Eminem, Jay-Z fronting DJ Hero

Activision signs on hip-hop royalty for in-game mixes, postrelease DLC for FreeStyleGames' turntable-equipped 360, PS3, PS2, Wii rhythm game; special edition revealed.

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Earlier this month, Activision officially confirmed DJ Hero, the latest spin-off of its rhythm-game franchise, which ditches the guitar and melodic rock in favor of a turntable and scratch-heavy beats. Along with releasing photos of the DJ Hero Turntable Controller, the publisher said the Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 2 game would feature hip-hop, R&B, Motown, electronic, and dance genres, as well as let players produce their own tunes.

Activision's got 99 problems, but publicity ain't one.

Today, Activision announced that hip-hop heavyweights Jay-Z and Eminem will help launch the DJ Hero franchise. Both artists have signed on to lend unnamed tracks to the game, and Activision also said that both artists will be the subject of downloadable content later this year.

Further, Activision said it has partnered with Jay-Z and Eminem on a special edition of DJ Hero. The custom package will include "an advanced version of the game's turntable controller," as well as a metal traveling case that doubles as a "performance-ready DJ stand" and two exclusive CD compilations that feature original mixes from each performer.

DJ Hero is one among a sea of Guitar Hero-related rhythm games set for release in 2009. With Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits penciled in for June and Guitar Hero 5 dated for September 1, Activision also expects to release Band Hero and Guitar Hero: Van Halen later this year.

For more on the FreeStyleGames-developed DJ Hero, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

125 comments
Hedfix
Hedfix

I hear if you fail then Bruno comes down from the ceiling and sticks his ass in your face.

deucedime
deucedime

This game will do just fine when it comes because all of the kids and their parents are going to jump all over this one. Especially when it comes to the holidays.

TetrisPro
TetrisPro

@BrideInDream "Tetrispro you need some help in life" Oh wow that has to be the most overused sentence on the internet: "You don't like rap you MUST need psychiatric help", moron...

Kenkajin
Kenkajin

Big fail! I'm not knocking that the initial release is hip-hop-centric, but Jay-Z and Enemanin (that is not misspelled kids...think about it) are not musicians that use DJs much for their music. Why not focus on Mixmaster Mike or Cut Chemist? And why hip-hop? Their are plenty of other genres that would be a better current representation of DJ culture. How about some breaks, drum and bass, or dubstep? Modern hip hop is more about creating Pro Logic tracks than actually scratching, beat juggling, and other turntablism basics. Where's the mixer hardware? Total weak sauce...

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

I can hardly wait to check this out!!.... at someone else's house.

trw534
trw534

i wonder how much it cost?

phred6666
phred6666

Jay-z And Eminem ? They are not DJ's, They're rappers and producers. How about some real DJ's? You know. the guys who actually started Hip Hop not commercialized it. Any raping or lyrics in this game should be secondary if needed at all. It should take kids back to when a DJ created the track live and the MC was just there to Hype the crowd . In the house, breaks and techno side of things there are a multitude of cool DJ's to get material from and you wont have ever heard even one of the songs on the radio, But I'm worried its going to be all Pseudo-house Pop and commercial hip hop. I will buy this game if i see names like, Q-bert, Sasha, Carl Cox, Arman Van Buuren, Paul Van Dyk, DJ Magic Mike, and The two gods themselves, Grand Mixer DXT, and DJ Kool Herc, But if its all Jay Z and other pop crap you can forget it, Jam Master Jay will Turn over in his grave. Give credit back the guys who started it all, the DJ!!!! (credit to Eminem for employing a live DJ wile on tour, but lets see an Alchemist track not something from the radio)

Fixrox
Fixrox

Ok, so we have a turntable peripheral. Awesome. We also have a new guitar hero which supports multiple drum kits simultaneously. Awesome. Slipknot - Guitar Hero. Do it now.

Glokwerk
Glokwerk

I know im going to catch some sh!t for saying this but, it could potentially be kinda fun. But this is coming from someone that loves making electronic music (it's easy).

Wooien
Wooien

Yeah, I don't think DJ Hero is such a great idea. The idea sounds great, but it's a lot more fun to play with guitar and drums

DKHardee
DKHardee

this just seems dumb. im not so sure about it yet, stick with the guitars and drums

luigi88
luigi88

What a way to exploit such a great genre huh?....BAND HERO?...what keyboard now?...Im a huge rockband fan and played guitar hero since the firstg one, and I can only say that Activision is doing a pretty good job to make me hate it!!!

LxLawliet
LxLawliet

Seriously, I've gotta say, "What the f***, Activision?" Does anyone else besides me feel like they're overdoing this "Hero" s***? I mean, Band Hero? DJ Hero? And another f***ing sub Guitar Hero game. They're killing the name.

Jayvan_JJ
Jayvan_JJ

Jay-Z did say he changed his record label, and is going to be official with a SONY record label...so maybe the Jay-Z version is PS3 (SONY) exclusive

solidine
solidine

This... I mean, I can understand GH. A half hour after my friend made me play it I was of to buy it. It's a great party game, but the appeal to play buy yourself wears off fairly quickly, and muliplayer isn't much fun unless people are there with you. This thing, if that's even roughly what the paripheral will look like, will suck. Even assuming they get good songs, how long with someone want to use that by themselves? I can't imagine that being much fun in a multiplayer either, though some kind of free mix mode might be amusing for s short stint. I guess the people who still play GH or the Wii might like it. The appeal these games had has certainly ended for me.

BrideInDream
BrideInDream

TetrisPro i think you need some help in life

TetrisPro
TetrisPro

When I saw the title the only thing I could think of was "Dumb and Dumber"

OnlyKurial
OnlyKurial

I guess Guitar Hero wasn't enough for Activision.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Rap music is very hard to mix. Much harder than techno. All techo music follows the same pattern of beats. It's simply a matter of adjusting the pitch of one track until it matches the other. Hip-hop is completely different. Some tracks simply won't mix beat for beat no matter how much you try. It's going to be interesting to see how this game avoids that problem. I don't think I'll buy it. I done DJ'ing in my teen years. I got bored of it and sold all my equipment and vinyl. Haven't missed it once since it's been gone.

StarlightHunter
StarlightHunter

DJ hero?, are you bull$%£$ing me!?. This is gonna be epic. Guitar hero is gonna suck compaired to this.

zmbi_gmr
zmbi_gmr

i'm pretty stoked for this. i like rock, but i enjoy hip hop and rap so much more. hope it turns out to be good.

bennae66
bennae66

seems like someones got a problem with heroes around here betty. i saved the day, i saved the day betty! -tom green

jjwalker9600
jjwalker9600

I really don't know what to say about this. In the 80's, maybe this would have been the ultimate, but now. Enough already

prioritymail
prioritymail

I got to keep my eye on this game...I hope it turns out well, I like hip hop and r&b

sevvo73lasvegas
sevvo73lasvegas

@Garygok Agreed--like a Freeplay mode or something. Edit: I'd like to see a pack that includes tracks by DJ Qbert and DJ Yoda. Scratching "Dueling Banjos"would be a gas!

super_saiyan1
super_saiyan1

looking at this makes me laugh, activision have gone wayyyy to far and they chose some bollocks for the greatest hits game...

Tom_Bucic
Tom_Bucic

why not just buy a turntable, some records, download a cracked acid, reason or cubase program and start working with them.

Ronin893
Ronin893

Forget Rock Band. This is what I am itching for.

renger6002
renger6002

well you know there are rap fans in this world. not everyone has to only like rock....

2611mp
2611mp

looks lame, i hate rythm games

soundsofsilence
soundsofsilence

They just have to be "hip" and choose this decade's trendy music style. I just know that everyone will rush right into it because it has rap in it.

Eazy1891
Eazy1891

wow....i usually support unique new ideas but this...i love rap and all and ive run a few turn tables, but i dont believe ill ever want to keep doing it for a whole game...

lukas1051
lukas1051

It's not even out yet, and they've already announced a special version. Only Activision...

SocialAnXieTy
SocialAnXieTy

Well, at least this just got more interesting, as I'm a huge Eminem fan.. but the premise of the game still sounds lame.

xXFr34k_0uTXx
xXFr34k_0uTXx

"... but publicity ain't one?" This is true in one perspective. What kind of publicity are they getting though ...? Sadly, I'm not interested at all.

-Snooze-
-Snooze-

Too bad "hardcore gamers" Tend to enjoy stricly rock and screaming long haired emos.

Garygok
Garygok

I have a pair of technics w/ a newmark mixer that I use to mix techno currently....Im kinda looking forward to this I just hope the game can reproduce the feeling of being in a long tight mix irl...

Raeldor
Raeldor

That's cool, but where's the mixer controller with the x-fader?

bosox22293
bosox22293

i cant wait! video games and musiccccc!!!!!!!!!11!1!1!!1!!/

FidelSarcastro
FidelSarcastro

Oh yea Game of the Year material here... Kazoo Hero.

nynthninja
nynthninja

Flaming_Spoon well konami did this before and since you havent heard of it id consider it a failure

leoleez
leoleez

expanding markets to reach the inner city kids! this is a first! Looks sweet

FidelSarcastro
FidelSarcastro

@Flaming_Spoon No next will be Cowbell Hero. Cause every song could use more cowbell.

Flaming_Spoon
Flaming_Spoon

I have nothing on Jay-Z or Eminem, but this will most likely epic fail.... Just look at the picture, it doesn't look fun at all. It's like just laying a guitar hero guitar on the ground flat and pressing the buttons. Really, what's next??? Triangle Hero??

NirdBerd
NirdBerd

To be honest, and for the first time, I'm not bothered about the music. Please tell us how this game is actually going to be played o.0

codenamefrog
codenamefrog

i guess some people cant read or something because it clearly states above "the Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 2 game would feature hip-hop, R&B, Motown, electronic, and dance genres, as well as let players produce their own tunes. "