Def Jam Rapstar

XB360, PS3, WII / Action / Release: Oct 5, 2010 / ESRB: T

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Konami accused of bank loan fraud over Def Jam Rapstar

Konami accused of bank loan fraud over Def Jam Rapstar

We know that Def Jam Rapstar developer 4mm Games is in financial and legal troubles. But the game's publishers, Konami and Autumn Games, are now facing their own court battle, as a bank has accused the companies of fraud over a loan to finance the game.

City National Bank in Los Angeles has filed a claim that it was defrauded of $14 million by Konami and Autumn. The bank accuses the companies of lying about their financial conditions to secure the credit for the game, without ever intending to pay it back as promised. The bank also points out that it hasn't been paid back at all for the loan yet.

Read more: Alleged lies about financial projections, loan repayment »

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Def Jam Rapstar studio in financial trouble

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Def Jam Rapstar studio in financial trouble

4mm Games, the studio behind Def Jam Rapstar, is on the verge of closing. Studio head Jamie King says the company is "rather starved for money," and stretching itself thin as it tries to resolve a Rapstar legal dispute while tending to its own staff as well.

Read more: 'We've also got to eat' »

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Def Jam Rapstar faces legal wrath of EMI

Def Jam Rapstar faces legal wrath of EMI

Music giant EMI isn't happy with the makers of Def Jam Rapstar. And when companies can't resolve their differences ... yeah, court battle.

EMI filed suit in New York federal court last week alleging that developer Terminal Reality and publisher 4mm Games failed to get the proper authorization to use many of the songs in the rap karaoke game, including songs by Kanye West and Lil Wayne, among others.

Potential damages are in the millions »

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Daily Filter: December 2, 2010

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Def Jam Rapstar DLC Gets Wu-Tang Clan, More

If you're got the Xbox 360 version of Def Jam Rapstar, get ready to enter the 36 chambers with some new DLC featuring songs from the Wu-Tang Clan and its members. Two freestyle beats will also be available from 9th Wonder and DJ Premier.

The tracks will run you 160 MS Points ($2) a pop, though the four Wu-Tang tracks can be copped in a bundle for 560 MS Points ($7). Read more »

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Def Jam Rapstar DLC Adds Kanye, Sugar Hill Gang

4mm Games has added a slew of new tracks and instrumentals to both versions--Xbox 360 and PS3--of its music title, Def Jam Rapstar.

Featuring Kayne West's "Can't Tell Me Nothing" and The Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight"--also known as the track we all inexplicably know the lyrics to at birth--there's something here for everyone. Well, with this many tracks in one single update, we would hope that everyone will find something to their liking. That is, if you're enjoying the game as much as we did. Read more »

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Def Jam Rapstar Review

Finally, a music game drops with some real Hip-Hop in it. Def Jam Rapstar isn't recreating or changing the formula to the rhythm game genre; it simply does it with Hip-Hop/Rap music. And whether you're a fan of East Coast, West Coast, Golden Era or New School Hip-Hop, this game has a song for you. Def Jam went beyond its own library to include classic joints and today's biggest hits from other labels as well in the 45 party-rocking songs that'll challenge you on your way up in Career Mode.

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"Man, those effects you can add to the videos are really off the chain."
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Final Songs Revealed for Def Jam Rapstar; Full Setlist Compiled

Def Jam Rapstar's final seven tracks have been revealed along with confirmation that producers 9th Wonder, Cool & Dre, and DJ Khalil who will bring instrumental tracks for the game's freestyle mode.

The game will support the PlayStation Eye and both the Xbox Live Vision Camera and Kinect camera for capturing performance videos, which can then be uploaded to the Def Jam Rapstar community and shared. Read more »

"THAT'S the Beastie Boys song they chose? Brass Monkey?!? I could think of at least a dozen ..."
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"So is that girl from Enslaved a cyborg or is that the most hideous costume ever?"
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Def Jam Rapstar Adds Busta Rhymes, DMX, and More

Def Jam Rapstar will be bringing tracks from the likes of Busta Rhymes, DMX, Lil Jon, Fat Joe, and Ja Rule when it releases on October 5 in the US.

Three new producers have also been announced with tracks making their way into the game. They are Bangladesh ("Gutter"), DJ Premier ("Go Back"), and Just Blaze ("8 Bit"). The songs added from the artists mentioned above are: Read more »

"yo dawg, i heard you like games. so i put my game in your game."
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"Finally a Sega tittle that looks interesting, and it isn't released for PC. Meh."
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Def Jam Rapstar Hip-Hopping Along in October

The rap karaoke game Def Jam Rapstar will be released in North America on October 5, 2010, publisher Konami announced today, then hop into Europe on November 9.

Developed by 4mm Games, Terminal Reality and Def Jam Interactive, Rapstar boasts "more than 40 of the greatest Hip Hop songs" for playas to rhyme along with. It also offers "the ability to freestyle over tracks by some of the hottest hip hop producers and upload your freestyle performances for the world to decide how good you really are." Read more »

"holy crap does that lady have short stubby legs in that pic.. meh so not hot"
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