Kanye West is a mercurial man: remember how many times he changed the title for the album that eventually became The Life of Pablo? Earlier this year, he claimed that his next album would be titled “Turbo Grafx 16.” Judging from some recent Instagram posts, it’s possible that Kanye wasn’t joking about hitting some “super nerd vibes” with his follow-up.
As spotted by neoGAF, hip hop producer Pete Rock—who previously worked with Kanye on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy—posted a few videos online recently, where he claims to be “in da lab with Kanye West.” In these posts, you can spot what appears to be either a track list or a sample list:
It’s a roster that includes somewhat esoteric games such as No More Heroes, Red Steel 2, Sin & Punishment 2, along with more popular games, like Super Mario Galaxy, Resident Evil and Silent Hill. Some have speculated that it may even be Kanye’s handwriting, though it’s hard to tell. Many are hoping this list is a nod to what we can expect from Kanye’s album.
While the list is prominently displayed Rock’s workspace, it’s also possible this is just a random piece of paper in the studio; maybe someone has a backlog of old games to clear. Who knows! I for one am crossing my fingers that this turns out to be legit, and that consequently, the world gains a renowned interest in cool Wii games following the eventual release of Turbo Grafx 16. It seems plausible: some of the biggest hits of the last few years, such as Hotline Bling, sampled video games. Kanye himself continued the long hip hop tradition of sampling Street Fighter recently with the song FACTS.
Then again, this sure is a long list of non Turbo Grafx 16 games. What the heck, Kanye?