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.
"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"
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
So the Brooklyn Nets are gonna have a 99 rating and there is gonna be a stadium in Paris :). Life is good.
Does anyone really care about this? All I want is a better b-ball game. I don't care about the soundtrack really.
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
Considering how much song licensing for popular sports games can pay, he's getting a lot of money off of his "creative input".
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!?!?".
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
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.
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Dammit now im going to have to listen to Jay-Z when im dunking on Kendrick Perkins with Nate Robinson....
I got 99 problems and that camel is one.
Seriously though, what does he even know about video games?
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.
@CaptainHerlock Someone is a hater i see lol, and if you gone say his name, he goes by Jay-Z
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