If you ever played Donkey Kong 64 during your childhood, then you certainly remember the DK Rap. This funky song introduces the Kong crew through a well-written rap about what their special abilities were. Diddy Kong could fly real high with a jetpack on and Lanky Kong floated just like a balloon! It was a silly rap song that game composer Grant Kirkhope created for the title.
Flash forward almost 20 years later and Kirkhope’s latest work was composing video game music for Yooka-Laylee that’s slated to release on April 11th. After his success with the Banjo-Kazooie series and Donkey Kong 64, Grant Kirkhope was busy composing new tunes for the game. One of the best part about Kirkhope composing the score? He created a rap track specifically about Yooka-Laylee!
That’s right folks – Yooka-Laylee has their own rap song featured in the game! What started as an amusing stretch goal for Kickstarter has now become a real thing that Playtonic promised for their fans. This rap son is as cheesy as the fans would expect, introducing some of the characters and their goals within the game. Both Yooka and Laylee have a verse dedicated to introducing them and their special powers; it also introduces characters such as Trowzer the Snake and Rextro Sixtyforus (who is an homage to the Nintendo 64).
Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee is meant to invoke feelings of nostalgia for players that enjoyed the classic 3D platformers like Banjo-Kazooie or Donkey Kong 64. It has that collectathon game-play feel to it that gamers enjoyed during the early 2000s. Providing a Yooka-Laylee rap only makes sense because it pays tribute to the DK Rap that was created for Donkey Kong 64.
Yooka-Laylee stars a chameleon named Yooka and his batty pal Laylee as they venture out from Shipwreck Creek to explore deep inside the work of Hivory Towers. The duo travel to Hivory Towers to search for the ‘Pagies’ in order to explore the secretive Grand Tomes. Yooka-Laylee must stop their adversaries Capital B and Dr. Quack from absorbing all of the world’s literature and converting it into profit. Players can use the Pagies in order to enter into new worlds or expand old worlds that were already unlocked.
It’s amazing that Yooka-Laylee got their own rap song! Donkey Kong 64 was one of my favorite N64 games and the rap song was so catchy. I’m glad that more nostalgic features from Rare’s classic titles are making their way into Yooka-Laylee. This is a great strategy to reel in the audiences that enjoy the collectathon titles. Hearing this rap song made me even more ecstatic to play Yooka-Laylee.
As a fan of collectathon games, I thought this was a neat idea from Playtonics. Former employees of Rare that worked on Yooka-Laylee are doing great at providing interesting quirks from the classic titles into the project. Yooka-Laylee is sounding like an amazing title to play and I can’t wait to check it out this month. Who knows what other hidden features I may discover when I start playing the game.
With Playtonic employees coming in from working on various video game titles, it’ll be astonishing to see what kind of gameplay experience they provide for the players. Yooka-Laylee releases in less than 2 weeks and fans are pumped to play the game soon. Let’s hope that we discover more nostalgic features within Yooka-Laylee when it hits the shelves on April 11th!