This Street Fighter mix tape may be the most awesome 51 minutes and 54 seconds of videogame-related music you will hear all month.
And now, it seems like I've hit the motherlode: UK-based producer/rapper/hip-hop artist (and gamer) Akira the Don released almost an hours' worth of amazing Street Fighter remixes on his site earlier this week. It takes a minute or two to get going, but once the familiar rockin' strains of "Ken's Theme" kick in, it's just fantastic.
The project, "A Tribute to the Music of Street Fighter," samples tons and tons of SF-related music from artists like Redman, Ras Kass and Double, and naturally pulls from Capcom's official Street Fighter tunes as well.
Amusingly enough, Akira says it originally started as "a simple, quick, fun thing [he] could do in a day and fulfill April's mixtape quota." The end result, of course, took over three weeks to splice together - three weeks of doing things that Akira says you can't (or probably shouldn't do) on an album: "Sample outrageously! Force self into corners! Learn fast! Scream at the horror of self-imposed deadlines! Push the maximiser too far! Learn from mistakes! Make new ones!"
Simply put: This is awesome. You can listen to it below, or download it for free at ATD's site.
Produced, engineered and mixed by Akira The Don at Don Studios IV
Cuts by DJ Jack Nimble
Extra guitars by Jeremy Allen
*Theme From Ken
*Entertainers ft. Littles
*Winners ft Envy
*The Victory Boogie
*Street Fighter (I Will F U Up) ft Big Narstie, Littles & *Lickel P
*Steal The Show ft Littles
*BONUS: Ken Will F U Up