Just last night, I was on a Twitch stream where my friends were playing New Pokemon Snap ranting about how Raichu, my favorite Pokemon, doesn’t get any respect compared to Pikachu, its pre-evolution and the Pokemon mascot. Well, two new songs that are part of Pokemon’s musical 25th anniversary celebration came out today, and hip hop artist Vince Staples gave my favorite electric boy a shoutout in his song “Got ‘Em.” And I just want to thank this man for his service.
Staples’ song came out as part of The Red EP, which is a reference to one of the first games in the series, Pokemon Red. It features “Got ‘Em,” Mabel’s “Take It Home,” and “Wonderful” by Cyn. While the other songs that have come out as part of the 25th anniversary have been good pop songs with fun music videos featuring some Pokemon elements, “Got ‘Em” is the first song to actually make direct references to Pokemon in the lyrics. Post Malone’s cover of “I Only Wanna Be With You” had musical samples that were a callback to the old games, Staples is here dropping actual Pokemon names into his track. And yes, he calls out my boy Raichu by name in the bridge. So thank you, Mr. Staples, for putting more respect on his name than The Pokemon Company has in over 20 years.
You know how I do
Sport mode fly like Mew
Charged up like Raichu
See em tryna jock my moves
Those who prefer Pokemon Blue Version to Red, don’t worry, there’s a second Blue EP coming out later this month, which will feature remixes of the songs on the Red EP by Zhu.
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While the music is an ongoing part of Pokemon’s 25th anniversary, there are also games on the way, as well. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are coming to Switch on November 19, with Pokemon Legends: Arceus also headed to the system on January 28.