".....When I was dead broke, man, I couldn't picture this"
Charles Hamilton "Where's My Fucking Genesis?"
I geeked on this track when I first heard it a few weeks ago. I played the crap out of Sonic 2 and I was a hardcore Sega fanboy until the day that the company jumped ship on its own child, the Dreamcast.
After hearing this track, I dug up some more notable uses of video game beats in hip-hop. Matched them up with the originals as much as I could via Youtube. Props to the Gamespot forums for putting me onto most of these. In loose order of freshness.
Beanie Sigel "Mac Man"
Ms. Pac Man
Not sure if he sampled Ms. Pac Man (because that would just be gay and if rap is anything, it's homophobical) but it's closest to the sounds effects I hear. Undoubtedly the best of these video game flips.
Cocoa Brovaz "Super Brooklyn"
Super Mario Bros. Level 1-2
The most recognizable sample. If you don't geek on this, go to the swap meet now, buy a Nintendo with Mario/Duck Hunt, blow in the cartridge, and enter a new world.
Eminem, J-Black, Masta Ace "Hellbound"
Soul Calibur - Cervantes' Theme
From Eminem's Game Over sessions. Yknow, when he still wanted to rap.
Del ft. Khaos Unique "Proto Culture"
Darkstalkers - Morrigan's Theme
Apparently, Del performed this at the Dreamcast 9.9.99 launch party. Props just for being a fellow Sega fanboy. Or otherwise letting himself be exploited by Bernie Stolar.
J Dilla "Zelda"
J Dilla "Zelda 2"
The Legend of Zelda - Hyrule Theme
Off one of J Dilla's beat tapes that float around the Internet. They're both probably from the Hyrule/Overworld theme but I'm not positive. Which is probably a sign of how ill his chopping was.
Percee P ft. Diamond D "2 Brothers From The Gutter"
Sample comes from the Start/Select Screen music, which you hear only briefly in the video. I think one of the gunshot sound effects is also sampled. My bad for only having the promo copy of this song. Production by Madlib.
Oh No "The Ride"
Castlevania III Intro
And here's Madlib's brother, Oh No, on the mic and the beat.
Green Lantern ft. Kool G Rap, Prinz "We G's"
Final Fantasy VII - Battle Theme
Statik Selektah ft. Big Shug "Punch Out"
I'm letting Boston in ONLY for the sake of my dope post. The song kinda sucks.
Couldn't find a match for this sample. It might be from Simon Belmont's theme, but I can't hear it definitely.
Slug, Aesop Rock, MF Doom "Put Your Quarter Up"
This samples a bunch of different sound effects from different games. The main one might be a Mario coin sound effect but I'm not sure. Doom drops a nice verse.
If you can find those last two and/or confirm some of the samples I'm unsure of, I'll be indebted to you. Keep on gaming.