A rapper, lyricist, and Overwatch fan pens a song dedicated to each and every one of the heroes within Blizzard Entertainment’s wildly popular first-person shooter.
While some gaming fans are pondering whether or not Overwatch will eventually go on to enhance eSports’ popularity, others are thinking about the game in a much different way by using Blizzard’s multiplayer first-person shooter as inspiration to write songs. As it happens, the self-proclaimed “British geek” rapper named Dan Bull who spits verses about “games, politics, the Internet, and feelings” has just recently put together a blazing track about every character in the game, and posted it to his YouTube channel.
For those unfamiliar with Dan Bull, Overwatch isn’t the first video game that he’s covered with his songwriting abilities. In the past, the UK rapper penned an extremely popular tune about Bethesda’s critically-acclaimed The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, and even showed some love to another game published by the Maryland-based studio by rapping about the Arkane Studios-developed stealth-action title Dishonored.
As seen in Dan Bull’s video below for Overwatch, not only are his verses chock full of a marvelous wordplay, cheeky turns of phrase, and an impeccably dexterous flow that can stop on a dime and change direction at a moment’s notice, but also the music itself is wonderful, with a chorus that’s absolutely on point. With this being the case, even if there are some gamers out there who may not happen to be rap fans, they should take a chance on this song, because they may walk away surprised with the production’s extremely high quality.
Of course, Dan Bull isn’t the only MC to use his microphone prowess to espouse verses about video games. There are plenty out there, such as the 2000 track of Del the Funky Homosapien’s “Proto Culture,” which features the rapper detailing his love affair with the medium while masterfully flowing over a beat that samples the character Morrigan’s theme song from Darkstalkers. Naturally, the trend continues to this day, as more recently, a fan of Bungie’s current sci-fi shooter created a Destiny rap video about its Exotic Weapons.
As far as Overwatch itself goes, though, Blizzard’s multiplayer shooter is set to become one of this year’s most favored releases. Interestingly enough, the player stats for the game’s first week after the official launch show that it had upwards of seven million people taking part in the title’s gameplay. Not to mention, taking into consideration the fact that developers have introduced ranked play on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, the game’s popularity is sure to become even more intense.
What did you think about Dan Bull’s Overwatch rap? Which of the game’s characters do you believe got the best lyrical treatment? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Overwatch is out now and is available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.