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Levar Allen remixes "Super Mario Bros." theme into poignant life metaphor, achieves high score

Weirdest thing: It was just the other day that we were thinking, "Man, the world needs more hip-hop-inflected tunes that use video game samples for the beats and video game metaphors to explain life." And then today, guess what we find? Yep, that exact thing. Coincidence?

Our tune is "Game Over," by YouTube star Levar Allen. It mixes some rapping with a little soulful singing and some clever beats made up of chopped-up samples from Super Mario Bros. What's even more clever is the way that Super Mario Bros. is used as a metaphor for life's little challenges.

We all remember thinking similar thoughts in our tween years as we struggled to clear the castles and find that damn warp world. "Man," we'd think. "This is just like life, and the lessons we're learning here will someday make us better people." And here we are today, better people, thanks to video games. And by better people, we mean "people who appreciate music that uses video games as a metaphor for life." What else would we mean?

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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