J Dilla headlines NBA 2K8 soundtrack

Tribute tracks featuring esteemed producer accompanied by mix of low-profile artists from a range of genres for 2K Sports' annual baller.

Mixed by legendary producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura, promoted by the reunion of seminal hip-hop supergroup A Tribe Called Quest, and featuring the work of many a rap all-star, the NBA 2K7 soundtrack poses a tough act to follow. Perhaps realizing this, 2K Sports has taken EA Sports' tack and enlisted a variety of groups outside the classic basketball beats for the NBA 2K8 soundtrack.

The late great J Dilla.

Hitting an eclectic sound, the NBA 2K8 soundtrack includes tracks from many underground artists in a variety of genres. Not completely eschewing hip-hop, the soundtrack will also include exclusive recordings from influential producer J Dilla, who died last year. J Dilla's work will be overlaid with vocals from Madlib, Q-Tip and Talib Kweli, and Common.

NBA 2K8 goes head-to-head with EA Sports' NBA Live 08 on October 2 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 2. GameSpot's previous coverage has more on 2K Sports' annual pro basketball sim.

A full list of songs appearing on NBA 2K8's soundtrack is as follows:

Artist - Song
J Dilla feat. Madlib - "The Official (2K8 Mix)"
J Dilla feat. Q-Tip & Talib Kweli - "Lightworks"
J Dilla feat. Common - "E=MC2"
Run-DMC - "Sucka MC's"
Stone Roses - "Fool's Gold"
Breakestra - "Getcho Soul Together Pt. 2"
Fishbone - "Skankin to the Beat"
Tommy Guerrero - "Molotov Telegram"
Percee P - "Throwback Rap Attack"
Quasimoto - "Chrome Dreams"
Devo - "Through Being Cool"
Quantic - "When You're Through"
J-Rocc - "Cold Heat Megamix"
Cut Chemist - "Bunky's Pick"
Billy Ball & The Upsetters - "Tighten Up Tighter"
The Highlighters Band - "Funky 16 Corners"
A Guy Called Gerald - "Hurry to Go Easy"
Sonic Trip - "Energy Play"
Baron Zen - "Turn Around (Peanut Butter Wolf Instrumental Mix)"
Finley Quaye - "Ultra Stimulation"
G-Love & Special Sauce - "Shooting Hoops"
Ernie & The Topnotes - "Dap Walk"
The Fabulous Jades - "Cold Heat"

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40 comments
MfumeRising
MfumeRising

Best game soundtrack ever! They should just put the whole Zombie Wars album on here but I can't complain. To the narf who said J DIlla looks retarded--go slap yrself he was dying of lupus when that pic was taken..have some respect. Dilla is one of hip hops greats and he is sorely missed. Yeah, his last album is a classic, but then again almost everything he touched is now a classic. Wake up you drones!

shawnmt
shawnmt

at least it is better than nba live 08.... great tracks..... everything is hip-hop...now that's how great soundtracks

Divine_Stryph
Divine_Stryph

muertebringer said, "he looks retarded... good dude though." Don't even realize how disrespectful that was huh? Saying something dumb like that about someone who has passed away? Dilla has more talent,dead, than you do alive.

SaiyanDragoon
SaiyanDragoon

When I saw Common and Talib Kweli I knew it would be awsome. I've also noticed many ignorant elitists flood the comments.

49ersfan08
49ersfan08

@ mkurts this game is made by 2k dude

Supersonic2000
Supersonic2000

J Dilla (R.I.P), Madlib aka Quasimoto, AND J-Rocc? Just add some Madvillain tracks and this soundtrack will be awesome. Stones Throw FTW :D

mkurts
mkurts

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detroitpistons0
detroitpistons0

LOL Joeyfine this ain't an EA Sports game... :lol: if I had more room in my sig, I'd put that quote in it.

shadealorian
shadealorian

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mkurts
mkurts

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SaiyanDragoon
SaiyanDragoon

Nice songs, but there should be a good 10 more.

joeyfine
joeyfine

Another crappy ea sports sound track.

tuff_gong92
tuff_gong92

RIP J DILLA! Man I listen to a least half of these guys. I mean J Dilla, Madlib, Run-DMC, Common, Percee P, Quasimoto, J-Rocc, Peanut Butter Wolf, Talib Kweli, Q-Tip, what more could you want!? Man 2K Sports hit the nail on the head with this one. This made my day. THANK YOU JAY DEE.

JayMezzy
JayMezzy

REal Hip Hop and REal Basketball...what more could you ask for?

NyGin07
NyGin07

i heard his final cd was classic

ChiDynasty12
ChiDynasty12

bc1391, that made no sense u idiot peice of sh

bc1391
bc1391

R.I.P. J Dilla, 2K8 now has the best licensed soundtrack in 07. Looking at the tracklist I can easily say that.

hooperfax006
hooperfax006

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IndieShotYou
IndieShotYou

This just made my day... Donuts was my favorite record of last year and J Dilla is my favorite producer of all time. I guess I'm a bit biased though because I'm from Detroit. James Yancey (aka Jay Dee aka J Dilla) is a true genius.

rasterror
rasterror

The Illest Hip Hop producer period. his music will definately live on. I'm gald they got a track with Common a Dilla together. That right there is the Greatest colab there could ever be. Best Hip Hop album in my opinion of course like water for chocolate, that still wows me. I'm glad they don't have that Pop-Hop in the game.

DaGhostdog
DaGhostdog

R.I.P. One of the best beat-makers in Hip-Hop, ever!!! An Icon.

Cube_of_MooN
Cube_of_MooN

Who listens to in-game music? :P Custom Soundtracks FTW

zooecksonik06
zooecksonik06

YES I'm happy he's getting some recognition in this game because he's one of the illest producers of our time. Such a sad loss... Thank You Jay Dee R.I.P. J Dilla

GundamRX79Live
GundamRX79Live

Omg im getting this game just because they showed him some love like that RIP J Dilla Some of the craziest beats i have ever heard just to let u kno i beleive it was kidney problems he died a couple days after his album Dougnuts came out big fan

Bruin4ev3r1520
Bruin4ev3r1520

RIP J Dilla. One of the greatest producers.... Unfortunately he had to suffer some serious illnesses prior to his death, but at least he no longer suffers and is in a better place now.

mixhawkeye
mixhawkeye

Hmmm sorry to say I don't know much of his music. Time to download on Limewire starting now! Anyone know how he died? Just curious.

mista-bungle
mista-bungle

DAN THE AUTOMATOR!!!!! I met him earlier this year after a Peeping Tom show. He is a real jerk. But at least he can do his thing and do it well. I suggest everone look up the band Lovage and his guest appearance on Peeping Tom's "Mojo".

ChancreScolex
ChancreScolex

Someone at EA has good taste in music, Dilla lives on through his beats.

kvn7918
kvn7918

word lilegs86 this is the best thing i read all day.

lilegs86
lilegs86

This is one of the coolest things I've read all day.

Questlove711
Questlove711

J Dilla headlining? I'm all for it. MC2 is awesome. Also like that Quasimoto song.

Evilmaster101
Evilmaster101

It seems each year 2K gets a weaker soundtrack. ESPN NBA 2K5's soundtrack was phenomenal, NBA 2K6 was very good, NBA 2K7 was pretty good, and now NBA 2K8's soundtrack is just okay.

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lbjkurono23

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