Gone are the days when a sports video game was just about the on-pitch/court/field antics. Nope, now it’s all about the side hustle as well, with multiple options available to players. With NBA 2K21 though, much of the draw of the entire experience is found in the stunning soundtrack that accompanies the game, with 2K now dropping further details on enhancements; one of which includes unreleased tracks from 2 Chainz.
NBA 2K21 is already available on Xbox One and PS4, and as our review states it provides an incredible level of detail and texture, comes with a super slick match engine, and is fully capable of delivering an emotional punch. But things can be better, and that is what is due to unfold within the game.
2K have today announced that from November 12th 2020, NBA 2K21 – on current and next-gen consoles – will premiere unreleased songs from the Grammy award-winning hip-hop artist 2 Chainz’s upcoming album “So Help Me God,”. The long-player is out on November 13th and the in-game music experience provides first access to five new 2 Chainz tracks for 24 hours within the 2K Beats in-game playlist, a whole day before the album drops. As you would expect to hear, this is a groundbreaking milestone for the release of major label music in a video game.
“I’m always looking at new ways to drop new music and connect with my fans. Premiering my music in NBA 2K21 is an incredible , exciting opportunity,” said Tauheed “2 Chainz” Epps. “Music and sports go hand in hand, rappers wanna be athletes and athletes want to be rappers. 2K has grown into a leading music platform and we wanted to bring the NBA 2K community these hits to ball out to in The City or at the 2K Beach.”
“Music fills every area of our lives, so it is imperative to meet listeners where they are. Gaming is a cutting-edge industry, and within the industry 2K is a tremendous platform for music curation and discovery,” said Rodney Shealey, executive vice president Def Jam. “We’re proud to partner with them as they innovate music experiences within the gaming industry, including this first of its kind music debut”
NBA 2K21 is gearing up to provide an even more stellar experience on next-gen consoles, with the soundtrack representing one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of music ever assembled for a sports video game. And now NBA 2K21 is not just amassing an impressive collection, but it is bringing access to new music like never before with the arrival of 2 Chainz’ tracks.
Further to that though and the NBA 2K21 industry-leading soundtrack is also getting an upgrade, with the next-gen version receiving 150 new tracks, for over 350 tracks available to players throughout the life of the game – an expansive addition only possible on the next-gen hardware. These 350 songs are broken up into two distinct listening environments, 2K Beats, and The City Soundtrack, each offering unique listening and discovery experiences.
The full NBA 2K21 soundtrack can be found on Spotify.
If you haven’t yet played NBA 2K21 then we highly advise you do so. You’ll find it available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC right now, with Xbox Series X|S and PS5 options opening up as the consoles roll out.