Def Jam Rapstar dropping in NA October 5

Konami's hip-hop-centric rhythm game spitting rhymes on 360, PS3, Wii this fall; Ice Cube, Outkast, Salt-N-Pepa on board.

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If there's one benefit of the rhythm game genre's implosion last year, it's that publishers have been broadening their tastes to accommodate more musical styles. For Konami, the latest extension in its rhythm game business is Def Jam Rapstar, a hip-hop-centric karaoke game featuring tunes from the likes of 2 Pac, Dr. Dre, Kanye West, and Notorious B.I.G.

October 5 might just be a good day.

Today, Konami publicized the game's release party, announcing that Def Jam Rapstar will be available in North America on October 5. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game will come bundled with the game and a wired mic for $69.99, while the Wii package costs $59.99. The game will arrive for the same platforms in Europe on November 2, though pricing information has not yet been revealed.

Def Jam Rapstar is the maiden effort from 4mm Games, a publishing and development label founded in part by two original leaders of Rockstar Games. Ghostbusters: The Video Game studio Terminal Reality as well as Def Jam Interactive also contributed to the game, where aspiring emcees can sing along with more than 40 hip-hop tracks. The game also features a Freestyle mode, in which gamers can drop their own rhymes over tracks laid down by a variety of hip-hop producers.

Along with a release date, Konami announced a handful of additional tunes included on-disc. Highlights include Ice Cube's "It Was a Good Day," Outkast's "So Fresh, So Clean," and Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It." A list of just-announced tracks and Freestyle mode beats can be found below.

Artist - Song
Biz Markie - "Just a Friend"
Drake - "Best I Ever Had"
Ice Cube - "It Was a Good Day"
Outkast - "So Fresh, So Clean"
Pete Rock and CL Smooth - "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)"
Redman and Method Man - "Da Rockwilder"
Salt-N-Pepa - "Push It"

Producer - Track
DJ Premier - "JJ's Beat"
Just Blaze - "On the One"

Discussion

39 comments
TheDrunkenLord
TheDrunkenLord

damn, that's actually a pretty great setlist by the looks of it.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

I don't need this game to tell me my rhymes are sick and my flow is amazing. I already know.

kayvanmsh
kayvanmsh

how can white boyz say the n-word? just bring some old gangsta rap like dr. dre, nwa, ice cube, snoop doggy dogg and im in. aint nuttin but a g thang baby..........

gtapro123
gtapro123

Featuring tunes from Dr. Dre!!!!!!!!!

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

I just want EA to make another good Def Jam Vendetta for this generation. Fight For NY was one of my favorite PS2 games, and I even still play it occasionally because there has been no better offering since. Please someone at EA needs to get to work on this if they want to save their image after a slew of mediocre games recently.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Between the SingStars, Guitar Hero's, Lips, and Rock Bands, I've been secretly craving a Rap-focused game for emcees. The song selection fits my tastes pretty well. My friends and I will have some fun with this one. Sadly, I expect this to have mediocre sales. BUT the good thing is that if I wait a couple months the price should go down. If not, then the game has proved its worth. I'll probably buy it full price just to show my support. _

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

I actually like DJ Hero But this seems stupid. Too bad all my friends will be playing this..... :(

KadenKreed
KadenKreed

I know this sounds crazy, but they should totally make a Rock/Metal one!!! I would love to play as Mike Patton and destroy John Lennon or something lol Or vice versa...God damn America and its attempted "Rap"!! Rocks where the real talent comes from :D

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

oh wow maybe I can be the next great white rapsta oh boy

adamlyons87
adamlyons87

3:42 - a room of middle-aged, white corporate folk talking about 'swagger' and 'representin' your street'. Oh good. It sounds like the most used feature of this game is going to be posting your own raps to pre-set beats. I can't see any of the other features taking off. Teens just won't want to admit that they had a "killer duet last night on r-star". lol Why isn't this just a $20 DLC add-on to DJ Hero?

hememi
hememi

Well its rap so some dumb teen will end up buying it...

gamer082009
gamer082009

I think I'll pass..can Konami actually bring us a next gen Silent Hill game? ..And I don't consider Homecoming next gen. Just sayin!

hectic3
hectic3

So they are going to charge people not to sing or play a plastic instrument but to talk into a mic at varied speeds with a simpled looped beat. I'm sold!!! This really sounds like a terrible idea, rhythm games are becoming more uninteresting as time goes on but this isn't really even a rhythm game. More like a game where you can see the different speeds you can read out loud. I will be utterly shocked if this actually sells.

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

Yeah I thought it was fighting too. That franchise was hilarious.

lamprey263
lamprey263

Damnit, I was hoping they were talking about the Def Jam fighting series, not effing karaoke... though I'd actually buy it if they had some MC Chris nerdcore songs in it like some White Kids Love Hip-Hop, The Tussin, Fett's Vette. oooo, and they have Biz Markie's "Just A Friend"... I might pick this up when it hits $20, but not until then

Flint247
Flint247

If you are going to get mad about rapping games, then you might as well get mad at Rock Band, Guitar Hero, and the other Karaoke games... ...oh, wait.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Fight for NY was great, whats this crap

1337frogman
1337frogman

Yall' best be gettin outa my way, Ima play dis ish and rap da hell out yo head. Wait, I'm white. Excuse me, my tea is ready.

stuttermouth
stuttermouth

This is gonna suck i can already see it. Why are they trying to exploit the hip hop community anyway with this and DJ hero?

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Rapping video games? Are they high or something?

Sadek
Sadek

What crap! Will someone please bring back the Def Jam Fight for NY series!! Thats my all time favorite fighting game... EA doesnt know a good game even when it smacks them in the gonads with it....

LpcWarrior
LpcWarrior

went from rollin a wheelchair in degrassi to rapping...complete garbage

TongLong
TongLong

@Z9K Great question. Everything else on that list is GOLD, and they picked some great but really under-appreciated tracks (especially the Pete Rock and CL Smooth and Outkast ones), but then they go and put that talentless reprobate amongst a list of classics. Unreal.

Z9K
Z9K

Why on Earth is Drake in there?

finaleve
finaleve

If mc chris isn't on this I'm not buying. This should just be a "rap pack" for singstar and all that other karaoke games out there. I was expecting this to be another Def Jam fighting game as well. I didn't pick up Icon because I wanted it to be a straight up fighting game. Def Jam Fight for NY is one of my favorite games.

soulless4now
soulless4now

I'm glad they included some good old school songs, but I still would like to see a final track list.

nelson415
nelson415

Let's be gangster in our own home you guys

monson21502
monson21502

i want adult rhythm game without music if you know what i mean:wink:

MVCFreak
MVCFreak

I wish Def Jam should come back as a Fighting/Wrestling Game. And I don't like the Direction that there going:(

TrapMuzik92
TrapMuzik92

When i heard DEF Jam i was so HYPE...but then I found out it was a sing-a-long. PASSS

fat_otter
fat_otter

All I can say is... GET ON DA MIC!

Mr_arizona
Mr_arizona

Not for me but yeah for anyone who is not hip enough to rap in public.

Flint247
Flint247

"Best I ever had" is on the list? o.o rofl

PaulChristie
PaulChristie

@kris9031998 You can say the same for every other music-centered game i.e. Rock Band, Guitar Hero, etc.

kris9031998
kris9031998

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duke-nukem11
duke-nukem11

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