If you're a fan of nerdcore music and you haven't heard of Richie Branson, you and I have been living under the same rock. Howdy, neighbor. Richie Branson is a rapper/producer who has produced Billboard charting songs for some of the industries top artists. He's also a fan of anime and video games and other nerdy things and raps about them on the Internet. Quite well, I might add. Last Tuesday he released #OtakuTuesdays Vol. II Mixtape, a collection of songs inspired by some of my favorite anime series and games. I've been waiting to hear a good nerdcore artist tackle the music from Bowser's Castle and Branson delivers.
"I'm fly like I'm in a tanuki suit, bitch!"Another of my favorites off of this album is Toguro Dreams, which retells the story of Toguro from Yu Yu Hakosho. True to his Otaku MC reputation, Branson highlights one of the things Hip Hop and Anime have in common: compelling storytelling. This song reminds me of other great songs, "It Was A Good Day," "Brenda's Got A Baby," "Children's Story." It's the same thing, but about a nine-foot tall demon fighting an undead high school student. The other thing Richie Branson is known for is HELPING TO REVIVE TOONAMI!! And we already know my feelings about that block of programming, so I was beyond excited when Adult Swim started the hashtag #BringBackToonami earlier this year. Apparently, so was Branson. He released a rap which helped push interest even further and now #ToonamiIsBackBitches, thanks in part to Richie Branson and us, the fans! Keep an ear our for some music he produced next time you're watching Toonami. #OtakuTuesdays Vol. II and the equally awesome Vol. I offer 45 minutes of hot Otaku rhymes and beats that appeal to the nerd and the hip hop head in us all, all for free. If you grew up with Toonami, you need this these mixtapes. Listening to the tracks about Outlaw Star, Gundam Wing, or Cowboy Bebop take you right back to when you rushed home after school and tuned in to see something unique and impressive; two words that sum up Richie B's music perfectly. Go grab the latest, Vol. II, right here and click here for Vol. I. And show your support by purchasing Richie Branson's N.E.R.D. EP here. Don't worry, it stands for "Nothing Ever Requires Discipline," so Pharrell won't be suing for acronym infringement. This album features another of my nerdcore favorites, Random aka Mega Ran. So, now that we both know who Richie Branson is, keep an eye on his website for new releases and have fun blasting all of that new music. But not too loud, neighbor. I can't hear myself drink over here. Cheers, JD