"Coach sat me down from the ball team/Cause I was breakin n***** on the inseams."
A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg recited that rhyme about his basketball skills on 1993's "8 Million Stories," and basketball--specifically 2K Sports' NBA 2K7 video game and its hip-hop soundtrack--is the impetus for a long-rumored Tribe reunion.
Phife, Q-Tip, and Ali Shaheed Muhammed, the pioneering rap trio at the center of the Native Tongues conscious hip-hop movement of the early 1990s, are set to play a reunion tour to promote the release of the game and its hip-hop-centric soundtrack, helmed by acclaimed producer Dan "the Automator" Nakamura. Nakamura is probably best known for being part of supergroups the Gorillaz, Deltron 3030, and Handsome Boy Modeling School.
The 12-song soundtrack doesn't contain any new Tribe material, but it does include an Automator remix of Tribe's "Lyrics to Go" from 1993's Midnight Marauders. The record also boasts new material from Wu-Tang's Ghostface Killah, Mos Def, E-40, Jurassic 5's Chali 2na, Slim Thug, Fabolous, and the Hieroglyphics crew, among others.
The soundtrack will hit stores as a stand-alone CD and a digital download in mid-September. The game will be available for the Xbox 360, Xbox, and PlayStation 2 this fall. A PlayStation 3 version is also in development.
In addition to the hip-hop soundtrack, the game will also feature some hip-hop all-stars as playable characters in the game, many of which were also playable in 2K Sports' NBA 2K6. Phife, Flavor Flav, Common, the Roots' ?uestlove, Slim Thug, Aceyalone, Aesop Rock, and Rakaa of Dilated Peoples will all be able to throw down in NBA 2K7.
For more information on the 2K Sports Bounce Tour, head over to the coverage at MP3.com.
The following are the included tracks for the NBA 2K7 soundtrack:
Dan the Automator--"Intro"
Slim Thug--"I Love This Game"
Rhymefest--"Bang the Ball"
Hieroglyphics--"Don't Hate the Player"
Fabolous--"Ball Til You Fall"
Aceyalone & Rakaa of Dilated Peoples--"Champions"
E-40 & San Quinn--"Baller Blockin'"
Ghostface & A.G. of DITC--"2K007"
Lupe Fiasco & Evidence of Dilated Peoples--"Catch Me"
Mos Def & Anwar Superstar--"Here Comes the Champ"
Chali 2na of Jurassic 5--"Anchor Man"
Tribe Called Quest--"Lyrics to Go (Automator remix)"
Zion I--"Fade Away"