The air is thick, and the lights are low. You stand offstage reflecting on everything you've gone through. From writing lyrics on scraps of paper to battling in the clubs, you have held your head high throughout. You've freestyled with the best emcees around, created beats and dropped rhymes just to make it. You've been waiting for this moment your whole life and as the crowd chants your name you realize that the time has come. You grab the mic and as you rush onstage the crowd erupts with a roar, the lights go up and the beat drops you're a Rapstar.
Def Jam Rapstar gives players the opportunity to experience the essence of what hip-hop is the music, the battles and the swagger. Focusing exclusively on hip-hop, Def Jam Rapstar gives players the chance to become the star by rhyming, creating videos and sharing them with the world. Showcase your poetic prowess as you perform some of hip-hop's greatest songs or kick your own lyrics over beats composed by the industry's hottest producers. Sing and rap with a friend in Duet mode to achieve the highest combined score, or vie for hip-hop supremacy as you challenge them in Battle mode. Use your Xbox LIVE Vision camera to create a video of your performance and upload it online to share it with the world. Do you have what it takes to become a Rapstar?
Experience the essence of hip-hop with the music, the battles and of course the swagger
Grab the mic and see how you fare with more than 40 songs spanning the history of hip-hop from all music labels
Kick it with songs by some of the greatest hip-hop legends, including 2 Pac, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Notorious B.I.G., Kanye West, Wu Tang Clan and more
Proprietary voice recognition technology gauges lyrical accuracy and also measures your pitch and timing for precise scoring in real time
Freestyle mode lets you drop your own lyrics over well-known producer's beats to show you have what it takes
Compete locally with a friend for the highest score in Battle mode or sing and rap together in Duet mode to achieve the highest combined score on any given song
Create a video of your performance using the Xbox LIVE Vision camera and upload it to www.DefJamRapstar.com an integrated online community where budding emcees can share videos with the world to become a star (Xbox Live Vision camera not included)
Features hot tracks, including "Juicy" by the Notorious B.I.G., "Gold Digger" by Kanye West and Jamie Foxx, "A Milli" by Lil' Wayne and "I Get Around" by 2 Pac
Also includes "I Get Money" by 50 Cent, "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang" by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, Slick Rick's "Children's Story," "Live Ya Life" by T.I. and Rihanna, Wu Tang Clan's "C.R.E.A.M." and "Put On" by Young Jeezy and Kanye West
Compatible with all third-party microphones on the market
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