'Def Jam Rapstar' Video Game Coming This Year

Game's trailer features Young Jeezy, but track list has not been announced.

Wonder how you stack up against [artist id="1269"]Jay-Z[/artist], [artist id="504157"]Mos Def[/artist] and [artist id="1061"]Dr. Dre[/artist]? Good news: You'll get your chance with the upcoming release of "Def Jam Rapstar" from 4mm Games later this year.

The title will let you step behind the mic and perform karaoke hits from Def Jam recording artists.

Speaking with IGN, 4mm CEO Nicholas Perrett mentioned the goals for the game and whom they're designing it for. "I think, at the highest level, we're trying to make a game that appeals to a very broad audience of anyone who has really enjoyed hip-hop music at any point in the last 30 years."

Perrett went on to describe some of the features that will be revealed at next week's E3 Expo, saying that gamers will be able to continue the playing even after they've finished the song, and that there will be a strong community following behind the title to ensure that it has a long lifespan.

The partnership with the record label opens up a lot of possibilities, as well. "Def Jam means hip-hop. And I think it goes right to the core of why we're in partnership with Def Jam — why hasn't anyone made this game yet? — all comes back to, it's difficult, because there's only a few people who could probably pull it off."

The song list is, unfortunately, still unconfirmed, but a new trailer for "Def Jam Rapstar" on IGN featured [artist id="1243444"]Young Jeezy[/artist]'s "Put On." It's important to note that it won't just be new artists featured in the game. Perrett said, "If I had a grandma who was into a particular type of hip-hop song, I want to know that I've got that as much as the one that my 14-year-old nephew is listening to."

There's no word yet on how the game will actually play, but we're going to be getting a closer look at the title at E3 next week, so stay tuned.

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