Hip-hop and video games go together like peanut butter and jelly (if you're American) or, erm, Marmite and toast (?) if you're British or Australian. Either way, a classic combo.
Over the years, rappers have topped online leaderboards for games like NFL or dabbled in a spot of online multiplayer. More recently, Drake joined Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins for a Fortnite session. It's no surprise to listen to classic tracks from massive hip-hop artists and realise they're dropping lines about legendary video games and even video game companies themselves.
Whether it's mentioning the House of Mario or the power of PlayStation (never to be underestimated), video games have popped up everywhere from singles to EPs and mixtapes to full-length albums. From 90s groups like Wu-Tang and House of Pain through to 21st century beat slayers including Lil' Wayne and The Game, video games have been part of hip-hop since they've been part of pop culture themselves.
From dropping shells in Mario Kart doubling as popping them from a gun, or being as powerful a force in hip-hop as famed ninja who wants everyone to get over here, the overblown masculinity of hip-hop is a perfect match for the characters and companies found from the decades of history in video games.
Bryan Langley’s first self-bought console was the sublime Super Nintendo and he hasn’t ever stopped using his opposable thumbs since. He is based in Bristol, UK and is still searchin' for them glory days he never had.