Jay-Z Taps Nas, Kanye West, Too Short And More For "NBA 2K13" Soundtrack
(AllHipHop News) Following yesterday's announcement that Jay-Z would be executive producing 2K Sports' "NBA 2k13" video game, fan interest regarding the mogul's involvement with the game was high.
Today (July 31), it was revealed that, in addition to putting the game's soundtrack together, Jay would be working directly with developers on off-court aspects of the game, including menus, intro/outro videos, and much more.
In addition to two tracks from his own illustrious career - "Public Service Announcement" and "On to the Next One" - Jay-Z also snagged records from the likes of Hip-Hop icons Too Short ("Blow the Whistle"), Eric B. and Rakim ("I Ain't No Joke), Nas ("The World Is Yours"), Mobb Deep ("Shook One's Pt. II), and Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music ensemble ("Mercy").
Artists from other genres like U2, Santigold, Daft Punk, Roy Ayers, and Coldplay will contribute some of their most popular tracks to the games soundtrack as well.
2K Sports' V.P. of Marketing Jason Argent told Billboardthat Jay-Z's role goes far beyond just putting together the game's soundtrack. "Jay is completely obsessed with authenticity so right off the bat, he said 'Look, I love this franchise and I love this game, but if you want me to be involved, I need to be truly involved. I want to actually help make this game.
"We wanted him to truly be involved from a behind-the-scenes production standpoint," Argent told Billboard. "[With] his involvement within the league, he brought such a level of understanding to what we were trying to accomplish… I think the final product will reflect that level of excitement that he had."
Check out a full list of songs from the "NBA 2K13" soundtrack below:
The Hours - "Ali in the Jungle"
Too Short - "Blow The Whistle (Main)"
Eric B. and Rakim - "I Ain't No Joke"
Phoenix - "1901"
Jay-Z - "Pump It Up (Freestyle)"
Puff Daddy and the Family - "Victory" (feat. Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes
Daft Punk - "Around the World (Radio Edit)"
Santigold - "Shove It" (feat. Spank Rock)
Kanye West - "Amazing"
Jay-Z - "Run This Town"
The Dirty Projectors - "Stillness is the Move"
Nas - "The World is Yours"
Coldplay - "Viva La Vida"
Roy Ayers - "We Live in Brooklyn, Baby"
Justice - "Stress"
Jay-Z - "The Bounce"
Kanye West - "We Major" (feat. Nas & Really Doe)
Mobb Deep - "Shook Ones, Pt. II"
Meek Mill - "Ima Boss -- Instrumental"
Kanye West - "Mercy" (feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz)
U2 - "Elevation"
Jay-Z - "On to the Next One"
Jay-Z - "Public Service Announcement"
Jay-Z - "H.A.M. (Instrumental)"
"NBA 2K13" will be released on October 2.