Ocarina of Rhyme
March 17, 2009 10:31 AM   Subscribe

Hip Hop Zelda. It's a booty call from Hyrule, a love letter in rhyme to your childhood featuring some of the best independent and mainstream Hip Hop artists. MF Doom, Edan and Aesop Rock get tossed together with Dr. Dre, Common, and Jay Z in this surprisingly compelling mashup of old Legend of Zelda tunes. If the TriForce Rules Everything Around You, hit up the link above to stream the album, or download it for free here.

(Rupie Rupie Jewel, y'all.)
posted by shmegegge (23 comments total) 29 users marked this as a favorite
Aw hell yeah. Drink potions get rupees, son.
posted by boo_radley at 10:36 AM on March 17, 2009 [1 favorite]

Oh hell yes.
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 10:54 AM on March 17, 2009

There is apparently something else by the same title. I don't know if this other one is mashup or not. (Haven't listened to either yet.)
posted by juv3nal at 11:02 AM on March 17, 2009 [2 favorites]

Dag. I'm impressed.
posted by ignignokt at 11:07 AM on March 17, 2009

Dodongo likes smoke, y'all.
posted by Spatch at 11:07 AM on March 17, 2009 [8 favorites]

Interesting project, but in the end it's the same rhymes that turn me off. I much prefer straight-up nerdcore, like ytcracker, or chiptunes/VGM.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 11:13 AM on March 17, 2009 [1 favorite]

I listened to this intently last week and loved it. It was too short, actually.
posted by cashman at 11:13 AM on March 17, 2009

Needs some M.I.A. representing for them crazy fine, pointy-eared girlies of the woods.
posted by thebellafonte at 11:22 AM on March 17, 2009

It's a secret to everybody.
posted by brevator at 11:54 AM on March 17, 2009

posted by joe lisboa at 12:54 PM on March 17, 2009

I love it.
posted by Nattie at 1:22 PM on March 17, 2009

Hm. Am I the only one who didn't like it at all? I mean, I like mashups twice as much as the next person but this didn't really have any sticking power for me.
posted by flatluigi at 1:35 PM on March 17, 2009

The Aesop Rock track fucking ROCKS.
posted by flippant at 2:05 PM on March 17, 2009

Yeah, now that it's finally downloaded, there's about three standout tracks with a bunch of "hwo do I match beats lol" or trying to work in material that's just not up to the task (Track 2). I'm pretty forgiving when it comes to mashups, but there's a bit of filler here. Common - I Used To Love H.E.R. (Hyrule Market) is pretty decent. Aesop Rock's track is good. The last track with Slim Thug, too. I think you could easily swap out any of those songs vocals with the backing zelda songs, though. The MF Doom track is pretty much a trainwreck; Lon-long ranch's music has too much personality to stand up to the vocals, and the drums kinda alternate synching to Doom, then Lon-lon ranch. I dunno.
posted by boo_radley at 3:42 PM on March 17, 2009

And as long as I'm indulging in Logorrhea, let me tell you this. A couple years back, I had a copy of Fruity Loops, and I'd downloaded a nintendo midi instrument set. I downloaded a couple midi songs and set about transcribing them using the brick-bump, coin-grabbing, monster-eeping noises. My first and only track was Dead Can Dance's Yulunga. I have no idea what I was thinking.
posted by boo_radley at 3:46 PM on March 17, 2009

Ludachrist is [are?] a mashup band in the style of Girl Talk. Their newest EP "The Legend Of Curtis'" title track is Zelda and 50 Cent. Pretty decent, I think.
posted by papayaninja at 7:53 PM on March 17, 2009

Wow. I usually don't go in for mash-ups, but this is pretty damned irresistible.
posted by EatTheWeek at 1:34 AM on March 18, 2009

Honestly? Kind of a letdown.
posted by P.o.B. at 6:13 AM on March 18, 2009

Yah the Zelda stuff didn't do it for me. Ludachrist's BANGFEST is rocking!
posted by daHIFI at 9:09 AM on March 18, 2009

Good stuff and excellent use of 8track, my favorite m*xtape replacement.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:08 PM on March 18, 2009

Best thread title EVER.
posted by Amanojaku at 1:38 PM on March 18, 2009

This reminds me a bit of DJ Egadz / Kid Without Radio's Postal Service vs. Notorious B.I.G. vs. Autolux - "Now You Know" mash-up, but the rap is more topical with the 8-bit beats (Postal Service's "Brand New Colony" feature some good bleeps and bloops - not sure where Autolux fits in). Sadly, the mixes are no longer online.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:33 AM on March 19, 2009

I though some of these were alright. Mega Ran 9, however, is similar but much more well executed.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 8:52 AM on March 22, 2009

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