Chertsey, UK, September 7, 2004 - Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) and Def Jam today announced the explosive in-game soundtrack that will fuel Def Jam FIGHT For NYTM, the blazing-hot sequel to Def Jam VENDETTATM, set to drop this October. Delivering a hard-hitting mix of 28 hot new tracks and old-school hits from Def Jam and other prominent hip hop labels, the soundtrack magnifies the game's gritty, intense gameplay and dramatic storyline.
Def Jam FIGHT For NY thrusts players onto the mean streets of New York amidst a brutal battle for control of the city's hip hop underground. Featuring a cast of more than 40 hip hop artists and celebrities, players will come face to face with dozens of hip hop's biggest names in the game, including Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, Ice T, Lil' Kim, Method Man, Redman and Snoop Dogg.
"Video games are a natural extension of hip hop culture," said Kevin Liles, President and CEO, Def Jam Enterprises. "With Def Jam FIGHT For NY and the in-game soundtrack, we've created an experience that's true to the Def Jam universe."
EA partnered closely with Def Jam on all aspects of the game's production - from developing the plot to refining the soundtrack - assuring authenticity within the Def Jam world.
"Music is the heart and soul of the Def Jam universe, and authenticity was an absolute must for Def Jam FIGHT For NY," said Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of Music and Audio at EA. "Every track in Def Jam FIGHT For NY was hand-picked by Def Jam and EA to correspond to pivotal moments in the storyline and to intensify the gameplay experience."
The in-game soundtrack for Def Jam FIGHT For NY includes:
America's Most - Method Man, Redman
Anything Goes - C-N-N
Are we Cuttin' - Pastor Troy
Bust - OutKast
Comp - Comp
Flipside - Freeway
Get into it - Comp
Get it now - Bless
Let's Get Dirty - Redman
Let's Go - Shawnna
Lil' Bro - Ric-A-Che
Make It Hurt - Busta Rhymes
Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J
Man Up - Sticky Fingaz
Mother Mother - Xzibit
Move! - Public Enemy
Nuff Respect - Big Daddy Kane
O.G. Original Gangster - Ice T
PistolGrip-Pump - Volume 10
Pop Off - Joe Budden
Poppa Large - Ultramagnetic MC's
See about ya - Beezle feat. Bonecrusher
Sieze the Day - Bless
Take a Look at My Life - Fat Joe
Walk With Me - Joe Budden
We Gon Hit Em - Deuce, Dub and the Junkyard Gang
What's Happenin' - Method Man
Yes Sir - C-N-N
Def Jam FIGHT For NY is rated 18 with descriptors of Blood, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Violence by the BBFC. Def Jam FIGHT For NY ships on October 1st, 2004 for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCubeTM under the EA GAMESTM brand. To learn more about the game, please visit the game's official web site at: www.eagames.co.uk/defjam
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ABOUT THE ISLAND DEF JAM MUSIC GROUP
The Island Def Jam Music Group is home to a multi-cultural and diverse family of artists and has fast become one of the most successful labels in the industry. It is comprised of Island Records, Def Jam Recordings and Def Soul, and is in partnerships with American Recordings, Lost Highway Records, Roc-A-Fella Records, The Inc Records, Bloodline Records and Roadrunner Records. The roster boasts an array of talented artists including Jay-Z, Bon Jovi, Mariah Carey, Ludacris, Ashanti, Ryan Adams, Nickelback, Musiq, Slipknot, Thursday, Method Man, Thrice, Hoobastank, Ja Rule, Sum 41, Slayer, Kelly Price, Saliva and DMX.
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