Jay Z teams up with 2K Sports to executive produce NBA 2K13

2K Sports this morning announced that they are officially hooking up with Jay Z for the latest and greatest release in their basketball franchise, NBA 2K13. Jay Z will serve as executive producer of this year’s installment and is looking to bring a little bit more style and substance to the game including a hand-picked soundtrack, a new interface and more.

Read on for the press release from 2K Sports below, and make sure to check out the new trailer as well.

NBA 2K13 – Jay Z trailer:
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2K Sports today announced an unprecedented partnership with entertainment mogul Shawn ?JAY Z? Carter to serve as Executive Producer of NBA 2K13, the next installment of the top-selling and top-rated NBA video game simulation franchise*.

?This has been a unique opportunity to collaborate with 2K Sports and be a part of one of the best sports video games in history,? commented JAY Z.  ?NBA 2K13 will be the next evolution in sports and basketball culture, and I?m ready to usher in the new era of the franchise.?

JAY Z?s interests and influences extend well beyond his illustrious music career as a 14-time Grammy award winner, as evidenced by his part-ownership of the 40/40 sports clubs and of the NBA?s Brooklyn Nets, having recently helped craft that team?s iconic black-and-white logo and visual identity. As Executive Producer of NBA 2K13, JAY Z?s artistic vision and style will permeate the experience, from the overall look and feel of the game, to the hand-picked soundtrack, interactive in-game menus and more.

?We aren?t content with just being the best, and we will continue to grow the NBA 2K franchise into one of today?s premier entertainment experiences,? said Jason Argent, vice president of marketing for 2K Sports. ?JAY Z?s role in NBA2K13 represents a unique fusion of basketball, music, art, and entertainment, and illustrates the evolution of NBA 2Kinto something much bigger than simply the best basketball video game series ever made.?

The audio and visual aesthetics of NBA 2K13 will reflect a balance of basketball and musical influences, with JAY Z himself hand-picking the game?s soundtrack. The 24-song collection features some of his top hits, along with an eclectic mix of music?s biggest acts.

Artist: Title:
The Hours Ali in the Jungle
Too Short Blow the Whistle (Main)
Eric B. and Rakim I Ain?t No Joke
Phoenix 1901
JAY Z Pump it Up (Freestyle)
Puff Daddy and the Family Victory (feat. Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes)
Daft Punk Around The World (Radio Edit)
Santigold Shove It (feat. Spank Rock)
Kanye West Amazing
JAY Z Run This Town
The Dirty Projectors Stillness is the Move
Nas The World is Yours
Coldplay Viva La Vida
Roy Ayers We Live in Brooklyn, Baby
Justice Stress
JAY Z The Bounce
Kanye West We Major (feat. Nas & Really Doe)
Mobb Deep Shook Ones, Pt. II
Meek Mill Ima Boss ? Instrumental
Kanye West
Mercy (feat. Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz)
On To The Next One
Public Service Announcement
H.A.M. (Instrumental)

2K Sports today also released a special trailer announcing JAY Z?s integration in NBA 2K13 which can be viewed at http://youtu.be/re8bRD8PIWI.

Fans are encouraged to enjoy select tracks from the NBA 2K13 soundtrack (which can also be shared on Facebook) at http://2kgam.es/NBA2KJAYZ.