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    Here’s a new song I recorded called “Letter To SquareSoft”. Basically it’s a rap reflecting on the days when SquareSoft made some of the best video games I’ve ever played. I took them down memory lane and asked them to bring some of that nostalgia back. Don’t take my “advice” seriously though, it’s all meant in fun and good humor.


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    Here’s the latest SWTOR music video based on the “Emmit Sith” song from my Cold Republic Episode I mixtape. Check out “Sith Juggernaut” filmed/edited by Riley Hastings over at SWTORExtreme. We’ve got more coming so stay tuned!


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    A nice flow off of the upcoming Wing Zero EP. Just Communication in the beat!

    “My red mitsubishi’s nickname was Epyon”

  • My interview on Classic L337!

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    The guys over at ClassicL337 recently interviewed me about the success of my “Cold Republic” mixtape! Check me out approximately 45min into the podcast below! Also, for more gaming-related goodness, check ClassicL337′s official SITE.


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    This one’s called “White Reflection” based on the theme song from Gundam Wing’s Endless Waltz anime. My gundam-themed mixtape “The Wing Zero EP” is under construction. Stay tuned!

    “Im really into anime but I ain’t even frontin”


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    The Wing Zero E.P.

    Yes…a nerdcore mixtape…about Gundam.

    UPDATE: Here it is guys…The Wing Zero EP. I decided to leak it a day early! This is definitely a solid nerdcore / otaku rap project to add to your collection! I really hope you guys enjoy this as much as I did making it. How much will this cost you? Absolutely nothing, the album’s completely free! I really appreciate the support I’ve been getting from you guys, so consider this a token of my appreciation! All I ask is that you follow me on twitter @richiebranson, subscribe to my youtube channel “richiebranson” and most importantly… contact your favorite anime / manga / japanese pop culture / hip-hop / gaming / music news / etc. blogs and websites and let them know about this project! Click the link below to download now!

    Release date was March 20th, 2012. Download HERE.

  • The Five Greatest Black Videogame Characters Ever

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    Guess what? It’s Black History Month in case you didn’t know. Therefore, I declare February to be Black Videogame History Month! To celebrate black history, I decided to list the five greatest black videogame characters of all time! Sorry Bo Jackson, Michael Jordan, Mike Tyson, and Tiger Woods fans, but I decided to stick with fictional characters. Bo Jackson may not be eligible for this list, but he is still a monster in Tecmo Bowl. Anyway, let’s take a look at some of the “brothers” who pioneered black presence in the gaming world:

    5. Barrett (Final Fantasy VII)

    Black Video Game Character - Barrett

    Barrett the first black playable character in the history of Squaresoft’s legendary Final Fantasy series. He wasn’t just the token blackie of the game either, he was quite deadly with that gatling gun. Barrett is truly the Jackie Robinson of RPGs. Here’s a little known fact: FFVII’s designers considered killing off Barrett in the game but decided it would be “too obvious”. Hah, the black guy survives this time!

    4. Player 99 (NBA Live 96)

    Black Video Game Character - Player 99

    Michael Jordan was the hottest thing smoking in the 90′s sports scene. Expensive shoe line? Check. Blockbuster Film? Check. Own trademark as an NBA player? Check. Jordan wasn’t a part of the NBA Player’s Association and withheld his own rights to be featured in any NBA licensed products, including video games. EA sports could never land Jordan in their NBA Live videogame series and so Player 99 was born. Player 99 filled Jordan’s empty spot on the Chicaco Bulls’ roster in NBA Live ’96 and a few subsequent years. He was a pretty ample replacement for Jordan. In fact, he played like Michael Jordan on steroids. Even MJ wasn’t that good.

    3. Balrog (Street Fighter)

    Black Video Game Character - Balrog

    If you don’t know who Balrog is, your right to call yourself a gamer needs to be revoked. Balrog was Capcom’s fictional tribute to Mike Tyson. In fact, in the Japanese versions of Street Fighter, the American Balrog is named Mike Bison, the American Vega is named Balrog, and the American M. Bison is named Vega. He wasn’t just a token black guy either, he served as one of the “Shadaloo Grand Masters” along with Sagat and Vega.

    2. CJ (Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas)

    Black Video Game Character - CJ

    CJ is an important figure in black video game history. He is one of the only fictional black videogame  characters to have a starring role in a blockbuster videogame. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was one of the most immersive titles in Rockstar’s GTA series. CJ could learn different fighting disciplines, work out, and find all sorts of ways to wreak havok throughout the state of San Andreas.

    1. Black Boxer (Boxing)

    Black Video Game Character - Boxing

    “Boxing”, released in 1980 for the Atari 2600, is the home of the greatest black videogame character of all time: The Black Boxer. Boxing featured two playable characters: A white boxer and a black boxer…sounds like Joe Lewis vs. Max Schmeling doesn’t it? The black boxer was a pioneer in the early days of the videogame, and he may have been the first black videogame character ever. Black boxer, we salute you for your contribution to black videogame history!


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    Star Wars: The Old Republic Mixtape: "Cold Republic Episode I" Star Wars The Old Republic Mixtape: "Cold Republic Episode I"

    Sometimes the business of music can be so stressful, so it’s good to be able to take breaks and have fun with my creativity. Since the release of Star Wars: The Old Republic, I’ve been glued to my computer levelling and kicking ass in huttball with my sith assassin “Branson”  (check me out on the Ven Zallow RP-PVP server). When I heard the main theme music, I was inspired to sample it into a beat and record a song called “Cold Republic”.  The song wasn’t really about Star Wars, but a lot of SWTOR players loved it (a lot hated it too). I then sampled a few more bits of SWTOR soundtrack and recorded some funny nerdcore songs about Star Wars and SWTOR. With that said, today I’m releasing this small collection of songs as a mixtape titled ”Cold Republic Episode I: The Empire Likes Rap”. Also included are the  instrumental SWTOR beats I made for each song (as well as the “Skywalkin” beat produced by OVBeatz), in case people want to rap over the tracks themselves (or if they’re just not feeling my flow). Shoutout to Mark Griskey, the composer of a lot of SWTOR’s soundtrack. He’s been supporting the Cold Republic movement. Check out his official site! Also shoutout to Riley Hastings for filming in-game music videos to the songs. Check them out on his youtube channel SWTORLegit. Episode II might just happen if there’s enough demand for it. Maybe I’ll rep for the Republic classes out there :) Enough talk , download the mixtape HERE

    DISCLAIMER: This SWTOR mixtape is by no means meant to be taken seriously, it’s just meant to be entertaining. Enjoy!