While most would find it nearly impossible to match rhymes with the likes of Snoop Dogg and Busta Rhymes, with only a few hours of practice even the most tongue-tied kid can take them to school on the basketball court.
The rappers, along with DJ Clue, Fabolous and producer Just Blaze, among others, appear as hidden characters in "NBA Live 2003," the latest in EA Sports' basketball series, due October 29, according to the music supervisor for the game.
Not only do the hip-hop artists show face on court, their music surfaces on the soundtrack portion of the game. Seven songs, along with a skit by music supervisor 3H, make up a companion disc that will be included in the game's package. While the mixes of many tracks are exclusive to the game, other versions of the songs may appear on the respective artists' forthcoming albums. The original version of "Ballin' Boy" by No Good already appears on the group's Game Day, PBB, released September 10.
Just Blaze, who has produced tracks for Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes and Nelly, scored all the instrumental music used in the game.
EA Sports, the makers of "NBA Live 2003" are also working on the sequel to last year's "NBA Street," a three-on-three playground game that promises to be even heavier on the hip-hop.
Track list for "NBA Live 2003," according to the game's music supervisor:
- 3H - (skit)
- Fabolous - "It's in the Game (NBA Livestyle Mix)"
- Snoop Dogg - "Get Live (NBA Livestyle Mix)"
- Joe Budden - "Drop Drop (NBA Livestyle Mix)"
- Flipmode Squad f/ Busta Rhymes - "Here We Go (NBA Livestyle Mix)"
- Just Blaze w/ Freeway, Memphis Bleek - "Let's Go"
- Hot Karl - "Blao (NBA Livestyle Mix)"
- No Good - "Ballin' Boy (NBA Livestyle Mix)"