It’s not easy being a nerd. Check that – it’s not easy being this good at being a nerd.
With Straight Outta Console: The Nintendo Thumb Mixtape, the rapper and producer pairing of Heath McNease and For Beats Sake offers an 8-bit summer mashup of Nintendo samples and witty rhymes about, well… Super Mario’s raccoon suit, Mike Tyson’s Punchout, and Contra cheat codes.
For Beats Sake, who also provided the soundscape for Playdough’s Writer Dye project which sampled indie pop acts like Kings of Leon and Modest Mouse, once again reveals his talent in the face of what may be some of his most inspired challenges. Meanwhile, McNease’s Asher-Roth-meets-Mac-Miller flow and lyrics retain a light air but occasionally unlock an expected bonus level of depth (“Mmm… Donuts!,” a Simpsons ode, speaks about judging Christians who use cannabis and “First Person Shooter” offers a veiled commentary on video-game violence and rating systems.)
In both beat and rhyme, The Nintendo Thumb Mixtape “Pacs” more than Lil Flip’s “Game Over” ever attempted. Straight Outta Console is the audio equivalent of a popcorn movie and certainly more entertaining nostalgia than a Transformers sequel without Megan Fox.
Name your own price for the download at Heath McNease’s Bandcamp page.