Chrono Trigger Meets Jay-Z On Remix Album ‘Chrono Jigga’

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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7 Comments

  1. “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

    • 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.

      • 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 :)

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

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

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

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