Hip Hop instrumental album 'Killa Zelda (Deku Tree)' by JDSY

Deep inside the Deku Tree

Avant-garde, Legend of Zelda inspired hip hop beats. Not for the faint of heart, or a few hearts, as the case may be. Vibrant melodies with just a hint of the nostalgic tones of classic Nintendo 64 title Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time. 

composed over the course of 2 years... Deku Tree samples ‘Zelda - Ocarina of Time’ n64 soundtrack and composed on MPC2000xl... fourth ambient piece recorded analouge, summer 2010 in Portland OR... Originally packed on CD late spring of 2011 for a japan benefit concert limited to 6 copies
— JDSY

Asis Galvin, PMC, and Raisi K - Megaman 3 OST​-​R Mixtape

You aren't just dealing with a mega man, but a group of mega men. Asis Galvin gathers PMC and Raisi K to bring you a mixtape remixing the entirety of the Mega Man III soundtrack into head bobbing hip hop beats. Get lost in the rhythm and bounce as you teleport to the next evil lair to defeat that insidious evil doctor for the last time.

Asis Galvin's retro hip hop remix album The Game Over Mixtape Vol 2

More dope beats from Asis Galvin in The Game Over Mixtape Vol 2. Like the album cover implies, there are plenty of hot Super Mario mixes to drop some lines to. Asis flips the script by tossing in a handful of laid back beats featuring music from the relatively very new Final Fantasy XIII-2 along with a couple other games new and old but all fresh.

Gunstar inspired hip hop 'Adventures On Gunstar9 mixtape'

Witness the sonic recording of the first gathering of the Shindiggaz. Get down to the Gunstar Hero inspired beats as the Shindiggaz drop flows in full force. Shindiggaz legendary meeting is remembered in Adventures on Gunstar9.

his is a mixtape of all original material from Therm&Soul and Co. DJ Thermos did all the beats – all the MCs wrote their own rhymes. We recorded this here craziness during early Fall 2009. What you’re hearing is the genesis of the Shindiggaz. This was the project that brought the crew together – and Gunstar#6 was the first time the words Shindigg were uttered on a Thermstrumental.

What you’re also hearing are all beats inspired by the soundtrack of Soul’s favorite video game ever: Gunstar Heros. He started talking about this game back when we were working on Homebrew, and we finally got around to attacking it a year later.

If you like this joint, be on the lookout for Saturday Morning Special (cartoon themes), Contraband (contra video game), and Prime Time (TV themes.) We plan to drop one a month till March.

And even more important: if you like this joint burn a copy for your people. Bang it out your car. Blast it at your next Shindigg. Throw a track on your mixtape. Put it in your top 10 list. Send a link to your friend. Post this on your blog. Chat about it in your forum. We’re making these tapes to reach yall. Help us get the message out.
— Shindiggaz

Real Soul's Nintendo and Kush mixtape of video game inspired beats

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The leaf shield takes a more metaphorical meaning in this instrumental album of video game inspired beats known as Nintendo and Kush.

Straight from Real Soul is this mixtape of laid back funk and soul mixed with spiraling electronic sounds and a hint of despair. Real Soul is also a guy once making awesome video game beats in Los Angeles who has also mysteriously vanished from posting music online. What an interesting non-coincidence I think.

Also don't do drugs. But if you are already doing drugs, do some to this album. 

Atari Blitzkrieg's 'Super' hip hop album

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Rap tribute to over 20 years of SNES classics.

Released back in October of 2011 to celebrate the very important year that the SNES turned 20 years old. Blitzkrieg blasts through the 16-bit super classics with skill. Shout out to Nameless for the dope Actraiser beat! Cop the album physically, digitally, or in shirt form. Heavy rhymes, eclectic beats, bumping tunes.

The album kicks off with the masterful, simply unreal remix of my absolute favorite track from the Mother / Earthbound series. The baffling radio static of Dusty Dunes Desert. The original Hip Tanaka track struck a special cord with me, since growing up in Los Angeles meant many traffic jams in desert heat. This remix uses the original instrumental as a disorienting undercurrent to introduce a full album in tribute to the greatest console of all time.

Heru Odyssey releases The Parallel Dimension of Awesome

Of course, I heard of Heru Odyssey via his swag swinging game influenced track Goomba Stomp Rock. Afterwards I hunted down the album to find a few more of my loves like outer space and the aforementioned swag. Cop the free full release of P.D.A. Downloads for some video game inspired hip hop and then some.

The Digi Destined release "SkyBlew x SublimeCloud - Episode 1: Clouded Dreams & Beautiful Memories"

The Digi Destined strike with their debut album of videogame and anime inspired hip hop, SkyBlew x SublimeCloud - Episode 1: Clouded Dreams & Beautiful Memories. I've been rocking the gamer anthem "The Lame Gamers" all through the summer heat. Pokemon represent in the digiworld with "HM02" a track that got me through some late night egg hatching sessions in Pokemon Y.

The full album is a great blend of enthusiastic game remixes, anime remixes, and original sounds that are the perfect accompaniment to SkyBlew's variety of rhymes. So far this is a top album this year, especially if the judge is amount of time's I've rewound and replayed tracks.

Sweet Valley - Jenova

Like some kind of electronic babel fish, Sweet Valley has quickly burrowed through my ear and deep into my psyche. Simply put, these are some of the most intriguing instrumental sounds I have had the pleasure of hearing over the past year.

Perhaps it is the litany of samples (upwards of 140 according to Sweet Valley themselves) that barely prick your eardrum before disappearing in a maelstrom of other sounds. Maybe it's the Final-Fantasy-VII-esque undertones that get my mind racing with alternate Cloud-based realities.

No matter what the reason Sweet Valley music pulls me in like Scorpion, Jenova is far and away worth a listen. Easily a top five album from 2012.

ABCBeats - Super Beats 64 beat tape

Some clappin' loops to get down to. ABCBeats brings the power of the polygon to his album Super Beats 64. Get down to a mix of remixed instrumentals of Super Mario 64 and Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time.

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Powder aka Casey Jones - 2-Up album release

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If you are looking for some over the top game referencing rhymes on the mic, look no further than last years album by Powder aka Casey Jones. Mr. Jones spits fire over some Zelda, Killer Instinct, and especially Pokemon. If I could, I would just post all the Pokemon (Rap) Battle track right now. Don't forget the sick video game beats on display here as well.

Sir Darkseid's Too Pokélitical music video

Published on Oct 18, 2012 What can I say...I couldn't take a break from Hip Hop with out leaving you guys something to remember me by. So here you go...Hope you enjoy. If it's something you wanna download, let me know and I'll put it up. Otherwise see you guys around. Feel free to share. And be smarter than they expect of you always.

MeowMeow & BowWow a Link's Awakening tribute

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The immense musical might of Spamtron and Dj CUTMAN have recombined in their new album MeowMeow & BowWow. In their latest album, the duo pays tribute to the classic Game Boy title The Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening. This classic handheld game is the fourth installment of the long running Nintendo series, and has recently celebrated it's 20th anniversary just this past month.

Dj CUTMAN and Spamtron drop some feverishly catchy remixes that will get your mind all set for adventure. Bump this in the club and people will start dropping rupees.

Flying Fortress - Gatekeepers 2.0 album release

Flying Fortress is riding through on vanilla chrome, again! Over the top rhymes and and epic beats await you when you meet the Gatekeepers 2.0. That's right, this shit has upgraded to a whole new level. The group combines underground Los Angeles rap with the largely internet based territory of nerdcore emcees. Flying Fortress is a hip hop group made up of video game playing, anime loving, nerd embracing emcees and producers, NamelessLCk!x, and Illgill. The group combines their powers like a mecha tank ready to take over Los Angeles. I've had the pleasure of seeing them perform on several occasions, and the same energy they bring to their live sets are certainly present on this album. Gatekeepers 2.0 is the groups sophomore album and was released December 2011 for download via bandcamp. The official liner notes read,

"The album "Gatekeepers 2.0" embodies influences from Los Angeles' eclectic Hip-Hop scenes and the Nerdcore phenomenon. The four emcees/producers fused their distinct styles to make this music project the entrance to their further works and histories. This album delivers a healthy dose of electro-funk with a "Party On!" attitude. Raise your drinks and prepare for take-off with Flying Fortress' "Gatekeepers 2.0"! "

I can tell you one thing. Kirby Superstar's The Great Cave Offensive theme has never sounded this intense or offensive until Flying Fortress' track Hungry. Beside the instant Kirby classic, I have a strong smattering of favorites from this album. Vanilla Chrome remains a modern nerd classic. The free to download bonus track Anime drops a ton of old school anime references. The album finishes off with Final Fantasy Finale, a track that quickly veers into a dirty but driving victory theme for Flying Fortress to ride out in style. The album is available to stream, or to download for $5. You can also download the aforementioned track Anime for free.

Indiegogo: Support The Day After 3 Fundraiser!

996881_10151529139001487_895625050_n Channel Zero is holding a fundraiser to extend this year's Nerdapalooza by one more day. It is called The Day After 3, and Channel Zero say that support is necessary to achieve this goal. If you plan on attending Nerdapalooza 2013, and aim to get the most nerd for your money, this may be the fundraiser for you.

"Ever sit up at night and wish that the nerdiest of nerd music events, Nerdapalooza, would last just one more glorious night? Well here is your chance to make dreams come true."

This Indiegogo campaign has flexible funding, which means this campaign will receive all funds raised even if it does not reach its goal. The Day After 3 Fundraiser ends September 30, 2013.

The Day After 3 Fundraiser! The Day After Show is an amazing VIP party/concert that was created to add an extra day to the already awesome nerd music festival Nerdaplooza in Orlando, FL!

Here's the list of confirmed performers at this point, to which I will add as they are signed on board:

Benjamin Briggs DJ RoboRob Magitek Death*Star

...and many more to come!

Date of the show is Monday, Oct. 21st 2013.  "The Day After" Nerdapalooza!

2Mello drops new mashup mixtape Nastlevania

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Rapper and super producer, 2Mello has dropped his latest mashup project, Nastlevania, a surreal trip into the most bumping house party ever held in Dracula's Mansion. More than just a simple mashup project, 2Mello has found himself in the midst of an increasingly complex series of mashups, announcing that this is the second of three albums planned in this vein.

In the official liner notes, 2mello describes the idea behind his latest production. He says, "This time around, we have rapper Nas fighting his way through Dracula's Castle. Turns out Nas is a Belmont by blood. He has been summoned in our modern-day to defeat Dracula, who has decided he wants to be a rapper and is using the more mindless rap consumers to feed him with their souls in his return to power. Nas must defeat this king of mediocrity and bring back good music to those who have lost their souls to evil."

I'm a huge fan of these types of mashups, and it seems like 2Mello is the first producer to really understand why. His added content encapsulates this alternate Nas reality, creating an almost radio musical type atmosphere. It is certainly an album that needs to be heard, even for those not familiar with the back catalogs for either Nas or Castlevania.

For folks wanting to find out more about 2Mello and his mashup related endeavors, I recently conducted an interview with 2mello. We discuss much of the work and ideals contained in his previous mashup album Chrono Jigga. You can read the article now on gamentrain.com.