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.
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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