Jay-Z picks Coldplay, U2, Kanye West tracks as he curates ‘NBA 2K13’ soundtrack

Rapper also picks Santigold, Daft Punk, Nas and six of his own tracks

Jay-Z has curated the soundtrack for new basketball computer game NBA 2K13 and has selected tracks from Coldplay, U2 and his ‘Watch The Throne’ partner Kanye West among his choices.

Coldplay make an appearance with ‘Viva La Vida’, while U2 make their computer game debut with ‘Elevation’. Kanye West’s ‘Amazing’ and ‘We Major’ are included, as are six of Jay-Z’s own songs, including ‘Run This Town’, which you can see the video for at the bottom of the page.

The rapper, who is a part owner of NBA team Brooklyn Nets, has not only curated the soundtrack, but, as executive producer, was also involved in the basketball game’s creation, according to producers 2K Sport.


Speaking about Jay-Z’s involvement in the game’s making, 2K Sport’s vice-president of marketing, Jason Argent told Billboard: “Jay is completely obsessed with authenticity. So right off the bat, he said ‘Look, I love this franchise and I love this game, but if you want me to be involved, I need to be truly involved. I want to actually help make this game.”

He continued: “We wanted him to truly be involved from a behind-the-scenes production standpoint. With his involvement within the league, he brought such a level of understanding to what we were trying to accomplish. I think the final product will reflect that level of excitement that he had.”

Also included on the soundtrack are tracks from the Dirty Projectors, Santigold, Justice, The Hours, Phoenix, Daft Punk and the rapper’s former great rival Nas.

Jay-Z has just completed a lengthy world tour alongside Kanye West in support of their joint album ‘Watch The Throne’.

The tracklisting for the soundtrack to ‘NBA: 2K13’ is as follows:

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 BIG & Busta Rhymes)’
Daft Punk – ‘Around The World (Radio Edit)’
Santigold – ‘Shove It’ (feat. Spank Rock)
Kanye West – ‘Amazing’
Jay-Z – ‘Run This Town’
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 & 2 Chainz)
U2 – ‘Elevation’
Jay-Z – ‘On To The Next One’
Jay-Z – ‘Public Service Announcement’
Jay-Z – ‘H.A.M. (Instrumental)’