If you’re wondering what this image is, yes: it’s a silhouette of a chocobo with the iconic Wu-Tang “W” cut out. And yes, that can only mean one thing: someone finally mashed up key verses from the Wu-Tang Clan with songs from Final Fantasy VI. The end result is about as whacky as you’d expect.
The album is called Final Fantasy – The 3-6 Chambers, which is a cheeky reference to the Wu Tang’s classic debut album Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers. Well, that and the fact that it’s drawing from FFVI specifically, seeing as it was released today to honour the game’s 20th anniversary (at least for its presence in the US). It’s made by a composer and remix artist who goes by the handle 2 Mello, and was previously best known in the video game world for Chrono Jigga, a similar mashup album that combined Jay-Z verses with music from the legendary RPG Chrono Trigger. You can listen to all of The 3-6 chambers on 2 Mello’s website, but here’s a taste:
“Besides being my favourite hip-hop collective and favourite JRPG, there is a similarity that made me choose FFVI’s music and story to mix with Wu-Tang songs,” 2 Mello said of The 3-6 Chambers in an email to Kotaku. “Even though nearly every Final Fantasy game focuses on a group, a party of characters, the characters from FFVI have always resonated particularly strongly with me.”
“That idea of a strong group with varied personalities coming together to try and save the world reminded me strongly of what I feel Wu-Tang accomplished when they came on the hip-hop scene,” he concluded.
Listen to the whole album here.