I recall vividly the first time I played this game on the NES. I must have been around 9 or 10 and I was stoked out of my mind.
The gameplay was truly amazing at the time. As opposed to the usual, run,jump,attack that I was used to, in this scenario you could combine various moves depending on your position. You could attack an enemy behind you (with the back kick) while keeping another in a hold and then there was the famous “Hurricane Kick” and of course “Abobo“
Another feature that captured my imagination was the music. Timeless pieces that capture the mood of each stage and draws you in. Seriously for an 8-bit game, the music was brilliant and for years it was stuck in my head like a mantra. Especially the themes for Stage 2 and stage 4(pictured below)
Fast forward many years later. I became a beat maker and naturally I had to get my hands on the entire Double Dragon 2 music catalogue. The version I sampled on the song “Set It Off RMX” is actually an updated rendition of the original 8-bit music but I also spliced the music used in the game’s interlude to give it that retro feel.
The original version of Set It Off was recorded for Rhythm 93.7‘s Dj Tommy’s mixtape (still in limbo) hence we never actually put it on any Str8Buttah project. The original was recorded at Jabbarad’s studio after we got kicked out of the first studio for another artist (that’s another story for another day). Unfortunately XYZ was unavailable for the recording as he was still serving in the Northern part of Nigeria so you get to hear only 4 emcees plus me on the hook.
The remix in question was done about 2 years later(2009) while we were putting the Buttah-Tapes together.
A video I made on my macbook and I must confess, I hate making videos. It take so much of your precious time and uses so much space on your hard drive. I’d rather not do it at all. This is actually the first movie I made using iMovie, I’d tried working on windows video maker but it kept crashing so I had to completely jettison the 2 video projects I was working on at the time.
This video splices scenes from Fela’s live performances, interviews and much more. You can spot a young Femi Kuti playing the sax in one scene.
RiS, an Ottawa based Nigerian MC, recently dropped a mixtape called Vol 1: Road To Northbay and yours truly was part of the production team. RiS is a budding lyricist with a distinct flow.
The video we have here is for “Bint Helwa” and features a female emcee, Shikara on the second verse. The title of the song is arabic for “beautiful“, which you can clearly hear in the chorus.
The beat was one of the first few I made when I moved to Canada, shortly before I had a long conversation with Mister Rae about making an ep with only Asa samples and beautiful was one of the beats made for that purpose.
I had been making other beats for RiS and I felt this will fit the project he was working on so yeah, that’s how the story goes.
The video is pretty basic and features Shikara and other beautiful ladies. What can I say…beautiful. (pun intended). It was shot on location in Malaysia
A.J.C.P is an audio quasi-documentary inspired by Africa’s rich musical and political history. Teck-Zilla goes the extra mile and digs deep into the sounds from 70s Africa.Splices them with rich commentary/sound bites from Africa’s great political & musical visionaries such as Nkrumah, Lumumba, Nnamdi Azikiwe,Sunny Ade,Fela Kuti etc. to create a fusion of raw edged boom-bap beats laced with African melodies and rhythm.
I remember making the beat for this song right after I had finished NYSC, which is a program designed to integrate Nigerian students from different ethnic backgrounds. At the time I “served” in the northern part of Nigeria, which was quite peaceful those days.
The sample here was from a Billy Ocean song I found from a CD store around my way. I was an avid collector back then, since vinyl was a little bit out of my league, I settled for CDs. I usually tend to make a bucket list of artists I want to sample and spend considerable amount of time trying to locate their material and trust me, back then that ain’t no easy feat.
At the time the beat was made, I was working on a collaborative album (Illastr8) with fellow Str8Buttah producer XYZ and my initial plan was submitting this beat for a song towards that end but all that changed with one phone call. I was still in Zaria for the time being and was heading to Kano (my place of primary assignment) to pick up a recommendation letter when Mister Rae called to inform me of Fleet Militant’s unfortunate demise. It came as a rude shock and really hit me hard from the blind side. Fleet was also supposed to perform on Illastr8 and then some. Fleet’s work as the director of G.A.M.E (Nigerian Chapter) was instrumental for introducing me musically to XYZ. As a matter of fact, XYZ was passing out flyers for the event when we first met in University of Lagos.
The song “Steps” was what that beat ended up to be. It’s taken from a dedication album to Fleet Militant (Rest In Power kid) and the video was shot by some peeps (I honestly don’t know them). The location of the shoot is close to the former studio of Micworx (A super duper Production crew which Venomous is part of). I remember tensions running high on set, technical issues, tantrums getting thrown with reckless abandon but everyone manned up to get the job done out of respect for the dead.
Cameos include GQ, Deckzavier, Big Foot and Mister Rae, oh I did appear at the tail end for a few seconds.
n FEZ, you play as Gomez, a 2D creature living in what he believes is a 2D world, until a strange and powerful sentient artifact reveals to him the existence of a mysterious third dimension!
FEZ is a 2D platformer set in a 3D world. The world is 3D, but you always play from 2D perspectives. Each 3D world has 4 Sides. You can freely “rotate” your point of view in 90° increments between these 2D perspectives. This way, you will be able to navigate complex 3D environments, solve puzzles and find secrets!
What makes this game utterly compelling is its simplicity. No bosses, no conflicts and no penalties for dying. All you do is explore the vast universe Gomez is placed in. The controls are pretty basic; run, jump, lift, climb and the usual interactive controls for reading signs, talking to people et al.
Another feature is the auto save directive. Instead of you always having to hit a save button or some other long winded process, the game does that for you so don’t worry if you have to take a breather or live your life, you can always come back to the exact same spot you left it.
This is currently what I’m playing on the Xbox 360 and it is utterly brilliant by all standards. I suggest you get yourself a copy and join in on the fun. You can also check out the review below.
For a lack of a better way of starting this post. I’m not so new to blogging but I’m clearly new to wordpress. After a short stint at “blogger” to becoming a rabid “tumblr” fan, I must admit the last thing on my mind is opening up shop on word press. Anyway, this here blog will be sort of a potpourri of my various endeavours, things I hold dear to me and pretty much anything that pops up in this little head of mine, so stay tuned in and feel free to drop me a line or two.