It's Friday, Friday, Audio File Friday~ Gotta get down to Union Cave and catch Lapras. Friday~ That's quite enough of that.
Last week was fun, a bit too much fun to be honest. Breaking down Rebecca Black, even with my tongue pressed securely into my cheek, proved more stimulating than I thought it would when I conceived that bit of April Fool's fun. So before I become Ms. Black's number one fan I'm shifting gears back to Team Teamwork.
Two weeks ago I showcased Teamwork's brilliant hip-hop/gaming mash-up albums Vinyl Fantasy 7 and Ocarina of Rhyme in preparation for his newest release Super Nintendo Sega Genesis. The verdict?
Team Teamwork was determined to get this one out ASAP, moving its release from May 1st to April 1st and then releasing it five days early! It's as though he just couldn't wait to get this album out, and understandably; it's quite the eargasm.
Rather than focusing Super Nintendo Sega Genesis, originally titled Super Nintendo Sega Genesis (When I was dead broke, man, I couldn't picture this), on a single game Team Teamwork chose this time around to pick and choose tunes from different titles. As he revealed on his blog he tried:
...on this one, not to be as familiar with the music from the games so it gave me more of a "crate digging" experience while going through the soundtracks. And by being more removed from the original samples, I think that allowed me to feel more free with how I used them - almost like a real hip hop producer and not a masherupper.
Pulling from games like Earthbound, Sonic 3, Donkey Kong Country 2, and Super Mario RPG, and more recent artists like Childish Gambino, Kanye, and E-40 he's created what is easily his most varied album yet. Where Ocarina of Rhyme was mostly bouncy and Vinyl Fantasy 7 tending towards the melodramatic
FF7 melodramatic? quelle surprise Super Nintendo Sega Genesis gives us a little bit of everything. And the result is nothing short of outstanding. Check out the entire album right here via his official Soundcloud.
You want something a little heavier? Try out the Kanye West/Mortal Kombat mash-up. Something bouncy? Try The Squeeze/Super Mario RPG one. Mellow? Talib Kweli & Mos Def/Earthbound.
My personal favorite, save one other that I'll get to, is the beautifully done Biggie & Craig Mack/Donkey Kong Country 2 mash-up. Mixing the ambient tunes of DKC2 with some classic Biggie? Well played, Sir.
I'm tempted to say this is Team Teamwork's best album yet. It's fresh, certainly the most varied, definitely the most polished, and with this one he proves
as if he needed to that he isn't just using gaming as a gimmick; he really is producing top notch hip-hop beats that also happen to be gaming-related. Some of the beats on Ocarina and Vinyl, while still great, were more of a stretch than others but every track here feels just right.
And as if there was any question, the guy's a true gamer.
You may not have picked up on it right away, but go back and listen to Outkast + Raekwon - Royal Flush (Sailing from Junon) off of Vinyl Fantasy 7. At the start of Andre 3000's verse, Teamwork loops the 'erous' in 'dangerous' several times. The result? A shout out to everyone's favorite
dead chick flower girl, Aeris/th Gainsborough.
On the new album Team Teamwork flexes his comedic muscles, and knowledge of internet memes, with what is easily the stand out track of the entire piece, Ludacris - Roll Out (Street Fighter 2)
Proving yet again that Guile's theme really does go with everything.
Gotta love a guy who knows his audience. Just try not to rock out to this, if for no other reason than it being Guile's theme.
I can't wait to see what's next for Team Teamwork. He has yet to disappoint this gaymer, and hopefully his work has caught your interest. Even if you're not a hip-hop fan
I know a lot of gays aren't or not a gaming fan why are you here? hopefully you can at least appreciate this guy's talent, and the hard work that was put into these sick collections. And as always, if you're diggin' what you're hearing be sure to show your support for this artist by hitting up his official website to download all of his albums, either for free or for however much you feel compelled to pay.
So let Team Teamwork's newest piece of beautiful take care of you this weekend and I'll see you next time with even more eargasmic jams for you.
If you've got any suggestions for artists that you'd like to see featured, tell me about them in the comments section. I'm constantly on the hunt for new music, and gaming music in particular, but I can't find it all on my own! I promise I'll check out any and all suggestions made.
Friday...Friday, Audio File.....ACK