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Chrono Trigger Meets Jay-Z On Remix Album 'Chrono Jigga'

JRPG-Pop.

Chrono Trigger is one of the most revered RPG’s ever developed by Square, and it’s score was written by some of the genuine stars of the JRPG movement: Nobuo Uematsu, responsible for the majority of the Final Fantasy soundtracks; and Yasunori Mitsuda, the man behind the music of the Xeno series.

It’s been 18 years since the game’s original release, and one music producer has deemed that Uematsu and Mitsuda work would be a perfect fit for a remix album. Clearly inspired by the quality of Chrono Trigger’s soundtrack, he’s partnered it with the vocals of one of the most successful and prolific rappers in the world, Jay-Z.

The resulting album by 2 Mello, which you can download or listen to here, is very well done, though your enjoyment will likely be based upon how invested you are in the Chrono Trigger soundtrack, and whether you like Jay-Z’s output as well.

“Look, as a gamer and MC/hip-hop producer, I had always wished there were more idols in the field of rap music who gamed, or at least talked about it a bit in their raps,” 2 Mello says on Bandcamp.

“It would have helped me relate more, and certainly made me feel more comfortable in the art. There are guys like Jay who are just mega media moguls hiding their personality, and I wanted to make this to explore the alternate reality of Jay-Z announcing himself as a gamer and going crazy on some Chrono Trigger beats!”

Either way, as an exercise in bringing computer gaming to a different audience it’s a fine piece of work, and at the very least it may inspire you to fire up one of the classics of the genre one more time (whether that may be on your imported Super Nintendo, Playstation, DS or simply on your iPhone).

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  1. Taylor Made
    Member
    Since: Oct 2011

    “Look, as a gamer and MC/hip-hop producer, I had always wished there were more idols in the field of rap music who gamed, or at least talked about it a bit in their raps,”

    But a lot of rappers do use game references & claim to be the best at certain games in their music, thought I would share lol

    Comment posted on 13/03/2013 at 08:56.
    • TheLig
      Causing trouble is my business and business is good
      Since: Dec 2008

      This fella seems to be completely ignoring nerdcore as a genre, which is very heavily game influenced. MC frontalot, MC Lars, MC Chris and YT Cracker all reference games constantly in their music. Still, album sounds cool so will be be downloading when I get home.

      Comment posted on 13/03/2013 at 10:26.
      • AnathemaBlack
        Member
        Since: Mar 2013

        Actually, Mello is a member of a nerdcore label. So trust me, he’s more then well aware. My feeling on that is that he more means growing up as a fan, like with myself how there was very little to no gaming references in rock/metal but thanks to the power of the internet, all of our little nerd-doms can finally come out and we don’t have to be ashamed of it… But trust me, Mello isn’t ignoring nerdcore with that :)

        Comment posted on 13/03/2013 at 18:16.
      • TheLig
        Causing trouble is my business and business is good
        Since: Dec 2008

        Well, you learn something new every day. Appreciate the clarification.

        Comment posted on 13/03/2013 at 23:07.
    • Tuffcub
      On the naughty step.
      Since: Dec 2008

      Oh god. I had a flashback to that awfuL Super Mario rap track from the 90s. Erp.

      Comment posted on 14/03/2013 at 09:29.
  2. KeRaSh
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    Interesting experiement. Some tracks work quite well, others not as much.

    Comment posted on 13/03/2013 at 12:20.

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