This post is the first in a series called Hiphop x Video Games which highlights the overlap between the two. Both hiphop and games have been with me since early childhood and have made a huge impact on me. For this reason, I always got a kick out of the video game references made in hiphop songs; hopefully you do too. Here’s the first one up:


Super Mario World

Artist: Logic
Album: Bobby Tarantino

Logic’s Super Mario World has almost no direct video game references so why did he call this song Super Mario World? Personally, these are the video game references that I find most intriguing.

In the case of Logic, the answer to this question is two-fold.

1. Logic loves video games

One of the few video game references in this song are as follows:

[Hook/Interlude]

Oh my goodness, oh my goodness
Oh my goodness, oh my God
I’m like, oh my goodness
Oh my goodness, oh my goodness
Oh my goodness, oh my God
I just beat that Uncharted 4, lit

and similarly, at the end,:

Oh my goodness, oh my God
I’m like, oh my goodness
Oh my goodness, oh my goodness
Oh my goodness, oh my God
Fuck, Jurassic Park… lit

This guy is a video game nerd. So much so that he actually has his own YouTube channel for Let’s Plays, Walkthroughs, and random nerd stuff:

Thus the inclusion of Uncharted 4 and Jurassic Park was just Logic nerding out between verses/hooks.

2. The tone/mood of the song makes the Super Mario World title fitting.

This song’s beat is very “video game-y” due to the synth effect that’s used. There’s a straight forward, light hearted bounce to this track which fits the title.

But to me the grandiosity of the song is what speaks to Super Mario World the most.

Super Mario World is a classic game, a staple of the series, and arguably one of the greatest games of all time.

SuperMarioWorld_CED

On this track Logic presents himself as the Super Mario World of rap by boasting during the entire song, here’s an example from the final verse:

Yeah, it’s that Flexicution, I want retribution
Y’all gone fuck around and make me wake up Lucian
And I don’t think y’all ready for the revolution
Boy your shit is pollution, Logic got the solution
Motherfuckers used to hate us
Now they sayin’ that they made us
Everyone know I’m the greatest

Logic’s Super Mario World has the light hearted bravado that’s quintessentially part of the Mario IP. And with the fast, lyrical verses and catchy hook, I have to say it lives up to its name.

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