California producer DiBiase takes things way back in the day, to when you were trying in vain to will Luigi to Level 7, and manages to wring some seriously soulful beats from the blips and bleeps of Metroid, Mario Bros., Mega Man and others.
Back in the days before Napster was declared illegal and turned into a pay service, there was a remix floating around the Internet featuring an a cappella from the Brooklyn group Smif’n’Wessun set to a beat built on an old Super Mario Bros. video game music loop.
It was humorous but also had a slightly dusty, old-school edge to it. Several different producers have tried their hand at incorporating those old 8-bit sounds into hip-hop and particularly into dub music, with varied results.
Watts, Calif.-based producer DiBiase has taken it to a new level with his "Up the Joystick" EP.
DiBiase manages to wring some seriously soulful pathos from the blips and bleeps of Metroid, Mario Bros., Mega Man and others.
All of the tracks have a certain similarity because of the primary instrument, but DiBiase does a nice job keeping it fresh, muddying the music up to sound almost like synthesizers at times.
For gamers and hip-hop heads alike, it’s a hot shot of head-nodding old-school aesthetic, and guest appearances by a few underground rappers make the proceedings complete.
Go out and get this now.