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).