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Artists Revealed For NBA 2K22 Soundtrack, Updated Every New Season

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Artists Revealed For NBA 2K22 Soundtrack, Updated Every New Season

2K has announced some of the artists featured in the NBA 2K22 soundtrack, including Freddie Gibbs, Gunna, Megan Thee Stallion, Metro Boomin, Travis Scott and more.

The in-game soundtracks will be updated seasonally throughout the year with 2K’s all-new integration system. This allows for early access to unreleased tracks, new artists, and opportunities for fans to become part of the experience.

Players will be able to discover music throughout the year via “First Fridays,” where new songs will be added to the soundtrack on the first Friday of every new Season. Each update will feature a mix of high-profile and up-and-coming artists to support music discovery and growth within NBA 2K22. More details on what will be included in each Season will be shared later in August.

This year also introduces brand-new ways for aspiring artists to become a part of the NBA 2K series music experience. The all-new Producer Series will integrate a Beats Pack into the game and create an opportunity for the community to record their best verses over the beats and showcase their talent. More details on the Producer Series and even more ways aspiring artists can be involved in the NBA 2K soundtrack which will be unveiled closer to launch.

Some of the new features for NBA 2K22 were revealed last month. Make sure to catch up here if you missed out.

Key on-court gameplay improvements are being implemented to give the player not only more control over how they score the ball, but also how they counter those moves on the defensive end. That’s only the beginning. More impactful gameplay changes will be introduced along with the first NBA 2K22 Gameplay Reveal trailer coming out later this month.

  • OFFENSE – Breaking down defenders off the dribble with new signature moves and combos, precision jump shooting, dunking in traffic, and pulling off alley-oops have all become more skill-based. Basketball IQ and stick skills play an even bigger role in separating top offensive players.
  • DEFENSE – A completely revamped shot contest and blocking system highlight an arsenal of new defensive tools at your disposal. Playing suffocating defense on the perimeter and in the paint has never felt more rewarding, giving elite defenders the ability to truly change the outcome of the game.

NBA 2K22 releases on September 10 for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC platforms.

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  1. I really enjoy the soundtrack in 2k almost every year, I like a lot of the announced artists, and to add more songs throughout the year is a win for everyone, however....Come on this is basically your first in-depth feature announcement for the year and it's the music.
    Seems par for the course for modern 2K games. Used to love when their soundtracks had underground appeal but I guess that's the price you pay for success.
    I say this half-jokingly, but I swear Gran Turismo 4 had a classical music playlist that was turned off by default but if you knew well enough, you could toggle it on and listen to that instead. At this point... I don't think I'd mind that as an option in 2K. Above all else, I miss being able to use my own music in the menus like you could in the 360 days.
    VDusen04
    Seems par for the course for modern 2K games. Used to love when their soundtracks had underground appeal but I guess that's the price you pay for success.
    I say this half-jokingly, but I swear Gran Turismo 4 had a classical music playlist that was turned off by default but if you knew well enough, you could toggle it on and listen to that instead. At this point... I don't think I'd mind that as an option in 2K. Above all else, I miss being able to use my own music in the menus like you could in the 360 days.

    Exactly. This whole basketball = black / urban culture = hiphop like music is played out, time for something fresh. It's kind of racist and silly that all these soundtracks are just limited to basically hiphop.
    Yallasama
    Exactly. This whole basketball = black / urban culture = hiphop like music is played out, time for something fresh. It's kind of racist and silly that all these soundtracks are just limited to basically hiphop.
    That definitely isn't racist at all, like V said just a changing of the times and 2K's target audience.
    I agree that more musical diversity would be nice, but market trends and other factors (public reception) says otherwise.
    Official HQ of Bills Backer/Spurs Nation
    I don’t think it’s a race thing but basketball and hip hop are intrinsically linked, the soundtrack will always be predominantly hip hop.
    Now saying hip hop = black culture is a little different. It’s mostly black but it’s denigrating to black culture to say hip hop is the one defining genre considering soul, disco, R&B and funk are all dominated by black artists. They just don’t affiliate with basketball all that much.
    You can guess some of the songs just from the artists and they’re songs I like so I don’t have any problem with it. It’s literally background music between games so I don’t care too much.
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    Yallasama
    Good lord…no old school stuff? Muting it is.

    People Under the Stairs is close to old school. Nas depending on the songs. If you are a hip-hop fan there are some good artists here. Mick Jenkins has some good tracks. Bishop Neru with MF DOOM is usually pretty good. Freddie Gibbs is pretty dope. Jack Harlows not bad, my guess is they'll have his "Tyler Herro" song.
    I just want them to get this soundtrack stuff out of the way so we can get to the important stuff. I always forget that the Soundtrack is usually the first piece of info. To me it doesn't matter how good or bad the soundtrack is. I don't pay enough attention to it and if I really don't like it I'll just run Spotify in the background.
    scottyp180
    People Under the Stairs is close to old school. Nas depending on the songs. If you are a hip-hop fan there are some good artists here. Mick Jenkins has some good tracks. Bishop Neru with MF DOOM is usually pretty good. Freddie Gibbs is pretty dope. Jack Harlows not bad, my guess is they'll have his "Tyler Herro" song.
    I just want them to get this soundtrack stuff out of the way so we can get to the important stuff. I always forget that the Soundtrack is usually the first piece of info. To me it doesn't matter how good or bad the soundtrack is. I don't pay enough attention to it and if I really don't like it I'll just run Spotify in the background.
    Totally missed People Under the Stairs and MF DOOM my first scan through. I wonder if that's their way of paying tribute to Double K and DOOM, both of whom passed this past year. Would be kind of a nice callback to when both artists were on 2K prior.
    DOOM was at least on 2K9 (thought it was earlier than this but I guess not)

    People Under the Stairs was on NBA 2K5 and I think NFL 2K5 too.

    In fact, 2K played a relatively significant role in introducing me to artists and groups during that timespan. Similar to the Tony Hawk series and GTA, it sort of allowed me to sample other genres, sub-genres, or different artists in genres I knew. I miss that part of their soundtrack experience.
    Here I was just the other day thinking “Man, 2K used to have great soundtracks just a couple years ago” before I realized I was thinking of 2K8-2K13.
    … are we the old-heads now?
    Yallasama
    Exactly. This whole basketball = black / urban culture = hiphop like music is played out, time for something fresh. It's kind of racist and silly that all these soundtracks are just limited to basically hiphop.

    Ironically around 70-80% of the consumers of hip hop are white. Not only that hip hop went corporate in the 90’s it’s not black culture. If you don’t finance or have control how could it be black culture.
    loso_34
    Ironically around 70-80% of the consumers of hip hop are white. Not only that hip hop went corporate in the 90’s it’s not black culture. If you don’t finance or have control how could it be black culture.

    Hahahahaha donkey of the day winner.
    Wow great call back to those old 2K soundtracks! Hard to remember all the classic tracks they've used over the years. Definitely agree about Tony Hawk and GTA. Good introduction to songs and artists I would have otherwise missed out on, especially at that young of an age. Also big shout out to NBA Street Vol 2 for having "They Reminisce Over You" as the first song to grace your ears. That song and game are inseparable to me.
    I do feel like now days it's rare for more to hear a song on a
    videgame soundtrack that appeals to me, unless it's an artist or song I'm already familiar with. I miss hearing surprise gems while playing a videogame.
    Yallasama
    Exactly. This whole basketball = black / urban culture = hiphop like music is played out, time for something fresh. It's kind of racist and silly that all these soundtracks are just limited to basically hiphop.

    Worst take of the year.
    XxKnicksRules215xX
    Hahahahaha donkey of the day winner.

    You’re just out of touch. Old wealthy white men control hip hop it hasn’t been black culture since the 90’s.
    Guys like Jimmy iovine have beating eating off black on black violence, gang culture and degeneracy for decades. They control the image.
    Soundtrack don’t matter if it doesn’t play during the postgame highlight suite.  I don’t understand how since the transition to PS4 there is no music  during postgame screens. So strange! It was nice when in 2k13 music would play during the  during the  pause and highlight menu screens.  This makes me actually listen to  some of the music.
    Soundtracks in sports games are really just a relic of the past. If you want to listen to music while playing it’s ridiculously easy to load up whatever you want to hear.
    My takeaway from this is that the player model they showed looks to be the same preset face we’ve had for a few years now. What we have now isn’t awful, but I’d much rather have sculpting.

    This was in 2k21 would have never discovered it if it wasn't in the game. I do think they're going a bit crazy with these large soundtracks though because usually the game plays the same 4-5 songs over and over.
    I prefer a smaller soundtrack 50-100+ tracks a year is a bit too much imo.
    scottyp180
    People Under the Stairs is close to old school.

    Im really really hoping that Empty Bottles of Water is the song they choose for them. Cause I will probably have that and the potential Freddie Gibbs song they have on there on repeat.
    I do wish they didn’t go mostly mainstream with the soundtrack these days but it is what it is. They haven’t had an actually bad soundtrack since like 2K15? 21 is probably the worst one since that and I still enjoy it here and there.
    SuperNoVa27
    Soundtracks in sports games are really just a relic of the past. If you want to listen to music while playing it’s ridiculously easy to load up whatever you want to hear.

    Agree about that.
    I wish they would focus more on getting music that is actually played in arenas. Most arenas play specific songs during certain parts of the game. For example the Celtics used to (maybe still do?) play "Welcome to the Jungle" leading into tip off. There are various arenas that have a DJ playing music during the game. That should be one of the focuses when selecting soundtrack music. Anything that makes the game more authentic and immersive.
    These crooks want to show the game last minute so the lowest common denominator consumers buy on impulse. When people have time to establish buyers beware it works against 2k.
    VDusen04
    Seems par for the course for modern 2K games. Used to love when their soundtracks had underground appeal but I guess that's the price you pay for success.

    Couldn't agree more. I think the last purely hip-hop oriented NBA 2K soundtrack was NBA 2K8.
    In my opinion, I don't think it's necessarily a problem of the genres selected (that's more of a personal taste thing); I think it's more the soundtrack often seems like it is whatever a focus group thought was cool and edgy in a kind of obvious attempt to appear "hip to the culture" rather than reflecting any type of thoughtful track selection.
    To me it just comes off as the musical equivalent of that scene they shoehorn into My Career mode every year with Ronnie2K trying to appear cool by making some sort of contrived modern pop culture reference that is often already embarrassingly outworn by the time the game comes out if not shortly thereafter.

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