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More Tracks Confirmed For Def Jam Rapstar

Now you can get scored for your ability to say "I'm not a player, I just crush a lot."


It's a video game UI wrapped around the music video's fake desktop publishing UI. Abstract, indeed. 
4mm Games has confirmed another set of tracks for Def Jam Rapstar, one of which makes me think the game needs support for more than two simultaneous players. But if you and a friend want to pretend to be an entire posse, "Scenario" by A Tribe Called Quest will be in the game. Though this does mean that you'll be charged with shouting out "rowwwwh rowwwwh, like a dungeon draaagon" in your best Busta Rhymes voice. So yeah, that's a pretty solid addition to the lineup. 
 
Here are the rest of the newly announced tracks: 
 
  • Jim Jones - "We Fly High" 
  • LL Cool J - "Mama Said Knock You Out" 
  • Ludacris - "Stand Up" 
  • Onyx - "Slam" 
  • Run-DMC - "Run's House"
  • Big Pun featuring Joe - "Still Not A Player"
 
Really, that guy referred to himself as simply "Joe." That's just bad branding, dude.
 
Along with these pre-existing tracks, Cool & Dre and DJ Khalil have been added to the roster of producers providing instrumental tracks for the game's freestyle mode. Oh, and the UK version of the game will have a song called "Chip Diddy Chip" by Chipmunk. My knowledge of UK hip-hop starts and stops with Goldie Lookin' Chain, so I'm afraid I can't tell you if that's a good thing or not.

You know, whenever we write anything about Def Jam Rapstar, we got a lot of people asking us if we can help them get "down" with this "hip-hop flavor." The answer used to be no, but I've found this handy instructional video (courtesy of Everything Is Terrible) that should get you to stop saying "yay" and start saying "yo." 
  
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Posted by denj3325

I kind of want to try this game out, looks like it could be fun

Posted by msavo

cool news story Jeff

Posted by simian

I think the embedded vimeo vid is more entertaining than this game could ever be.

Posted by ChristianCastillo

OMG now I get it! Thank You Jeff 

Posted by Blair

"Good posture, that's what makes it hip-hop."
 
In terms of these songs?  These new ones are just okay for me.

Posted by Skullomania

They brought Jazz hands to hip-hop..... wow, seriously?

Posted by MeatSim

It doesn't get any more Hip-Hop then that.

Posted by Unlogik

Mama said knock you out —  
HUH! <---- After a few drinks right there is when the person next to you gets a black eye.

Posted by Lockeyness

"I went to a club and there were no baggy pants and no sneakers.  I didn't know what to think about that." 
 
This can't be a real person!!

Posted by Keeng

Look, they can have my money right now if I can get the game today.

Edited by Nintendude
@simian said:

" I think the embedded vimeo vid is more entertaining than this game could ever be. "

Yo, right on bro'! *Jazz hands*
Edited by McQuinn

 omg that video.  "It looks like hip-hop"  Check out my sick plies mother fucker!  

Posted by El_Derrico

Everyone in that video is white, so since I'm black, I don't think I could ever be hip-hop enough. Life just isn't fair.

Posted by pakx

and then i give them the peace, and i'm out!

Posted by SmaQ

ITS CALLED "WE FLY HIGH" NOT "FLY HIGH"
 
Im probably the biggest Dipset/Jim Jones fan ever, so dont fuck this up! :O

Posted by Who_Dat

you know when a dude start starts doing pliets in a club SHIT IS BOUT TO GET RAW SON !!

Edited by Alphonzo

I'm glad there's at least one Tribe song in the game, but I wish there was more stuff like that. Hopefully there will be.

Posted by SumDeus

If you ain't wearin blue silk, it ain't hip-hop.

Posted by MetalGearSunny

That video is amazing lol.

Posted by seanvail99

Thank you for the comprehensive hip-hop education lesbian lady.

Posted by Milkman

More Wu-Tang, please. Da Mystery of Chessboxin' would be awesome in the game.

Posted by roofy

it almost seems like this post was just for the video...but nah, jeffs better than that......right?

Posted by LetsRockBaby

I'd love for there to be an Aesop Rock track in it just to see how stupid people would look trying to keep up with the lyrics.

Posted by DeF

so will the crazy back-in-the-day busta rhymes hat be a pre-order item or DLC? :D
 
cause I will only perform Scenario if I can do it like Busta did in the Arsenio Hall performance with the Tribe when Phife Dawg held his mic while Busta was turning the crazy hat inside out to reveal even crazier colors ....all this while rapping his verse :D   
 
check it out below: (the craziness ensues at 3:00)

 

 

Posted by zityz

I'm not huge into hip pop or rap, but I like those songs.
Posted by sarahsdad

God help Harmonix if somehow This Is Hip-Hop! gets played to a wide audience any time before Dance Central goes live.

Posted by EyanJ

amazing. that lady just crammed about 30 years worth of stereotypes into 3 minutes. and this game is the sequel to that OTHER rappin ass rappin game with Jadakiss in it.

Posted by MightyMutt

"  Oh, and the UK version of the game will have a song called "Chip Diddy Chip" by Chipmunk. My knowledge of UK hip-hop starts and stops with Goldie Lookin' Chain, so I'm afraid I can't tell you if that's a good thing or not."

    

 
Chip Diddy Chip is a good tune. Chipmunk is really a Grime artist rather than a Hip Hop artist or rapper. (Grime is a UK fusion of Hip Hop & Garage and tends to have much more of a urban dance music influence with faster beats than hip hop)  
 
While most of the other tunes announced are classics (or at least slightly older tunes) Chip Diddy Chip is from the album I AM CHIPMUNK that was only released late last year.  
 
There are also tunes from two other Grime artists announced for the UK from Tinchy Stryder and Dizzee Rascal. US hip hop fans should check them out and look out for another upcoming artist named Professor Green (he is a bit more of a rapper).  I am a long term US hip hop fan but although Grime differs slightly it's mainly listed under Hip Hop on itunes etc and there has never been a more interesting time (at least for me) in the UK scene than right now.
Posted by ImperiousRix

"I give 'em the... PEACE.  I'm OUT!" 
Everything is terrible INDEED.

Posted by SuperJoe

She is actually the leader of the Crips.

Posted by jonnyboy

WHO'S HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUSE?

Edited by PjotrLeschenko

French and German versions will also feature different songs. 
 http://www.defjamrapstar.com/def-jam-rapstar

Posted by metaljoints
@LetsRockBaby: That would be awesome.  I think I could keep up with "No City" and I'd like to try  "Fast Cars" or "None Shall Pass" though I know I'd fail...
Posted by LetsRockBaby
@metaljoints: Hell, just imagine "Five Fingers".
Posted by coonce

one thing you have to know about hip-hop ... its all about posture.

Posted by WholeFunShow

Now more than ever we have an excuse to go ROW! ROW! LIKE A DUNGEON DRAGON!

Posted by DevWil

Public Enemy, please.

Posted by SSbabel
@simian said:
" I think the embedded vimeo vid is more entertaining than this game could ever be. "
Totally agree.
Posted by sparkster82

RADICAAAALLLL