Last year, SPIN presented an in-depth retrospective tracing hip-hop’s long love affair with video games, from the 8-bit Atari days to the Playstation 2’s Lil B-assisted role-playing fantasies. Now Big Boi and B.o.B have presented a video for their own arcade-indebted anthem, “Double or Nothing,” the official theme song for the soon-to-be-released shoot ’em up adventure Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel.
The Vicious Lies and Strange Clouds MCs both play characters in the upcoming game and reprise their roles in the double-billed track’s companion clip, which can be seen up top. The video opens with Boi and B.o.B rolling up to a club just as the former OutKast receives a text saying their lady friends have been kidnapped by “the drug cartel.” The Southern gents react accordingly: They storm the cartel’s headquarters, use bullets and blades to murder everyone in sight, rescue the damsels, and swing back to the bar before last call. The four-minute revenge fantasy mixes live-action footage with gameplay from Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel, so no actual drug dealers were harmed during filming.
Fans who pre-order the game, which comes out on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 on March 26, will be able to play as either rapper and will also unlock custom masks designed by the pair. For more on the game, watch the behind-the-scenes video below, featuring Big Boi and B.o.B outfitted in motion-capture suits.
Also, be sure to check out SPIN’s amazing history of video game-sampling hip-hop tracks, Arcade Fire: 50 Rap Songs Based on Video Game Samples.