Although EA Sports (technically) took the crown in the video game NFL wars when, in 2004, the company signed a deal to give them the exclusive rights to use the NFL’s teams, stadia, and players in a video game (essentially wiping out the competition in the process), it struggles when it comes to its NBA Live series, and is considered the stepson in comparison to the NBA 2K series.
The soundtrack for NBA Live 18, its latest incarnation, however? Could give NBA 2K18‘s soundtrack a run for its money.
Whereas the NBA 2K series have had artists like JAY-Z, Pharrell, DJ Premier, DJ Mustard, DJ Khaled, and Noah “40” Shebib “curate” playlists in the past, the NBA Live soundtrack appears to be curated by people who are fans of both the mainstream stars and rising upstarts in hip hop, as the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Kamaiyah, Nick Grant, Lil Uzi Vert, Rick Ross, Kid Cudi, Aminé, and others are spotlighted throughout.
Even better, the NBA Live 18 soundtrack can be streamed in its entirety below. The game itself —which will mark the first time that a game will feature all 12 WNBA teams — isn’t scheduled to be released until sometime in December of 2017.