The mashup return of 2 Mello: Earthbound X Biggie Smalls album EarthBIG

Grab your bat, call your clique. 

More than any other product, franchise, character, or story, I feel like Earthbound is the most malleable. Many people who play the game have a heartfelt relationship with the old gray cartridge. It's obvious to say that Earthbound has become an incredibly influential piece of work among video game fans. 

What this all means is that fans and artists have come at Earthbound from many angles, taking all their other influences and melding them with that indelible mark of Earthbound. 2 Mello has a particular knack for taking the essence of both game and artist, and, ahem, mashing them together into something that can fit into the universe of the game, as well as the life of the lyricist. It's no small feat, and it's what makes Mello's mashups so distinct.

Among rap fans, it's hard to give enough props to B.I.G. Mello takes some of Biggie's most popular rhymes and pays tribute by propping them up with ridiculously appropriate backbeats provided by Keichi Suzuki and Hip Tanaka, creators of the Earthbound soundtrack. Mello mixes them down into this alternate reality fever dream of youthful influences.

In a time when mashup artists are being deleted from YouTube and banned from SoundCloud, Mello drops one of his best mashup efforts to date. Things kicks off with the upbeat Onett Funk, a mashup of the Onett Theme and Biggie's Machine Gun Funk. It's the perfect intro, to just about everything. Mello hits a few of my favorite EB tracks, including the incomporably laid back Sailing to Scaraba mashed up with the intense rhymes of Dead Wrong. 

At this point I usually try to pick out some standout tracks, but that's the problem with these 2 Mello mashups. These are the types of albums that can't just come and go in a playlist. If I hear a single track from this album (as well as former 2 Mello albums like Nastlevania) I have to start the full album from the beginning. Mello's albums aren't just a collection of mashups or remixes, they are a mood, a state of mind, like the best albums often are. Mello's mashups take me to a place in my mind that I am happy to be. A place with true words, heartfelt nostalgia, and the heart and soul of an artist creating what they love.

A little smaltzy I know, but that description fits just as appropriately when describing playing Earthbound itself. Mello isn't afraid to be introspective on his albums, and his conversations with Notorious make up a few key moments of the album. I can definitely imagine the album art, 2 Mello, with his laser gun and bowtie, wondering how Nesstorious B.I.G. can be so amazing. 

2 Mello is doing amazing things too though. I can't end the review without mentioning his great work on indie game Read Only Memories from Midboss Games. Also donate to his Patreon! Let's get that rap album out a little sooner! 

Every interpretation of EB seems valid to me, so long as you are truly inspired by the game, and who isn't? Especially if you're reading this review. 

EarthBIG is an ode to The Notorious B.I.G. and the music of the SNES game Earthbound, A.K.A. Mother 2.

The free download is available at www.2mello.net/earthbig
If you love it, please consider becoming a patron at www.patreon.com/2mello or making a one-time donation from the links on my website to help keep these non-profit remix albums coming.

The production is made up of Earthbound songs, public Biggie acapellas, and additional instrumentation as was appropriate. This is a fan creation distributed entirely for free and for the enjoyment of others. No attempt is being made to directly profit from its distribution. Demands by copyright holders for the album to be removed will be obeyed with haste, and with respect.
— 2 Mello

MC Larny releases B-sides of video game remixes in 'Project Nightmare: Lost Levels II'

I'm still working on the enormous backlog of music by MC Larny since discovering his work in early 2013, which can be difficult when the hits just keep coming. Take the new album Project Nightmare: Lost Levels II, what might appear to be forgotten and thrown away tracks have a true vibrancy to them. Perhaps it's the phenomenal and ever present drum work, or the glitched out incursions bleeding over the edges of this collection. Likely, much of it may be due to the funked up remix of Sonic Spinball that I like to imagine I played a part in.

Listen to The Bystanders Podcast 32: Justice League Vs Teen Titans Discussion

This week, The Bystanders review the latest DC animated movie Justice League Vs Teen Titans. We give our assessment of the new movie, promote various fan theories, then come up with a simple guide to end racism.

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Galactodactyl - Cracked Bats and Mr. Baseball Caps EP

A dreamy tribute to the musical stylings that flow from the SPC-700 soundchip of the Super NES. Galactodactyl (a name I love saying buy hate spelling) pays honor to games like Earthbound and Super Metroid in the 2012 Cracked Bats and Mr. Baseball Caps EP. Rich sounds inspired by classic games.

Listen to SUBCON 30: Star Fox Zero, Final Fantasy, 420

The only podcast dedicated to video games & hip hop. 

The show is back with tons of new music! Hype for the upcoming Star Fox Zero, new Final Fantasy hip hop by DJ DAX, and a tribute to 420. Blaze it up and hit play!

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Watch The Bystanders play Affordable Space Adventures

The adventure begins, modestly.

Can Frank and Anthony cooperate long enough to explore the frontiers of space, and finally find a place of their own? The Bystanders begin a play through of the downloadable Wii U game Affordable Space Adventures from KnapNok Games.

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Asis Galvin - Okami Mini-Mixtape

I have to admit that I have never played Okami, despite having the opportunity to do so over several consoles I've owned. I do regret it (along with Godhand) for missing some games from the short-lived Clover after enjoying Viewtiful Joe so much on the Gamecube. This isn't about me and my secret shames though, it's about you, the real Okami fans.

Asis Galvin drops an ambient instrumental mixtape featuring music from Okami. Return to the world of Okami again, at least until they make another remake of it.