Who likes fighting games? Well, more specifically Capcom fighting games? Today's Audio File Friday is going out to you!
Now before we get started I do have to say up front: this one's going to be quick. Not because I'm trying to wimp out on you guys but, well...because it's a single song. A really good song that totally deserves a feature, but still just a song, singular.
But it's a song by someone that I'm sure many of you will have heard of already. A top 40 artist, no less. That's certainly an Audio File Friday First.
He goes by the name Kid Cudi, and if this unreleased track is any indication he's quite the gamer at heart.
If you haven't heard of Kid Cudi let me educate you. Born Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, the Cleveland native has spent the last few years tearing up the charts and becoming one of the biggest names in hip-hop with hits like Day N' Nite and Pursuit of Happiness. After signing to Kanye West's GOOD Music label he released two albums, Man on the Moon: The End of Day and Man on the Moon: The Legend of Mr. Rager, which both combine genre-bending hip-hop with a narrative about Cudi getting lost in his own mind.
Far from the conventional rapper, Kid Cudi has a knack for pushing against perceptions about the genre. His style is a hip-hop/hipster/preppy mash-up, but his demeanor is that of a stoner mixed with a downtown rapper. He's collaborated with everyone from Kanye, to Gaga, to David Guetta, to Travis Barker. His first album forwent maschismo bragging and club anthems for an introspective look into his imagination. His second album felt more like a rock n' roll and funk album than it did hip-hop, and his upcoming third album is going to be entirely rock n' roll.
If he needs any gay cred, he's friends with Lady Gaga, sampled Poker Face for his song Make Her Say, and even toured with her for quite some time on The Monster Ball Tour.
Oh, and he's publicly stated his love for the gay community too.
So yeah, not your conventional rapper by any means.
And he's pretty hot. Y/Y?
Here is his hit single Pursuit of Happiness, which is completely unrelated to gaming but a great track nonetheless and a taste of Kid Cudi's style.
"Ok he's cool. But why is he on Audio File Friday!?" You ask.
Well it happens to be because of this little gem of an unreleased track that Kid Cudi produced but never released. Earlier this year it managed to find its way to the internet
as all things do and got a lot of attention.
Cudi has since gone on record as saying he's moved on past this kind of sound, but if you're a fan of Capcom, especially Capcom fighting games (which Mr. Cudi most certainly is) then you should enjoy this one.
The aptly titled Capcom:
From the horn section to the snare drum to the anthemic 'I'm ready to fight now' chorus, it's the perfect pump up song. So the next time you're getting ready for a round of Street Fighter or Marvel Vs. Capcom, or perhaps the upcoming Street Fighter X Tekken, you might want to play this bad boy to help get you in the right headspace before you dive in and dominate your opponent.
It's like Eye of the Tiger but for hip-hop loving fighting gamers.
So yeah, that's it. Told you this one was going to be short. But still satisfying.
If you're diggin' the Cudder and aren't already a fanboy like I am, you can buy his albums on iTunes, Amazon, and pretty much any place that sells music and begin the transformation. He may be a top 40 artist, but he's definitely earned the spotlight he's been given and the talent is undeniable.
That's it for today. Remember it's an entire week of Audio File Friday, before returning to the weekly schedule. So you can expect even more awesome gaming music tomorrow!