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.

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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.
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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