The deets on NBA Street's beats

Beastie Boys' track headlines the roster of hip-hop tunes in EA's extreme hoops game; rap trio will also be playable characters.

EA today announced the tracks that will be blaring from the virtual blacktop of NBA Street V3. The Beastie Boys' "An Open Letter to NYC" has been designated as the game's anthem, while hip-hop tracks from past and present will round out the soundtrack.

NBA Street V3 players won't just listen to The Beastie Boys...the New York-based rap trio will also get a license to fill it up on the courts as playable characters in the game. All gamers need to do to unlock King Ad-Rock, MCA, and Mike D is beat them in the street challenge mode.

The Beasties aren't the first special guests announced for NBA Street V3. Virtual ballers can unlock Nintendo superstars Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach in the GameCube version.

NBA Street V3 continues the over-the-top aerial antics of the franchise with its trademark three-on-three extreme basketball action featuring NBA stars of old and today. New features this year include the trick stick, the slam dunk contest, and the court creator.

The full track listing for the soundtrack is as follows:

24K feat. Elephant Man - Move Out Remix (radio edit)
Ak'Sent - Bounce
Ali Vegas - I Am Street (NBA Street V3 Mix)
Beastie Boys - An Open Letter to NYC
De La Soul - Me, Myself and I
Dirtbag - I Ain't Going Nowhere
Don Yute - A Lot of Girls (NBA Street V3 Mix)
Duece Poppi feat. Trina - To The Floor (NBA Street V3 Mix)
House of Pain - Jump Around (Pete Rock Remix)
MC Lyte - Ruffneck
Nitty - Hey Bitty
Shells - Ladies and Gentlemen

NBA Street V3 takes it to the hole February 8 for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube. The "E" for Everyone-rated game will retail for $49.99. For more information on NBA Street V3, dribble on over to our previous coverage.

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