Hip-Hop Week | Def Jam Rapstar and My Hype Man Dreams


Hip-Hop Week continues on In Third Person! From Flava Flav to Migos, the hype man is an underrated role in a rapper’s crew. This is the story of how I got to live out my hype man dreams.


Like normal fans of hip-hop music, I’ve had dreams of being a rapper, producer, DJ, and breakdancer. But there’s another occupation in the world of hip-hop that I’ve always wanted to be that weirds people out every time I share this with them.

I’ve always wanted to be a hype man.

I’ve wanted to be the Flava Flav yelling, “********** you and John Wayne!”. Or in 90s terms, I wanted to be Puff Daddy, standing behind the Notorious B.I.G., punctuating his lines with chants of, “Whoo!” or, “Uh huh, yeah.” Or in modern times, I wanted to be one of the guys in Migos screaming, “Skrrt!”. My fascination with this role manifests itself in the car every time I drive. Sometimes, instead of singing or rapping along to a song, I’ll just ad lib over it. Even for songs that don’t make sense, I’ll do it. That scene in Carpool Karaoke where Migos is ad libbing over “Sweet Caroline”? That’s been my life for years, and I apologize to my wife for subjecting her to this every day.

A few years ago, during a night in with friends, I got to share my hype man talents to the world thanks to Def Jam Rapstar.

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It’s Valentine’s Day! Here are some of my favourite love songs!

I don’t talk about this much here, but I’m the biggest sucker for love songs. Even before I got to an age where my voice started to change, they always struck a chord in my soul to the point where they might have actually had a negative effect on my development as an human being. To this day, I have sappy tendencies and love songs will always illicit a strong reaction from me.

Since today is Valentine’s Day, and I don’t feel like making gaming-related content to celebrate it, let’s talk about love songs instead! It was going to be a list of five, but I couldn’t help myself and I added a few more. Here are a few that always get me in my feelings!

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What I Learned in a Marriage Course That I Try to Apply to My Video Game Content Approach

Before my wife and I walked down the aisle and exchanged I do’s, we took part in a marriage course. As members of the Catholic church, completing the course is a requirement. Though the thought of doing this weekend-long course sounded as fun as watching paint dry, it ended up being a really positive experience that taught us a lot.

One particular piece of advice that came out of it really hit home. Been trying to incorporate this into my day-to-day interactions with others ever since. Without realizing it, it’s also impacted my voice as a gaming content creator.

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Video Games as a Coping Mechanism

What started out as a retro game show-and-tell takes a turn when we begin talking about how we used video games in the past as an unhealthy means of dealing with stress, depression, and anxiety. Video games can be a positive coping mechanism, but in these particular cases, they weren’t. We then talk about our career anxieties today.

It’s a topic I’ve touched on before, but it was a very therapeutic chat with Muligoon. If you’re going through anything, please know that you’re not alone. There are people out there willing to help, whether it’s family, friends, or medical professionals. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help!

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Game that Brought In Third Person and Double Jump Together

Originally released in 2003, the self-titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game on PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube does not have the pristine legacy of Turtles in Time. To its credit, it also doesn’t carry the infamy of their NES debut. Though I don’t know for certain, I get the sense that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) is one of many forgotten games with the Ninja Turtles name that probably deserves to be left behind.

That said, life has a funny way of digging up the past. Join Kris, Rachel, and I as we talk about our separate histories with the game and how they collided in 2018!

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10 Years of In Third Person: Growing Pains

2018 was a year of growth for In Third Person. From expanding to Twitch, to ramping up my social media presence, to connecting with friends old and new, to raising money for children in need as part of Extra Life, the In Third Person experience ballooned dramatically. Coming from a place where I created and maintained the blog for the nine previous years with no ambitions of reaching an audience beyond myself, it was definitely a shock to the system.

In fact, it’s a shock that I’m still reeling from well into 2019. Despite the many successes of last year, I can’t shake this sense of unease that has taken over me when thinking about what this passion project has become. After lots of introspection and a private conversation or two with others about this dilemma, I finally think I know the root issue.

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10 Years of In Third Person: 25 More Things About Me as a Gamer

10 years ago, I introduced myself through a list of 25 Things About Me as a Gamer. As of today, with over 2,000 posts in the chamber, you probably already know way more about me as a gamer than you care to take in. But if you’re just tuning in, or if you want a Coles notes update to how I’ve grown since I wrote the first list, here you go!

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Celebrating 10 Years of In Third Person

In 2009, I created this blog. Though it has – and always will be – a place for me to vent my personal thoughts and feelings about video games, board games, and other nerdy pursuits, I never saw it coming to this point. From running for a decade, to expanding to video and streaming, to having my content reach as many people as it has the world over, to making a number of new friends along the way, it’s been quite the adventure.

This is the 10-year anniversary of the site, so let’s celebrate! Throughout the year, I’ll be reflecting on the decade that was, providing updates to past topics and speculating on the future of the site. Starting tomorrow, I’ll have the long awaited sequel to 25 Things About Me as a Gamer, though with over 2,000 posts about gaming here, it might be stuff you already know. Nevertheless, come back for that and more as we celebrate a decade of In Third Person!

Before I go, a few shout outs to special people who have helped out throughout this journey.

My wife Steff – Thank you for being there for me during all of this. You’ve always supported me being involved with my hobbies and I hope I can be as supportive and helpful to you in your hobbies!

Randy – Thank you for being my brother and lifelong gaming buddy. Besides a lifetime of gaming memories, I always appreciate your appearances on my stream and I’ll always appreciate you carrying the night shift during the Extra Life 2018 marathon!

Jason – We met through our respective blogs years ago and have become friends and podcast partners ever since. You’ve always been great to talk to about games, and I really should have hopped on the Overwatch bandwagon with you years ago. Meeting you and Laura in Vegas will always be a highlight, and maybe someday we’ll meet up again IRL! Also, congrats to you and Laura on your engagement!

Mat– Lost touch after college, but reunited to start the Recurring Bosscast with Jason and I a few years ago. Now on Boss Rush, it’s always awesome talking with you about games, and we really should get us, Liza, Jon, and Steff together again for a board game night! Working on an online Codenames night for us all, but let’s get an in-person get-together in the calendar soon! Bark!

JJ – We met through Splitkick, but our friendship goes well beyond video games at this point. Thank you for being a great friend and I look forward to the day when you’re ready to make your triumphant return to Boss Rush! And if you choose not to, we’ll keep chatting on other avenues as we always do.

Jon – RBD original. I probably should have brought you in during the Recurring Bosscast days, but it’s awesome to have you now as part of the Boss Rush crew! Thank you for being a part of the Extra Life marathon and helping raise money for the kids. We’ll take down Mat & Jascha in NHL someday!

Kris & Rachel  – Though we only connected during the latter half of 2018, you’ve made a tremendously positive impact on my life ever since. Over the course of numerous written posts, live streams, mutually-beneficial tech support chats, Disney shaming, and other shenanigans on-and-off-the-record, it’s been awesome to see our friendship grow. Looking forward to seeing where we’ll go and what we’ll create in 2019! #teamkris #teamrachel #freeunclericky #moreofahat

The whole Splitkick crew: Jim, Todd, Adam, Aaron, Ben, David, Dan, and any one else I may have missed – thank you guys for bringing me into your fold. You made me feel like a part of the family. You edited my work with a great level of scrutiny, which pushed me to be the best version of myself. Thank you for the opportunity to start my own show with Jason and Mat. Jim and Todd, I still watch Short Attention Gamer every chance I get! Wishing everyone all the best!

Everyone that’s ever followed my work, regardless of platform – Thank you for your ongoing support! Truly appreciate you having enough of an interest in my work to follow along. I understand it can be really hard to follow at times when I binge on making content for just one fighting game for six months, or when I decide to only write about board games for two years, so it means a lot knowing that you’re there with me through it all.

Anyone who has ever given my content a chance – Thank you for giving me a shot!

Cheers to everyone for a decade of In Third Person. Let’s make the next decade even better!

Closing Out 2018

As the clock strikes midnight tonight, we will bid farewell to 2018. It’s been an eventful one for the In Third Person experience, as I made great strides in expanding beyond the site. Here a few noteworthy things that went down this year!

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What I Got for Christmas: 2018 Edition

Christmas has come and gone and I hope you had a wonderful time with those you love! Also, I hope you were on the nice list! Here’s a few of the nerdier things I got underneath my tree this year!

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