Listen to SUBCON 17: A Hip Hop Tribute to Fighting Games

The only video game hip hop podcast. 

An hour long mega podcast featuring dozens of fighting game based hip hop and beats. Featuring music from Mega Ran, The Grammar Club, Marcus & Rome, Skyblew, and way more than I can continue listing! Video Game Based Lyrics Corner features Ludacris as Street Fighter II's Guile. I also dive deep into my love of fighting games by listing my favorite fighters of all time, as well as my personal top three fighting games ever. I also look back on the bygone arcade era and the legacy of Street Fighter II.

We kick off our first special episode of season 2 with the longest SUBCON I've ever done. This will be the episode you tell your friends about. Well, go tell 'em!

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8 Bit Bandit Re-releases albums for free download

Spreading some chiptune cheer this season is Palm Desert, California based chip hop DJ, 8 Bit Bandit. He has saw fit to re-release several of his older albums online for free via his brand new tumblr account. That includes amazing work like Slice, and personal favorite Asterisk. We also see the first time available for free, 8 Bit Bandit's most recent album Racquet Club, and seminal Los Angeles based chip hop album, the Super Barrio Bros LP.

Each of these works has a different style and flavor to them, so they are all worth a download. From the laid back chip and drums remix styling of Asterisk to the glitched out chip techno of Racquet Club, the albums can stand to be part of any chip fans collection. That isn't to mention the phenomenal work between Dumbfoundead and 8 Bit Bandit, AKA Super Barrio Bros on their debut LP that I can't recommend enough.

Links to each specific album are below. Click the title above the album art for the .ZIP file for each album on their respective page. Slice Racquet Club Asterisk The Super Barrio Brothers LP

Announcing the Game Music 4 All 3rd Anniversary Compilation: Third Form

After a long delay I am happy to announce that the long awaited Game Music 4 All third anniversary album is currently wrapping up! The album is a collection of brand new and exclusive tracks from some of the finest in video game inspired music. From VG Rock to remixes, from nerdcore hip hop to chiptunes and more, we cover all the bases of video game inspired music.

Third Form will feature over an hour of music from the many talented musicians who have supported GM4A over the past three years. Just a small sample of those are Player Two, Super Barrio Bros, Temp Sound Solutions, I Fight Dragons, 8 Bit Weapon and Elfonso! That is simply a handful of tons of talented musicians. More will be revealed soon, but for now, get ready for the upcoming launch, and enjoy some of that preliminary teaser art above from the great Doctor Octoroc. We hope to reveal more soon as the album gets closer to release!

Dumbfoundead of Super Barrio Brothers freestyle battle youtube footage

Local Los Angeles MC Dumbfoundead of Thirsty Fish and Super Barrio Brothers fame recently linked me to some recent freestyle battles he took place in. This battle takes place acapella style and is definitely a close battle, with some hilarious disses and you'll hear dumbfoundead drop some nerdy rhymes along the way of course. Watch the footage below and see if Dumbfoundead comes out on top or walks away the lesser.

A whole bunch of concerts this weekend!

A ton of shows coming up this weekend, all of them awesome. Let's get right into it, and get all the details!

From the Minibosses boards we learn that the Minibosses are doing not one, but two free shows around Comic-Con in San Diego. Here's the details.

cover is free, doors should be at 9p or so.
it will be PACKED so show up early. we can't
get anyone in once chasers says it's packed.
if you went to sf or la or any show that's not
phoenix (hahahahah home cities rule when you
play there more than once a month), you know
to show up EARLY. i'm talking 9p at this one.
10p may be too late. this place is smaller than
the smell.

Also around Comic-Con is another show by the amazing band The Megas, here are the details for this free show!

July, 26 2008 at The Keating Hotel - Minus One Lounge
432 F St., San Diego, California 92101
Cost : Free

Head over and check us out after Comic-Con! This is a 21+ show, unfortunately. We’re playing sometime between 7 and 9 pm, most likely right around 8. See you there!

Now for some non-Comic-Con shows! The first is with 8 Bit Weapon, and chip-hop group Super Barrio Brothers in Pasadena, Ca. Here's all the info for this one.

July, 25 2008 at FEEL GOOD FUSION at The Terrace
443 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, California 91101

8 bit weapon
Super Barrio Brothers
8 bit bandit ( RARE DJ SET)

Cost: Free admission with RSVP or $5 at the door! (tough choice eh?) - Official Site: - For the month of July, FEEL GOOD FUSION will be paying tribute to one of the most Feel Good activities of all time...PLAYING VIDEO GAMES. - All of the ART, MUSIC, and ACTIVITIES that we will be featuring this month will be somehow related to video games!!! - As a part of the full multimedia experience, we will have a setup for everyone to play all the classic 8-bit games on the projector and watch as some GTA IV masters put on some exhibitions!! All the videogame footage will be mixed and broadcasted by our very own VJ, GREG THE DUDE.

And finally, outside of California, in Texas actually, we have the Bible Belt Bitfest, which has been months in the making thanks to Hotdog Storm! If you are in Texas it's pretty obvious you have to go to this show!

Wrap up and footage from Level Up! Level 2!

Hey folks who missed our second anniversary show Level Up! because you are cheap asses or don't live close enough to go. Hopefully the latter. Lucky for you fine folks we have footage of the show thanks to some fine folks!

The event far exceeded my expectations with about 100 people turning out for the show (double what we had last year), and on a Sunday no less! The doors opened at 8:30 with only a handful of stragglers entering, which led to more anxiety for me. Only a handful of people by the time Hot Waffles was set to take the stage at 9PM. Luckily as their set continued many more folks started piling into the CIA. I assume most of which became quick fans of Hot Waffles after songs like Vice City Blues, and George Lucas Raped Our Childhood. Sadly no footage of the fantastic band has yet to surface, but I hold out hope that someone recorded something, as they had quite a hilarious set.

After Hot Waffles ended to a good bit of applause and a much larger crowd then they started with, the King of the Boss Fights himself ZeaLouS1 took the stage. ZeaLouS1 did a phenomenal set with new material, old classics, and sidekick Lil Harmz. Definitely some awesome stuff, you can see footage of a few songs over at in fact!

ZeaLouS1 - Level Up

Third up, was the band most everyone was there to see. The Megas, who threw one hell of an epic set. The venue was pretty packed. From intro to encore ending they were intense and sounded great. I would like to add that their encore song was The Message from Dr. Light, available only on Welcome to World 2. We have footage for most of their set, so hopefully I can get it up on the youtube soon.

The Megas - Intro / I Want to be the One

The show finished with another band from the first Level Up! last year, Super Barrio Brothers. The team of Dumbfoundead and 8 Bit Bandit (and some of the thirsty fish crew) had quite a set, with tons of freestyles, a small piece of a capella from the Heavy Troopa is Ready to Launch! compilation, and of course some of the amazing tunes from the Super Barrio Brothers LP.

Super Barrio Brothers - Three Pipes Down

Super Barrio Brothers closed out the show, which by all of my standards was one hell of a success! Thank you to all the bands that performed, the CIA for letting us throw the show, and everyone who came out to have a great time! We hope to be throwing another show sometime soon, so watch out for that, and of course, go chill with us at the listening party this coming Sunday!

Oh yeah, and check out the playlist on youtube for even more videos!

Level Up! Level 2! Sunday July 13th in Los Angeles! [UPDATE]

That's right. GM4A has been in business another year, and in doing so are throwing another birthday bash!

Once again the show will be at the CIA in North Hollywood, California. Artists performing are some of LA's finest talent, such as The Megas, ZeaLouS1, and Super Barrio Brothers. It's going to be a fantastic concert to say the least!

The show is 10$ and the doors open at 8:30pm and the show starts at 9. Show up and hang out with us, watch some amazing music, and enjoy being amongst your VGIM brethren!

Also, this will be the official release of our second anniversary album Welcome to World 2! So if you are around Los Angeles, this will be the place to pick up the album!

[UPDATE] We have also just confirmed the band Hot Waffles to perform at the show as well!

Super Barrio Bros. performing on Coin-Op TV Live

That's right, ever amazing chip hop group, Super Barrio Brothers, are performing tomorrow night on our pal Rob's show Coin-Op TV Live. So be sure to mark your calendars. Catch Super Barrio Bros performing, freestyling, and answering some questions at the new time, and even chat with the host and guests live at tomorrow at the shows new time of Thursdays 8PM PST! Also, for more info about Barrio Bros. be sure to check out my album review!

Super Barrio Bros. - Super Barrio Bros. LP album review

The amazing California duo consisting of Dumbfoundead and 8 Bit Bandit, collectively known as Super Barrio Bros, have recently released their self-titled full length debut. The album is 11 tracks of amazing Chip Hop. Both amazing lyrics by Dumbfoundead and friends, as well as superb DJ and production work by 8 Bit Bandit. The album is available through Super Barrio Bros. myspace page. The album is a length of about 35 minutes over 11 tracks, with 3 more bonus tracks from Thirsty Fish and friends coming in at ten more minutes.

The Intro is just that, and starts off the album showing off 8 Bit Bandit's skill as a DJ, a lot of impressive scratching and sampling work here, and gets you in just the right mood to enjoy the rest of the album. Mash and Smash kicks off the album in full, with Dumbfoundead bringing his style of raps and throwing gaming references left and right. This song is a great gamer trash talking track with lines like "Shedding tears, there ain't no wedding here, some lame excuse about how the control settings weird." A great way to kick off the vocal side of the album, and show off Dumbfoundead's skill and style.

Next song is Bosses featuring Dumbfoundead's hip hop pals Alpha MC & Open-Mike Eagle. As the track indicates, this song has the crew rapping from the perspective of an end level boss, which makes for some great lines from all three rappers, including "Psycho Mantis tried to read my mind and got a migraine." Alpha MC and Open-Mike Eagle also add their own style to their respective verses. That along with the perspective of the song make it stand out well from the previous track and lead well into the next track. That track being Bad Villain, another song from the perspective of the baddest of villains, and we all know how villains always get the best lines. One of the best lines is from the chorus, "I'm a villain, everything my rival isn't, I'm gonna look for new worlds and I'm gonna try to get it, If you got a cute girl I'm gonna try to hit it, to obtain this kind of image, you gotta be bad." The thing is, you know the villain can take your girl, because they just are that bad. This song also has some impressive musical flourishes that you may not notice at first, when focusing on the lyrics, but adds a lot to the song, not to mention a great outro.

The next song, Three Pipes Down features Psychosiz and takes the Mario underground theme, and adds some hip hop style to it. In this track Dumbfoundead speaks on his hometown of Los Angeles and some of the wacker emcees abound, ending the final verse with the just as awesome but less appreciated Super Mario Bros underwater theme. This leads to the Song Of Time Instrumental, an amazing tribute to Zelda, with some strong drum beats, and a kind of lo-fi style. The track is still able to evoke the same feelings one would have for the original tune as well. Another track really showing off 8 Bit Bandit's style and appreciation of video games. This is also the lengthiest track on the album at just over four minutes.

We are now past the halfway point, at track seven, Strategy Guide which features more friends Sahtyre, Psydewaze, & Nocando. The track is all about the strategy guides of yore. The track was originally the Start Button Instrumental from the Barrio Bros EP, which is an amazing track by all means, with some nice elongated notes that add some nice contrast against the speed of their flows. The intro lets this slower style ebat play out on it's own a bit more, which leads well right into the fastest song on the album, clocking in at under two minutes. Their self described punk rock song System. Also their most energetic song, and features some insane scratching techniques in the center. This fast paced song is definitely one of my favorites on this album.

At this point 8 Bit Bandit busts out with his third instrumental, which carries a bit of a glitch chiptune styling along with more scratching techniques all over a fairly creepy beat, this is the not so creepy sounding Snoochie Instrumental. This leads us to the final vocal track of the album, and my personal favorite Game Over. This song is over a chipped out Beck track, and flowed over so well you'd never imagine it being intended for a different song. The whole song is spent speaking of one of the saddest points back in our old arcade days, getting a game over and realizing the loss of our quarter. It's a great song, and you can imagine it being during the credits of some amazing documentary about arcades.

The final song is the Outro Instrumental which skillfully does some Super Mario Bros. 3 very well, and helps you remember why Barrio Bros went with the name they did. It's a soft song that really helps the album end with a good feeling.

After this song though the album comes with three more video game referencing songs by a few of Super Barrio Bros friends. These Bonus Round tracks are Next Level featuring Lyraflip & N/A & EMS Of Middle Men, Shit Talkers with Thirsty Fish, and finally Glitch Ghost featuring Abstract Rude. These tracks are a different style from the Barrio Bros tracks but still great listening, and a cool extra for purchasing the album.

Just like their name, Super Barrio Bros., they successfully and equally pay tribute to both video games and our youth spent playing them, and the hip hop culture of their native Los Angeles. They show both their background growing up playing Street Fighter in the arcade, but also growing up with a strong love for the hip hop and music of Los Angeles, and show that love of video games and hip hop are not mutually exclusive. This is definitely a must have album for lovers of chiptunes, chip hop, nerdcore, video games, and underground rap. You can check out Super Barrio Bros music and buy their album at their myspace page, as well as check out the myspace pages of 8 Bit Bandit and Dumbfoundead for more of their musical endeavors.

A few technical things as well. Tracks 1-11 produced by 8 Bit Bandit, Next Level produced by N/A, Shit Talkers produced by Dibiase, Glitch Ghost produced by Maestroe. Artwork on the album by DosTres. Wanted to get that out there since it's amazing art! Also, live SBB pictures from Level Up!.

I wanted to end this article with a line from Super Barrio Bros.' Game Over.

Game Over, with injured finger joints, insert coins and continue to defend your points.
Take the initiative to type your initials in, show 'em who the boss is and fight 'til you finish him.

Super Barrio Bros concert going down tonight, 12/21/07 in Los Angeles, California

Just wanted to re-inform everyone that the Super Barrio Bros are playing tonight in Los Angeles. Peep the info here!

I hope some of you folks can make it down if you are in or near LA. It's sure to be an awesome show. Plus they are having a video game pentathlon, which I am proud to be a part of. The pentathlon starts at 6:30. which is well before the concert, but should be a great chance to hang out before the show, as well as a chance to check out how much practice i have been putting into my Super Mario Bros. 3 speed runs! Also, word has it that one of my rivals in the tourney is none other than 8 Bit Bandit himself. Should be fun!

Once again, check out the info through this link! Hope to see a good turnout!

Mario in the Barrio Concert/Tournament

If any of you folks are in the Los Angeles area on December 21st, good new pals Hand of Fatimah Promotions are hosting a concert in honor of the Super Barrio Brothers releasing their LP (which you can AND SHOULD buy on their myspace page) hitting the street. This concert will have Super Barrio Brothers as well as some other great performers, not to mention Mario related challenges, including a Smash Bros Melee tournament. This concert shall be called...

Mario In The Barrio

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This Friday, San Diego

If you are on earth this weekend, and more specifically at Comic-Con International in San Diego, there are not one, but TWO shows Friday in San Diego. Both epic, Both definitely worth your time and support!

Observe the awesome flyers below and click through them for full information!

System Ft. DJ Dstrukt - new Super Barrio Brothers track

June Band of the Month, Super Barrio Brothers have posted a new song up on their myspace page, It's called System, and it features DJ Dstrukt busting some amazing scratching. Head over and give the song a listen, it's definitely worth checking out. Also, the Super Barrio Brothers LP is set to be released "very soon." So keep an eye out for that!

The Original Super Barrio Bros. Limited Edition EP

Super Barrio Bros has printed up some awesome Limited Edition EPs. The eight track EP debuted this past week at a few of Dumbfoundead's shows including Super Barrio Bros debut show at Level Up! The EP is a precursor to the full length Super Barrio Bros. album still in the works.

Head over to the Super Barrio Bros. site or Dumbfoundead's site and shoot them a message to purchase their debut EP.

Music EXP Compilation Update 5. This one's HUGE!

Alright, so we now have EVERY SINGLE band on the upcoming Music EXP album confirmed. We have a whopping SIX more bands to announce for the compilation. Thus bringing the final compilation song total to 24 tracks! Can you believe it? 24 incredible tracks by 24 incredible artists. Many of which are exclusive to this compilation!

Let's announce the final six incredible bands for the compilation now shall we? First off is one of the most amazing bands I have ever heard, these folks take their musicianship very seriously and it shows with their incredible solo's and musical prowess. I am glad to announce The Kode is now on the compilation! The next group also has some amazing musicianship going on, and are actually contributing their very first studio recorded track to our album, (of which you can also get a sneak peak at their website). I am very happy to introduce our good pals Armcannon! Next is a group who is very close to our little website, the rockingest band in a very non-rock genre, Push Start is now confirmed for the compilation!

That's three down and three more to go! Alright, next up is the ever impressive Animal Style, who is helping hold down the chiptune side of this compilation. Another band holding down the chiptune fort is Sacramento, CA based duo Two Playa Game! Finally, the last band to be confirmed, the amazing mash up of chiptunes and hip hop, Super Barrio Brothers!

Now, finally, I am very excited to announce the entire line-up of bands and artists on Game Music 4 All's very first compilation, Music EXP.

8 Bit Bandit
Alex Mauer
Animal Style
The Game Genies
The Kode
The Lost Levels
The Megas
The OneUps
Player Two
Push Start
Select Start
Spheres of Chaos
Super Barrio Brothers
Super Nintechno
Temp Sound Solutions
Two Playa Game
Videogame Orchestra
Year 200X

Now we are excited right? You know it!

Super Barrio Brothers

Chiptunist 8 Bit Bandit, and rap artist Dumbfoundead are soon to release an EP together entitled The Super Barrio Bros. EP. They have just launched a myspace page for this EP showcasing four of the songs on the album. The site can be found at And in my opinion this is definitely an album worth checking out, and has been one of my most anticipated chiptune albums of the year!