Posted 2002-11-25, evaluated by djpretzel
BenCousins brings his unique hip-hop style to us once again with a street smart ReMix of the Lost Woods theme from Zelda: Link's Awakening. Ambient effects are a constant presence here, with an outdoor, street environment and sirens wailing. There's even a snippet of Malcolm X thrown in (I assume that's right Ben - do I get the kudos for the recognition, then? ^^), lending an interesting twist. The main musical elements are some excellently articulated and (again) tripled hi-hats, piano and bass working together for the backing pattern, and a monoglide synth that does some cool pitch bends and runs, as well as a nice choir patch. Fairly minimalist, but the combination of pieces forms a solid whole that has a lot of attitude. Zelda meets streetwise hip-hop activism? Only in the world of BenCousins, perhaps, but I'm glad he decides to share it with us.
on 2011-12-16 23:46:04
For as long as I've known this song, I've always really, really, really, really, really loved the beat. But the song doesn't really go anywhere or do anything for me. It sort of just stays at a certain intensity, and then there are some voices. Kinda wish it evolved into something different, but I could never hate this song because I really love that beat.
on 2008-09-01 22:59:43
LAX by Xzibit anyone. This song doesn't remind you of that. Im not knocking this song. I like it alot. But this song sounds identical to that one. My wife was the one that picked up on Destiny's Child. I agree with everyone that it sounds like Destiny's Child.
on 2008-04-30 12:07:46
Pretty catchy stuff but somewhat repetitive.
I think the lead synth was nice, but could have used a bit of stereo delay on it. The drums were well done, and the crowd ambiance was effective as well.
Volume-wise, Malcom X coming in and booming over the entire track was a shock, but it is what it is.
on 2007-01-31 07:50:56
Excellent adaptation! This could easily be stolen by a rapper. It certainly is upbeat. At the beginning, I could swear I thought it sounded like the beginning to a Destiny's Child song.
on 2005-11-18 12:39:39
I will also be one to point out the unnecessary silence at the end.
Other than that; a very enjoyable accoustic hip-hop something or other... the kind of song I'd look up love outside of OCR too.
on 2005-08-16 16:00:00
Not bad, it's long(ish) without being overly long. It's a good listen if you like hip-hop beats.
The only thing that i find extremely irritating is the 38 seconds of silence at the end.
on 2003-05-13 01:41:31
Link's Awakening is a fine game, and this is a fine ReMix. It certainly gives the impression, however, that the mazelike forest of trees and undergrowth has been replaced by the mazelike forest of skyscrapers and alleyways.
Still and all, nicely done.
on 2003-02-24 23:37:24
There's a fine line between creative, "hip" originality, and utter uselessness. I enjoyed LostWoods South Central fully, but I'm sorry dude, you difinetly took a major step back in both animal village and certainly here. The piano-ish combo of instruments blaring the same notes gets annoying after the first 15 seconds. The drums aren't bad, but they don't help either. But that "guitar" is a killer. I sounds like you're strangling a high pitched cat. Then Malcom X comes out of nowhere and starts going on about equality, but I can't even make out what he's saying. I'm not trying to knock the whole Civil Rights Movement thang either, it's just I think there's better and more deserving places than the goofy atmosphere of a video game remix. Oh... those sirens were pointless, too. I'm not trying to be the jerk that I usually am and offer some serious construtive criticism here because I really like your stuff. I have no choice though and give this remix a rare 1/8.
on 2003-02-08 19:42:36
I don't normally like Hip-hop of any kind, especially the kind that you hear on the radio all the time. However, this mix is nothing to write off. The lead is AWESOME (although I don't know exactly why) and the samples really set the mood. Despite the slight repetitiveness of it, it's really a great track. Nice work, Ben.
on 2002-12-31 14:00:42
Well, it's pretty good, but what is up with that sample? It doesn't suit the remix, song, or game at all... Still, nice work.
on 2002-12-27 22:03:25
Charlie's Angels theme, I totally agree with Crono, but nonetheless I liked it
Nice smooth drum loop, yeah it's repetitive, but in a good way I think...ME like
on 2002-11-27 17:41:33
heh, drums are from "that song" but i think it fits nicely. i agree, beginning is a little slow, but well done.
on 2002-11-26 23:33:11
mm... i like the other Z:LA remixes from BC, but this one just didn't do it for me. It seemed too... boring. Kinda the same thing over and over. Too simple to repeat that much. And the quote, in my opinion, didn't fit at all.
I have to say that i didn't like this one, but i still look forward to BC's next submission
on 2002-11-26 09:41:51
The only thing I have a real problem with is the same bassline and main rythum line sound very very VERY similiar to a song by Destiny's Child.
Yeah, this is a kind of cheeky joke. I wanted to take a corny track and try and infuse some 'hipness' into it. Please don't take it the wrong way, I'm not trying to take credit for a sample.
Malcom X is saying:
"I myself would go for non-violence if it was consistent, if it was intelligent. If everyone was going to be non-violent, and if we were going to be non-violent all the time, I'd say 'ok get get with it, we'll all be non-violent'. If they make the Klu Klux Klan non-violent, I'll be non-violent, if they make The White Citizens Council non-violent, I'll be non-violent."
Then I repeat "If they make the Klu-Klux-Klan non-violent, I'll be non-violent".
Thanks for your comments and look out for another couple of tracks that are upcoming.
on 2002-11-25 23:14:30
Ah, BenCousins, the theivez of my hip-hop ideaz in progress as I turn the wax, and mutate tracks. I planned to do a rap of the same song using Dr. Fruitcake's "Rock" Remix (Fruitcake is a member of VGmix). He will be creditted if I make the submission cut before 2003.
About the song:
First, the mot so good points: I noticed that the main bass-line intro wasn't even used once in the track so it kind of gave me a wierd feeling. The only thing I have a real problem with is the same bassline and main rythum line sound very very VERY similiar to a song by Destiny's Child. Please insert more originality.
Other than that, I love the hi-hat pattern mappings that BC uses which only gets way better. I also have a huge thing for ambient stuff. He uses street environment loops which blend well into the mix.
Still, (we all know this) LostWoods South Central was a classic. But this song gets a 7.5/10 for sounding quite fly and using that Martin Luther king sample thingy.
Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Nintendo, 1993, GB)
Music by Kazumi Totaka, Koji Kondo, Kozue Ishikawa, Minako Hamano
- "Mysterious Forest"
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