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Das Racist's (Previously) video for Who's That? Brooown! is an homage to Sierra On-Line's early adventure games. Liked the video? Play the game!
posted by griphus (29 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
 
Not only Sierra On-Line but I'm seeing Frogger, Double Dragon, Zelda and possibly The Simpsons Arcade game among others.

Killer song/video/group. These guys have been killing it.
posted by Fred Wesley at 10:19 AM on January 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oddly enough, I'm at a combination pizza hut and taco bell right now.
posted by empath at 10:24 AM on January 16, 2011 [3 favorites]


Oh, heh, yeah, Which one do you think is the Simpsons Arcade one? I didn't even think of that, but the 7 train platform scene resembles it more than a little.

Also, Heems' apartment is almost definitely from Elevator Action and the buildings on the way to the show are Tetris, Snake and Rampage.

I can't figure out whether the shoplifting scene is from a game or not.
posted by griphus at 10:26 AM on January 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Don't forget Renegade.
posted by Arthur Phillips Jones Jr at 10:28 AM on January 16, 2011


I've always been a fan of Missy Elliot's Sock it to me for the Megaman factor.
posted by yeloson at 10:28 AM on January 16, 2011


I've always been a fan of Missy Elliot's Sock it to me yt for the Megaman factor.
The logo on her... breastplate? actually looks a lot like the GMail logo, although the video probably came out long before that.

What blows my mind about this stuff is that there's going to be a whole generation of kids for whom "8-bit graphics" is nothing more then an artistic style choice for 'hip' and ironic art.
posted by delmoi at 10:34 AM on January 16, 2011 [2 favorites]


Da Brat is dressed almost exactly like Rush (with a bit of ProtoMan) as well. Plus the stylization of the feet, chests, etc. And she uses the MegaBuster at about 0:54. It's a straight-up reference.
posted by griphus at 10:39 AM on January 16, 2011 [2 favorites]


Which one do you think is the Simpsons Arcade one?

I was thinking it was the 'duck and jump to avoid beer bottles and golf balls' part. But that could be something else. The shoplifting scene almost looks like one of the Hugo games. But a lot of those early Sierra games looked like that too.
posted by Fred Wesley at 10:45 AM on January 16, 2011


without having seen the Simpsons Arcade, the store they shoplift from is a "Kwiki Mart" and the 8-bit counterman looks suspiciously like someone who once sang a song entitled "Who Needs A Kwik-E-Mart?"
posted by mwhybark at 11:04 AM on January 16, 2011


I'm seeing Leisure Suit Larry 8: PBR in Paradise.
posted by benzenedream at 11:12 AM on January 16, 2011


This is straight up Double Dragon, ya'll.
posted by Destroid at 11:13 AM on January 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm seeing Leisure Suit Larry 8: PBR in Paradise.

Jesus Christ LSL didn't age well. Neither did Police Quest (at least PQ III, the one I had.) Those games were hung on pretty dated fads: the bad misogynistic standup comics that ruled the 80s and the satanic cult hysteria (respectively), both being things I think everyone would like to forget about forever.
posted by joechip at 11:23 AM on January 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Lyrics about Cream in a hip hop song followed immediately by a The Jerk reference? If the rest of it were fart noises and pots clanging, Das Racist, a winner would still be you.
posted by cmoj at 11:35 AM on January 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Speaking of video games and rap - did you hear the Wiz Khalifa Chrono Trigger jam?
posted by naju at 11:40 AM on January 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


I love these guys so much I have trouble writing about em. Best interview: A chat with Das Racist

Ek Shaneesh

New Yorker cartoon-off

Das Racist to SF/J: stop trying to kill rap
posted by jcruelty at 11:46 AM on January 16, 2011 [3 favorites]


Oops that Ek Shaneesh link is borked. Ek Shaneesh
posted by jcruelty at 11:48 AM on January 16, 2011


Never have two people asked me if I knew where they could get cocaine so many times in such a short period as Das Racist. There must be a record for that.
posted by Jon_Evil at 12:08 PM on January 16, 2011 [3 favorites]


don't be tuna-head!
posted by The Whelk at 12:22 PM on January 16, 2011


Rodger Wilco has aged fairly well.
posted by The Whelk at 12:22 PM on January 16, 2011


(CONTACT!)
Can I get a hit?
(HIT!)
Boom bip with a brother named Tip and we're ready to flip
East coast stompin, rippin and rompin
New York, North Cak-a-laka, and Compton
posted by the painkiller at 1:03 PM on January 16, 2011 [3 favorites]


The Kwiki Mart interior is from the original Leisure Suit Larry - I think the exterior is too.
posted by WPW at 1:16 PM on January 16, 2011


Del the Funky Homo Sapien Protoculture is a great homage to 90's videogames.
posted by yeloson at 2:52 PM on January 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


I've been torturing videogame-loving-but-hiphop-disliking friends with that Wiz Khalifa song for months!

No one's linked Das Racist on Anthony Bourdain's Holiday Special yet?
posted by palidor at 5:07 PM on January 16, 2011


Never have two people asked me if I knew where they could get cocaine so many times in such a short period as Das Racist. There must be a record for that.

My experience exactly. I think they asked everyone in a little snowy college town in Ohio for some snow.
posted by Michael Pemulis at 5:17 PM on January 16, 2011


These guys are consistently awesome. Thanks.
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 5:21 PM on January 16, 2011


Seeing them on that Bourdain episode was pretty surreal.
posted by eyeballkid at 7:56 PM on January 16, 2011


Love these guys.

"Shoplift Irony Beer."

LOL
posted by bardic at 8:30 PM on January 16, 2011


Why would I play the game when I've already seen the speedrun?
posted by grimmelm at 9:23 PM on January 16, 2011


Nice that the stage in the final scene is an homage to the C64 demo Thrust Concert.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 11:19 PM on January 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


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