Cyberpunk 2077 Musicians Explained

Cyberpunk 2077 Musicians Explained

Greeting Earthlings!
Welcome to the MadQueen Show! I am your host the MadQueen. On today’s menu, we have a new Cyberpunk
2077 video for you, and today we’re going to explain why you should be hyped with the
incredible list of musicians that were announced during the Game Awards to be working on the
soundtrack of Cyberpunk 2077. This list of names makes one thing very clear: the process of curation to find the most suitable music is not reduced to simply find songs
or styles that would fit this universe, but behind of this decision there is a will of
taking the speculative fantasy of the Cyberpunk genre one step beyond and also speculate about
how music would evolve in the future, as every single artist in this list is known for being
innovative and ground-breaking in their field, and opening the door for musicians coming
after them to evolve their genres and style. If you want to listen to their music you’ll
find in the description a link to the Spotify list where you’ll find a representative
sample of each of them. First, we have Grimes, the artist that is
not only going to participate in the soundtrack, she’s also going to voice a character inside
the game, the controversial Rockergirl Lizzy Wizzy Frontwoman of the band Lizzy Wizzy and
the Metadrarves, that we could see for the first time in the 2018’s trailer. Grimes is the artistic name of Claire Elise
Boucher, a Canadian singer, composer, producer, and visual and performing artist, whose style can be defined as Aphex Twin went to a spiritual retirement with Kenji Kawai and decided to
take some drugs for the road. And this is obviously not an insult, if you
don’t like Aphex Twin or Kenji Kawai please get away from my planet. She also has more synth-pop moments in case techno-mystical psychedelic pop is too much for you, her range amalgamates a very interesting combination of styles, In 2018 she broke up with her label before releasing her 5th Album and she did some notable collaborations meanwhile, being the most notable her appearance in the
segment Pink of Janelle Monáe’s film and album Dirty Computer, you’ll find a link
in the description, seriously, watch it. Someone with such a musical range is a very
interesting proposal, the list of her musical influences can be written using a complete
toilet toll, and she really evolves the genres she steps into, so I think she’s an exceptional
pick for a futuristic controversial Rockergirl. Next on the list, we have Run the Jewels,
which is kinda funny because, back in the day, when I first talked about the music in
the trailer that we saw past E3 by Sleep Steady, you know, the hip hop song at the beginning
of the trailer, I wrongly thought it was from Run the Jewels and I made a video about it
super hyped CD Projekt Red got them for the soundtrack, until I was corrected, but in
the end can I say I was unintentionally half right? Run the Jewels is a Hip Hop duo composed by
the rapper and producer El-P and the rapper Killer Mike, apart from appearing in the soundtrack
of Marvel’s Venom, you know, this film that would’ve been much better if they didn’t
shy away from showing the violence, come on, it’s Venom, and in Black Panther’s trailer,
this is not the only relationship of the duo with Marvel, as in 2016 the comics company
paid tribute to the duo in covers of Deadpool and Howard the Duck. And if all this didn’t sound awesome enough, they were also collaborators of the real-life rockerboy Zack de la Rocha, frontman of the
emblematic band Rage Against the Machine, and the list of awesome names doesn’t end
here, it includes Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails, Chino Moreno from Deftones and the
Mars Volta. Natives of the New York underground hip hop
scene, these innovative rappers were both heavily influenced by this movement at the
end of the 80s that started mixing metal with hip hop and that a decade later would be absorbed my mainstream, erased of its very distinct personality, and would become the very successful
nu-metal. Which is odd, because it was only called Nu
Metal if it was on the MTV. But instead of evolving to Nu Metal, Run the
Jewels, kept their rebel roots and their belligerent leftist lyrics evolving towards hardcore hip
hop or even alternative hip hop, where the word Alternative go figure what it means,
is one of the most useless labels in music, because it means everything and nothing at
the same time. Refused is a band that we already knew were
going to participate in the soundtrack as they are Samurai, the band of the Rockerboy
Johnny Silverhand, portrayed by Keanu Reeves in the video game. Refused is a punk-rock Swedish band, sometimes
also labeled as Post-hardcore because, first, you actually need to be British to be punk,
I can think of accepting Poles in this category due to their famous Punk Scene, but I think
the people of Refused has a certain care for their hygiene so, yes, post-hardcore, and obviously this is a joke, not a dick,
so don’t take it hard. This band was very influential at the turn
of the century, in the late 90s they released a record called The Shape of Punk to Come,
that intended to be an evolution of the very stuck hardcore scene of the 90s, that was
mainly dominated by Californian bands like NoFx or Bad Religion, and their experimentation
attempts brought them to mix classic punk and screamo, with electronica, post-rock,
and jazz, what a combination, as it always happens with works that are ahead of their
time, this record was hated by critics and public alike and they needed a decade to start accepting this groundbreaking combination to become one of the most influential records in the scene of the early 2000s, so you can guess, they released a remastered version
of The Shape of Punk to Come in 2004. As you can see, Refused is a great choice
to represent the music style of Samurai, called Chrome Rock, because clearly, they know how to evolve punk-rock, in fact, they were the ones teaching the rest of the bands how to
do it. A$AP Rocky is the stage name of the American
rapper, songwriter, record producer, model, actor, and music video director Rakim Mayers. Heavily influenced by Harlem-based rappers of the 90s, like the Diplomats, Rocky made a name for himself at the head of the new
wave of the Harlem Renaissance, with his particular sound that is quite far of the typical “New
York Sound”, although as it always happens in mainstream, he seems to be better known
for his personal life than for his groundbreaking artistic achievements. But music is not his only strong suit, as
he also developed a taste for visual arts, making visual experimentation and psychedelia his signature on the video clips he directed. Gazelle Twin is a very interesting and innovative British electronic music composer and producer, who mixes this very famous and traditional British satire with cyberpunk-ish themed lyrics that sing about revolution and fighting an oppressive system, all this in a background of dark experimental electronics and a touch of folk every now and then, because why not. Her last record Pastoral has often been compared with the writings of the proto-cyberpunk writer James Ballard, maybe because she never hid the books “High-Rise” and “Kingdom Come” were a very strong influence for her to compose this album, although she certainly comes from a current of industrial and noise that had a very solid base in the early 2000s thanks to artists like Autechre, Venetian Snares
or Aural Blasphemy, although back then there were zillions of subgenres, so let’s not
enter into this. But don’t worry, she also has her very much
Bjork moments for when dissonance is too much for you. Without leaving the realms of experimental and Noise, we have Richard Devine, an experimental electronics composer and sound designer from Atlanta specialized in IDM and glitch, because there is nothing more cyberpunkish than data bending and circuit bending, but his strongest suit is not composing but sound design, field in which he’s a legend, his sound effects and sample libraries are exceptionally well
known: he makes the sounds that countless producers use to create their songs. As a producer, he has released six albums and has made several remixes for artists like Aphex Twin, Matthew Herbert, or Mike Patton, he has also worked extensively in advertising for major brands, films, tv, and video games, because this man is responsible for the sound design of DOOM 2016, well, part of it, a game
which sound design you heard me praising countless times and so should you, his work creating
additional sounds for the soundtrack makes Mick Gordon’s music even better. Ilan Rubin is an American multi-instrumentalist musician, singer, and composer, mainly known for playing drums with Nine Inch Nails. Do I need to say more? Ok, he also played with NoFx and composed songs for Angels & Airwaves, and has a world Guinness Record for being the youngest person to ever perform on a stage in Woodstock, when he was only 11 years old. Impressed yet? As a composer, his influences go from Led
Zeppelin, Muse, or Depeche Mode to Mozart and Bach, you can find his album the New Regime
on YouTube, I think you’re going to like it. When talking about people who are cutting-edge
in the electronic scene worldwide, Nina Kraviz is the name. This Russian DJ, music producer, and singer, delves into the realms of deep house, mixed with a little pop and ambient, and a pinch of industrial every now and then, what gives her a shade of very innovative retrofuturism. She started her career in the industry in
2008, and a little more than 10 years later she’s already considered by her peers as
a door opener to others in the scene, which also grants her the busiest touring schedules. Kraviz’s much-copied trademark is improvised
vocals, she just picks up a microphone and hits record, sometimes chopping what she records, sometimes leaving the recording as monologues. Deadly Hunta started off his career chatting on the Sound Systems African Roots and SkyJuice in the early Nineties, and in 1994 went to Jamaica where he got the opportunity to sing in Bobby Digital’s studio. From that moment he realized his connection with music and that it could become a career for him, and after 16 releases and being the
supporting act for people such as the Wu Tang Crew or Ice T, he’s known for his incredible energy on stage and his innovative mix of dancehall with hip hop, that he describes
as “the Jamaican lingo with the breakdowns and the flows of hip hop” that he delivers
with his fast ragga lyrics nicely apposed to more soulful sounds and hip hop flows. He doesn’t like to limit himself on any
golden decade of any style, so his influences go from the 80s to the present day: dancehall,
reggae. Hip Hop and 80s Pop. The artists that influenced him the most go from the rap of Busta Rhymes to the reggae of Sizzla, artist to which he’s compared
as his fresher version. Rat Boy is the stage name of Jordan Cardy, a British musician, and songwriter, who started being a known face in the indie scene by supporting of the always insufferable former frontman of Oasis Liam Gallagher, in his UK solo tour and later by being sampled by Kendrick Lamar. His style is often defined as hip hop punk,
and I would call it a mix between Beck, the Beasty Boys, and Sonic Youth on a good day, everything super “alternative scene of the 90s”, skateboard included. As it’s the divine mandate in someone composing for a Cyberpunk game, the subjects of his lyrics revolve mostly around social inequality. Apart from music he also storyboards his own
videoclips, which are incredibly nineties, and designed his own streetwear clothing brand called “Scum” Tina Guo is a Chinese-American cellist and
erhuist, you know, this instrument that in the west is called the “Chinese violin”,
but I would add to this credits that she’s also a stylist and a set designer because the work she does in the videos of her YouTube channel is amazing, you really should take
a look, I’ll put a link in the description, and also writer of philosophical prose and
poetry. Her training is classical and she has performed as a soloist with several orchestras, and at some point, she started experimenting with the possibility of mixing such a classical instrument as a cello with classic metal, testing several types of distortions in an attempt to make her cello sound like a guitar and the result is incredibly interesting, seriously, visit her YouTube channel, she
has a version of God of War’s theme that mixes orchestrated music with metal sounds, that she did in collaboration with Inon Zur, the composer of the Fallout saga, a song that
you’re going to thank me that I pointed you in that direction, if you didn’t know it already. She participated in the soundtrack of more
than 70 films and video games, including Inception, Dunkirk, and Batman V Superman with Hans Zimmer, or the video games Shadow of the Beast and Assassins’s Creed Syndicate. If you want a new crush in your life, you
found it. And this was the spectacular list of musicians
that was revealed during the Game Awards, as I said before, the most outstanding feature
of the members of this list is their eagerness to push the limits of their genres they develop,
so they sound like a great pick to create speculative music to sound in 2077. But in the words of CD Projekt RED, these
are “some of the artists” and not all of them, so we may discover more surprises
the next year. Well, folks, thanks for watching, if you like
what we do and you’d like us to keep doing it, please consider supporting us on Patreon, and don’t forget to leave a comment because I’m really curious if you knew these musicians and, if you didn’t, if I changed your perspective about the soundtrack now that you know who all these people are and where is CD Projekt RED going with this decision. See you in next videos and Stay Being Amazing.

Comments (74)

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  2. CDPR they going ALL THE WAY
    Thats why we love them
    And MQ too <3

  3. GRIMES appreciate power

  4. Oh by the way, you remember me complaining about CDPR not inviting Battle tapes? Well, I looked into it, and they just randomly happened to follow CDPR, CP2077 and many staff members of CDPR on twitter. They were also asked in an interview in July about it and they answered with a dodgy "I don't know". So hope for me is still not lost 😀

  5. Your video made me realise I know nothing about music. Time to learn! 🙂

  6. Sorry for any offence caused, but my favourite atm is Gazelle Twin (never even listened to this type of music b4, except Aphex Twin as the closest). Anti Body and Belly of the Beast favs tracks

  7. I think the key will be how the art style and music influence each other. I expect more new music of many kinds being inspired by the game. Also downright stealing of the visuals and art styles of cyberpunk 2077 showing up in music videos and background vids.

  8. very good info vid, one of the best you made

  9. It's Busta Rhymes as in words rhyming. Not Rythm. Otherwise, this was cool

  10. Grimes is also known as girlfriend of Elon Musk 🙂

  11. Hey MadQueen! I knew these musicians are something special, when they made you so distracted that you missed Grimes' performance and the video on "the net".
    Also, Youtube keeps recommending your videos now for me and not hide them. This means I'm showing the AI, who's the boss? 😀

  12. i need Killer Mike and Mike Pondsmith to come out and admit theyre related.

  13. This list tells me how dynamic and inventive the soundtrack will be. April will be a good month.
    But I'm not sure about ASAP, though.
    I guess I'm old an asshole but I don't like his stuff.

  14. I didn't know them all but I try listening to new things when I get time. Thanks for the list. 🤘👍

  15. Mad ponle subs que no me entero de nada jajaja

  16. Hmmm sadly I didn't know any of musicans, cause I'm not very muscial guy. But on the other hand I love the layout of these 'windows' that are heavily inspired by cp77 style. I wonder if there are some easter eggs in here.

  17. Let's see how everything wraps, but I don't think rap of any type can fit into the Cyberpunk atmosphere. I hope to be wrong and they pull out a more "ambient" rap, more similar to a trip-hop, cross fingers…

  18. I really wish CDPR hadn't included A$ap Rocky. Hopefully he isn't featured much in the game, or at the very least, easily avoided.
    Most of the others I had never heard of before this announcement, so I got no opinions about them.

  19. "Incredible List"!? Bah! Not one single artist in that list is from the actual underground. No Angerfist, Miss K8, Neophyte, Dyprax, D-Fence, Noize Suppressor, AniMe, MeccanoTwins, or Nolz, all TRUE underground, and all TRUE hardcore. R.I.P. the music of 2077.

  20. That's another intresting video i learn many things !
    CDPR introduce me Refused and WOW ! I lisent they music every day ! (You should add "366" and "Elektra" on your Spotify playlist ! Hard, but nice ! )

  21. Whoever built this lineup is a damn genius. The fact I didn’t know who Grimes was bothers me and I never really took the time to listen to rat boy but I’ve heard people say I’d like him. I do. They’re all unbelievable I feel like I don’t listen to enough music anymore.

  22. Wow, amazing list of artists. I'll definately check few of them. CDPR should add Aphex Twin and Lustmord to this list.

  23. Playing through the Witcher 3 again and damn this game has aged like fine wine. It’s SO GOOD! The music is incredible and I can’t wait for Cyberpunk.

  24. RTJ!!! 👉🏻🤛🏿

  25. You're always indispensable, MadQueen!

  26. An interest mix of styles and genres to be sure.

  27. I knew from the beginning that the soundtrack will be amazing. Every bit we heard so far is amazing.

  28. I might be reading too much into it but I really think there must a bigger meaning or hints in the "Grimes" music video. when Grimes "live" performed her dance, she is likely the character in the game Cyberpunk 2077 itself. Now we know that she will be the VA for famous music star in the game called "Lizzie Wizzie." From this point, we could assume that she was dancing as "Lizzie Wizzie" while at the end she was "netrunning," traveling into cyberspace. the video continue with her "avatar" performing something like a ritual dance in cyberspace, summoning a blue veins throughout the city, from the street & people. These blue veins became waves of power that gone airbone, traveled to a specific "place," engulfing the very place & the city …
    In any case, I would love to see what you think about the music video MQ.

  29. " this is a joke not a d!ck"

  30. I gotta say queen thank you so much for putting in so much effort for us you literally have enough videos to keep an obsessed cyberpunk newbie happy all the way up until this game finally releases and even more videos to keep me going while i play 😀 really thank you so much!

  31. Are there more then this i feel like there artist but there not saying

  32. You need to be British to be punk? Are you serious? Considering it was created by The Ramones…An American group. Not to mention Iggy and the Stooges (First Proto-punk album "Birdhouse" 1969)  Blue Cheer and the MC5.

  33. Thank you, this is a lot of extra information! Must say, they take the music very serious!

    Just in the very unlikely event the gameplay will be disapointing, we still have an amazing soundtrack 😉


    And yeah Aphec Twin are legendary. Everything Richard D James touches turns to gold.

  35. Deploying the >>> BLACK PANZER!!! <<<

  36. 2/3 of the way through and I was already overwhelmed by this list. And I about tearing up at the end – Tina Guo OMGdess!!!

  37. I've know a lot of those from their sound but never by name. You've given me a lot to follow up on and look out for. Super excited about every aspect of this game. Great coverage MQ!!

  38. :c aun no hay subtitulos :c

  39. 12:20 You ain't getting rid of us that easily 😛

  40. Why is Zamilska not here?? She's Polish and pure cyberpunk (Ruiner soundtrack).
    Listen to Army and you're automatically cyborg

  41. I'm most excited to see what run the jewels is gonna bring to the table… I wonder if we're gonna be able to create our own playlist of the songs in game because if so I'm making one of just them

  42. I didn't know I could get more hyped for this ost, let alone this gggaaammmeee!!!!

    Thank you, MadQueen!

  43. I really appreciate this video and the work you put in. I also really enjoy your accent and aware English is likely not your first language. That said, when you said "artistic" my uncultured Americsn ears only heard "autistic"…maybe I'm just projecting tho 😅🙏🏻

  44. I wonder what the music will sound like. Especially in 2077. Can't wait for april.

  45. I'm soo hyped for RTJ in 2077

  46. Very interesting, Thanks.
    I understood why you recommended this video for introducing CyberPunk2077 soundtrack.
    Certainly, these musicians are very desirable image for the CyberPunk World.

  47. Thank you for this amazing work of informations 👍🏼😘.

    Have Fun and nice days all 🎧📚🕹☕ 😉

    Only for you Madqueen:
    I like a lot and 'Crystal Castles' (new or old with Alice Glass) have great sounds too, even i don't know if ever music comes (a hidden Easter egg in one of my tracks…).
    I have some music ideas for the future too and maybe a make an "effect song" that is…
    Even so another funny idea comes, where maybe not all listeners don't know why I made this.
    And I don't know if I was the first that used the choirs of Omnisphere in a Song ('SCIFU7E – PATHFINDER'), but it was funny that 2 years later someone used the choir in a song too ['the Huntsman and the ice queen' (Halsey – Castle)]

  48. Meh for me cyberPunk is is either some thing like eerie as blade runner music or synth wave. for me personally i didn't like the artist list for CD projects rendition.

  49. Hey MadQ thank you for this very well done research. I never knew Trent Reznor has such talented drummer.

  50. 331th like cuz my internet broke for 9 hours.
    sad face

  51. Jesus, I seriously know knothing about contemporary western music.
    Thank you for putting together spotify list for reference.

  52. ¿No crees que el tema que presentaron en los Games Awards no tenia inspiracion en Bullets de Archive? por cierto Tina Guo participo con la famosa banda de Power Metal sueca Sabaton en Wacken

  53. "Obviously this is a joke, not a dick…" XD XD XD

  54. I can't tell you all how hyped I am for this game!! I have a problem though…I need to decide on a graphics card, lol. I'd LOVE to play this in 4k, but right now it's looking like there won't be anything that will be able to run this at 4k 60fps. What do you all think? Would I be better off trying for 1440p?

  55. weren't they just gonna use indie artists? what are all of these mainstream artists doing? certainly it increases the dystopian feel with all the shitty music

  56. I have a feeling that this soundtrack is going to be legendary 😱

  57. More rap and hip hop than actually synthetic music, that fits exactly with the world of the game. I'd much rather take perturbator, kivensky, carpenter brut and daft punk than most of these

  58. Travis Scott and The Weeknd would be sick

  59. Hey Madqueen, could you check out Jai Paul? I think he'd be a good fit for Cyberpunk as well. He also changed 2010's pop sound

  60. ASAP Rocky and Grimes suck

  61. I'm glad to see RTJ on the CyberPunk 2077 soundtrack.

  62. Run the Jewels is the greatest choice. To me they are the most important counter-authoritarian group on the level of stuff like Black Flag or Rage Against the Machine for this generation. Killer Mike is the definition of musical activist and I'm SO FUCKIN' STOKED to see his style translated into a cyberpunk setting.

  63. Thanks for doing this list! Some of these folks are peeps I've never heard of. I'll be checking them out. Maybe one day, I'll be able to add my name to the list :3

  64. I've been a huge fan of Aphex Twin since the early 2000s. I think I need to give Grimes a listen. I am still hoping for Dance with the Dead being in the Rocker Boys genre.

  65. One of the songs that you had from the list is from miracle of sound and marcin
    Can we get neon red in the game coz that on is so good and i want to drive while listening to it

    You said you didn't like the music much in 2018 demo did you mean the chippin in song
    Coz i loved that and like it more than the mew one :c
    Sorry for the long post c:

  66. This whole Line Up is excellent

  67. Ok, skeptical as I am, some of these tracks go hard.

  68. I only know Gazelle, Grimes, Nina Kraviz and Asap rocky. Because I listen to edm, and asap rocky is only there because my friends listen to rap.

  69. Ilan Rubin also drummed for paramore

  70. Can somebody explain that Kenji Kawai comment for me? Big fan of his work, but I did not quite grasp the meaning of the reference
    (During the Grimes part)

  71. Thanks for the plist!

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