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Konami Brings Def Jam Rapstar To Wii

by Karlie Yeung - April 9, 2010, 3:31 pm PDT
Total comments: 15 Source: Press Release

Freestyle over hip hop tracks in the first exclusively hip hop music game.

Konami announced that they will distribute Def Jam Rapstar, a hip hop-focused music game.

The game makes you the star of the show, using a microphone to freestyle and rhyme in videos, made using a compatible camera. Videos can be shared with the integrated community online. No specifics about the Wii version have currently been released.

Def Jam Rapstar is developed by 4mm Games, Terminal Reality, and Def Jam Interactive. It will be available on consoles including Wii in fall 2010.

A sample of the tracks is listed in the press release below.

Konami and DefJam Bring the Noise!

Konami joins forces with Autumn Games, 4mm Games, and Def Jam Interactive as Def Jam Rapstar takes the mic...

Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH has announced it has agreed an exclusive distribution agreement with Autumn Games, 4mm Games, and Def Jam Interactive for the upcoming music videogame Def Jam Rapstar.

Developed by 4mm Games, Terminal Reality and Def Jam Interactive, Def Jam Rapstar is the first true interactive Hip Hop music game experience for consoles, and will be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation®3 and Wii™ in Autumn, 2010.

Designed as the ultimate MC experience, Def Jam Rapstar is the only music game that focuses exclusively on Hip Hop. With a track list boasting over 40 of the greatest Hip Hop songs around, including region specific music for the UK and Europe, Def Jam Rapstar makes you the star. Using a mic controller, players rhyme, make videos using a compatible camera, and upload their efforts to the fully integrated Def Jam Rapstar community at www.defjamrapstar.com. Def Jam Rapstar also offers you the chance to freestyle over tracks by some of the world’s hottest Hip Hop producers and have members of the community vote on your uploaded videos.

Initial confirmed Def Jam Rapstar gameplay tracks include:

ARTIST - SONG

2 Pac - I Get Around

50 Cent - I Get Money

Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg - Nuthin’ But a "G" Thang

Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx - Gold Digger

Lil’ Wayne - A Milli

Notorius B.I.G. - Juicy

Slick Rick - Children’s Story

T.I. featuring Rihanna - Live Your Life

Wu Tang Clan - C.R.E.A.M.

Young Jeezy featuring Kanye West - Put On

"For 30 years, Hip Hop music has re-defined the sound, boundaries and culture of popular music," said Kunio Neo, President, Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH. "We look to explore that ambition by pushing the boundaries of music games with Def Jam Rapstar. The combined power of 4mm Games and Def Jam Interactive will bring a music game experience like no other seen to date, and we are excited to be a part of such a unique game."

"Hip Hop is a global phenomenon that has permeated pop culture to become the most important youth movement of our generation. We are proud to deliver the first authentic Hip Hop music experience to gamers that will undoubtedly change the way music games are played," added Kevin Liles, President and CEO of Def Jam Enterprises. "It is an incredible opportunity to work with the Konami, 4mm Games and Terminal Reality teams in developing Def Jam Rapstar. Our partnership with Konami ensures that everyone around the world will have an opportunity to compete with the best of the best. So show us what you got!"

"4mm was founded with the intent of bringing the experience of Constantly Connected Gaming™ to the next generation of gamers," said Nick Perrett, CEO of 4mm Games. "We look forward to providing Hip Hop fans worldwide a powerful example of that vision this year with Def Jam Rapstar." Def Jam Rapstar is being co-published by Autumn Games, and represents the publishers' first major release as part of its ongoing efforts to provide a new way for top-flight developers to independently make and release games that challenge traditional boundaries.

Talkback

ThePermApril 09, 2010

pssh, Def Jam Vendetta fool!

i can see where this is going though

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatmania

ShyGuyApril 09, 2010

I demand a Lindy review

TJ SpykeApril 09, 2010

I'm glad they finally found a publisher, they announced the game a couple of months ago but didn't have a publisher and didn't specify any platforms. I don't really have any interest in the game (I don't care about singing, and I only recognize two of those songs), but I am glad it is coming to the Wii for those who do want it.

Looks like a diverse hip-hop track list, so far.

Dirk TemporoApril 09, 2010

Quote from: Jonnyboy117

Looks like a diverse hip-hop track list, so far.

By "diverse" do you mean "a bunch of meaningless mainstream crap"? Because that's all it is. If you think that's diverse, you don't know anything about hip-hop. None of these songs even reflect what rap and hip-hop even are. It's pretty much disgusting.

TJ SpykeApril 09, 2010

Are you one of those people that bitch about a music game having songs that people might actually recognize? That is why I don't really care for most of the Guitar Hero/Rock Band games, the majority of the songs are ones that you have to be a big fan of the artist to have even heard of them.

nickmitchApril 10, 2010

I hope it has autotune. I'm gonna need them to put some T-Pain on my shit.

ThePermApril 10, 2010

haha
i found a decent free autotune

Quote from: ShyGuy²

I demand a Lindy review

Video review maybe?

I think the song list is fine.  Who else would you rather have on there? Generic Backpacker Rapper #2591?

PlugabugzApril 11, 2010

The fact that Rihanna made it on here....

Dirk TemporoApril 11, 2010

Quote from: TJ

That is why I don't really care for most of the Guitar Hero/Rock Band games, the majority of the songs are ones that you have to be a big fan of the artist to have even heard of them.

Uh... No. Not at all. 95% of the music in GH/RB is all super mainstream that you can hear by turning on a radio in any part of the United States. I despise almost all the music in those games, but I've still heard of most of it.

The video game industry is not the music industry. In fact, music games are the PERFECT medium for exposing people to new music that they won't hear on the radio or on MTV. The effect is a little diminished in the GH/RB games because the track lists are so large, and honestly most of the artists they pick have managed to produce at least SOMETHING worthwhile in their careers.

However, based on this list, this game is just a travesty. And no, I'm not bitching because it's music that people will actually recognize. I'm bitching because they're acting like this game is going to be a good indicator of the rap and hip-hop genres when all they've released so far is the biggest bunch of bull**** I've ever seen in my life. 50 Cent has never produced a meaningful lyric in his entire life, and to suggest that he in any way represents rap or hip-hop as an art form is just embarassing and wrong.

Quote from: NWR_Lindy

I think the song list is fine.  Who else would you rather have on there? Generic Backpacker Rapper #2591?

I don't really know what that means. I do know that there is nothing unique or interesting about any of the artists in the list so far, so I'm not really sure what you're getting at with "generic" since this list pretty much embodies it. You flip on the crappy rap station anywhere and you're going to hear the same kind of "f**k bitches get money" songs from ALL these "artists." FFS one of these songs is actually called "I Get Money." It's a joke. The only people on here that are worth anything are only on here because they're "classic" and people expect them to be there, but not actually because they care about them or their music. That being 2 Pac, Biggie, and WTC.

ShyGuyApril 11, 2010

Quote from: NWR_Lindy

Quote from: ShyGuy²

I demand a Lindy review

Video review maybe?

I think the song list is fine.  Who else would you rather have on there? Generic Backpacker Rapper #2591?

Video Review
Video Review
Video Review

nickmitchApril 11, 2010

Quote from: ThePerm

haha
i found a decent free autotune

Share plz.

What I'm saying is that this game is meant to be played with people who aren't necessarily huge hip-hop fans, so there no point in putting like, Sage Francis on it because that would go WAY over most people's heads.

Complaining about the rap on this game's soundtrack being "too commercial" is like complaining about American Idol not being underground enough.

ThePermApril 11, 2010

Quote from: nickmitch

Quote from: ThePerm

haha
i found a decent free autotune

Share plz.

first i got the typical Aentaris Autotune, but it had an expiration date, so that wasnt going to last long

Then i found the GVST: GSNAP for Audacity, and the settings..you gotta play with it for a bit to get it to go with your voice

http://www.gvst.co.uk/gsnap.htm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aX36ld-cYIQ&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOuMUaxFsmc

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