ReMix: Super Smash Bros. Melee "Tengen Toppa Dairantou: Part 1 - Game Set"
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- Game: Super Smash Bros. Melee (Nintendo, 2001, GCN)
- ReMixer(s): OverClocked Assembled
- Composer(s): Akito Nakatsuka, David Wise, Grant Kirkhope, Hajime Hirasawa, Hideki Kanazashi, Hirokazu Ando, Hirokazu Tanaka, Jun Ishikawa, Junichi Masuda, Kazumi Totaka, Keiichi Suzuki, Koji Kondo, Naoto Ishida, Shogo Sakai, Tadashi Ikegami, Takuto Kitsuta, Taro Bando, Yuka Tsujiyoko, Yukio Kaneoka, Yumiko Kanki
- Song(s): "Character Select", "Menu 2", "Opening", "Super Smash Bros. Brawl Main Theme"
- Posted: 2014-01-17, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on Apex 2014: A New Challenger!!
- Terms (BETA): lyrics-explicit lyrics-original
"Epic" doesn't even begin to describe it; this... this is LEGENDARY...
Our latest album, Apex 2014: A New Challenger!! is NOW AVAILABLE, the tournament event is underway even as you read this, and to celebrate we've got the biggest, baddest, most epicalest Super Smash Bros. hip-hop tribute the human mind could possibly imagine! Bold words, perhaps, but OverClocked Assembled delivered the goods (and then some) in 2013 with some jaw-droppingly badass Sonic CD action, and now they're back with a vengence to take on the SSB franchise with a three-part uber-collab extravaganza. Superlatives are failing me here, folks: it's THAT good. Jordanius wrote up one of the longest track comments EVAR which you can read in full in the MP3 tags or copied below; here's but a taste:
"Firstly, to set the stage, my original concept for this SSmash rap "suite" was first conceived way back in 2008 (probably earlier, but I don't recall much memories before high school). I was just experimenting and first learning about sampling, and, while playing around with the Melee opening theme, I thought "hey... this sounds like it'd be a pretty cool beat." I made a quick mock-up with some former friends but didn't think much of it. A few years later, I hit up the Recruit and Collab forums, but I proposed my SSmash idea in such a haughty and ridiculous way that it's no surprise that nobody was feeling it (I essentially said "Hey, I already made lyrics and the beat. I just want people to re-rap my stuff and master the beat as is.")
After cooling down with my Kanye-itis attitude, I collab'd here and there and slowly tried to spread the word about starting a Hip Hop collective with whomever was/is interested. By now, most of you already know the rest of that story seeing as how "Time Traveller's Delight" turned out. What you *don't* know yet, though, is that immediately after wrapping up THAT collab, we each realized that we have a lot of potential within this collaborative group, and so we quickly started exchanging ideas for possible future O'Ssembled arrangements (Protip: be on the lookout for a few more, yes, even after this ^_^). Since I had been eyeing the Apex thread for a while and I kept thinking to myself "maaaan..... I 'd really, really, reeeally want to revisit that SSmash idea again one day with the proper team," I decided to pitch a revised and more refined idea to Stardust iteration of O'Ssembled. The premise was/is to take any SSmash series character and create a bravado rap from their perspective, but in the style of a real-world emcee of their choice.
And, boy, am I glad that they accepted my request. In fact, everybody greatly exceeded it.
... [[58,792 paragraphs later]]
As I said waaay earlier, I firmly believe there aren't any possible or necessary words to describe this triad of tributes to the Super Smash Bros. series, but I hope that these thoughts and comments opens up a little bit within each of us to show how much fun we had working on it.
Where OverClocked Assembled and the individual contributors go beyond this is anyone's guess (and I want to emphasize that it is a "revolving door" group, so we are in no way elitists or a tight-fisted clique), but on behalf of the whole team we hope you all enjoy this Hip Hop suite and you can rest assured that anything with the O'Ssembled "seal of approval" in the future is guaranteed to get your head bobbin' and your toes tappin', and maybe even your whole body groovin'."
Shariq "DarkeSword" Ansari returns as album director of Apex 2014 after doing a fantastic job with the initial & previous year; he writes:
"Tengen Toppa Dairantou" blows my mind. When I was recruiting for A New Challenger!!, Jordan contacted me explaining that he'd been working on a mega hip-hop tribute to the Smash series, and he wondered if it'd be a good fit for the album. At first I was skeptical, because I was looking for very aggressive, up tempo, high energy pieces for the album, but within hearing the first 10 seconds of the sample Jordan sent me, I knew that this would be an instant classic. There are so many amazing things going on in these tracks–clever lyrics that not only reference the characters and classic gaming, but also a wide sampling of hip-hop history. The musicianship is also incredible, with fantastically catchy backing tracks supporting the amazing vocal performances. I think people are going to go absolutely crazy for these tracks."
The level of detail and craftsmanship here is downright otherworldly. These three mixes form three parts of a greater whole that is almost Wagnerian in scope - a veritable Der Ring des Nibelungen of hip-hop Smash Brothers homage. While there are similarities between each third, there are also enough differences to justify posting them as three separate mixes. The dual-role homage to SSB characters and famous rappers is genius, the musicality is impeccable, and the entire concept is so far out there but works so damn well due to the execution... it's the type of Herculean team effort that makes me just shake my head at what the human species is capable of. Proud to be a sapiens, today. Check out the rest of Apex 2014: A New Challenger!!, download the torrent, spread the free good news, and viddie the tourney this weekend for some of the best in fighting game competitions!