Thanks to the miracle of modern technology, Rock Band has let you recreate the songs of rock bands and pop acts from across the span of popular music with you playing the part of guitar god or vocal vixen. Whether you were making little girls scream as The Beatles or eagerly awaiting your chance to throw on guyliner as Green Day, the video game concept has thrilled millions with a faux musician experience. Now that experience gets expanded as Def Jam Records and 4mm Games, which is made up of the founders of Rockstar Games, have announced Def Jam Rapstar, the first video game where you step into the $200 Nikes of a slew of famous rappers.
According to USA Today, the game’s primary mode of play will see players doing their best to duplicate the flow from a tracklist that will eventually include 40 songs. Already announced for the game are the likes of Tupac, Lil Wayne, Wu Tang Clan, Outkast, Slick Rick, and more; enjoy the partial artist list and songs below.
Other game modes include Battle mode, which pits you and a home in a head-to-head lyrical throwdown, and a Freestyle mode, where you’ve gotta bust out a few lines of your own. If you’re in the mode for sharing, you can upload clips to the Rapstar community. That way, the whole world will know that you know all the words to Salt N Pepa’s “Push It”.
The game will include a wired microphone and will retail for $69.99 for the PS3 and XBox 360 and $59.99 for the Wii. Def Jam Rapstar hits stores on October 5th.
Def Jam Rapstar Partial Tracklist:
01. 2 Pac – “I Get Around”
02. 50 Cent – “I Get Money”
03. Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg – “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang”
04. Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx – “Gold Digger”
05. Lil’ Wayne – “A Milli”
06. Notorius B.I.G. – “Juicy”
07. Slick Rick – “Children’s Story”
08. T.I. featuring Rihanna – “Live Your Life”
09. Wu Tang Clan – “C.R.E.A.M.”
10. Young Jeezy featuring Kanye West – “Put On”
11. Biz Markie – “Just A Friend”
12. Drake – “Best I Ever Had”
13. Ice Cube – “It Was A Good Day”
14. Outkast – “So Fresh & So Clean”
15. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – “TROY”
16. Redman & Method Man – “Da Rockwilder”
17. Salt N Pepa – “Push It”