Konami To Distribute Def Jam Rapstar Videogame

Coming this Fall from Konami, an exclusive distribution agreement with Autumn Games, 4mm Games and Def Jam Interactive brings gamers Def Jam Rapstar. Def Jam Rapstar is the first true interactive Hip Hop music game experience for consoles, and will be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and the Nintendo Wii. Called the true hip hop experience, Def Jam Rapstar will allow gamers to live their dream as a major hip hop star right in their living room.

“Hip Hop music has for 30 years re-defined the sound, boundaries and culture of popular music,” said Shinji Hirano, President of Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. “We look to bring that ambition to fruition by pushing the boundaries of music games with Def Jam Rapstar. The star power development teams of 4mm Games and Def Jam Interactive are going to bring a music game experience that no one has seen to date, which is why we are so excited to be a part of such a unique game.”

“Hip Hop is a global phenomenon that has permeated pop culture to become the most important youth movement of our generation. We are proud to deliver the first authentic Hip Hop music experience to gamers that will undoubtedly change the way music games are played,” stated Kevin Liles, President and CEO of Def Jam Enterprises. “It is an incredible opportunity to work with 4mm Games and Terminal Reality in developing Def Jam Rapstar, and by partnering with Konami we ensure that everyone around the world will have an opportunity to compete with the best of the best. So show us what you got!”

“4mm was founded with the intent of bringing the experience of Constantly Connected Gaming™ to the next generation of gamers,” said Nick Perrett, CEO of 4mm Games. “We look forward to providing Hip Hop fans worldwide a powerful example of that vision this fall with Def Jam Rapstar.”

The DualShockers Team recently had some hands on experience with Def Jam Rapstar. Here is an excerpt from that story:

Both Joel and Al tested the early build of the game, which is still in its developmental stages, and began to rap along with songs like “Nuthin But a G Thang” by Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, and “They Reminisce Over You” by Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth. Joel tried his hardest to mimic Snoop Dogg as much as possible, even though it was impossible due to his Anglo features and short stature. Being that I know for a fact that Joel practices in his bathroom mirror, in a towel, while holding a brush to his mouth to just about every song he thinks is awesome, I had a feeling he was going to do fairly well. He did tear it up on the mic, as did Al, when they went off on their respective parts. Goes to show you how far practicing in front of a fogged mirror can take you.

Me? I stood on the sidelines taking notes and making fun of them. I didn’t want to grab the mic and spit the craziest shit ever. I would have caused the entire building to implode, destroying countless months of work that 4mm and Def Jam have worked so hard on. I definitely didn’t want to be on Def Jam’s and 4mm’s shit list on a holiday season.

Sounds like a fun time huh? Here is the confirmed list of artists and songs:

  • 2 Pac: I Get Around
  • 50 Cent: I Get Money
  • Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg:Nuthin’ But a “G” Thang
  • Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx: Gold Digger
  • Lil’ Wayne: A Milli
  • Notorius B.I.G.: Juicy
  • Slick Rick: Children’s Story
  • T.I. featuring Rihanna: Live Your Life
  • Wu Tang Clan: C.R.E.A.M.
  • Young Jeezy featuring Kanye West: Put On

Gamers can choose from over 40 of the greatest Hip Hop songs available at release, including region specific music for the UK and Europe. Think you have what it takes to be one of the greatest? Use your console camera and upload your video to the fully integrated Def Jam Rapstar community at www.defjamrapstar.com and see how you measure up.

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Josh Wright

Josh resides in VA and enjoys spending time with his wife Lena, two wonderful kids Peyton and Bailey, and their puppy Marley. He moonlights as an Xbox Ambassador and someday hopes to rule the galaxy. Favorite Games: Mega Man, Tecmo Bowl, Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare

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