Today, 2K Sports announced the tracklist for NBA 2K14, curated by none other than the cover athlete himself, Lebron James.
Last year, when 2K touted their new NBA 2K executive producer Jay-Z, they revealed the soundtrack he created for the game before its release. Lebron seems to have kept his music in the same hip-hop/R&B/rap heavy vein, with the occasional rock or electronic song:
- “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell
- “Cool 2 Be Southern” by Big K.R.I.T.
- “Paradise (on Earth)” by Cris Cab
- “”Lost!” by Coldplay
- “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers, and Pharrell
- “Started From the Bottom” by Drake
- “Not Afraid” by Eminem
- “Long Run” by Fly Union
- “Clint Eastwood” by Gorillaz
- “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons
- “Can’t Stop Me” by Jadakiss and Ayanna Irish
- “The Ruler’s Back” by Jay-Z
- “Who Do We Think We Are” by John Legend and Rick Ross
- “All of the Lights” by Kanye West
- “Now or Never” by Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige
- “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Ray Dalton
- “Hate Me Now” by Nas and Puff Daddy
- “In The Air Tonight” by Phil Collins
- “Elevator” by The Black Keys
- “Howlin’ For You” by The Black Keys
By far, my favorite addition here is Phil Collins. I’ve loved that song for years, so I can’t wait to get sick of it in the first three weeks of purchasing this game because I’ll hear the entire 20-song soundtrack far too much as I play this into oblivion.
If you’d like to get an early start on overplaying the soundtrack, you can check out the playlist on Spotify.
One small story line associated with this, and the cover reveal, is how Jay-Z’s involvement game seems to be nonexistent for 2K14, making his work on 2K13 seem more publicity-related than any real interest in having any influence in the video game world. Since then, he’s become a sports agent and recently released a new album so it’s easy to surmise Hov’s attention is elsewhere this year.
No matter Jay-Z’s involvement, NBA 2K14 is looking to head to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on October 1st, and PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at a later, yet announced, date.