New York, NY - September 24, 2007 - 2K Sports, the sports publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), today announced that NBA® 2K8 will feature original and exclusive tracks from the late legendary producer J Dilla (aka Jay Dee) with Common, Q-Tip, Talib Kweli and Madlib providing vocals. The in-game soundtrack will also include music that harkens back to the roots of hip-hop, as well as an eclectic mix of songs from other genres that complement the virtual hoops action.
As one of the music industry's most influential producers, J Dilla inspired many artists, including Common, Q-Tip, Talib Kweli and Madlib, all of whom he had previously collaborated with in some fashion. These artists were tapped to keep J Dilla's legacy alive because of their friendship and respect for this fallen talent. Now exclusively on the NBA 2K8 soundtrack, three J Dilla tracks will feature the lyrics of Common, Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, and Madlib.
"J Dilla was one of the industry's greatest talents," said Q-Tip. "This recording is reflective of his legacy and of the wonderful body of work that he left behind."
The in-game soundtrack to NBA 2K8 introduces today's gamers to classic tracks from The Highlighters Band, Ernie and The Topnotes, Billy Ball&The Upsetters, and The Fabulous Jades. Rounding out the soundtrack are offerings from Quasimoto, Percee P, Run-DMC, Devo, Cut Chemist, Fishbone, Stone Roses and many more.
"For the NBA 2K8 soundtrack, we wanted to produce something diverse that bridges modern hip-hop with its rich heritage in funk and groove," said Tim Rosa, 2K Sports Director of Brand and Lifestyle Marketing. "In addition to showcasing some of J Dilla's finest and unreleased cuts with marquee artists like Common, Talib Kweli and Q-Tip, we've included a diverse group of artists whose music really captures the spirit of the game."
- <*>J Dilla feat. Madlib "The Official (2K8 Mix)"*> <*>J Dilla feat. Q-Tip&Talib Kweli "Lightworks"*> <*>J Dilla feat. Common "E=MC2"*> <*>Run-DMC "Sucka MC's"*> <*>Stone Roses "Fool's Gold"*> <*>Breakestra "Getcho Soul Together Pt. 2"*> <*>Fishbone "Skankin to the Beat"*> <*>Tommy Guerrero "Molotov Telegram"*> <*>Percee P "Throwback Rap Attack"*> <*>Quasimoto "Chrome Dreams"*> <*>Devo "Through Being Cool"*> <*>Quantic "When You're Through"*> <*>J. Rocc "Cold Heat Megamix"*> <*>Cut Chemist "Bunky's Pick"*> <*>Billy Ball&The Upsetters "Tighten Up Tighter"*> <*>The Highlighters Band "Funky 16 Corners"*> <*>A Guy Called Gerald "Hurry to Go Easy"*> <*>Sonic Trip "Energy Play"*> <*>Baron Zen "Turn Around (Peanut Butter Wolf Instrumental Mix)"*> <*>Finley Quaye "Ultra Stimulation"*> <*>G-Love&Special Sauce "Shooting Hoops"*> <*>Ernie&The Topnotes "Dap Walk"*> <*>The Fabulous Jades "Cold Heat"*>
NBA 2K8 is rated E for Everyone and will be available October 2, 2007 for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. NBA 2K8 features exciting all-new play modes, defensive mechanics, off-ball controls, a radically improved franchise mode and an impressive set of other updated features.
For more game information, log onto www.2ksports.com/games/nba2k8
About Take-Two Interactive Software
Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is a global developer, marketer, distributor and publisher of interactive entertainment software games for the PC, PlayStation® game console, PlayStation®2 and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment systems, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, Xbox® and Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft, Wii™, Nintendo GameCube™, Nintendo DS™ and Game Boy® Advance. The Company publishes and develops products through its wholly owned labels Rockstar Games, 2K Games, 2K Sports and 2K Play; and distributes software, hardware and accessories in North America through its Jack of All Games subsidiary. Take-Two's common stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol TTWO. For more corporate and product information please visit our website at www.take2games.com.
All trademarks and copyrights contained herein are the property of their respective holders.
"PlayStation", "PLAYSTATION", and "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, and the Xbox logos are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.
Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains forward-looking statements made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The statements contained herein which are not historical facts are considered forward-looking statements under federal securities laws. Such forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs of our management as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to them. The Company has no obligation to update such forward-looking statements. Actual results may vary significantly from these forward-looking statements based on a variety of factors. These risks and uncertainties include the matters relating to the Special Committee's investigation of the Company's stock option grants and the restatement of our consolidated financial statements. The investigation and conclusions of the Special Committee may result in claims and proceedings relating to such matters, including previously disclosed shareholder and derivative litigation and actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission and/or other governmental agencies and negative tax or other implications for the Company resulting from any accounting adjustments or other factors. Other important factors are described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2006, and in the Company's Form 10-Q for the third quarter ended July 31, 2007 in the section entitled "Risk Factors."
# # #