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Black Materia: Final Fantasy VII

January 31, 2011 | Format: MP3

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At what time and at what place could an album like this exist? Here. Now. That's it.

Obviously the artists involved on this project experienced something more than just entertainment when they played Final Fantasy 7. They were most likely drawn in to a world too fantastic enough to be our own but grounded in enough reality to make it palatable, with characters too eccentric to actually be our friends but emotional enough that we understand, root, and fight for them. For many, FF7 was a flawed RPG with typical anime inspired art and a calculated swelling score; but for a few of us, Final Fantasy 7 reached into our hearts and showed us the kind of person we wanted to be with a gaming experience that will never be rivaled.

Black Materia exists for people like myself, and I assume like the artists Random and Lost Perception, who still get chills when they hear a few bars from the score of the game. The album plays much like the game does, a kinetic nebulous narrative packed with enough emotion to make your inner 13-year old weep. With Black Materia we get all of the story of Final Fantasy 7, explained through raps more competently than any synopsis could do justice. Verse by verse Random can pack that visceral punch with every rhyme showing how he can connect himself with this universe and bring it to life for others. Over the aforementioned swelling Uematsu score from the game, we get some of the most catchy and surprising beats to come out of anyone's MP3 player.

I downloaded the free preview of the album the other day which came with several tracks... it blew me away. If you are on the fence about purchasing this then I'd suggest to check out the previews and find out for yourself that this concept actually does work (Google it). It is in the simplest of terms, amazing, and for myself and others like me- it is the album we never knew we were waiting for.
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Ran has been a fan favorite for years when it comes to video game tribute music. Black Materia lyrically steps on the shoulders of previous releases. It also has the advantage of relying on the incredible music of FInal Fantasy. Random retells the story of Final Fantasy 7 in a way that refreshes an old game. I love this album, and hope to hear more from Random soon!
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I love Final Fantasy. I love hard rock and metal. I'm not a rap fan -- but I am a music fan -- and I think this album is great! It creatively tells parts of the FF7 story from the perspective of different characters, using the respective themes for each of the characters as the background samples. If you're a Final Fantasy 7 and a rap fan, then this album is an easy recommendation. If you love FF7 and just appreciate good, creative music, then I say give this album a try. If you just don't like rap/hip-hop, then there's a lot of other Final Fantasy albums out there for you. I also love the rock/metal Black Mages albums -- but this album by Mega Ran absolutely deserves recognition and represents FF7 respectfully and artistically. But make no mistake, it's decidedly a rap album.
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For any FF7 fan this soundtrack is a MUST! It's just plain awesome! The lyrics, the music ... I can't say enough good stuff. It just takes you there! I hope that Mega Ran and Lost Perception put some more albums together (maybe FF8?).
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I have a confession to make: I've never played Final Fantasy. Although I've owned virtually every console that the game has been featured on, including the Super Nintendo, and Playstation's one through three, I've yet to play a single minute of a single game. I've never been one who was into RPG's to start with, plus I don't have the patience or attention span, I don't believe, to sit and pay attention and keep track of all the potions and spells and stuff like that.

I was always more prone to liking fighting games or God of War type hack/slace games. Basically give me a few weapons and let me tear up some monsters/demons/bad guys is my motto.

So when I heard my man Mega Ran was going to be putting out an album based on Final Fantasy VII I was interested, but not entirely sold on it. Mega Ran's already proven that he can unleash some creativity when it comes to his music, as shown by Forever Famicom, the collaboration between himself and producer K-Murdock which featured Mega Ran's raps over old school NES/SNES based beats.

Now admittedly that wasn't my thing. I bought it and supported the project -- because that's what you do with true innovative music: you support it, because the labels won't -- but I think the old school Nintendo beats just didn't do anything for me. It was tight as hell how the production ended up, and Ran's lyricism is never in question, but it just wasn't for me.

So I didn't know what to expect. Would it feature more of the seriousness of his "RANDOM" disography, or more to the video game "Mega Ran" discography in which it's a bit more relaxed and fun? Well, I have to say that I feel "Black Materia" creates a proper balance between the two.

I do have to point out that this feels like an "inside joke" of sorts.
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It's so nice to hear a creative rap artist again -- instead of the pimps and hoes, gangta' whining, cop shooting, drug abusin', lyrics that proliferates the mainstream. This album brings the storytelling back to rap.
While "Random" doesn't always hit the mark with every track, every great journey has a few bumps.
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