JT Music (formerly JT Machinima) is a Nerdcore rap group who post their works on YouTube. Originally a channel used for Machinima, Skull (Skullkruncher13) and Pat (Patfan8326) eventually created a rap song in 2009 called "the Greatest Ever". Surprised by the popularity of their first posted rap video, the duo decided to make another titled the "World at War Rap" to find similar success. Since then, JT Music has been continuously producing video game themed rap songs on their channel and have recently become partners with Rooster Teeth.
You can find their YouTube channel here. You can also purchase their music on iTunes, GooglePlay, Spotify, Amazon, and Groove. You can also watch Skull and Pat play video games on their Let's Play channel, JT Gaming.
A list of games and shows featured in JT Music:
- Alien: Isolation
- Angry Birds
- Anthem (2019)
- Apex Legends
- Assassin's Creed
- Batman: Arkham Series
- Battlefield 4
- Battlefield: Bad Company 2
- Battlefield Hardline
- Bendy and the Ink Machine
- The Binding of Isaac
- Call of Duty
- Clash of Clans
- Counter-Strike Global Offensive
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
- Crysis 3
- Cyberpunk 2077
- Dead by Daylight
- Dead Rising 3
- Dead Space 3
- Death Stranding
- Destiny 2
- Dark Souls II
- Dark Souls III
- Dishonored 2
- DOOM (2016)
- Doom Eternal
- Dragon Age: Inquisition
- Dying Light
- The Elder Scrolls
- Fable III
- Far Cry
- Five Nights at Freddy's
- Mad Max
- Mass Effect
- Metro Exodus (but the song is more about the Metro series in general)
- Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
- Mortal Kombat
- Need for Speed
- Payday 2
- Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
- Predator: Hunting Grounds
- Red Dead Redemption
- Resident Evil 2
- Rick and Morty
- Ryse: Son of Rome
- Saints Row: The Third
- Saints Row IV
- Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
- Spider-Man (PS4)
- Sniper Elite III
- Star Wars Battlefront (2015)
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
- Sunset Overdrive
- Super Smash Bros.
- Team Fortress 2
- The Division
- The Division 2
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- The Witcher (2019)
- Titanfall 2
- Tomb Raider
- Venom (2018)
- The Witcher 3
- World of Warcraft
Tropes found in JT Music's works
- Actually Pretty Funny: This exchange from "One Helluva Pair."Roadhog: Still, without me, you would never win!
Junkrat: And who's gonna help you? One of your chins?
Roadhog: [laughs] Okay, I'll give you that one.
Junkrat: Look, I squeezed a laugh out of the fat one!
- Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: The Circus of Value Song features this trope in full effect - the voice from the titular vending machine telling you that it has all the supplies you could need to survive in Rapture, but if you dont have the cash, youre fucked.
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Shows up once in a while, but the crowner has to be the three in "Rapture Rising" following each other:splicers seek to satisfy their sick sadistic vices.
victims becomes villains, angry vandals turn to violence,
sickly children sticking by their less than gentle giants
- ...And That Little Girl Was Me: 'Born of the Lion", which up to that point sounded like someone speaking to Ciri about the dream they had of Geralt, ends with this:This witcher i watched in my dreams was none other than the one I'd become.
- The Anti-Nihilist: "I can do anything" ends with this, after the rest of the song being about how nothing matters.Singer: But if nothing matters, Can I do anything?
- Badass Boast: Doomguy delivers one at the start of the remastered version of "Fight Like Hell".Doomguy: I told them one day, I'd become the most powerful being across the dimensions. They told me to go to Hell. So you know what? I did.
- Bait-and-Switch: the mandalorian rap starts off very solemn and somber, seemingly about the Mandalorian's culture and status... for about twenty second, before it turns into (and stays) a ballad about being a single father.
- Battle Rapping: Several songs feature characters or even game franchises rapping against each other to prove who's best.
- *Bleep*-dammit!: The very profane Bastion in "The Bastion Musical" is censored by Bastion's various beeping "voice lines" from the Overwatch game.
- Boastful Rap: Naturally a number of songs are about how great the player or the main character is in their game.
- Boisterous Bruiser: "Daddy's Home" has a Suddenly Speaking Subject Delta characterized this way, as opposed to his canon characterization:Delta: I'm the heavyweight champ; you won't even last a round!
Too long you brutes abused the juice; now you get smacked around!
Delta's held the belt so many years here in Rapture now!
Baddest motherfucker in the building; who's your daddy now?
- Boring Insult: Doomguy says it during his battle with Master Chief, albeit not toward the Chief himself:Doomguy: If you don't put me to sleep then maybe Halo's story will.
- Bring My Brown Pants: A Running Gag in the "Slender Rap" is how the singer keeps on "puking dookies on the floor" due to how much the game is scaring him.
- Brooklyn Rage: Bendy is given a Noo Yawk accent in "Can't Be Erased."
- ...But He Sounds Handsome: Spider-Man does this in "With Great Power":Spider-Man: I've never seen or heard of Peter Parker — bet he's a dead-ringer!
- Call-Back: If JT Music has made a rap song for a game before, a song for a sequel game will occasionally have a verse or even the whole chorus of a prior song included. For example, in "Time to Die":Born into revolution, an industrial one...
Rise up from my demise/Awake from my demise
- Taken further in "Embrace My Curse", where two-thirds of the chorus are direct references to the beginning of "Graverocker"
With fire in my eyes/With empty spectral eyes.
I'm leaving my mark should Darkness find us/Now I'll never have my days numbered
I've shaken Middle-Earth/Strike fear in Middle-Earth
Now I embrace my curse/'Till I am rid this curse
It comes with a price, the light that binds us/The one that I bear as Gravewalker.
- Character Development: "No Hero" starts with Eddie Brock remarking how he's been taken by the symbiote and how it will destroy him, but to the end of the song he embraces being Venom and how they are better together than apart.
- Comes Great Responsibility: With Great Power (of course). Played With in that the chorus only contains part of the phrase "you know what comes with this great power", but then stated (although in different words) in the second half of the song.Hey, greatness is attainable, if you have the will to be
Just so long as you can haul responsibilities.
- Counterpoint Duet: The bridge and hook of "Daddy's Home" use the same underlying theme. Subject Delta sings the bridge slow and quietly to reassure his daughter whose hook is faster and pleading for her daddy to save her. At the end of the song the bridge and hook lyrics overlap.
- Curiosity Killed the Cast: "Hello and Goodbye" has the protagonist's self-destructive and dangerous actions motivated by his burning curiosity about his weird neighbor ("What's he up to? I can't ignore!"), even though he knows better. He even lampshades this:Curiosity killed the cat
But I'll be next; I can promise that!
- Cute But Psycho: Pyro and Mei are both portrayed as this in their rap battle, but in different ways. Mei is shown making violent threats and taunts in a sarcastically sweet, good-natured tone of voice, while Pyro randomly alternates between being a sweet, cheerful Genki Guy and a screaming psychopath.
- Darker and Edgier: The "Dirty Dish Remix" of the "Cuphead Rap" compared to the original.
- Disappeared Dad: In "Sombra vs Spy", Sombra responds to Spy's maternal insult by revealing that she (somehow) knows the Spy is Scout's long-lost father.Sombra: You could never be a dad to me
'Cause you'd be the kind that would leave!
Sound familiar? Has to be!
I've Scouted out your family tree!
- Dissimile: From "I'm a Capitalist":Heister: I'm like Jesse James if Jesse James were super fly!
- Eagle Land: "Rocking Purple" has this trope in full force, because you can't have a psychotic gang leader become the President of the United States and battle invading aliens and not play up the stereotypical American-ness. Best summed up by a bridge sung to the tune of "The Star-Spangled Banner":
- Distant Duet: The bridge and hook of "Daddy's Home" form a Counterpoint Duet of Subject Delta and his daughter being separated. At the end of the song when the two are reunited they sing their individual songs together.
- Evil vs. Evil:
- Faux Affably Evil: In "Now Hiring at Freddy's", the owners of Fazbear Entertainment barely hide their malice, incompetence, and greed behind a transparent veneer of cheery pleasantry and feel-good buzzwords.Fazbear CEO: All these animatronics have made us so famous!
They've got a history - almost all of it's heinous!
But they make us so much money; how could anyone blame us?
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Ghast for the rest of the mobs. After a failed verse in the first Mob Song, every sequel song has the mobs either openly antagonistic to Ghast or leaving as soon as he shows up.Creeper: Eh, shut up Ghast, nobody invited you.
- Hope Springs Eternal: The message of the chorus for "Fireborn".
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: As befitting of source material, both "Your head will be mine" and "Born of the Lion" have this."Your head will be mine" s first line: Legions of monsters I fought 'cross the land, the cruelest of all is the one we call man.
"Born of the lion": Of the beasts i had killed, the most wicked, was one all too familiar called man
- If I Had a Nickel: In "Say Goodbye to Batman":Batman: If I got a dime every single time someone said "Tonight, Batman will die,"
Man I'd be set for the rest of life! I wouldn't even need Wayne Enterprise!
- I Have the High Ground: In their rap battle, Demoman warns Junkrat not to try this tactic.Demoman: You want the high ground? I wouldn't dare!
I can strafe while I'm in the air!
- Kill Steal: Or, as said in "Time to Break".Player: That was my kill! / Juggernaught: Negative, sir. Could've been your's if you were better.
- Letting the Air Out of the Band:
- In "Don't Make 'Em Like They Used to", Reaper challenges Soldier: 76 to a rap battle. The tune that was playing in the background dies down when 76 says he won't perform to "that hip-hop garbage".
- "Can't Be Erased" starts with simple and cheery music befitting a cartoon as Bendy sings. Bendy then starts to laugh maniacally as the music becomes slower and more distorted.
- Lighter and Softer: The Big Band cover of "Can't Be Replaced" keeps to tune upbeat and swinging while keeping the same message as before.
- Literal Metaphor: Used in the opening of "Fight Like Hell".I told them one day I'd be the most powerful being across the dimensions. And they told me to go to Hell. So you know what? I did.
- Done again in the Engineer vs Torbjoirn rap battle. Engie suggest that they "let their handiwork speak for itself"... at which point their respective sentry guns start rapping.
- Lonely at the Top: Lonely at the top, of course, has its chorus about this, only for the singer to admit that he likes it.
- Lyrical Dissonance: "Now Hiring at Freddy's" is a catchy, upbeat pop song in which a Corrupt Corporate Executive convinces a franchisee to aid in covering up deaths and dismemberment occurring at their location.
- Living Is More Than Surviving: "Far From Alive" has Leon express this sentiment during a Title Drop.Leon: Even of we are to survive, I'm feeling far from Alive.
- Mood Whiplash: Multiple times:
Papyrus: I am the mastermind, he's my accomplice!
- "The Bastion Song" keeps alternating between peaceful Bastion talking about nature and Omnic crisis bastion trash talking about how much it loves killing.
- "One Helluva Pair" is a crazy rock song, until Roadhog reminiscences about his past, with an appropriate change in music.
- "They Don't Make Them Like They Used To" is the usual rap battle between Soldier: 76 and Reaper, right until Jack says "Who's your daddy?" near Pharah note at which points Ana shows up to berate them both.
- To the Bone is fairly silly and upbeat all around, except for a couple of lines. One among those during a chorus.
Sans: You're only still alive because I made a promise.
- Obligatory Joke:
- In "Injustice", JT makes an ice-related pun when talking about Captain Cold, only to be chastised immediately afterwards.Tell Captain Cold I'm gonna kick his ice!
(No more puns or tacky lines!)
- In "With Great Power", one of Spider-Man's enemies is named Scorpion, so of course Spidey taunts him by shouting "Get over here!"
- In "Injustice", JT makes an ice-related pun when talking about Captain Cold, only to be chastised immediately afterwards.
- Papa Wolf:
Delta: Step between me and my daughter and you'll get bounced!
- "Daddy's Home" is about Subject Delta going on a Roaring Rampage of Rescue to save his "daughter" Eleanor from Dr. Lamb's cult.
Any ADAM that you had is getting ripped out!
Who's you daddy now? Who's your daddy now?
I'll run a rivet through your neck unless you'd rather drown!
- "Honor" has Corvo Attano, although it crops up in only a few lines.
- Pungeon Master:
Take a sip of this, I'm an itty bitty Cuphead
- You'll not be able to count just how many puns a song can have relating to the video game. This is lampshaded in the Cuphead Rap, and is far from the only instance in that song.
One sentence in, I've already made a pun, Yep.
- Considering his home game, Sans also makes several puns in "To the Bone", even sneaking a pun into the chorus of the song to Papyrus' annoyance.
- Pretender Diss:
Doomguy: How many times you've ripped me off? I don't wanna sue ya'.
- Doomguy toward Master Chief. Amusingly enough, during his last verse, Chief copies one of Doomguy's first lines.
- Running Gag: In JTs Five Nights at Freddy's raps, you can generally expect one of two things to happen: the new employee will request a raise and get shot down, and/or management will tell the employee that, if he gets hurt on the job, they cant cover his loss.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
''Who's that across the street?
- The various main characters of the FNAF raps try or express a desire to just leave at various points, but can't!
Mike Schmidt: Maybe the place is haunted, and all they want is closure
- From "Five Long Nights":
But I really don't give a damn! I just want to clock out and knock back a cold one!
Phone Guy: Now, the animatronics are known to bug out...
- In "Five More Nights":
Jeremy Fitzgerald: Isn't that enough reason for me to get the f**k out?
Listen up, guy, this gig ain't for me!
Toy Freddy: But we're having such fun, and we'd hate you to leave...
Fazbear's Fright Guard: Is this job even worth a damn?
- In "Another Five Nights":
After tonight, I might not work again!
Eggs Benedict: Just stuck down here, that would suck to be
- In "You Belong Here":
But I'm walking out of that front door
To go home with a little bowl of popcorn
Where there are no monsters
Just me and my soap operas
Then why do I keep on returning?
You'd think by now we'd all be learning!
- In "Hello and Goodbye", when the protagonist meets the neighbor for the first time... and does not like what he sees.
A strange man I ought to greet!
I just hope he's not another freak...
On second thought, I'll leave
And try my best to go off to sleep!
Henry: Why did I come? Let me go home! I should be leaving!
- Throughout "Can't Be Erased," Henry states that he really doesn't care about the mystery and just wants to get out of dodge.
Whatever happened, don't wanna know! What are these demons?
I guess if I gotta be stuck here, I might as well investigate.
The secrets are unlocking, but too bad the exit ain't!
- The various main characters of the FNAF raps try or express a desire to just leave at various points, but can't!
Announcer: The Frosty Fiend and the Flaming Freakshow, A Song of Ice and Fire!
- Some songs will make references outside of the game being rapped about. One example comes from the Mei Vs. Pyro rap.
- "Five More Nights" opens with "Hi, kids! Do you like violence?"
- Another Eminem reference happens in "Junkrat vs Demoman":
The Doctor cannot stop operating
- Yet another Eminem reference — this time to a certain part of "Without Me" note — pops up in "You Can Hang":
Wanna shock me, but I'm not cooperating
- Sniper Duel: Well, more rap battle than sniping in Sniper vs Widowmaker.
- So Proud of You: At the end of "Daddy's Home" Subject Delta expresses this sentiment for his daughter.See the reflection of myself in how she's acting out
I'll watch my daughter become stronger than her daddy now!
- Stepford Smiler: Bendy explicitly says as much in "Can't Be Erased":Behind this mask of happiness, I drown in dark despair
- Superior Successor: Junkrat repeatedly declares himself to be one to Demoman. Demoman is unimpressed.Junkrat: You laid the blueprint for me; you're truly a demo, man!
Demoman: If I'm your blueprint, why aren't you an improvement?
- Take That!:
- Does the game they're singing about has a Fandom Rivalry with another game? Then it'll have a Take That! to them, even if JT already made a song about it, and the song included a take that to the game they're singing about now.
- "Injustice" and "I'm a Capitalist" contain brief Take Thats towards Donald Trump.
- "Injustice" also has a line subtly mocking an infamous DC property when JT is chastised for making a cold-related pun (one that was lifted almost word-for-word from the film, no less.)
- Terms of Endangerment: The animatronics in JT Music's Five Nights at Freddy's raps tend to combine their threats with thinly-veiled, sweet-sounding euphemisms and terms of endearment. This is lampshaded in "We Don't Bite":Nightmare Freddy: Come closer; we don't bite!Child: I don't believe that for one second!
- Took a Level in Badass: "The Beast Within" in a nutshell, where a hunter goes from being scared shitless to scaring the monsters shitless.
- To the Pain: "Fatality" consists entirely of the narrator describing all the brutal ways he executes his enemies.
- Villain Song: Several songs are sung about or from the perspective of video game villains. "Video Game Legends Volume 2" is probably the best example as it features several villains across several games.
Gotham, say goodbye to Batman; he had a real good ride!
- "Say Goodbye to Batman" is an interesting example; while the verses are delivered by Batman, a villain (presumably The Scarecrow) sings the chorus:
The Caped Crusader sends a message: "Sorry. but I've died!"
The Arkham Knight's gonna take it from here
By the end of the night, we'll have you shaking with fear
Soon, no one will have to ask
Who's that man behind the mask?
- The third verse of "Don't Put Me In A Corner" is sung by the Blair Witch as she taunts her latest victim.
- Shepard of this Flock is sung primarily from Josephs point of view with his radical preaching.
- "The Villain Sucks" Song:
Coco: Your head looks massive, but I bet it's empty.
- In "The Ooda-Booga Boogie", Crash and Coco rap about how they'll tear through Cortex and his minions, with several insults to Cortex himself.
That N looks more like a L, you get me?
Batman: Harvey Dent, you'd better have a plan!
- "The Bat Rap" and "Say Goodbye to Batman" both have Batman switch between a Boastful Rap about himself and dissing the various members of his Rogues Gallery. An example from the latter song:
Compared to me, you're half the man!
How have you been since you got burned?
You got two faces; want a third?
Dr. Crane, I'm gonna stop your fun!
Drop the toxin; start to run!
Even in your dreams, I'll be haunting you
When I lock you up back in Arkham, son!
Cobblepot, quit dawdling!
Is that the fastest you can waddle, man?
Go back to the zoo you belong in, man!
You look like you were born in a garbage can!
Spider-Man: Listen up, Mr. Negative
- "With Great Power" has Spider-Man occasionally trash-talking the various mooks he fights throughout the game; towards the end, he lets off against the super villains he fights:
I'm an optimist so you better split
Norman Osborn - who elected him?
Forget Oscorp, I got web to spin
Time for Rhino to hit the bricks
He's thick in the skin, but dim in the wits
Shocker just botched a robbery job
Good luck getting loose when I'm lockin' you up
Scorpion, get over here
Your toxin just got me snoring here
I'll pluck the Vulture's feathers and then
I'll send him soaring - clear
Crank the voltage and get results
Electro's shocked - better check his pulse
- Voice of the Legion: Monsterous characters like the FNAF animatronics or Bendy will have multi-layered voices to highlight their otherworldliness.
- Wham Line: The very end of "Spy Vs. Sombra" changes the entire song's premise.Sombra: Sorry but it's Sombra who's gonna win this song
The only reason why, I was a Spy all along.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The Ink monsters from "Can't Be Erased" claim that they were not always evil, but became that way when they got too drunk off the unholy power the Machine gave them:I was not always a monster; once I was somebody's muse
Innovation made us stronger, but that power was abused
- Your Mom: Spy (naturally) does this to Sombra in their rap battle.Spy: I'll sweep your mother off her feet; then, you can call me Father!