NBA 2K6 nabs exclusive beats

Hip-hop soundtrack for baller includes original tracks from The Roots, Common, Aesop Rock, Jean Grae.

2K Sports today announced some details on the soundtrack of its upcoming basketball game, NBA 2K6. The game will feature original and exclusive tracks from some of hip-hop's established and up-and-coming acts.

"Basketball and hip-hop culture have always been connected at the street level, so we wanted to ensure that NBA 2K6's vibe is as authentic as the gameplay," said Tim Rosa, director of marketing and promotions for 2K Sports.

The game will feature 14 new tracks from The Roots, Common, Aesop Rock, Aceyalone, Lyrics Born, RJD2, Zion I, Jean Grae, Hieroglyphics, and others. The soundtrack will also be released on CD. The artists will be promoting the game and soundtrack on the "2K Sports Bounce Tour" this fall.

2K Sports also revealed a new mode in the game, "The Entertainer's Basketball Classic at Rucker Park" mode. This mode is the first gaming rendition of the popular celebrity basketball classic held in New York. The mode will feature playable hip-hop big shots, including Flava Flav, Method Man, Redman, and more.

NBA 2K6 will be released on the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Xbox 360 this fall. For more information on the game, check out GameSpot's feature preview.

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