On the occasional moments where video games and rap music have intertwined in unholy matrimony, the results have been, well, lets say mixed. However, after seeing Sony's Tokyo Game Show 2016 introductory video, the time has come to make some room in the upper echelon of game-based rhyme-spitting.
The sublime promotional trailer that kicked off the show (embedded below) features a furiously paced montage of footage from upcoming PlayStation games, all set to Tofubeats' quite brilliant mash-up of classic gaming themes, thudding bass, air horns-out-of-nowhere and the verbal gymnastics of Ryo-Z and Pes – two members of the Japanese hip-hop group Rip Slyme.
While the majority of the lyrics are in Japanese, at times the dynamic duo slip in choice English phrases for added impact. Among the spliced footage we see extended clips from Square Enix's Final Fantasy 15 ("B!B!Q!"), Gravity Rush 2 ("Sky high"), EA's Battlefield 1 ("Breakable" and "Unstoppable") and Activision's Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare ("Love & Peace").
Atlus' Persona 5, the recently-delayed The Last Guardian, Fifa 17, Titanfall 2, Watch Dogs 2, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens and more also show up with complementary break-neck raps, before it all ends with a promotional shot of the new slimline PS4 set to a sample of Edward Elgar's Land of Hope and Glory. I promise I am not making this up.
Despite a few teases from legendary game director Hideo Kojima and several release date announcements – including Nier: Automata, Danganronpa V3, Nioh and a host of PlayStation VR games – the "PlayStation Rap" was the undisputed highlight of Sony's entire TGS 2016 show.
In addition, it also joins the esteemed company of rap-meets-games highlights such as the Donkey Kong 64 rap, punching and kicking in PaRappa the Rapper, 50 Cent: Blood in the Sand and the brilliant Def Jam wrestling games from the early noughties.
Oh, and that time when the outspoken, self-anointed messiah of hip-hop, Kanye West, released a mobile app where you help his late mother get to heaven.