‘Def Jam: Fight for NY’ and its sequel, ‘Def Jam Fight For NY: The Takeover.’ And while hip-hop karaoke might seem like an untapped resource in the gaming world, Eidos released ‘Get On Da Mic’ in 2004 for PlayStation 2, a game that 4mm Games Executive V.P. Paul Coyne said was used “as the architectural model of how not to do Def Jam Rapstar.”
‘Def Jam Rapstar’ will be in stores this fall, available for the Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.