Thursday, September 25, 2014

Soundtrack September: PaRappa the Rapper

Game: PaRappa the Rapper (1996)
Platform: PlayStation
Composers: Matsuura Masaya, Suzuki Yoshihisa

The story of PaRappa follows his pursuit of a love interest: an anthropomorphic flower named Sunny Funny. Along the way he learns karate, takes his driver's test, bakes a cake and waits in line for a public bathroom, all before the climactic final scene: a live stage performance.

For many gamers, this was an introduction to rhythm games. The relatively simple gameplay made it attractive to casual and non-gamers, while the game's soundtrack (goofy call-and-response hip hop tunes with unlikely lyrics) and unique art style won over everyone else. It's not the kind of music most people would listen to outside the context of the game, but that doesn't mean it won't get stuck in your head for a week.

An honorable mention is reserved for UmJammer Lammy (1999), the less popular but equally silly guitar spinoff, which sees the return of several characters from PaRappa (see the last video below).

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