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2K Sports Announces NBA® 2K8 Soundtrack to Showcase an Array of Eclectic Music Offerings


2K Sports, the sports publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), today announced that NBA® 2K8 will feature original and exclusive tracks from the late legendary producer J Dilla (aka Jay Dee) with Common, Q-Tip, Talib Kweli and Madlib providing vocals. The in-game soundtrack will also include music that harkens back to the roots of hip-hop, as well as an eclectic mix of songs from other genres that complement the virtual hoops action.

As one of the music industry’s most influential producers, J Dilla inspired many artists, including Common, Q-Tip, Talib Kweli and Madlib, all of whom he had previously collaborated with in some fashion. These artists were tapped to keep J Dilla’s legacy alive because of their friendship and respect for this fallen talent. Now exclusively on the NBA 2K8 soundtrack, three J Dilla tracks will feature the lyrics of Common, Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, and Madlib.

“J Dilla was one of the industry’s greatest talents,” said Q-Tip. “This recording is reflective of his legacy and of the wonderful body of work that he left behind.”

The in-game soundtrack to NBA 2K8 introduces today’s gamers to classic tracks from The Highlighters Band, Ernie and The Topnotes, Billy Ball & The Upsetters, and The Fabulous Jades. Rounding out the soundtrack are offerings from Quasimoto, Percee P, Run-DMC, Devo, Cut Chemist, Fishbone, Stone Roses and many more.

“For the NBA 2K8 soundtrack, we wanted to produce something diverse that bridges modern hip-hop with its rich heritage in funk and groove,” said Tim Rosa, 2K Sports Director of Brand and Lifestyle Marketing. “In addition to showcasing some of J Dilla’s finest and unreleased cuts with marquee artists like Common, Talib Kweli and Q-Tip, we’ve included a diverse group of artists whose music really captures the spirit of the game.”

Track listing:

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”
NBA 2K8 is rated E for Everyone and will be available October 2, 2007 for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. NBA 2K8 features exciting all-new play modes, defensive mechanics, off-ball controls, a radically improved franchise mode and an impressive set of other updated features.


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