Thursday August 2, 2012

ATLANTA -- Jay-Z is taking another step into the pro basketball realm: The Grammy-winning rapper and minority owner of the Brooklyn Nets will serve as the executive producer for the coming "NBA 2K13" video game.

The rapper, who de signed the Nets new logo and color scheme, selected 24 songs for the soundtrack, and of fered input for the game’s interactive in-game menus and other visual presentations.

Jay-Z said in a statement that his involvement was a "unique opportunity" to collaborate and help produce "NBA 2K13," the latest in stallment of the best-selling basketball video game 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," Jay-Z said. "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."

Some of the songs featured on the game’s soundtrack are Jay-Z’s "Pub lic Service Announce ment," Kanye West’s "Amaz ing," Cold play’s "Viva La Vida," Roy Ayers’ "We Live in Brooklyn, Baby," U2’s "Shove It," Nas’ "The World is Yours" and an instrumental version of Meek Mill’s "Ima Boss."

The game, which will feature Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and Blake Griffin on the cover, is expected to go on sale Oct. 2.


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