Earlier this month, Def Jam Recordings stoked the flames of hypothesis when it tweeted about the opportunity of a brand new Def Jam recreation. The combating recreation sequence pits hip-hop celebrities and musicians in opposition to each other as they use the group and the atmosphere to unleash epic beatdowns in opposition to their business rivals. A brand new Def Jam recreation hasn’t been launched in over a decade, and so many have been excited on the thought that it might make a comeback. eval(ez_write_tag([[336,280],’gamerant_com-medrectangle-3′,’ezslot_0′]));
There are many essential particulars to be ironed out relating to a Def Jam: Combat for NY sequel. Not solely does this embody the placement and the gameplay options, nevertheless it additionally contains the character roster. Which hip-hop heavyweights will we need to see?
Nicki Minaj is presently in full promotion mode as she prepares to go on tour and launch Queen, the follow-up album to 2014’s The Pinkprint. Nonetheless, given the rapper’s headline-making historical past, lots of her followers (affectionately often called “Barbz”) will hope that she will be able to discover the time to star in a brand new Def Jam recreation too.
Over time, Minaj has discovered herself embroiled in beef with everybody from Taylor Swift to Remy Ma to Mariah Carey and even actuality TV star Farrah Abraham of Teen Mother OG. In an interview with speak present host Ellen DeGeneres, Minaj expressed remorse over her feuds, however that doesn’t imply that she received’t to settle a number of scores within the digital, Def Jam area.
Cardi B seems to have the rap recreation within the palm of her hand proper now. She’s featured on tracks with Bruno Mars, Jennifer Lopez, Maroon 5, and Migos, whereas she’s a chart-topper in her personal proper with singles like Bodak Yellow and I Like It, taken from her acclaimed debut album Invasion of Privateness.
Throughout Cardi B’s stratospheric rise to the highest, she has largely averted precise rap beefs. The so-called feud between Cardi and Nicki Minaj was “made up” by the Web, says the rapper, whereas the meat between herself and Azealia Banks (wherein Banks known as her a “caricature of a black girl”) was short-lived. Although she has spoken lots about her “haters” and little doubt many want to see her tackle stated anonymous nobodies in a brand new Def Jam recreation.
Sizzling off the heels of his record-breaking new album, Scorpion, Canadian rapper Drake could not have an enormous period of time on his fingers. However fingers crossed that he has simply sufficient time to participate within the growth of a brand new Def Jam recreation as a result of he’ll possible be the most-asked-for rapper to star within the recreation.
Not solely is Drake a eager gamer, having taken half in a record-breaking Fortnite stream with Ninja, however he additionally has an extended historical past of rap beefs. Essentially the most well-known and most up-to-date could also be Drake’s drama with Pusha T, who not solely revealed that Drake has a son but in addition made the picture of Drake in blackface make-up go viral.
There’s additionally the meat with Nicki Minaj’s ex-boyfriend Meek Mill which spawned a number of devastating diss tracks, in addition to beefs with Widespread, Ludacris, Jay-Z, and Kanye West. Whereas Drake prefers to settle issues with music than with passive-aggressive Instagrams, it might be fairly cool to see October’s Very Personal convey the combat to the Def Jam franchise.
As of Might 2018, Meek Mill’s high-profile beef with Drake has formally been squashed. Meek could have accused Drake of utilizing ghostwriters however on condition that Drake backed a high-profile marketing campaign calling for the Philadelphia native to be launched from jail, it appears that evidently the 2 males are lastly on a lot better phrases now.
That doesn’t imply that followers can be against seeing Meek Mill and Drake duke it out in a brand new Def Jam recreation, although. Meek Mill has additionally had beefs with 50 Cent, The Recreation, Joe Budden, and Safaree (Nicki Minaj’s ex-boyfriend and co-collaborator) and these would all make for good viewing (and gaming) in a Def Jam recreation. Plus, Meek is an avid gamer having as soon as helped to make a cell recreation known as Meek Mill Presents Bike Life, so he could be involved in that includes in a Def Jam title too.
Kendrick Lamar is one extremely proficient rapper, having even received the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for music for his album DAMN. That’s why when Kendrick publicly known as out Drake, Wale, Pusha T, J. Cole, Huge Sean and extra throughout his function on Huge Sean’s Management (HOF) in 2013, many took him significantly.
Since Management (HOF) dropped, Kendrick Lamar has been no much less shy to name individuals out. He’s continued to poke barbs at Drake, notably at his use of ghostwriters and in Humble, a monitor from DAMN. he even appeared to make use of Huge Sean’s personal catchphrases in opposition to him.
Different individuals to really feel Kendrick’s wrath embody Donald Trump, Fox Information, and all the rappers who had their emotions harm after Management (HOF) dropped. It’s unlikely that the President of the US or a complete information group can be represented in a online game, however lots want to see Kendrick face off in opposition to these rappers in a Def Jam recreation not less than.
Probability the Rapper
Probability the Rapper isn’t one to maintain his emotions quiet. The Chicago-based MC has weighed in on all the things, from Chicago’s public faculty system to Netflix films, Heineken adverts and, most just lately, Fortnite‘s use of dance emotes. Though he isn’t particularly identified for his rap beefs (his “beef” with Vic Mensa was extra of a imprecise squabble between two outdated pals), Probability’s outspoken nature makes him the right match for Def Jam which has at all times featured bigger than life personalities.
The most important impediment, although, is that Probability himself has criticized Def Jam Recordings up to now. In a parody picture from his tour that poked enjoyable at main labels, Def Jam grew to become “Don’t Be part of.” Hopefully, the label doesn’t maintain grudges and Probability can nonetheless make his means onto the roster.
Donald Glover AKA Infantile Gambino has been upping his recreation currently. Not solely did he make shockwaves by releasing politically charged anthem This Is America however his star flip as Lando Calrissian in Disney’s Han Solo origin film and his hilarious internet hosting of Saturday Evening Stay additionally obtained individuals speaking. Might the subsequent step be a function within the new Def Jam recreation?
As a person who has had a number of beefs of his personal, together with public callouts of Drake, Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, and even Girl Gaga, Infantile Gambino can be well-suited for Def Jam. His appearing skills would lend themselves effectively to no matter narrative and cutscenes the Def Jam growth group cooks up whereas his friendship with Probability the Rapper might additionally make for some good tag-team takedowns.
Few rappers have garnered headlines and controversy like Kanye West. Whereas few would doubt that his musical expertise is immense (By means of The Wire stays a traditional), his beefs with everybody from Taylor Swift, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, and Wiz Khalifa which have had individuals speaking simply as a lot.
Ye’s help for Donald Trump additionally divided his followers, making him a contentious however entertaining decide for the Def Jam character roster. Loads would both like to settle some beefs as Kanye’s or settle their very own beef with the rapper by taking him on.
As talked about, Huge Sean beforehand discovered himself focused by Kendrick Lamar in the course of the latter’s epic verse on Management (HOF). Though Sean has stated publicly that he had no plans to vary his personal verse on the tune in response – even when Kendrick did diss him – Management (HOF) didn’t make it onto Huge Sean’s album both.
Huge Sean’s beef with Kendrick has been of a lot dialogue within the 5 years since, stoked by Kendrick’s subliminal pictures on the rapper (The Coronary heart Half four additionally appears to take intention at his former collaborator) and interviews. Nonetheless, regardless of Huge Sean’s protests that Kendrick didn’t “wash” him along with his Management verse, it appears that evidently the 2 males haven’t formally squashed their beef. both. The subsequent Def Jam recreation could possibly be a great alternative to make that occur (in a fictional universe not less than), particularly as Huge Sean is definitely a Def Jam Recording artist.
Whereas sure artists on this checklist (taking a look at you Drake and Nicki Minaj) have had their justifiable share of feuds, the title of “largest beefer” undoubtedly goes to Azealia Banks. Plainly the 212 MC isn’t out of the headlines for her controversial feedback in opposition to fellow business names.
Simply a number of the individuals Miss Banks has criticized embody Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, Remy Ma, Iggy Azalea, Rihanna, Erykah Badu, Lil’ Kim, Rita Ora, Zayn Malik, Beyonce, Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, A$AP Rocky, and T.I. (who starred in a earlier recreation, Def Jam: Icon). Azealia has even gotten into it with (then) 14-year outdated Disney star, Skai Jackson. Azealia could possibly be the catalyst for all types of drama in a Def Jam recreation and, given her historical past, the narrative would appear completely plausible.
It’s vital to notice new Def Jam has but to be formally introduced, that means that it’s simply as potential that the Def Jam Recordings teaser was simply that – a teaser – and nothing extra. Watch this area for official information although; hopefully, a few of these picks will make the character roster.