Def Jam Rapstar

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Def Jam Rapstar

Spitting comfortably?

VideoEGTV meets Def Jam Rapstar

Rapping with 4mm's Jamie King and Redman.

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Def Jam Rapstar

Def Jam Rapstar

Spitting comfortably?

Two years ago I saw the Wu Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah perform at the UK music festival, All Tomorrow's Parties. There, in a sorry venue at the heart of Minehead's Butlins, carpet sticky with beer from so many bleak cabaret nights, Ghostface performed to a packed room of largely white, middle-class music buffs and scenesters.

When the rapper invited girls in the audience to the stage to dance behind him, he was joined by a group of bookish hipsters wearing plaid skirts and tortoiseshell-rimmed glasses, bumping and grinding with Ghostface's entourage in a scene of palpable awkwardness, one it seemed that nobody involved had quite thought through.

It's not that Ghostface's audience was being ironic. Quite the opposite: at least half the room was mouthing along with his rhymes, hi-fiving after each chorus and blap blapping after each song climax. But even so, there was a collective gasp of horror when the rapper politely asked if there was anyone in the audience who wanted to join him on stage for an impromptu rap battle. Oh bollocks, we thought. We are about to be found out.

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Def Jam Rapstar

Lyrics of Fury.

Despite the deafening racket made by the sheer weight of music games on the shelves, Def Jam Rapstar still feels unique. It's dedicated to hiphop, a massive music genre which is under-served in the games market.

Konami bringing Castlevania to EG Expo

Plus: Def Jam Rapstar! SAW II!

Konami is bringing three big-budget blockbusters to the Eurogamer Expo 2010: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Def Jam Rapstar and SAW II: Flesh & Blood. And they'll be playable - all three before their UK release.

Def Jam Rapstar

B-Boy document.

I'm sitting at the back of Konami's E3 booth, getting my first demo of Def Jam Rapstar. There's me and two geezers from developer-publisher 4mm Games. Best way to show the game? Get on the mic and give it a go. So geezer-man asks me what I want to hear.

4mm Games unveils Def Jam Rapstar

4mm Games unveils Def Jam Rapstar

"It's not just about music, it's about swagger."

4mm Games and Def Jam Interactive are teaming up to produce a rap-themed karaoke title.

Def Jam Rapstar, as it's titled, is due to go on show at E3 next week. Speaking to IGN 4mm's Lauren Wirtzer said, "There are not very many products out there that speak directly to the hip-hop consumer base. More than just a music game, this is a game that really incorporates all of the crucial elements of this lifestyle. It's not just about music, it's about swagger."

The studio has been established by Jamie King and Gary Foreman, who previously co-founded Rockstar. CEO Nicholas Perrett said their new game "will make the experience of rapping a song fun" - and the fun won't stop there.

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