Saturday, May 15, 2010

PK Mao - Raptendo 64

Damn, this brings back some great memories. Full disclosure: the Nintendo 64 is the most current video gaming console that I own. Really. In fact, every once in a blue moon I pull out the 64-bit system from my closet to kick some ass with Donkey Kong in Super Smash Bros. or the Lakers (big surprise, I know) in NBA Hangtime - back when the roster had Eddie Jones, Nick Van Exel and Elden Campbell. Ha! And you thought my stuck-in-the-90s vibe was exclusive to hip hop! Wrong!

Anyways, oddball producer/mix master PK Mao has given me this reason to reminisce thanks to a fun series he's cooked up, dubbed Raptendo 64. Over the years I've seen a fair share of video game/hip hop mash up projects that were poorly executed. Not today © Mary J. PK Mao's work is top notch. Best of all, he's upped the ante by featuring "good rappers", as he calls them, instead of the run of the mill emcees you'd expect from today's remixers: Gucci Mane, Lil Wayne and so on. Not to disparage the south, but I'm just saying. PK Mao's Raptendo 64 trilogy finds Aesop Rock facing Link, Mobb Deep battling Bomberman, Kool G Rap 'n Mortal Kombat, and De La Soul with Dr. Mario. Shit, even Xzibit versus Tetris! Get excited. And it's all available on the HHIR-approved publishing platform we've grown to love called Bandcamp. Turn it up:

<a href="">Can't Knock The Hustle (Jay-Z vs. Animal Forest) by PK Mao</a>
Raptendo 64, Vol. 1
1. Can't Knock The Hustle (Jay-Z vs. Animal Forest) 04:19
2. 75 Bars (The Roots vs. EarthBound 64) 02:41
3. Early Mornin Tony (Felt vs. Pilotwings 64) 02:17
4. Put It On (Big L vs. Yoshi's Story) 03:11
5. Ya Playin' Yaself (Jeru the Damaja vs. Mario Party) 03:44
6. One Love (Nas vs. Bomberman 64) 03:53
7. Drugs (Kool Keith vs. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time) 03:01
8. Help Me Out (Del tha Funkee Homosapien vs. Perfect Dark) 04:47
9. On Mission (Talib Kweli vs. Wave Race 64) 03:41
10. I'll House You (Jungle Brothers vs. Conker's Bad Fur Day) 06:15
11. Uzi Ring (Wu-Tang Clan vs. Banjo-Kazooie) 05:12
12. Not Like It Was (Snoop Dogg ft. Soopafly, E. White & RBX vs. Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards) 03:07
13. It Ain't Nuttin (MF Doom vs. Mario Kart 64) 02:32
14. My Adidas (Run-DMC vs. Super Mario 64) 02:42
15. Breathe and Stop (Q-Tip vs. Diddy Kong Racing) 04:14
<a href="">Cut Chemist Suite (Chali 2na vs. 1080&#176; Snowboarding) by PK Mao</a>
Raptendo 64, Vol. 2
1. Cut Chemist Suite (Chali 2na vs. 1080° Snowboarding) 03:02
2. Da Art of Storytellin' Pt. 1 (OutKast ft. Slick Rick vs. Super Smash Bros.) 03:29
3. Cabbin Stabbin (Phife Dawg & Top Dog vs. Donkey Kong 64) 04:03
4. 11:35 (Aesop Rock ft. Mr. Lif vs. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask) 03:08
5. The Unseen Hand (Souls of Mischief vs. Mario Golf) 04:08
6. Serious (EPMD, Das EFX & Redman vs. Paper Mario) 03:30
7. Shine On Me (Pete Rock & CL Smooth vs. Rocket: Robot on Wheels) 04:19
8. Fortitude (Crown City Rockers ft. Gift of Gab vs. Pokémon Stadium) 02:35
9. I Know You Got Soul (Eric B & Rakim vs. Gex 3D: Enter the Gecko) 05:00
10. Get Dis Money (Slum Village vs. Mario Party 2) 03:35
11. Come On (Notorious B.I.G. ft. Sadat X vs. Glover) 04:28
12. God In Me (Aceyalone vs. Harvest Moon 64) 03:12
13. Next Universe (Mos Def vs. Jet Force Gemini) 03:22
14. G.O.D. Pt. III (Mobb Deep vs. Bomberman 64: The Second Attack!) 04:28
15. The B Side Wins Again (Public Enemy vs. F-Zero X) 02:40
16. Touch It (Busta Rhymes vs. Castlevania 64) 05:06
<a href="">C'mon Wit Da Get Down (Artifacts vs. Pokémon Snap) by PK Mao</a>
Raptendo 64, Vol. 3
1. C'mon Wit Da Get Down (Artifacts vs. Pokémon Snap) 03:48
2. Zoom (LL Cool J & Dr. Dre vs. Rush 2: Extreme Racing USA) 04:15
3. Elohim (Saul Williams vs. GoldenEye 007) 03:19
4. Smile (2Pac ft. Scarface vs. Rayman 2: The Great Escape) 05:29
5. Somehow Someway (Organized Konfusion vs. Star Fox 64) 03:39
6. More Than You Know (De La Soul vs. Dr. Mario 64) 03:37
7. Concentrate (Xzibit vs. The New Tetris) 02:56
8. DWYCK (Gang Starr ft. Nice & Smooth vs. Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon) 03:45
9. Men At Work (Kool G Rap vs. Mortal Kombat) 04:37
10. Studda Step (Biz Markie vs. Dinosaur Planet) 04:37
11. Abracadabra (Apani B vs. Mario Party 3) 03:20
12. Men of Steel (Shaquille O'Neal ft. Ice Cube, B-Real, Peter Gunz & KRS-One vs. Custom Robo) 05:09
13. Soul Flower (The Pharcyde vs. Space Station Silicon Valley) 04:50
14. We Got The (Beastie Boys vs. BattleTanx) 02:39
15. Doe or Die (AZ vs. Mario Tennis) 04:22
16. Fett's Vette (mc chris vs. Blast Corps) 04:00