Serious question: Was "Hotline Bling" the REAL song of the summer? Was everything else that we've ever known to be true also a lie?
The tropical-vibin' Drake song that's quite likely an ode to booty calls dropped at the tail end of July, but it's hung around in our collective consciousness because of its addictive-yet-simple hook -- "You used to call me on the cell phone" -- and its laid-back, luxurious musical atmosphere. At this point, everyone from Sam Smith and Disclosure to Erykah Badu has covered it, and the Kehlani/Charlie Puth remix is pretty dope as well.
But no variation on "Hotline Bling" has prepared us for this one, courtesy of Tumblr user Seth Everman. As The FADER points out, Everman has mashed up "Hotline Bling" with three stone-cold classic Nintendo 64 games: "The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time", "Super Mario 64" and "Mario Kart 64". And it totally works.
But what is the music that so perfectly wraps around Drake's rich baritone in this particular mash-up?
The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time
In addition of being one of the most celebrated video games of all time, 1998's "Ocarina Of Time" is remembered for having a layered, creative and immersive soundtrack (true to its title, especially on "Lost Woods" here). The man behind the noise, Koji Kondo, is an absolute veteran of the industry and also worked on the music for "Super Mario 64" -- as well as dozens of other "Zelda" and "Mario" titles.
Super Mario 64
Another Kondo composition, the 1996 "Super Mario 64" soundtrack was as bouncy and seemingly limitless as the game's brand new three-dimensional gameplay -- and the uncharted worlds that lie in wait to be explored.
Mario Kart 64
If you have to be told what "Mario Kart" is, then GET OUT NOW. Just kidding. But seriously, find a friend or an older cousin or an uncle or something who still has an N64 in their basement, and play this game immediately. You'll hear the colorful, whimsical work of Kenta Nagata, and you'll legitimately have the most fun you've ever had in your life.