The original Xbox not only played music CDs, but could even rip them to its hard drive. You could then bump those tunes without needing the CD, but that wasn’t all. A few games, like minigame extravaganza Fuzion Frenzy, could even harness the hard drive’s stored music for themselves! Surely it would be used for good!
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha yeah right.
When I, at the meek age of about 14 or 15, found out about the music-ripping capabilities of the Xbox, there were two albums in particular on which I first ventured to try it: N.W.A’s classic record Straight Outta Compton, and their more obscure debut/compilation N.W.A. and the Posse. Why them specifically? No clue!!
I think it was a a little bit after that when I realized that Fuzion Frenzy had an option for playing music from my hard drive during the minigames. I turned that option on. It was the best decision.
Envision it, if you dare: Four players in colorful outfits, riding Troncycles and clashing with each other in hamster balls to the sounds of old school West Coast gangsta rap. The simultaneous combination of on-brand—this game aiming to be the more “hip” and “street” Mario Party and such—yet comically inappropriate was endlessly amusing.
The brightest highlight was whenever “Dopeman” came on. One of N.W.A’s best tracks in numerous versions, it should be pointed out, including the Straight Outta Compton remix, which is probably most well-known. But the rendition that really shined in Fuzion Frenzy was the original, as found on N.W.A and the Posse. The reason why is simple: That stupid fucking “Funky Worm” synth solo blasting forth in its first moments. Having that on blast during a minigame is hilarious, transcendent in it moronic totality.
Plus, Ice Cube’s commanding presence in this showstopper of a performance is always gripping and catchy, no matter the loopiness of an occasion, especially when laid over a beat this killer.
On a slight tangent, just because it’s essential to mention this, my brother and I might have also ripped the Shrek 2 soundtrack to the Xbox in the name of Fuzion Frenzy usage. My memory is a bit hazy on if we really did this, though, or if we just considered it, but I’m almost positive this was indeed a thing.
We trafficked in only the best ideas.