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Hip hop and video games go together like peanut butter and jelly, especially when it's real rappers not dorks in stupid looking glasses calling themselves "nerdcore" and rhyming over beats that sound like an Atari 2600 having a seizure.
Recently, I stumbled across a video of one of my favorite mash-ups of all time, "Super Brooklyn" by Cocoa Brovaz, an alias of Smif-n-Wessun (a.k.a. Tek and Steele) of the mighty Boot Camp Clik, one of New York underground hip-hop's greatest crews. The song features Tek and Steele going hard over beats from the original NES Super Mario Bros. Where a lot of mash-ups end up sounding like awkward, silly jokes, this is a classic track, showcasing lyrics that really flow over the iconic Mario music, revealing a level of previously undiscovered funk in our favorite Italian plumber.
Due to the obvious copyright issues, this song was never officially released, though a 12-inch, white label promo was put out to DJs and specialty stores about a decade ago. Anyway, this song totally brought me back so I thought some of you might want to hear it.
[Warning: this song does contain some cuss words]
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