Game music of the day: PaRappa the Rapper

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May 28, 2010

Above: Instructor Mooselini and PaRappa in the PSP version of the game

Game: PaRappa the Rapper
Song: Instructor Mooselini’s RAP
Composer: Masaya Matsuura

Above: Instructor Mooselini’s RAP

Today, we’d like to highlight one of our favorite songs from PaRappa the Rapper for your listening pleasure. The PlayStation rhythm game was packed with catchy tunes, clever rhymes, and great artwork.  It used a call and response format, which had players timing button presses to rap along with other characters. Maintaining a smooth flow was difficult at first; we remember failing at songs repeatedly as we did our best to help PaRappa, a rapping dog, win the heart of Suny Funny, a shy flower girl. But losing never sent us into a rage, because every track in the game’s soundtrack was so catchy and cheerful. Our favorite: Instructor Mooselini’s RAP, which kicks in when PaRappa is trying to earn his driver’s license so he can impress Sunny Funny.

TalkRadar fans may also remember that Capcom’s Community Editor Seth Killian pointed out that the melody in Instructor Mooselini’s RAP might have been plagiarized in TalKRadar 45. Have a listen to Turtles Have Short Legs, a song from the German experimentalist rock group Can – and let us know what you think. It sounds like a note-for-note rip-off.

Above: Turtles Have Short Legs by Can. Sounds pretty familiar, doesn't it?

May 28, 2010

Game music of the day: River City Ransom
Fast-paced beats that will rock you with nostalgia

Soundtracks you didn’t know were stolen
Beautiful music blatantly ripped off from existing tunes


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  • BrushieTundra - June 4, 2010 4:30 a.m.

    Cangate redux!
  • SenorHurt - May 31, 2010 11:49 p.m.

    I have never played the game. But this song is very catchy...and very similar to the song by Can. Thanks for sharing such a catchy tune. Now excuse me while I try to find myself a copy of this game somewhere.
  • kneehighsocks - May 30, 2010 4:17 a.m.

    I love this! Also is there any way to see a list of all the GMOTD articles so far?
  • sleepy92ismypsn - May 30, 2010 2:05 a.m.

    this song brings back good memories i love parappa the rappa i wish the same devs would make PTR3 for PS3
  • EsotericFerret - May 30, 2010 12:46 a.m.

    I loved this game so much. I wish I could go back and make my younger self not get rid of it when I did.
  • crazytar - May 29, 2010 10:52 p.m.

  • TURbo - May 29, 2010 1:16 p.m.

    Masaya Matsuura should have a dildo rammed in his asshole for every note he copied from Can.
  • TURbo - May 29, 2010 1:15 p.m.

    Masaya Matsuura is no "composer".
  • philipshaw - May 29, 2010 10:28 a.m.

    This game was so awesome back in the day and still stands up today. I still have my PS1 copy which you can put into the CD player and listen to the soundtrack; the music is so cheerful and catchy
  • Ban - May 29, 2010 2:52 a.m.

    Yes you Can-gate
  • shyfonzie - May 28, 2010 10:53 p.m.

  • zigs - May 28, 2010 9:48 p.m.

    Parappa's music is just awesome. Pure and simple awesome, love the damn game :)
  • CH3BURASHKA - May 28, 2010 9:09 p.m.

    The world has never been the same for me after Can-gate. My very existence is a wisp of smoke. BTW never played Parappa.
  • therawski - May 28, 2010 9:06 p.m.

    It would be impossible to suggest that it wasn't a complete ripoff unless someone could point out the music theory that went into it to really see that, reminds me of Joe Satriani suing Coldplay, or Vanilla Ice and David Bowie. But most hip-hop has been about sampling anyway, it's expected and people like it!
  • MB2KSpicules - May 28, 2010 9:05 p.m.

    Great choice for GMOTD! I played this game over 10 years ago and I still regularly belt out in the shower or whilst driving: "Check and turn, the signal to the turn to the right!"
  • BleedingHatMcGillicutty - May 28, 2010 8:45 p.m.

    While it is a rip-off it's not note for note. Can's song goes down while PaRappa'a goes up.
  • AFTERLIFEJOSH - May 28, 2010 8:36 p.m.

    This song is totally a rip off of Turtles have short legs, but i still enjoy it. I wish they would make a new PaRappa the Rapper.
  • Mexicutioner - May 28, 2010 8:35 p.m.

    Oh who could forget Can-gate? My life will never be the same.....