Despite the regrettable inclusion of the word "ultimate" in the title, Scratch: The Ultimate DJ
the music game that this hip hop lover's been waiting for (despite Cyril's valiant efforts to hook me onto Rock Band
.) And it doesn't even make me flinch to see both Eric B. & Rakim gracing the same song list as the Black Eyed Peas. Of the 60 original and licensed tracks that'll set off Scratch
, here's five:
- "Flashing Lights" - Kanye West: thick n' rich production
- "Intergalactic" - Beastie Boys: Mix Master Mike is providing creative and technical input for the game
- "Let's Get it Started" - The Black Eyed Peas: I'm...not...flinching...
- "Slacker" - Tech N9ne: articulate and straight outta, uh, Kansas City
- "Don't Sweat the Technique" - Eric B. & Rakim: early '90s fundamentals
Additional music comes from Run DMC (of course), The Gorillaz (nice!), Nelly (still...not...flinching), Deltron 3030 (tough to really keep him and the Gorillaz completely
separate). You can start makin' Scratch
in Summer 2009. The following two screens depict another deejay and the note chart rolling off the vinyl.
GENIUS PRODUCTS REVEALS FIRST TRACKS FROM
SCRATCH: THE ULTIMATE DJ SETLIST
Licensed Songs from Kanye West, Beastie Boys, The Black Eyed Peas, Tech N9ne,
and Eric B. and Rakim to be Featured on Playlist
Mix Master Mike to Provide Music Along with Creative and Technical Support
Santa Monica, Calif. - Feb. 11, 2009 - Genius Products, Inc. and Genco Interactive announced today new songs for Scratch: The Ultimate DJ, a music rhythm game for fans of hip-hop. Developed by 7 Studios, Scratch: The Ultimate DJ features 60 original and licensed tracks from the most popular hip-hop and R&B artists.
The setlist will include:
· Flashing Lights- Kanye West
· Intergalactic- Beastie Boys
· Let's Get it Started- The Black Eyed Peas
· Slacker- Tech N9ne
· Don't Sweat the Technique- Eric B. and Rakim
Additional music from artists:
· Run DMC
· The Gorillaz
· Deltron 3030
The Scratch development team has collaborated with Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys, who is providing creative and technical input for the game. Scratch: The Ultimate DJ will also feature music from Mix Master Mike's upcoming album, set to launch later this year.
"I'm honored to be featured on the Scratch: The Ultimate DJ setlist, alongside some of the most talented artists in hip-hop," said Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys. "It's exciting to work on a project that gives fans the opportunity to create their own music using the turntable and sampler."
"As a music producer for some of the biggest artists in hip-hop music, I can't stress enough the importance of having a credible playlist in a music game such as Scratch," said Quincy Jones III, CEO and Chief Creative Officer of QD3 Entertainment. "The artists and songs that were announced today definitely sets the stage for Scratch and lets gamers and hip hop fans know that we are serious about making a game just for them. We look forward to enticing fans even more, with other names we'll be announcing in the months to come."
In addition to a heavy-hitting setlist, Scratch: The Ultimate DJ features distinctive urban environments, an array of customizable DJ personalities and a turntable style controller created by Numark, one of the leading manufacturers of DJ equipment.
Scratch: The Ultimate DJ will be available on next generation consoles in Summer 2009.
The game's official Web site can be found at www.scratchvideogame.com.