Vibrant old school remixes & mashups by Shag in 'Negative Visualization'

This is one of my foray's off the beaten track of VGM, but I'll allow it if the artist has proven his penchant for videogame based music in the past. Shag certainly proved that with aforementioned albums Flyrule and Flyrule: A Terrible Fate, and appearing on the classic Marcus & Rome album Rated 'D' For Dope. Basically this man's nerd credentials are unimpeachable. His beats are incredible too.

There are so many good vibes, clever mixes, and an overall nostalgia inducing vibe thanks to the mellow beats and old school vocals. This is the perfect album to welcome the cool weather up here in the northern hemisphere. The vibes emanating from tracks like Nothin' Changed and Thought U Knew. 

Move that Dope: Rap duo Marcus & Rome drop Rated 'D' For Dope EP

Light it up. 

Technically sound, extra catchy, lyrically smart, AND with heart. Been looking forward to reviewing this album, because that means I get to call listening to this album 'work.'  The Maryland born, Philly based rap duo drop an eight track EP that burns hot straight through. This is the sort of album I created SUBCON to showcase. You can bet M&R will make an appearance on the show soon (like, the next episode soon). 

M&R lay it all out as soon as the album starts with an autobiographical account most retrogamers have lived in the Yoshi based, Bknapp produced opener, "Press Start." 

SHVKVZULU's glitched beats crack the album open, and quickly takes a dark turn to fit the mood.  The shot firing "HM02 as Fuck" may already got my new vote for best Pokemon rap ever (No, the official Pokemon rap does not even make top five).

"Ice Cap/Aquatic Mine drops the duo in the back to back sonic beats. The flow gets out of control before switching into a smooth, low key closer.

I review the track Gorrila Tactics on an upcoming episode of SUBCON. Get hyped!

"Hero of Rhyme" is another banger over fan favorite Legend of Zelda theme Gerudo Valley. Judging by the love shown at the end of this track, I believe more LoZ based M&R is on the way. Sounds like they got enough memories in them to go full Zelda on the next release. I say all this because the track is a teasingly short minute long without the closing speech.

"Ring Out" may be the  sneaky best track on the album. They bring back the grime, constantly dropping rings and some of the best lines on the album. So many replays for hip hop heads, with the fast pace and surprising rhymes. 

The duo go clutch and kill it on the finale. "No Johns Freestyle" is dedicated to all the smash players, even 'filthy casuals" like me.

Rated 'D' For Dope is stuck in my rotation as I write this. If you hit play, it can easily infest your music player as well. Keep your finger on the rewind button for this one.

‘D’ For Dope content is generally suitable for gamers, hip-hop heads, and/or filthy casuals. May contain suggestive rhyme schemes, immature humor, partial nudity, use of drugs, and/or frequent use of strong bars.
— Marcus & Rome

Zelda Majora's Mask inspired beats 'Flyrule: A Terrible Fate' by Shag

Hip hop producer Shag does it again with another collection of Zelda inspired hip hop beats. This time taking the memorable yet haunting tunes in the cult classic N64 sequel to Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask. This album is itself a sequel to Shag's 2011 release of the original Flyrule. You can grab both for free from Shaq's bandcamp.