Jay-Z is executive producer on NBA 2K13

Shawn "Jay Z" Carter curating soundtrack and lending "artistic vision" to NBA simulator; full 24-song soundtrack revealed.

Grammy award-winning American rapper, producer, and entrepreneur Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter will serve as executive producer on NBA 2K13, Take-Two has announced. The media mogul will lend "artistic vision" to the professional basketball simulator, which includes curating the game's 24-song soundtrack.

Jay-Z is bringing his talents to NBA 2K13. Image credit: Reed Saxon/AP.

"I'm ready to usher in the new era of the franchise," Jay-Z said in a statement.

According to Take-Two, Jay-Z's "artistic vision and style will permeate the experience", influencing the overall look of the game, the soundtrack, and even the in-game menus.

Gamers can find out for themselves just how Jay-Z affected development of NBA 2K13 when the game hits store shelves on October 2 in North America and October 5 internationally for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii, and PC. A Wii U version is in the works, and will arrive sometime this holiday season.

NBA 2K13's soundtrack is made up of 24 songs, six of which are from Jay-Z. Tunes by Coldplay, Daft Punk, Kanye West, U2, and others make up the rest of the soundtrack. The full song list for NBA 2K13 is below.

Coldplay - "Viva La Vida"
Daft Punk - "Around The World (Radio Edit)"
The Dirty Projectors - "Stillness is the Move"
Eric B. and Rakim - "I Ain't No Joke"
Jay-Z - "The Bounce"
Jay-Z - "H.A.M. (Instrumental)
Jay-Z - "On To The Next One"
Jay-Z - "Public Service Announcement"
Jay-Z - "Pump it Up (Freestyle)"
Jay-Z - "Run this Town"
Kanye West - "Amazing"
Kanye West - "Mercy (featuring Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz)"
Kanye West - "We Major (featuring Nas & Really Doe)
Meek Mill - "Ima Boss - Instrumental"
Mobb Deep - "Shook Ones, Pt. II"
The Hours - "Ali in the Jungle"
Justice - "Stress"
Nas - "The World is Yours"
Phoenix - "1901"
Puff Daddy and the Family - "Victory (featuring Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes)
Roy Ayers - "We Live in Brooklyn, Baby"
Santigold - "Shove It (featuring Spank Rock"
Too Short - "Blow the Whistle (Main)"
U2 - "Elevation"

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104 comments
Xero1246
Xero1246

ahhhhhh toooo much rap **pulls out hair***

csward
csward

No. just no, 2k. You're acting worse than EA.

 

You know what would make me excited? "Sid Meier and Firaxis develop a more realistic AI for 2k13".

 

Sigh...Jay Z ffs...who isn't even relevant nationally in music anymore...

theKSMM
theKSMM

I actually heard that Jay-Z is helping to optimize the defensive AI routines by rewriting some low-level C++ functions in pure assembly language.  He's apparently far more talented than many people realize.

kuda001
kuda001

Is this a selling point?

Katz
Katz

Yep I "NEVER" let the games music play... Wasting your money 2K. No one buys a game for the soundtrack. Cept maybe Guitar Hero and such. 

Blaiyan
Blaiyan

I'm just going to do what I do every year. Turn off all the music and play my own.

stziggy
stziggy

This makes about as much sense as me being an executive producer of Jay-Z's next album.

 

It's a marketing stunt plain and simple.

 

 

EPaul
EPaul

The Soundtrack is looking excellent to me hopefully "Jigga" can fix the menus in NBA 2K13

sirkibble2
sirkibble2

Why are they allowing Jay-Z to have any say outside of music? I don't want to say that he doesn't know what he's talking about but I'm sure the team has artists more than capable of prducing something nice without him.

 

I guess one more perspective can't hurt, after all.

TonnFool23
TonnFool23

That's a pretty good playlist if you ask me. Mobb Deep - Shook ones that's a fucking classic.

Pangamaster
Pangamaster

So the Brooklyn Nets are gonna have a 99 rating and there is gonna be  a stadium in Paris :). Life is good.

J4m3sR4n0r72
J4m3sR4n0r72

I believe that Jay Z being part owner of the Brooklyn Nets is the biggest reason this is happening.

IAMTYLERDURDEN
IAMTYLERDURDEN

Does anyone really care about this? All I want is a better b-ball game. I don't care about the soundtrack really. 

nitefox1
nitefox1

Just Imagine if they were still making football games...

nitefox1
nitefox1

How on earth did they get Jordan and Jay-z on deck?

xs_paine
xs_paine

Well, at least there are a few good songs on the set-list, but seriously, both Kanye West and Jay-Z? I mean, I knew upon seeing the headline that was unavoidable, but talk about two of the most overrated hack rapper/producers ever. At least some of the other rap kind of offsets it (Erik B. and Rakim and Mobb Deep especially) and the rock / electronic songs aren't too bad, but it's still pretty annoying when the previous games had good soundtracks that had a wide range of artists rather than having over a third of the songs by two lame ones. xP

WTA2k5
WTA2k5

Considering how much song licensing for popular sports games can pay, he's getting a lot of money off of his "creative input".

WayneL23
WayneL23

unless i see improved gameplay for 2k12 i dont give a hoot who has what position in the company. They could put jesus christ as the CEO of CEO's (<_< see what i did there?) but I just want a better game than 2k12.

oh and they can also toss in BETTER CYBER FACES for crying out loud. Im tired of looking at certain player faces like this o_O and yell at my monitor "Who the hell are you!?!?". 

mont345
mont345

you people need to grow the hell up, you not gonna buy the game because jay z is producing the sound track wtf is wrong with yous, go buy live 13 then we wont miss you, seriously he is the top music artist when it comes to hip hop. if you don,t like rap download and play your own music in the game country, head banger what ever else you listen to grow the F-up its just a sound track as long as they don,t mess up the game play i am good with him doing the music

SolidTy
SolidTy

So, this music person is now the executive producer and he put in six of his songs in a video game about Basketball. Seems like he's doing okay for himself on a Basketball videogame.

Fandango_Letho
Fandango_Letho

No Hard Knock Life? And yeah, SIX Jay-Z songs? Damn. That's kind of too much, if you ask me.

E4_Gamer
E4_Gamer

Dammit now im going to have to listen to Jay-Z when im dunking on Kendrick Perkins with Nate Robinson....

soulless4now
soulless4now

I got 99 problems and that camel is one. 

 

Seriously though, what does he even know about video games?

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

The only "vision" I have is of buying NBA Live 13. I will NEVER willingly hand over any of my hard earned money to Jay Zee or Jasie, or however you spell it this week. 

JayQproductions
JayQproductions

great, now the soundtrack is filled with terrible Jay-Z and Kanye West songs.

blackace
blackace

Don't care to much about the sound track. There is too much Kanye West on it though. I'm curious as to how the menu will change. I'm still not buying it on day one however, mainly because I'm in my 2nd season on NBA 2K12 and 3 season on NBA 2K11. My only question is, "When are they going to fix the bugs in these games. Especially the statistic bugs. Gametrack has been broken for the past 5 years. Even though 2K add some additional stats, stats for Team rebounds, assists, etc are still broken. I actually watched stats disappear after the game ended. All my Pts off TO, Bench Scoring, Fastbreak Pt stats vanished from Team Stats in a couple of games after it ended. There are still other broken things like the ball passing through solid objects (still) and the computer able to speed up instantly from point A to point B without a slow start from standing position. You can see this in replays, even when your play has faster speed and quickness. It's total BS and should be fixed. Yes, 2K Sports got Jay-Z name on there to sell more copies. With EA supposedly releasing their NBA game this year, 2K Sports wants to one up them for sure.

MoneyBagsUK
MoneyBagsUK

Meh, Gotta be honest I very much proffered the less mainstream soundtracks of previous NBA 2k games, not nessacarily cause the music was better but because Its mostly stuff I wouldn't of heard of without. I know who Kanye and Jay-Z already are but with the previous soundtracks I always end up finding hidden music gems. 

hunter8man
hunter8man

Bah. I liked NBA 2K11's soundtrack when they got a good mixture of rock, rap, and pop from artists that weren't mainstream. All of the tracks sounded pretty damn good as a result. This, yeah..... no. 

damodar_thade
damodar_thade

It's that gimmick..... we can't be arsed making a decent game so lets tack on a random celebrity name and hope it sells! Have 2K been meeting with EA?

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

Because when you think video games or basketball, you think Jay-Z. 

mont345
mont345

  buy crappy live 13 then ,2k13 dont need you, you dont no nothing about b.ball anyway..!!

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

 @kkushalbeatzz Because when you think about basketball, you think about the minority share holders, not things like players or coaches are anyone who actually matters. 

mrbacons
mrbacons

 @kkushalbeatzz You realize Jay-Z only owns 1 more percent of the nets than you do, right? 

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

 @kkushalbeatzz 

Mikhail Prokorov is the owner of the Nets. JayZee is a minority share holder. Somehow he's managed to exert more of his influence on the team, which can not be good for anyone.