I became familiar with MoneyNetwork through an episode of Baby Lion‘s wonderful Rappers Playing Games (RPG) series, and I’ve been keeping an eye out for his drops ever since. About a month ago, he dropped a video for Apple Butter that hit a handful of nostalgic checkboxes perfect. The look and editing of the video are made to mirror late 1980’s or early 1990’s TV sitcoms like Fresh Prince of Bel Air or Saved By The Bell without sacrificing the economy and format of a traditional music video, with many of the aesthetic choices executed perfectly. On a personal note, I remember spending tons of time with my crew at the bowling alley this video was shot at, and though it has changed names and looks over the years, it is largely the same spot in spirit. The tune is catchy, the video is memorable, so I heavily recommend checking it out and doing all the like/comment/share moves.
Like many hip-hop lovers my age, minds were blown when Wu-Tang Clan popped up in a fighting game on the PS1 in the form of Wu-Tang : Shaolin Masters, so it was only a matter of time before it found its way to Protextor‘s Baby Lion series, the infamous Rappers Playing Games (RPG). The San Antonio-based MC known as Axiom was responsible for bringing the game through, which is appropriate, because he drops tons of knowledge on his perspectives and experience in hip-hop very much in the vein of how many of the Wu-Tang artists look at the world. Most every game and conversation had on Rappers Playing Games (RPG) is enjoyable, but there’s something about this particular combination of game and conversation that resonates on a supreme level. Dig this one and dig it good, leave a like and a comment, and share it around for others to do the same.
Baby Lion is keeping it moving right along with a new episode of Protextor‘s amazing series, Rappers Playing Games (RPG). For this edition, Austin hip-hop scene member and proponent Cort Sikes stopped by to challenge Protextor to a game of Super Mario Kart on the SNES. Cort reminisces on his entry into the Austin hip-hop scene via the Texas Battle League and the peers he met along the way, his introduction to Protextor via the Austin Mic Exchange (AMX), and more, all the while dropping knowledge on the local culture and which racers run the Mario Kart tracks. You already know the drill with this series… like, comment, share and subscribe!
It’s been a short bit, but Rappers Playing Games (RPG) is back at it again with the fresh Baby Lion content. This time around, Laredo-born and Austin-bred rapper Aggie stopped by to pay Protextor a visit for a quick GTA: San Andreas session. The two wreak havoc in the digital world while speaking on stress relief and sentience, and in between the romps with the cops, the two discuss Aggie‘s creative process, as well as his attempts at living in the two very different worlds that are Laredo and Austin (and their respective cultures), and even his attempts at being a good man to those he loves (and who love him). Most every episode of Rappers Playing Games (RPG) is entertaining, but the candidness of this particular interview is eye-opening and stays with you. Check out the series, be sure to leave a like and a comment on this video, and share it around so others can check it out too.
If you don’t already know, I personally think that the Baby Lion series known as Rappers Playing Games (RPG) is one of the best things happening on YouTube right now, and it has nothing to do with the fact that Protextor is someone I consider a friend and a peer. For the latest episode, the infinitely talented no1mportant stopped by for a quick session on the Sega Genesis classic Mortal Kombat 3 Ultimate, as well as a stroll down memory lane. Both of these guys are incredibly smart, cultured and have a diverse set of knowledge, and their conversation certainly reflects that. Get hip to this show if you’re not already, share it around so others can do the same, and feel free to leave a like or comment (if not both) for good measure.
Rappers Playing Game (RPG) recently sat down with Austin local hip-hop legend Willie B over a game of TMNT : The Hyperstone Heist (keeping in line with TMNT Month for the show), and the two had quite the interesting conversation. Topics as diverse as the chemistry of the TMNT team, Willie B‘s numerous creative projects, his musical journey, influences and more are all touched on. (RPG) has gone from being a good idea to a wonderfully insightful bit of programming, and it improves with each episode, so if you’ve not done so already, definitely subscribe to Baby Lion to be in on the ground floor when new content is released. As always, leave a like or a comment, and be sure to share this around!
Way before Rappers Playing Games (RPG) and Baby Lion were a thing, Protexter was paying dues weekly at Spider House Ballroom with Austin Mic Exchange. It took more than Protextor, however, to make that happen, and one of the key cogs in the machine was N∆TE, the self-proclaimed Casey Jones of the rap game, Austin or otherwise. It makes it doubly fitting, then, that he would stop by to discuss his upcoming release The Ballad of Casey Jones over a session of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II : The Arcade Game. Check it out, because you already know what you’re getting when Baby Lion is behind the content.
Protextor and the Baby Lion collective are doing great things with Rappers Playing Games (RPG), with each episode getting sharper and sharper in terms of both presentation and interviews. The latest guest, The Elephant in the Room, stopped by to do some sparring via Sega‘s Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers fighting game, while simultaneously speaking about the songwriting and production process, influences, their favorite aspects of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers and more. This is one of the most natural and organic conversations yet, as the mutual respect between Protextor and The Elephant in the Room is clear and obvious. Keep supporting this channel, and hopefully we can see things grow!
Protextor already did us a solid by being a co-creator of the Baby Lion YouTube channel, as well as the creator of the awesome show that is Rappers Playing Games (RPG), but he’s done us one better by creating a running Spotify playlist featuring the music of all guests that have graced the show thus far. Feral the Earthworm, Chucky Blk, myself, MC Homeless, MoneyNetwork, Born Soul and even Protextor himself appears on this wonderful playlist, so check it out asap, and spread it around so others can do the same!
Baby Lion really has something golden going on with Rappers Playing Games (RPG). In just a handful of episodes, Protextor has managed to continually have thought-provoking conversations with a vast array of individuals coming from many different schools of thought. Born Soul was the latest to drop by, and he broke down a bit about his musical legacy, the hip-hop that inspires him, and the path he took that has shaped him into the craftsman he is today. Subscribe to Baby Lion if you haven’t already, because it feels like the fun is just getting started.