Rap Jam: Volume One is basketball video game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System released in 1995. It features various popular rap artists at that time as the basketball players, and the courts are all on the streets of five major cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Atlanta. The game features a hip-hop soundtrack to go with its all-star cast of musicians.
Rap Jam plays very much like a standard 16-bit basketball game with a horizontally oriented view of the court. When taking shots, a meter quickly appears, and if the player releases the ball when the meter is full, they have a better chance of making the shot.
Games can be played against the computer in one on one, two on two, and three on three style variants. Local multiplayer is also supported.
Since release, this game has been general accepted as a poor game. Critics of this title have cited the lack of music; awkward controls; uncontrollable, random player changing; and quick repetitiveness of gameplay on a whole as reasons for disliking it.
The rappers and rap groups that appear in the game are:
- House of Pain
- LL Cool J
- Naughty By Nature
- Public Enemy
- Queen Latifah
- Warren G