ReMix: Sonic Adventure 2 "Graveyard Theory"
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- Game: Sonic Adventure 2 (Sega, 2001, DC)
- ReMixer(s): Zone Runners
- Composer(s): Atsushi Kosugi, Fumie Kumatani, Heigo Tani, Jun Senoue, Kenichi Tokoi, Tomoya Ohtani
- Song(s): "A Ghost's Pumpkin Soup ...for Pumpkin Hill"
- Posted: 2014-10-31, evaluated by djpretzel
- Terms (BETA): funky halloween hip-hop lyrics-existing lyrics-original rapping singing synth vocoder
HALLOWEEN SURPRISE!! First we gave you the treat, but it turns out y'all got TRICKED, cuz we got one MORE mix for the evening.. and it's ANOTHER treat!! DiGi Valentine, halc, & Sir Jordanius have teamed up and combined their respective forces to form hip-hop trio ZONE RUNNERS!! Check out their debut eponymous album on OverClocked Records - it's worth your hard-earned dollas, especially if you've got a hankering for VGM Sonic the Hedgehog hip-hop. Need persuading? Check out this hip-hop mix from SA2 that the Runners made on the side just for Halloween:
"As a multi-instrumentalist and long-time fan inspired by predominantly instrumental music groups and artists, this is MFW the lyrics are an integral part of a song and you STILL insist that the vocal-less version is all that you need: http://goo.gl/RUwj2t. no mames guey."
"No, you can't have a version of this track without the vocals ^__^ Happy Halloween! ~"
"DiGi brought up the idea on a whim to do a mix for Halloween, Pumpkin Hill being an obvious choice.. so we banged out this whole tune in about 4 days. The original is a classic, and a natural fit for us considering it's already a rap tune with vocals (and yeah, this song ONLY comes with vocals, so don't even f'ing ask ^____^), but it was in "grave" need of a sound upgrade... and that awful bassline just had to go. It's funny, this is one of those tracks that I have tried several times in the past to remix and just failed immediately, but somehow I was able to bang the whole beat out in an afternoon and had vocal stems in my inbox by evening. That's dat ZR synergy. :p
Side note, the wifey and I have been catching up with True Blood lately, so fans of that show might find a few references to it in my verse. ;) Much love to everyone who has supported our debut album, and Happy Halloween!"
I wouldn't call myself a fan of True Blood per se... I've watched six seasons and am stalling on the seventh because ultimately, I feel like it's just not a very good show... BUT... it's certainly had its moments. Russel Edgington on live TV was the pinnacle of the whole thing, for me at least. At any rate, I got the refs, which made me feel warm & special - mad props on the lyrics overall, from all three of yas. Larry writes:
"The thing I appreciate the most about Zone Runners is that they're ALL IN when it comes to executing their music. All of the lyrics are delivered so confidently, and it's impossible not to get wrapped up in the personality that drips from both the vocals and instrumental. Nice work by these bros taking "A Ghost's Pumpkin Soup" and Hunnid-P's vocals and adding extra tangible levels of expressiveness & fun to the picture.
halc & DiGi adding Sir Jordanius to recast the Zone Runners duo as a trio has resulted in some SUPER STRONG SYNERGY. If you enjoy this spin on Sonic Adventure 2, you DEFINITELY need to pick up the group's licensed self-titled Sonic tribute album - Zone Runners will hook you up with 11 great funk & hip-hop tracks full of swagger and the occasional word salad! :-)"
Ditto all that; knowing the lineup, I of course expected greatness, but it's the conviction of the diction that makes the prediction fact, and not fiction. Word.
Yeah, there's a reason I don't try this myself, at home.
At any rate, while explicitly Halloween-themed, this jam is more suitable for a Halloween party than a haunted house, as it's bigger on the hustle & flow than the heebie-jeebies/spine-chillingness. Vocoding & singing towards the end is clutch, and a nice touch. Great work from Drew, Niyazi, & Jordan, aka ZR, both on the album (which, if you didn't catch it the first three times, you should STILL check out) and on this specific mix, which resets the hip-hop original against a more modern backdrop w/ a delicious synth bass & swaps out the lyrics for some original ZR rhymes, for great justice!
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