LeBron James Gets His Own Soundtrack in 2K14
When LeBron James was selected as the cover athlete of NBA 2K14, 2K Sports stated that he would be "actively involved" in the development of the game.
"It's not our style to slap someone on the cover and call it a day," 2K's Jason Argent said. "We always make use of their expertise to make a better game."
The decision has so far resulted in the game's soundtrack, ranging across hip-hop, rap, and pop genres and chosen by James himself, which was just released.
"2K is letting me take control of some important elements in NBA 2K14, including this year's soundtrack," James said.
James, the first NBA 2K cover athlete to choose his own soundtrack, succeeds 2K13's executive producer Jay-Z in deciding the songs to go into the game. Incidentally, one of Jay-Z's tracks has made it onto the list, in addition to worldwide Multi-Platinum hits "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk, "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke, and "Can't Hold Us" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
The full track list includes:
- Big Krit - "Cool 2 be Southern"
- Cris Cab - "Paradise (On Earth)"
- Coldplay - "Lost!"
- Daft Punk (feat. Pharrell Williams) - "Get Lucky"
- Drake - "Started from the Bottom"
- Eminem - "Not Afraid"
- Fly Union - "Long Run"
- Gorillaz - "Clint Eastwood"
- Imagine Dragons - "Radioactive"
- Jada Kiss (feat. Ayanna Irish) - "Can't Stop Me"
- Jay Z - "The Ruler's Back"
- John Legend (feat. Rick Ross) - "Who Do We Think We Are"
- Kanye West - "All of the Lights"
- Kendrick Lamar - "Now or Never"
- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Ray Dalton) - "Can't Hold Us"
- Nas (feat. Puff Daddy) - "Hate Me Now"
- Phil Collins - "In The Air Tonight"
- Robin Thicke (feat. Pharrell) - "Blurred Lines"
- The Black Keys - "Elevator"
- The Black Keys - "Howlin For You"
The soundtrack can be found on Spotify, so you can prepare in advance for 2K14's release on October 1 on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC, or its launch day release for the PS4 and Xbox One.