Rappers Dominate NBA 2K9 Soundtrack

A number of popular Hip-Hop acts will provide the soundtrack to 2K Sports’ 2K9 it was announced today (October 6).

The Beastie Boys, Gnarls Barkley, N.E.R.D.,Santogold, The Pharcyde and others contribute previously released material, while The Cool Kids contributed a new recording titled 2K Pennies and DJ UNK contributed the new song “In Yo Face.”

Rappers and artists like Aceyalone, Bobbito Garcia, ?uestlove and A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg are also featured in 2K9, as in game characters.

“Video games are an important part of culture and our lifestyle. For years we’ve been playing games, but have never been inspired by the songs in them,” The Cool Kids said in a statement. “When 2K Sports presented us with an opportunity to create an original song for NBA 2K9, we knew we had to create a song that embodied the sport of basketball. We had to make kids everywhere appreciate the song as much as the game.”

According to Tim Rosa, 2K Sports’ director of Brand and Lifestyle Marketing, the game continues its tradition of breaking and supporting new artists.

“With NBA 2K9 we’re continuing the tradition with The Cool Kids representing our deepest music integration,” Rosa said. “They will appear in the game’s NBA Blacktop streetball mode, will perform on the 2K Sports Bounce Tour, and they recorded an original song which we’re giving away for free on the 2K Sports website.”

Below is the track listing for NBA 2K9:

Beastie Boys -- Root Down Blackwizard -- Dem Nah Ready fe We Blockhead -- Duke Of Hazzard Bloody Beetroots -- Mac Mac Dangerdoom -- Sofa King Dawn Penn -- You Don’t Love Me (Extended Mix) DJ Rasta Root -- RootZilla Beez DJ UNK -- In Yo FaceGnarls Barkley -- Going On Jamalski -- That Undaground (Remix) Mochipet -- Sharpdrest Mommy and Daddy -- Pretty Loser Money Mark -- Silly Putty N.E.R.D. -- Spaz Nickodemus -- Funky In The Middle Santogold feat. Switch & Freq Nasty – Creator Skeewiff -- Light the FuseSpank Rock & Benny Blanco -- Loose (inst.) The Brand New Heavies -- Jump ‘N’ Move The Cool Kids -- 2K Pennies The Heavy -- Coleen The Limp Twins -- Moving Closer to The Sofa The Meters -- Cissy Strut The Pharcyde -- Passing Me By Ursula 1000 -- Step Back (Deekline & Ed Solo Remix)