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Madden NFL 19 Soundtrack Revealed, Listen to it on Spotify Now

Madden NFL 19

Madden NFL 19 Soundtrack Revealed, Listen to it on Spotify Now

The official Madden NFL 19 soundtrack has been released and you can sample the soundtrack in the embedded Spotify player below, or click here to listen to the full playlist.

New music content will arrive monthly, throughout the football season. Also, just like previous years, the team will update their Madden Music Mondays Spotify playlist every week.

Read more details in the official blog. The standard edition of Madden NFL 19 releases on August 10 with Antonio Brown on the cover, while the Hall of Fame Edition with Terrell Owens on the cover, arrives 3 days earlier, on August 7 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. For those of you that missed it, Madden NFL 19 is also coming to PC, on EA Origin.

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  1. There is also this tidbit of info...
    New Monthly Music Content Drops
    In Madden NFL 19, we’ll be dropping new music content monthly throughout the football season to keep your experience fresher than that guacamole the guy made at your table last week. Delicious.
    XtremeDunkz
    Trash soundtrack. Could we possibly get a little variety other than rap?
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    Oh, it's worse than that. It's basically all one specific subgenre of a subgenre of a subgenre of rap. This is all that mumble trap bull****.
    adembroski
    I honestly did not believe it could get worse than '18.
    Wow, was I wrong.
    I could tolerate most of the songs in 18. Listening to these is just gonna suck.
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    Didn't '16 have like 2 rock songs and a country song? Well, not really a country song, but a pop song by a guy who's usually played on country stations, but still. There was some variety. Damn, this is awful.
    Here's the thing though... it's probably yet another totally screwed up use of metrics. Someone saw that everyone except 14-20-year-olds turn off the music and thought, "Well, I guess we'll only include music that appeals to those people."
    I'm actually pissed at how bad this is. Soundtracks in Madden used to be good. Now I have to listen to Cardi B and Nicki talk about getting money and Gucci belts
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    XtremeDunkz
    I'm actually pissed at how bad this is. Soundtracks in Madden used to be good.
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    As my favorite genre of music is hip hop I actually love the soundtrack.
    We gotta remember that “popular music” will always go with what the younger generation likes. As we get older of course the popular music is gonna change. And it’s not going to favor or be the music that we used to like. Popular culture is always evolving.
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    adembroski
    Didn't '16 have like 2 rock songs and a country song? Well, not really a country song, but a pop song by a guy who's usually played on country stations, but still. There was some variety. Damn, this is awful.

    It was more than that; there was a fair amount of "pop country" actually. Heck, there was even a dabbling of electronic music. There was a wide variety in the music which comprised the Madden 16 soundtrack and it remains one of my favorites of any sports game.
    I've turned off the soundtracks of the past two Madden games, however, and it looks like I'll be doing the same with this one. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    I honestly think there's a couple of pretty good tracks on there. With that said, I really miss the time when Madden had a nice balance between rap and rock(actually some pretty heavy stuff here and there)
    The last few madden soundtracks have been great. I am still bumping that cuz lightyear track on Spotify. But this is a little too much mumble and migos style rap for my taste
    I've turned off the music in sports games since forever regardless of who the artists were, so I don't care who they choose for the game, but I have to laugh because I don't know 90% of the artists in this year's game.
    adembroski
    Didn't '16 have like 2 rock songs and a country song? Well, not really a country song, but a pop song by a guy who's usually played on country stations, but still. There was some variety. Damn, this is awful.
    Here's the thing though... it's probably yet another totally screwed up use of metrics. Someone saw that everyone except 14-20-year-olds turn off the music and thought, "Well, I guess we'll only include music that appeals to those people."

    Ian mentioned that We Will Rock You, Start Me Up, the classic rock genre, cost a lot to acquire because of their licenses.
    My guess is that is the reason they go this route?
    Good god....haven't heard of any of this stuff....but pretty easy to tell it's the same drivel they have had the last few years.
    Hopefully they have added a few more instrumental options this year (rather than 6 or so).
    GisherJohn24
    man, i really miss my NFL films music. What was it about the early madden games that was awesome? Oh the soundtracks were fantastic. Now? Meh. Mute.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p30QHbD8018&t=30s

    I came here to write that i would appreciate more NFL Films music. Every year i mute everything besides the 4-6 nfl films songs that are thankfully still in the game. I may make a spotify playlist with nfl films songs and just listen to that while i play this year.
    EDIT- Actually, someone already made one: https://open.spotify.com/user/1215163931/playlist/3jZCOcwfQq4pPKfyVqrCCP?si=5eZ5ZTgfQviSu6edckFWVg
    With both Xbox and PS now allowing us to use spotify while in game this is definitely a great alternative for anyone that misses the classic NFL Films songs.
    adembroski
    Didn't '16 have like 2 rock songs and a country song? Well, not really a country song, but a pop song by a guy who's usually played on country stations, but still. There was some variety. Damn, this is awful.
    Here's the thing though... it's probably yet another totally screwed up use of metrics. Someone saw that everyone except 14-20-year-olds turn off the music and thought, "Well, I guess we'll only include music that appeals to those people."

    16 was a really solid soundtrack. Last one I acutally liked most of the tunes. The R&B tunes were excellent too.
    Boogie ooogie boooogie oooogie oooogie.....damn I love that tune. They had some cool rock tunes and a country rock tune.
    18? Belch.
    Now 19 looks horrendous. Talk about pigeon holing your soundtrack.
    And like JohnGisher......WTF with no NFL films music anymore.....pay that man his royalty and get that stuff back into the game damn it!!!
    Marino
    I usually just turn off the soundtrack anyways.

    I listen to every song a few times...turn off all the crap and only keep the pseudo NFL films music and some of the decent songs that make it.
    16 was the last really solid soundtrack.
    You know, for a development team that is more than clueless when it comes to providing numerous options in their game, they get a gold star for allowing you to turn off the music...
    I dont recognize any of those songs but I do know the artists and they aren't really my taste in music
    can just make a spotify playlist and turn it on when im playing, if I want to listen to music in the menus. really grateful for that feature
    XtremeDunkz
    Trash soundtrack. Could we possibly get a little variety other than rap?
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    I wholeheartedly agree. This has gotta be the worst soundtrack in Madden history.
    I will definitely be muting this garbage. Not one, not two, but THREE songs with Nicki Minaj? Good grief...
    If any indication this soundtrack shows where EA wants the game targeted to demographics wise. I listen to trap and mumble as much as the next guy but geez wheres is the classic hip hop, rock, alternative and NFL music.
    Madden used to be for everyone now it seems like they are targeting a specific group (MUT)
    I thought Madden 17 had a really solid soundtrack. Had a nice mix of country, indie rock, and hip hop. Though, I may be biased, since my song suggestion was included on the soundtrack ****.
    I haven't heard any of these songs, so I can't say whether this is good or bad, but I'm sad to see that this has become a one-genre soundtrack now. Didn't care for M18's soundtrack at all.
    El_Tercero
    As my favorite genre of music is hip hop I actually love the soundtrack.
    We gotta remember that “popular music” will always go with what the younger generation likes. As we get older of course the popular music is gonna change. And it’s not going to favor or be the music that we used to like. Popular culture is always evolving.
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    I'm curious to know the median age of a Madden gamer. I'll bet it's not people familiar with that music.
    With that being said, I get it, I'm out of touch with most modern music... BUT why not have a diverse playlist for various groups of people?
    Omitting gamers who aren't millennials is kind of weird when they're a huge part of the people who buy the game year in and year out.
    Other game soundtracks usually have more diversity from the type of music and also as to the music in regards to when it was made.
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    ODogg
    Or just get some decent old school rap lol...
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    This x100. Public Enemy and Tupac were in 10, that’s how I first fell in love with them. They even had some good songs by Cypress Hill and Pharoah Monch. Man, the old soundtracks were great.
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    Meh. Last year there were at least 5-6 songs that I liked, including ones from Big Boi, Kendrick, Aloe Blacc, and Imagine Dragons. This stuff definitely is not my steez, it's catered to you kids, but whatever. At least I can turn it off.
    El_Tercero
    As my favorite genre of music is hip hop I actually love the soundtrack.
    We gotta remember that “popular music” will always go with what the younger generation likes. As we get older of course the popular music is gonna change. And it’s not going to favor or be the music that we used to like. Popular culture is always evolving.

    This.
    My daughter finally got me onto Spotify, and I'm really liking it. I mostly listen to alt-rock of the 70s, 80s, and 90s, but Spotify kind of opened up my tastes. One day I decided to look at the charts in Spotify, to see what the kids are listening to.
    Rap. They listen to metric tons of rap. At first I found it kind of depressing, because it almost made it seem like rock is dead. But then, I decided to explore. I don't know if he is mumble rap, or whatever you guys call it, but one of the first rap acts I decided to give a try, thanks to Jalen and Jacoby recommending their favorites, was Kendrick Lamar. Honestly, I blown away. I started listening to not only him, but a lot of other artists, some of which I saw here.
    Basically, if you look at that play list and call it crap, then you are officially too old to be relevant to the producers of Madden. Mute the menu music like I've been doing in every single sports game since the 00's. And seriously, this nonsense about Madden used to having great playlists is just wrong. But then, maybe I was too old for those, too.
    Mostly, in this day and age, we ought too be able to use our own music in these types of games. Loved the use of Groove Music in FH3, which let me create my own playlist. I would love to see Spotify used that way going forward, especially since MS killed of Groove Music.
    But we were able to use our own music last gen. Not sure why that got wiped out this gen.
    ODogg
    I'm curious to know the median age of a Madden gamer. I'll bet it's not people familiar with that music.
    With that being said, I get it, I'm out of touch with most modern music... BUT why not have a diverse playlist for various groups of people?
    Omitting gamers who aren't millennials is kind of weird when they're a huge part of the people who buy the game year in and year out.
    Other game soundtracks usually have more diversity from the type of music and also as to the music in regards to when it was made.
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    It's not really even the Millennials that they are catering to, it's the generation after them, Gen Z. I think they know that us old heads might hate the soundtrack and be bothered about it for like 30 seconds, but it will have pretty much zero affect on our enjoyment of the game.
    JayhawkerStL
    This.
    My daughter finally got me onto Spotify, and I'm really liking it. I mostly listen to alt-rock of the 70s, 80s, and 90s, but Spotify kind of opened up my tastes. One day I decided to look at the charts in Spotify, to see what the kids are listening to.
    Rap. They listen to metric tons of rap. At first I found it kind of depressing, because it almost made it seem like rock is dead. But then, I decided to explore. I don't know if he is mumble rap, or whatever you guys call it, but one of the first rap acts I decided to give a try, thanks to Jalen and Jacoby recommending their favorites, was Kendrick Lamar. Honestly, I blown away. I started listening to not only him, but a lot of other artists, some of which I saw here.
    Basically, if you look at that play list and call it crap, then you are officially too old to be relevant to the producers of Madden. Mute the menu music like I've been doing in every single sports game since the 00's. And seriously, this nonsense about Madden used to having great playlists is just wrong. But then, maybe I was too old for those, too.
    Mostly, in this day and age, we ought too be able to use our own music in these types of games. Loved the use of Groove Music in FH3, which let me create my own playlist. I would love to see Spotify used that way going forward, especially since MS killed of Groove Music.
    But we were able to use our own music last gen. Not sure why that got wiped out this gen.

    Xbox supports Spotify. Turn off in game music turn on spotify app and you are done. I tweeted about this earlier but the Madden track is a relic of a pre streaming music era. Honestly music in video games beyond scores specific to the game are pointless anymore with the advancements in streaming music, especially now that it is console supported.
    Where is the variety? This looks like all mumble rap.
    18 was the first NFL sound track I didn't really enjoy for as long as I can remember, and this one seems worse in every way.
    Where is the Rock, Punk, and R&B style stuff from past years? There is much too large of an audience for Madden to blow the sound track this badly.
    I recognize maybe 3 names on the list, not a single song, though. I don't know what a Cardi B is, but at least we can use Spotify and other methods to please ourselves. We can all moan and gripe about features they've taken out of the game, but Madden's biggest crime to date is getting ride of Sam Spence and all of his music. I'll have the songs turned off in game and use Spotify to give me what I want.
    Now if it were that easy for all of my other issues with the game we'd be golden.
    JayhawkerStL
    I don't know if he is mumble rap, or whatever you guys call it, but one of the first rap acts I decided to give a try, thanks to Jalen and Jacoby recommending their favorites, was Kendrick Lamar. Honestly, I blown away.

    Kendrick is without a doubt a lyrical, skillful, dedicated to his craft, emcee (rapper). You're good there :waytogo:
    BleedGreen710
    I dont recognize any of those songs but I do know the artists and they aren't really my taste in music
    can just make a spotify playlist and turn it on when im playing, if I want to listen to music in the menus. really grateful for that feature

    Definitely, need to find out how to do this.
    Kendrick is legit. Definitely head and shoulders above all of the tracks listed here.
    iLLWiLL
    Kendrick is without a doubt a lyrical, skillful, dedicated to his craft, emcee (rapper). You're good there :waytogo:

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    underdog13
    Also fyi Sam Spence is on spotify, all his good NFL films stuff.
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    He has some other stuff that I never have heard before that is also pretty decent. Safe to say I'll probably have every single release of his in a playlist. That's enough for me just about, but I would like to have some other songs in a playlist. Would be great for the community here to come together and create a few different types of playlists for the game.
    T4VERTS
    Xbox supports Spotify. Turn off in game music turn on spotify app and you are done. I tweeted about this earlier but the Madden track is a relic of a pre streaming music era. Honestly music in video games beyond scores specific to the game are pointless anymore with the advancements in streaming music, especially now that it is console supported.

    I don't mess with streaming music in most games. I would then just have to pause the music while in game. And there is a difference between music that is funneled through game's sound software and music over the top. The music you here, whether it is Groove music or one of the "radio stations" in FH3 is changed if you are going through a tunnel or such.
    What I want is my music to be used for in-game events. Walk-ups in baseball, music between action in hockey, kickoff and TD themes. Spotify doesn't work for any of that.
    I do stream the crap out of Spotify while playing Prominence Poker, though.
    I think there's too much rap, and I'm not knocking it, since I usually like Live's rap soundtracks. But when I think of football, I think of rock and rap...but usually I'll just use the nfl theme songs anyway.
    Madden 10 soundtrack:
    2 Pac -Cant C Me
    Airborne-Heads Are Gonna Roll
    Alice in Chains-Them Bones
    B. o. B. -Created a Monster
    Bang Camaro-Revolution
    Beastie Boys-Sabotage
    Black Sabbath-Paranoid
    Cypress Hill-Get Em Up
    Helmet-Unsung
    Iron Maiden -Aces High
    Judas Priest -Painkiller
    Kid Rock-I Am the Bullgod
    Killswitch Engage-Reckoning
    Korn-Blind
    Mastodon -Divinations
    Nas feat. P Diddy-Hate Me Now
    Nirvana-Breed
    Pantera-Walk
    Public Enemy-Shut Em Down
    Rage Against the Machine-Guerrilla Radio
    Set Your Goals-Gala Bleeds
    Slipknot-Duality
    System of a Down-Sugar
    The Vanity Plan -Before I Die
    Young Dre the Truth-Cheah Beah
    gr18
    Madden 10 soundtrack:
    2 Pac -Cant C Me
    Airborne-Heads Are Gonna Roll
    Alice in Chains-Them Bones
    B. o. B. -Created a Monster
    Bang Camaro-Revolution
    Beastie Boys-Sabotage
    Black Sabbath-Paranoid
    Cypress Hill-Get Em Up
    Helmet-Unsung
    Iron Maiden -Aces High
    Judas Priest -Painkiller
    Kid Rock-I Am the Bullgod
    Killswitch Engage-Reckoning
    Korn-Blind
    Mastodon -Divinations
    Nas feat. P Diddy-Hate Me Now
    Nirvana-Breed
    Pantera-Walk
    Public Enemy-Shut Em Down
    Rage Against the Machine-Guerrilla Radio
    Set Your Goals-Gala Bleeds
    Slipknot-Duality
    System of a Down-Sugar
    The Vanity Plan -Before I Die
    Young Dre the Truth-Cheah Beah

    This takes me back to my middle school days. Madden 10 got me in so much trouble.
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    JayCutlersCig
    This takes me back to my middle school days. Madden 10 got me in so much trouble.
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    DaReal Milticket
    Middle school days lol. Oh to be young.

    gr18
    I believe 10 Yard Fight came out when I was in middle school.

    Oh wow...lol.
    That'd be Madden 92/93 for me
    gr18
    Madden 10 soundtrack:
    2 Pac -Cant C Me
    Airborne-Heads Are Gonna Roll
    Alice in Chains-Them Bones
    B. o. B. -Created a Monster
    Bang Camaro-Revolution
    Beastie Boys-Sabotage
    Black Sabbath-Paranoid
    Cypress Hill-Get Em Up
    Helmet-Unsung
    Iron Maiden -Aces High
    Judas Priest -Painkiller
    Kid Rock-I Am the Bullgod
    Killswitch Engage-Reckoning
    Korn-Blind
    Mastodon -Divinations
    Nas feat. P Diddy-Hate Me Now
    Nirvana-Breed
    Pantera-Walk
    Public Enemy-Shut Em Down
    Rage Against the Machine-Guerrilla Radio
    Set Your Goals-Gala Bleeds
    Slipknot-Duality
    System of a Down-Sugar
    The Vanity Plan -Before I Die
    Young Dre the Truth-Cheah Beah

    Jeesh man, you need to be producing the soundtrack, great choices!!
    EDIT: Oh wait, this was an actual soundtrack at one time..wow
    DaReal Milticket
    Be like Madden 96' for me lol. Hard reality sets in when you see ages of the rookies.

    What's worse is seeing the sons of former NBA/NFL players that you watched when you were a child/teen/young adult.
    DaReal Milticket
    Be like Madden 96' for me lol. Hard reality sets in when you see ages of the rookies.

    My dad started me young; my first Madden was 2001 for the PC/N64. Other kids were learning to tie their shoes while I was ballin’ with Damon Huard and Orande Gadsen. Good times.
    Also, fun fact. I played Pop Warner against Tremaine Edmunds; he and I are from the same town in Virginia (Danville) and his dad, Ferrell, lived around the corner from my grandparents. Also played for Miami for a minute. Small world.
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    Datninja619
    Another year, another madden, another soundtrack, another group of "Looks like I'll be muting menu music again" comments.
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    A large amount of the new music I discover actually comes from sports game soundtracks. The soundtracks in FIFA, Madden, and the Show are usually pretty diverse, and introduce me to numerous artists that I likely would have never found on my own. In fact, it's one of the things I look forward to when buying a new game. That being said, Madden 18 was the first time I ever muted the menu music. I don't know why they decided to go with 95% rap songs, and it looks like they're doing it again this year. It's really disappointing for me personally.
    Another year, another terrible soundtrack. I haven't heard of most of these and I wouldn't mind if there was more variety and more songs. Playing through one franchise season and the soundtrack gets really old, really fast. Hopefully their promises of more music every month are kept but given the soundtracks of the last few years I expect more of the same, crap music all of one genre.
    Man, Denzel Curry has like 20 better songs than that one. And Post Malone feat Nicki Minaj just needs to go away. Wonder why they decided on such a lack of variety of genre.
    Like a lot of other users, I'm disappointed by the lack of variety in this year's soundtrack, as I was for Madden 18's list of tunes. That's a shame because M16 and M17, on the other hand, had pretty diverse soundtracks in regards to genre and established acts/new artists. Looks like I'll be putting together a couple of Spotify playlists for this year's game, one consisting of NFL Films music and the latter having a mix of tunes that represent what I think a modern Madden soundtrack should be. I already have a few tracks in mind if anyone wants to give 'em a listen:
    7kingZ: Born For This
    Kasabian: Re-Wired

    Still Woozy (ft. Odie): Lucy
    The old Madden soundtracks actually diversified my music taste as I was growing up. Rock and metal bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Yellowcard and Atreyu that were mainstays in the early 2000s got me into those genres of music when I was pretty much a solely rap listener. So it’s pretty disappointing not to have more avenues of music represented given what used to be.
    Other Guy
    A large amount of the new music I discover actually comes from sports game soundtracks. The soundtracks in FIFA, Madden, and the Show are usually pretty diverse, and introduce me to numerous artists that I likely would have never found on my own. In fact, it's one of the things I look forward to when buying a new game. That being said, Madden 18 was the first time I ever muted the menu music. I don't know why they decided to go with 95% rap songs, and it looks like they're doing it again this year. It's really disappointing for me personally.

    Yeah same for me, and despite me being an older gamer (48) I am open to new music, I will listen to it. I just usually don't find much that I like. But I am not one of those "OMG it's not music I know so I won't listen to it". My wife is 11 years younger and I listen to her music and some of it I even like. If you're close minded it's a mistake because you're only hurting yourself.
    So with that being said, I will listen to all the music on this soundtrack despite my not knowing it and I bet I don't like most of it but I will listen. And maybe I do like some of it and, if so, that's cool..
    But as to your point, that's what I really have the most issue with is that it's all rap music. Why not offer half and half rap and rock? Rap is not really even identified with football for the most part but I get it, they want the young listeners.
    But at least put in 1/3rd or so of the music as rock music for some diversity.
    gr18
    I believe 10 Yard Fight came out when I was in middle school.

    When I was in middle school I had to put a quarter on top of the Asteroids machine to get my place in line. Middle school was Asteroids, Defender, Missile Command, and Pac-Man coin-ops at the bowling alley and Happy Joes Pizza.
    One on One: Dr. J vs. Larry Bird came out for the C-64 in my freshman year of high school. And we thought it was amazing, as it even had shattered backboards!
    darren1024
    Give me the NFL Films/Sam Spence soundtrack.

    They had a suite of orchestral NFL films like music you could use in Madden 18. I'm assuming it will be there again this year.
    darren1024
    Give me the NFL Films/Sam Spence soundtrack.

    This times a 1000. I know some people like rapper music, but has nothing to do with sports. The music I like doesn't work either, although I think Ozzie would be cool.
    MelR2000
    This times a 1000. I know some people like rapper music, but has nothing to do with sports. The music I like doesn't work either, although I think Ozzie would be cool.

    To follow up, I will be choosing "Mute" again this year.
    sniperhare
    I am so out of touch with rap, don't really know who any of these guys are...lol
    They couldn't throw in some Ludacris or Eminem?

    ....Artists who ain't been relevant in 10 years?
    Man y'all are really out of touch. This is a pretty nice soundtrack, I never listen to the soundtrack cause I always play games with my Spotify on but eh.
    Madden is primarily played by men and women younger than 30, an age group that listens to the most popular genre of music rn, which is hip-hop/rap
    A lot of y'all are really washed, wow
    Newlegacy
    ....Artists who ain't been relevant in 10 years?
    Man y'all are really out of touch. This is a pretty nice soundtrack, I never listen to the soundtrack cause I always play games with my Spotify on but eh.
    Madden is primarily played by men and women younger than 30, an age group that listens to the most popular genre of music rn, which is hip-hop/rap
    A lot of y'all are really washed, wow

    I get your point. But plenty of people in the "target audience" listen to country music, rock music, heavy metal, etc. It's the complete lack of diversity in the track that is the problem...
    JoshC1977
    I get your point. But plenty of people in the "target audience" listen to country music, rock music, heavy metal, etc. It's the complete lack of diversity in the track that is the problem...

    Bingo, putting in only newer, rap music really seems like that EA is taking for granted the people who have bought Madden year in and year out. Yeah we're old and don't know who these people are and it's fine if you include all those artists but maybe throw a bone to others.
    And news flash but not all younger guys who play Madden like rap either.
    Also: GET OFF MY LAWN!! ;)
    My money is on 2 weeks before a mod drops with the ability to insert custom playlists.
    I'm not opposed to a video game featuring music I don't listen to. But the past few years, I've just muted during the main menus. There's a difference between music I simply don't prefer and music that makes me want to commit myself to a mental hospital when I hear it.
    Its great.....if you like Rap. Unfortunately, its the one genre i cant stand. I have M17 and there were a few songs i removed because they were so bad and they got played too often. Im sure ill be removing some of those too ( i will be getting M19) or maybe have to mute it which would be unfortunate. ......or figure out a way to add my own but ive never done that before.
    Rayzaa
    Its great.....if you like Rap. Unfortunately, its the one genre i cant stand. I have M17 and there were a few songs i removed because they were so bad and they got played too often. Im sure ill be removing some of those too ( i will be getting M19) or maybe have to mute it which would be unfortunate. ......or figure out a way to add my own but ive never done that before.

    I actually love rap, just not modern rap. But I am definitely going to listen to all of this and hope I discover a gem. Although I doubt it, LOL
    Newlegacy
    ....Artists who ain't been relevant in 10 years?
    Man y'all are really out of touch. This is a pretty nice soundtrack, I never listen to the soundtrack cause I always play games with my Spotify on but eh.
    Madden is primarily played by men and women younger than 30, an age group that listens to the most popular genre of music rn, which is hip-hop/rap
    A lot of y'all are really washed, wow

    It might be the most popular with your friends but i dont agree its the most popular Genre at all. In fact in the USA it seems Country of all things is the biggest Genre going these days.
    In either case it wouldnt have killed them to mix it up a little like they have done before. M17 has a variety of genres, why go away from that?
    ripcandlestickpark
    Like a lot of other users, I'm disappointed by the lack of variety in this year's soundtrack, as I was for Madden 18's list of tunes. That's a shame because M16 and M17, on the other hand, had pretty diverse soundtracks in regards to genre and established acts/new artists. Looks like I'll be putting together a couple of Spotify playlists for this year's game, one consisting of NFL Films music and the latter having a mix of tunes that represent what I think a modern Madden soundtrack should be. I already have a few tracks in mind if anyone wants to give 'em a listen:
    7kingZ: Born For This
    Kasabian: Re-Wired

    Still Woozy (ft. Odie): Lucy

    I just like to know how to make a soundtrack/list for it and make it play in the game.
    Rayzaa
    I just like to know how to make a soundtrack/list for it and make it play in the game.

    Can't you just do that in Spotify?
    I hear people talk a lot about the game needing the ability to let you make a custom soundtrack but how is that better than just playing it off Spotify?
    Madden 06 is still my favorite. It introduced me Avenged Sevenfold!
    Bump J- Move Around
    All America Rejects- Night Drive
    Chamillionaire- Hate In Ya Eyes
    Avenged Sevenfold- Bat Country
    Memphis Bleek- Like That
    Bullet for my Valentine- 4 Words (To Choke Upon)
    Papoose- Born to Win
    Disturbed- Ten Thousand Fists
    Rev Run- Mind on the Road
    Fallout Boyz-Dance, Dance
    Sam Scarfo- Tear Em Up
    Finch- Ink
    Slim Thug- Get It Started
    Funeral For a Friend- Streetcar
    Spider Loc- When I get angry
    Foo Fighters- No Way Back
    Stat Quo- Rock Da Party
    Godsmack- Bring It On
    Ten N9ne- The Beast
    Hot Hot Heat- Pickin It Up
    Nine Black Alps- Cosmopolitan
    Sam Spence- A Chilling Championship
    Sam Spence- A New Game
    Sam Spence- A Classic Battle
    Sam Spence- The Equalizer
    Sam Spence- The Magnificent Eleven
    Sam Spence- Ramblin Man from Grambling
    Sam Spence- Round Up
    Sam Spence- Salute to Courage
    Sam Spence- A Golden Boy Again
    The top 20 songs right now in America using Billboard
    In My Feelings - Drake
    I Like it - Cardi B
    Girls like You - Maroon 5, Cardi B
    Nice for What - Drake
    Boo'd Up - Ella Mai
    Lucid Dreams - Juice WRLD
    Better Now - Post Malone
    No Tears Left to Cry - Ariana Grande
    Psycho - Post Malone, Ty Dolla $ign
    God's Plan - Drake
    God is a Woman - Ariana Grande
    Delicate - Taylor Swift
    Taste - Tyga, Offset
    The Middle - Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey
    Sad! - XXXTentacion
    Yes Indeed - Lil Baby, Drake
    Meant to Be - Bebe Rexha, FGL
    Friends - Marshmello, Anne-Marie
    Perfect - Ed Sheeran
    Nonstop - Drake
    I know the Billboard top 100 isn't an exact science, but the top songs in America are of rap, hip-hop, R&B, and pop variety. Country rn is popular for it's pop sound.
    The Madden Soundtrack for this year has about 15 songs that I hear on rotation on the radio. Then you have more songs by popular artists or artists who are on the come up.
    I get wanting more diversity, but when you act as if you don't understand why the soundtrack is primarily like this...and then clamoring for rock music. Like what? That's not what the primary audience of Madden listens to. The primary audience for Madden listens to Rap/Hip-Hop, EDM, and Pop.
    Newlegacy
    The top 20 songs right now in America using Billboard
    In My Feelings - Drake
    I Like it - Cardi B
    Girls like You - Maroon 5, Cardi B
    Nice for What - Drake
    Boo'd Up - Ella Mai
    Lucid Dreams - Juice WRLD
    Better Now - Post Malone
    No Tears Left to Cry - Ariana Grande
    Psycho - Post Malone, Ty Dolla $ign
    God's Plan - Drake
    God is a Woman - Ariana Grande
    Delicate - Taylor Swift
    Taste - Tyga, Offset
    The Middle - Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey
    Sad! - XXXTentacion
    Yes Indeed - Lil Baby, Drake
    Meant to Be - Bebe Rexha, FGL
    Friends - Marshmello, Anne-Marie
    Perfect - Ed Sheeran
    Nonstop - Drake
    I know the Billboard top 100 isn't an exact science, but the top songs in America are of rap, hip-hop, R&B, and pop variety. Country rn is popular for it's pop sound.
    The Madden Soundtrack for this year has about 15 songs that I hear on rotation on the radio. Then you have more songs by popular artists or artists who are on the come up.
    I get wanting more diversity, but when you act as if you don't understand why the soundtrack is primarily like this...and then clamoring for rock music. Like what? That's not what the primary audience of Madden listens to. The primary audience for Madden listens to Rap/Hip-Hop, EDM, and Pop.

    No, we have said we understand them offering that. We do not understand them offering more than that for sake of diversity. There's a difference in those two things there. I don't think anyone is begrudging EA for going with this music because we understand it is what is popular and hip. The issue is EA isn't offering more alternatives along with what is popular and hip.
    But, I'd be curious to know as to where you get the "primary audience" from anyways?
    If you're going by Esports or whatever, I get it that it's the younger male audience who listens to this music but that's a perception that isn't the reality of who is actually plunking down money on these games year in and year out. My guess is that the average consumer of Madden is older and more in the mid-30's and has no clue who the majority of people on that list are. But again, just my guess, I'd be curious if anyone knows somewhere that shows the demographics as to the audience of who buys Madden.
    Because I seriously doubt the bulk of consumers who buy Madden are early 20 males. It's a lot more diversified than that. In other words, I'll bet the median age of who buys Madden is NOT the audience that likes this music.
    That is just the audience that EA is looking to attract because they know they've already got older gamers in their 30's and 40's and we will buy it regardless of the music.
    Which is smart from a business standpoint. You build a product intended to bring in a new audience to grow your product. And no one really is going to NOT buy a game due to the music. I won't, I don't see anyone else in this thread who won't either.
    But it's a bit disrespectful I think not to have diversity in the music. Not just in age but for people who do not like this sort of music.
    P.S. I do know some younger people (early 20's) in my family and they don't all like this music, in fact they make fun of it.
    ODogg
    Can't you just do that in Spotify?
    I hear people talk a lot about the game needing the ability to let you make a custom soundtrack but how is that better than just playing it off Spotify?

    I dont know, ive never played Spotify with my game. Do you just play it seperately with the game? No idea how some are doing this since i never tried. I was talking about incorperating songs into the game to replace some others....if you can.
    JayD
    Ugh. today's rap = crap

    That's just blatantly false but okay
    Anyways to answer another question, just based on my own experiences and what I see from less....insulated areas of the internet
    Madden is primarily played by people ages 8-30, that's a wide gap, but the gap isn't really that large musically once you get into the teenagers and twenty year olds.
    Newlegacy
    The top 20 songs right now in America using Billboard
    In My Feelings - Drake
    I Like it - Cardi B
    Girls like You - Maroon 5, Cardi B
    Nice for What - Drake
    Boo'd Up - Ella Mai
    Lucid Dreams - Juice WRLD
    Better Now - Post Malone
    No Tears Left to Cry - Ariana Grande
    Psycho - Post Malone, Ty Dolla $ign
    God's Plan - Drake
    God is a Woman - Ariana Grande
    Delicate - Taylor Swift
    Taste - Tyga, Offset
    The Middle - Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey
    Sad! - XXXTentacion
    Yes Indeed - Lil Baby, Drake
    Meant to Be - Bebe Rexha, FGL
    Friends - Marshmello, Anne-Marie
    Perfect - Ed Sheeran
    Nonstop - Drake
    I know the Billboard top 100 isn't an exact science, but the top songs in America are of rap, hip-hop, R&B, and pop variety. Country rn is popular for it's pop sound.
    The Madden Soundtrack for this year has about 15 songs that I hear on rotation on the radio. Then you have more songs by popular artists or artists who are on the come up.
    I get wanting more diversity, but when you act as if you don't understand why the soundtrack is primarily like this...and then clamoring for rock music. Like what? That's not what the primary audience of Madden listens to. The primary audience for Madden listens to Rap/Hip-Hop, EDM, and Pop.

    According to who? Is there a poll out there somewhere? Id say the actual players in the NFL do but not the gamers.
    As for Rock...IMO real Rock music today is pretty much dead, but Hec they still play AC/DC and older bands like that in between breaks at games today at Football and Baseball games. But, they can still mix in some other stuff besides predominately Rap. Not saying it should be AC/DC but there are some others they can put in there like they have before.
    You ask like what? Well how about something like the M2017 game has and the games prior to that one. They have a bit of everything from Pop, Alternative, Country, R&B, Etc.
    ODogg
    I actually love rap, just not modern rap. But I am definitely going to listen to all of this and hope I discover a gem. Although I doubt it, LOL

    I might have said the same thing a year ago. Then I listened to Kendrick. Modern rap is better than last decade's rap, which is what I used to consider modern rap.
    Of course, Kendrick isn't on here, which is a shame. But because of him and Spotify creating playlists off of what I listen to, I have a very different opinion of modern rap than I did a year ago, and I'm familiar with some of these artists.

    There is a reason his next album, DAMN, was the first non-classical, non-jazz musical album to earn a Nobel Prize.
    Also, the musicality of his albums are absolutely mind-blowingly good. And while he may be the best at this, listening to other artists made me realize how good the music of rap has finally become. It's better than the days of wanton sampling. Musicality took a hit when tables cracked down on sampling, but it seems to be back where it needs to be again.
    So, my take on an all rap soundtrack is different now than it was a year ago. I get why rap has taken over the charts.
    JoshC1977
    I get your point. But plenty of people in the "target audience" listen to country music, rock music, heavy metal, etc. It's the complete lack of diversity in the track that is the problem...

    Two of the genres you just mentioned...ain't popular in 2018 with people under the age of 45 and Country is very popular with a niche audience...
    Newlegacy
    ....Artists who ain't been relevant in 10 years?
    Man y'all are really out of touch. This is a pretty nice soundtrack, I never listen to the soundtrack cause I always play games with my Spotify on but eh.
    Madden is primarily played by men and women younger than 30, an age group that listens to the most popular genre of music rn, which is hip-hop/rap
    A lot of y'all are really washed, wow

    I don’t mean to be “that guy” but Maddens as recent as 11/12 had songs from over 20+ years ago. Thunderstruck, Crazy Train for hard rock and Can’t C Me and Shut ‘Em down for hip hop/rap. It’s not about the relevancy of the artist, IMO, but it’s how good and/or memorable they are.
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    XtremeDunkz
    Trash soundtrack. Could we possibly get a little variety other than rap?
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    My sentiments exactly!!! For a sport that has such a diverse fan base, this game sure has a very one dimensional soundtrack. It's literally completely Rap/Hip Hop/R&B etc. I dont see even one rock,or metal,or alternative track on here. I'm not even talking about making the majority of the soundtrack rock, but come on, there should be a few rock or metal songs on here. Gets old having to mute the music on Madden games......this used to not be a problem until about 2 or 3 Maddens ago. Madden used to actually have an amazing soundtrack with something for everybody.
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    Newlegacy
    Two of the genres you just mentioned...ain't popular in 2018 with people under the age of 45 and Country is very popular with a niche audience...
    Lol you must not be from the south. We listen to a lot wider range of music than mumble rap. I'm talking from the age range of 12 all the way to 45 and up, we listen to EVERYTHING........rock,rap,country,metal,techno,etc. so you cant really justify that everybody under the age of 45 wants a whole soundtrack of music from one genre.
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    Rolltide1980
    Lol you must not be from the south. We listen to a lot wider range of music than mumble rap. I'm talking from the age range of 12 all the way to 45 and up, we listen to EVERYTHING........rock,rap,country,metal,techno,etc. so you cant really justify that everybody under the age of 45 wants a whole soundtrack of music from one genre.
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    I'm from Memphis and I go to school in Knoxville
    Try again
    Newlegacy
    I'm from Memphis and I go to school in Knoxville
    Try again
    I'm from Memphis too,so that just makes you oblivious instead. I can tell you that not everyone here listens to only rap. I dont even really have an issue with rap,even though it's not my main genre I listen to, it's just this newer **** sucks. If they had some better rap on there that would be another story. All I'm getting at is that there should be a much wider spectrum on music than what we are getting. In the past,Madden had a much bigger variety of music on their games now we are stuck with only this garbage *** newer rap that not everybody likes. Sure,some people do,but why not appease to the whole fanbase instead of one small section of it? Just by reading on these forums I can tell a good bit of people feel the same way,so I'm pretty sure its not just me that isn't happy with the soundtrack. Ah well,guess I'll be turning the music off for Madden 19. Not a huge issue,just doesnt make much sense when such a diverse crowd plays Madden.
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    JayD
    Ugh. today's rap = crap

    Like x 1000000000000. Lol
    I know we’re not really here to debate old skool hip hop vs cRap of today, but ugghh, as a hip hop head that grew up loving hip hop for how different and funky it was in the 80s/90s, I cant listen to mumble rap at all. There’s no beat, there’s no background drum beat just thumping. Rappers of today with auto tune and mumbling . What was once truly an art form has become a shartform. Lol.
    And, people of today, millenials, etc, please, please, please STOP calling today’s rap, ‘hip hop’. It is NOT hip hop. It is simply rap. Hip hop has flava. Lol. Hip hop has a drum beat. Hip hop is funky. Hip hop makes u think. Hip hop makes u bob your head and shake your ***. The background beats of today make me turn my head like a dog that just heard something in the distance. Lol. Like, what in God’s name is that awful noise? Lol.
    And, I’m sorry, it’s not just that I’m older and nostalgic. If u could quantitatively measure music ‘quality’ or the ‘artistic quality’ of music, old skool would kill today’s rap. Time for a cyclic change where some true hip hop heads take the industry back to Motown, yo.
    ‘I live and die for hip hop. This is hip hop for today. I give props to hip hop. So, hip hop HOORAY!!!’
    I heard that on the radio yesterday cause I only listen to atl OG 105.7.
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    Moving on.
    Also, since the poster below doesn't understand the meaning of "moving on" he got himself banned with something even more outlandish than the offending post.
    I've deleted all the posts regarding the conversation so we can truly move on.
    I just really thought we were dealing with mature adults here. My mistake....
    Forgot who mentioned it, but I downloaded Spotify and played Madden with the 08 soundtrack, added in the NFL Films music and all. Totally worth it, and I recommend anyone who doesn’t like it to try it out.
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    ODogg
    Can't you just do that in Spotify?
    I hear people talk a lot about the game needing the ability to let you make a custom soundtrack but how is that better than just playing it off Spotify?

    You can listen to Spotify while you play. I do it all the time. What I think some probably have an issue with is it's an either on or off type of thing. You are either playing music or your not. It doesn't just cue up the next song in the play list only when the music should be playing i.e. in the menus. You can manually turn it on and off but some may view this as an inconvenience. I could be wrong but that's the impression I have gotten.
    The issue I have with it is the same as most. Show some diversity. I get music rights aren't cheap but there has to be some up and coming acts from other genres that could be signed for relatively low cost in an effort to increase their exposure.
    And FYI on using Spotify app on Xbox one right now. Xbox has made some changes in the past about ‘where’ the volume can be manipulated for the music playing in the background (first with groove music which got merged into Spotify, now).
    When u play Spotify on the Xbox one, u should also use the Spotify app on your smartphone and sync them. This makes it much easier to manipulate on the Xbox.
    And, back to the volume thing. U can basically follow the following steps to then change the volume:
    1. Start music in Spotify
    2. Start madden
    3. Press X home button
    4. Select Spotify on recents list
    - this will show a volume bar so that u can manipulate the volume independently of everything else.
    The reason I post this is that the volume used to be a part of the X Home list, itself. But, now, u must press A on the Spotify app to select it. It won’t open the app, it will allow u to change volume.
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    OhMrHanky
    And FYI on using Spotify app on Xbox one right now. Xbox has made some changes in the past about ‘where’ the volume can be manipulated for the music playing in the background (first with groove music which got merged into Spotify, now).
    When u play Spotify on the Xbox one, u should also use the Spotify app on your smartphone and sync them. This makes it much easier to manipulate on the Xbox.
    And, back to the volume thing. U can basically follow the following steps to then change the volume:
    1. Start music in Spotify
    2. Start madden
    3. Press X home button
    4. Select Spotify on recents list
    - this will show a volume bar so that u can manipulate the volume independently of everything else.
    The reason I post this is that the volume used to be a part of the X Home list, itself. But, now, u must press A on the Spotify app to select it. It won’t open the app, it will allow u to change volume.
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    This is what I do when I play Prominence Poker, which is really the only game I stream music to. On top of volume, you can also skip to the next track, restart current track, or go back to previous tracks within that menu, without having to re-open Spotify.
    That all said, how many people that are wishing they just added NFL Films music actually used the included NFL Films music included in the game. You can deselect all the songs and then select the NFL Films tracks at the bottom of the playlist.
    These are not the Sam Spence tracks, but others used by NFL Films and truthfully, do the job just as well.
    JayhawkerStL
    This is what I do when I play Prominence Poker, which is really the only game I stream music to. On top of volume, you can also skip to the next track, restart current track, or go back to previous tracks within that menu, without having to re-open Spotify.
    That all said, how many people that are wishing they just added NFL Films music actually used the included NFL Films music included in the game. You can deselect all the songs and then select the NFL Films tracks at the bottom of the playlist.
    These are not the Sam Spence tracks, but others used by NFL Films and truthfully, do the job just as well.

    I have for the last several years. They are OK....but there are usually only about 5-6 of them and they tend to recycle them from edition to edition. If they had a dozen or so total with at least half of them new each year, I would be far more accepting of whatever "music" they throw on the game each year.
    JoshC1977
    I have for the last several years. They are OK....but there are usually only about 5-6 of them and they tend to recycle them from edition to edition. If they had a dozen or so total with at least half of them new each year, I would be far more accepting of whatever "music" they throw on the game each year.

    Yeah I loved those but they need more of them
    I get why this soundtrack isn't popular and I'm a little disappointed by the lack of diversity but there are some great songs on here.
    The songs by Anderson Paak and Pusha T are amazing imo.
    Yeah, I finally listened to the Spotify playlist, and it was pretty good. And to be honest, for menu music in particular, this mumble rap stuff people are complaining about is perfect. I don't really need a song screaming at me in the menus, and the mumble tracks work as background music pretty well.
    And yeah, Pusha T is one of the artists I started listening to when I took a deep dive in to Kendrick. I'm not a rap guy, as I had a brief time I listened to a lot of NWA, Public Enemy, and the Beastie boys, like a ton of white kids in the early 90's. This is different, and I kind of dig it.
    I get wanting rock and diversity, but I totally get why they went in this direction. Also, a lot of it has to do with what publishers are willing to do to get their artists on the soundtrack. I suspect EA gets paid to include them, rather than paying the artists to include them.
    JayhawkerStL
    Yeah, I finally listened to the Spotify playlist, and it was pretty good. And to be honest, for menu music in particular, this mumble rap stuff people are complaining about is perfect. I don't really need a song screaming at me in the menus, and the mumble tracks work as background music pretty well.
    And yeah, Pusha T is one of the artists I started listening to when I took a deep dive in to Kendrick. I'm not a rap guy, as I had a brief time I listened to a lot of NWA, Public Enemy, and the Beastie boys, like a ton of white kids in the early 90's. This is different, and I kind of dig it.
    I get wanting rock and diversity, but I totally get why they went in this direction. Also, a lot of it has to do with what publishers are willing to do to get their artists on the soundtrack. I suspect EA gets paid to include them, rather than paying the artists to include them.

    Well next year here's to hoping that Pink Floyd, Kansas, Boston, Zeppelin and other classic rock bands like that decide to pay EA.... j/k :p
    XtremeDunkz
    Trash soundtrack. Could we possibly get a little variety other than rap?
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    I almost only listen to rap music, but I gotta agree. Some rock music fits with football.
    Sport game soundtracks should have music that fits the sport, i.e. you can imagine a youtube highlight video being set to it.
    Granted I never heard that Cardi B song, but I have a hard time thinking it fits in a football context.
    Edit: Listened to it for 20 seconds on youtube. No, it doesn't fit lol
    ggsimmonds
    I almost only listen to rap music, but I gotta agree. Some rock music fits with football.
    Sport game soundtracks should have music that fits the sport, i.e. you can imagine a youtube highlight video being set to it.
    Granted I never heard that Cardi B song, but I have a hard time thinking it fits in a football context.
    Edit: Listened to it for 20 seconds on youtube. No, it doesn't fit lol

    That is all im saying. Where is the high energy pump up music?
    XtremeDunkz
    That is all im saying. Where is the high energy pump up music?

    It’s in the 80s. . That’s another reason I prefer old skool hip hop. Lol. 80s/90s hip hop has some beats and some high energy rap. Then, snoop dogg came out and slowed it all down.
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    OhMrHanky
    It’s in the 80s. . That’s another reason I prefer old skool hip hop. Lol. 80s/90s hip hop has some beats and some high energy rap. Then, snoop dogg came out and slowed it all down.
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    At least Snoop can rap without mumbling tho lol
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    ODogg
    At least Snoop can rap without mumbling tho lol
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    Lol. Oh, no. Don’t get me wrong. I dig snoop. But, I have to admit, I was slow to get onboard, and honestly, it was because of the slow vibe of his rap game. But, he’s talented, and I listen to his early and late stuff, now. And, I appreciate him changing the rap game, or more appropriately, adding another genre to hip hop, so to speak.
    That slow a$$ west coast vibe.
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    OhMrHanky
    Lol. Oh, no. Don’t get me wrong. I dig snoop. But, I have to admit, I was slow to get onboard, and honestly, it was because of the slow vibe of his rap game. But, he’s talented, and I listen to his early and late stuff, now. And, I appreciate him changing the rap game, or more appropriately, adding another genre to hip hop, so to speak.
    That slow a$$ west coast vibe.
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    I'm going to listen to this new soundtrack and maybe I'll actually like a few songs on it.
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    OhMrHanky
    Lol. Oh, no. Don’t get me wrong. I dig snoop. But, I have to admit, I was slow to get onboard, and honestly, it was because of the slow vibe of his rap game. But, he’s talented, and I listen to his early and late stuff, now. And, I appreciate him changing the rap game, or more appropriately, adding another genre to hip hop, so to speak.
    That slow a$$ west coast vibe.
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    Not to get too off topic, but it ain't Snoop Dog that is responsible for this. Its the south.
    ggsimmonds
    Not to get too off topic, but it ain't Snoop Dog that is responsible for this. Its the south.

    Well, as far as ‘slow’ rap. I’d still credit that to snoop. U could possibly argue some of ll cool j’s softer ‘ladies’ tracks were slow before snoop. But, his super slow stoned vibe was made popular by the Chronic. I think this may have been copied some by the south. But, I mean, in the south, u have Ludacris who is absolutely not a slow rapper. He’s mostly upbeat. Then, u have OutKast, they actually have a mix of slow and fast. And, their slow rap is absolutely funky.
    Now, if you’re talking about mumble rap, I actually have no clue/say wth started that nonsense. I stopped listening to current rap years ago. And, that was because every time I tried to listen to current rap, I would hear some nonsense mumble rap. Lol. So, I’m actually not sure who started it. But, the south has had some quality ‘fast’ rappers, so to speak. But, I can understand a slow vibe coming from here as well. It’s HOT in the south, man! Tires u out, makes u slow and mumble more! Lol.
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    OhMrHanky
    Well, as far as ‘slow’ rap. I’d still credit that to snoop. U could possibly argue some of ll cool j’s softer ‘ladies’ tracks were slow before snoop. But, his super slow stoned vibe was made popular by the Chronic. I think this may have been copied some by the south. But, I mean, in the south, u have Ludacris who is absolutely not a slow rapper. He’s mostly upbeat. Then, u have OutKast, they actually have a mix of slow and fast. And, their slow rap is absolutely funky.
    Now, if you’re talking about mumble rap, I actually have no clue/say wth started that nonsense. I stopped listening to current rap years ago. And, that was because every time I tried to listen to current rap, I would hear some nonsense mumble rap. Lol. So, I’m actually not sure who started it. But, the south has had some quality ‘fast’ rappers, so to speak. But, I can understand a slow vibe coming from here as well. It’s HOT in the south, man! Tires u out, makes u slow and mumble more! Lol.
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    Chicago Drill helped started it
    Got poppin in ATL
    Has been made famous
    Man y'all sound mad washed, like, Mumble Rap ain't even dudes Mumbling! It's easy to hear what they saying
    Newlegacy
    Chicago Drill helped started it
    Got poppin in ATL
    Has been made famous
    Man y'all sound mad washed, like, Mumble Rap ain't even dudes Mumbling! It's easy to hear what they saying

    Newlegacy
    Chicago Drill helped started it
    Got poppin in ATL
    Has been made famous
    Man y'all sound mad washed, like, Mumble Rap ain't even dudes Mumbling! It's easy to hear what they saying

    As I haven’t listened to new rap in awhile, I had to do a little research. Lol. I was curious to this recent mumble rap discussion. As I’ve said earlier, my only ‘true’ experience with it has been to turn on the local ‘hip hop’ station to see what the kids are listening to and instantly going, ‘what in THE HEEEEEEELL is THAT???!!!’ Lol. Listening to a ‘hip hop’ track with no beat, no quality lyrics, no quality rhyming style, etc just kills my ears.
    That being said, I found a really great article on it. Here’s a quote that, I think, represents my thoughts in a nutshell:
    ‘So is it mumble rap’s omission of clever, eloquent storytelling and wordplay that is disliked by the older hip-hop community?’
    I mean, that’s it. For me, that’s close to what truly defines hip-hop. Eloquent story telling and wordplay. Those are 2 extremely important aspects of true hip hop. Now, add to that a solid background with a quality drum beat, and you’re gold. So, it sounds like mumble rap doesn’t have this, so for me, it’s not even hip hop.
    Anyways, not sure how keen u might be to read the article (or others viewing this thread), but it was an interesting read. And, as an FYI, the article isn’t bashing mumble rap, it’s actually trying to define and add it to hip hop, maybe, as a genre, and trying to explain how it’s simply a sign of the times or current culture. Which, also, is what hip hop is all about. Defining/explaining current culture.
    http://theconversation.com/mumble-rap-cultural-laziness-or-a-true-reflection-of-contemporary-times-85550
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    OhMrHanky
    As I haven’t listened to new rap in awhile, I had to do a little research. Lol. I was curious to this recent mumble rap discussion. As I’ve said earlier, my only ‘true’ experience with it has been to turn on the local ‘hip hop’ station to see what the kids are listening to and instantly going, ‘what in THE HEEEEEEELL is THAT???!!!’ Lol. Listening to a ‘hip hop’ track with no beat, no quality lyrics, no quality rhyming style, etc just kills my ears.
    That being said, I found a really great article on it. Here’s a quote that, I think, represents my thoughts in a nutshell:
    ‘So is it mumble rap’s omission of clever, eloquent storytelling and wordplay that is disliked by the older hip-hop community?’
    I mean, that’s it. For me, that’s close to what truly defines hip-hop. Eloquent story telling and wordplay. Those are 2 extremely important aspects of true hip hop. Now, add to that a solid background with a quality drum beat, and you’re gold. So, it sounds like mumble rap doesn’t have this, so for me, it’s not even hip hop.
    Anyways, not sure how keen u might be to read the article (or others viewing this thread), but it was an interesting read. And, as an FYI, the article isn’t bashing mumble rap, it’s actually trying to define and add it to hip hop, maybe, as a genre, and trying to explain how it’s simply a sign of the times or current culture. Which, also, is what hip hop is all about. Defining/explaining current culture.
    http://theconversation.com/mumble-rap-cultural-laziness-or-a-true-reflection-of-contemporary-times-85550
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    So much hip-hop back in the 90s, was given the same criticism given to hip-hop today. The same "It has no message or wordplay like back in my day" thing is being regurgitated every decade when hip-hop evolves. Rap now a days is at a level it hasn't been at, with so many diverse acts who are so good at their craft. You want lyrical artists who craft stories? There's rappers for that. You want ignorant music that don't mean ish? Artists for that. It is pure laziness and ignorance that causes people to view hip-hop through that same washed up lens that allows them to remain stuck in their nostalgic past. Not too long ago a grown man barking was seen as one of the best rappers, a group that released 200 mixtapes was revered, things ain't changed but how the music sounds.
    For me I would say soundtracks dont really matter any more because of Spotify and also to me just about all music after the 90's is crap and even in the 90's music started to get worse. I am only 29 but I love classic rock and the best music to me is 70-80's. So even though I am like young I tend to hate just about all the popular music of today and like a lot of music before I was born.
    I am not usually the one to complain about a soundtrack but this one is terrible from what I’ve heard. I am kind of in tune with Hip Hop and I don’t think I’ve heard any of those songs before this game. Hopefully, they upgrade with some better songs.
    Luckily, you can always turn the music off and play Spotify on Xbox and listen to whatever you’d like.
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    Newlegacy
    So much hip-hop back in the 90s, was given the same criticism given to hip-hop today. The same "It has no message or wordplay like back in my day" thing is being regurgitated every decade when hip-hop evolves. Rap now a days is at a level it hasn't been at, with so many diverse acts who are so good at their craft. You want lyrical artists who craft stories? There's rappers for that. You want ignorant music that don't mean ish? Artists for that. It is pure laziness and ignorance that causes people to view hip-hop through that same washed up lens that allows them to remain stuck in their nostalgic past. Not too long ago a grown man barking was seen as one of the best rappers, a group that released 200 mixtapes was revered, things ain't changed but how the music sounds.

    I remember a guy named Tupac who gained respect for writing about the streets, as they really were. Another guy named Chuck D wrote/rapped about racism being institutionalized and engrained in American society.
    I hate to admit it, but most of the rap I hear is mostly about big booty b*tches and bands of dead presidents. It’s gotten a stigma, which part of it is true.
    Newlegacy
    So much hip-hop back in the 90s, was given the same criticism given to hip-hop today. The same "It has no message or wordplay like back in my day" thing is being regurgitated every decade when hip-hop evolves. Rap now a days is at a level it hasn't been at, with so many diverse acts who are so good at their craft. You want lyrical artists who craft stories? There's rappers for that. You want ignorant music that don't mean ish? Artists for that. It is pure laziness and ignorance that causes people to view hip-hop through that same washed up lens that allows them to remain stuck in their nostalgic past. Not too long ago a grown man barking was seen as one of the best rappers, a group that released 200 mixtapes was revered, things ain't changed but how the music sounds.

    Part of me thinks you're spot on, that its nostalgia and we tend to just not like what is newer as much. Heck I see that every day in these forums where people are talking about how great old Maddens are and how terrible the new one is.
    But a part of me disagrees and thinks it's wrong what you say because rap and hip-hop from the 90's, at least what I listened to, told actual stories and had really quality lyrics. I'm talking 2Pac and Biggie, those sorts of artists. Now granted there was a lot of "look at me I'm making money" too but 2Pac for example had a lot of actual poetry in his music and actual story telling.
    I just don't see that in today's music. Now I am speaking about popular rap music. I have heard and saw many lyrics and most of it is just nonsensical, shallow stuff.
    That's not to say there's not really quality story telling and in-depth "makes you think" rap out there today but Cardi B and artists on the radio ain't it. And that means, I don't think this soundtrack is it.
    So in that respect, I think you're wrong.
    On a larger scale though maybe you are not, in the sense that maybe there's rap and hip-hop out there to rival the old stuff and I just don't know about it.
    JayCutlersCig
    I remember a guy named Tupac who gained respect for writing about the streets, as they really were. Another guy named Chuck D wrote/rapped about racism being institutionalized and engrained in American society.
    I hate to admit it, but most of the rap I hear is mostly about big booty b*tches and bands of dead presidents. It’s gotten a stigma, which part of it is true.

    You wrote what I wrote at the same time lol
    It's gotten a stigma because people choose what they want to hear.
    Big KRIT
    Childish Gambino
    Kendrick
    J. Cole
    These are "new" artists that aren't talking about big booty hoes or stacks and stacks. Rap is like every other genre of music that has its good and bad; Disturbed's Into The Fire was on a Madden and that music video had to have a suicide prevention hotline played before the video because of how that song could be interpreted.
    Which brings me to another annoyance about this choosing this music for this soundtrack:
    The censoring...
    I get that Madden can be played by kids but if you're going to put rap and hip-hop on there then either choose titles that are clean or change the rating of the title to whatever it needs to be and give us a toggle for the "filthy" lyrics.
    So annoying to hear the "SILENCE" part where you know they are cussing.
    Sorry but I can't even listen to my favorite rapper, 2Pac, with all that nonsense silenced out or beeped out words..it just makes the song sound really lame and childish... I'm a grown @ssed man who is 48 years old, I don't need to be listening to censored music, LOL
    /end rant :y220d:
    ODogg
    Part of me thinks you're spot on, that its nostalgia and we tend to just not like what is newer as much. Heck I see that every day in these forums where people are talking about how great old Maddens are and how terrible the new one is.
    But a part of me disagrees and thinks it's wrong what you say because rap and hip-hop from the 90's, at least what I listened to, told actual stories and had really quality lyrics. I'm talking 2Pac and Biggie, those sorts of artists. Now granted there was a lot of "look at me I'm making money" too but 2Pac for example had a lot of actual poetry in his music and actual story telling.
    I just don't see that in today's music. Now I am speaking about popular rap music. I have heard and saw many lyrics and most of it is just nonsensical, shallow stuff.
    That's not to say there's not really quality story telling and in-depth "makes you think" rap out there today but Cardi B and artists on the radio ain't it. And that means, I don't think this soundtrack is it.
    So in that respect, I think you're wrong.
    On a larger scale though maybe you are not, in the sense that maybe there's rap and hip-hop out there to rival the old stuff and I just don't know about it.

    The reason I don't really take the opinions about rap seriously when people say that there aren't x type of artists, is because they ain't trying to find it. I am much younger than every single person who has posted in this thread likely, but I love music. I love it so much, and it is so easy for me to go on Spotify, and listen to music and find new things from this year or any year. The artists for Madden, ain't gonna be people who make the chill hip-hop, the super lyrical hip-hop, the deep things. I don't wanna listen to serious music when I'm playing a game. If it's hip-hop, I wanna listen to the music that is for the club, for parties, Imma want to listen to bangers. Every single rapper today, gives bangers. Even the "lyrical, deep" people of today.
    Nostalgia holds people back from realizing that the music of today can in fact be better than what they listened to. There will come a time where I will have to say an artist is better than Kanye, better than Kendrick, does what Migos or Future does better, artists better than ScHoolboy, and hopefully I am receptive to it. Because music is ever evolving and I think it is disingenuous to act as if there weren't artists making ignorant *** music back in the 90s. 2 Live Crew was one of the most famous groups back then, doing an even rauncheier form of what artists do today.
    And this isn't towards you, but seeing people say "Oh all the popular music is just xyz" That's always been the deal, popular music is not indicative of how the entire genre is. I do not diss pop music because of what's on the radio when I know what else is out there and again, not everything has to be some deeply told story about us and how we have to do better, or how our culture is being taken away, or something. I don't always wanna listen to that. I sometimes want to just play Rae Sremmurd and just wild out. I sometimes need to listen to Blac Youngsta or Blocboy to just have fun.
    It is okay to want music that is "deeper", but acting as if all of hip-hop is just artists flexing they wealth or whatever...shows how ignorant a person is and how damn lazy they are. To just want to complain instead of seeking new music when it is the easiest for a person to do so.
    Newlegacy
    The reason I don't really take the opinions about rap seriously when people say that there aren't x type of artists, is because they ain't trying to find it. I am much younger than every single person who has posted in this thread likely, but I love music. I love it so much, and it is so easy for me to go on Spotify, and listen to music and find new things from this year or any year. The artists for Madden, ain't gonna be people who make the chill hip-hop, the super lyrical hip-hop, the deep things. I don't wanna listen to serious music when I'm playing a game. If it's hip-hop, I wanna listen to the music that is for the club, for parties, Imma want to listen to bangers. Every single rapper today, gives bangers. Even the "lyrical, deep" people of today.
    Nostalgia holds people back from realizing that the music of today can in fact be better than what they listened to. There will come a time where I will have to say an artist is better than Kanye, better than Kendrick, does what Migos or Future does better, artists better than ScHoolboy, and hopefully I am receptive to it. Because music is ever evolving and I think it is disingenuous to act as if there weren't artists making ignorant *** music back in the 90s. 2 Live Crew was one of the most famous groups back then, doing an even rauncheier form of what artists do today.
    And this isn't towards you, but seeing people say "Oh all the popular music is just xyz" That's always been the deal, popular music is not indicative of how the entire genre is. I do not diss pop music because of what's on the radio when I know what else is out there and again, not everything has to be some deeply told story about us and how we have to do better, or how our culture is being taken away, or something. I don't always wanna listen to that. I sometimes want to just play Rae Sremmurd and just wild out. I sometimes need to listen to Blac Youngsta or Blocboy to just have fun.
    It is okay to want music that is "deeper", but acting as if all of hip-hop is just artists flexing they wealth or whatever...shows how ignorant a person is and how damn lazy they are. To just want to complain instead of seeking new music when it is the easiest for a person to do so.

    All very valid points and I do strive to not just be content with what I know and be close minded. And you're probably right about the Madden aspect as well.
    But whenever I start to think 'well I'm just getting old is why I don't like the newer music' I think this as well "what artists today, newer artists, will still be playing on the radio and touring in 50 years like we have today with older bands?"
    And maybe it's just because I don't know the newer stuff, so I'm not saying that is my "AHA!" moment where I can feel superior or something, but I really would like to know if there are many Bostons, Madonnas, Michael Jacksons, Springsteens, Sex Pistols, etc out there..
    I think part of the problem is ironically what you bring up, we have so MANY choices in how we can find music that it has diluted the market to the point where the best of the best cannot be found because we all have so many choices that we don't just settle for listening to someone like an Elton John or someone like that who has been around forever and spawned so many hits.
    I was listening to Howard Stern the other morning and he said the same thing, or something similar, he said that so many young artists today are trying for the "whole package" and that means there is less focus on the musical ability. First of all they need to be fairly nice looking, then next they need to dance and have choreography, or they need to have a real hook or something unique about them...then the music thing, the talent, figures in. But its not like the past where it was about 95% musical ability.
    I think part of the problem today is a music executive looks at some young guy or gal who is really nice looking, can dance, has a great physique and some musical talent and says "we can work with this"....
    I mean look at some of the classic successful artists like Elton John. Elton doesn't dance, he's certainly not good looking, he's short and squat and if he was a newcomer today he'd likely not make anything of himself. They just were primarily about the musical or vocal ability and really not much else. Which meant that the talent was more focused and thus, can still prove to be a lure today.
    So I do think it's a fairly complex issue. Sure it's a bit of "Well I'm old so I don't like this new crap" attitude at play here but I also think it's a combination of things as above..
    But lastly, I do ask you, since you are younger, name some artists who you believe will still be touring and having radio play in the year 2068. I know that ain't easy at all but I'm curious because I just don't see the longevity of today's artists that we saw from some of the more successful acts from the past who still tour and are being played today.
    And I am not posing that question in a confrontational way mind you, but in a curious way..
    ODogg
    All very valid points and I do strive to not just be content with what I know and be close minded. And you're probably right about the Madden aspect as well.
    But whenever I start to think 'well I'm just getting old is why I don't like the newer music' I think this as well "what artists today, newer artists, will still be playing on the radio and touring in 50 years like we have today with older bands?"
    And maybe it's just because I don't know the newer stuff, so I'm not saying that is my "AHA!" moment where I can feel superior or something, but I really would like to know if there are many Bostons, Madonnas, Michael Jacksons, Springsteens, Sex Pistols, etc out there..
    I think part of the problem is ironically what you bring up, we have so MANY choices in how we can find music that it has diluted the market to the point where the best of the best cannot be found because we all have so many choices that we don't just settle for listening to someone like an Elton John or someone like that who has been around forever and spawned so many hits.
    I was listening to Howard Stern the other morning and he said the same thing, or something similar, he said that so many young artists today are trying for the "whole package" and that means there is less focus on the musical ability. First of all they need to be fairly nice looking, then next they need to dance and have choreography, or they need to have a real hook or something unique about them...then the music thing, the talent, figures in. But its not like the past where it was about 95% musical ability.
    I think part of the problem today is a music executive looks at some young guy or gal who is really nice looking, can dance, has a great physique and some musical talent and says "we can work with this"....
    I mean look at some of the classic successful artists like Elton John. Elton doesn't dance, he's certainly not good looking, he's short and squat and if he was a newcomer today he'd likely not make anything of himself. They just were primarily about the musical or vocal ability and really not much else. Which meant that the talent was more focused and thus, can still prove to be a lure today.
    So I do think it's a fairly complex issue. Sure it's a bit of "Well I'm old so I don't like this new crap" attitude at play here but I also think it's a combination of things as above..
    But lastly, I do ask you, since you are younger, name some artists who you believe will still be touring and having radio play in the year 2068. I know that ain't easy at all but I'm curious because I just don't see the longevity of today's artists that we saw from some of the more successful acts from the past who still tour and are being played today.
    And I am not posing that question in a confrontational way mind you, but in a curious way..

    I don't believe pop, r&b, hip-hop acts do things for that long. They get out the game when they get older. Only acts I can think of who've been working for 30 some odd years are like Janet Jackson. Like I cant really think of any musicians I've loved who either A. made it long enough to do their craft for 40/50 years or B. Did it. MJ and Prince were getting there, but those are once in a lifetime acts.
    I really only see it in rock music, a genre I do not like outside of a few modern acts just because it's not for me anymore. I don't think that the music and performance aspect of what I listen to carries on to older age. I don't think it carries over with most musicians. You can't be doing this for 50 straight years and not be washed.
    Kendrick Lamar is the best rapper alive, I hope to god he retires in the next 20 years and doesn't become washed. Like the only genre I listen to that can carry on for 50 years from one artist, is Jazz. Jay-Z betta not be rapping 20/30 years from now.
    In short, none, because I don't believe really any artists should be doing it for 40/50 years.
    I think what has hurt rap over the past 10 years or so is the digital media like itunes.
    It use to be about making classic albums, now though its about making hot singles because that is where the money is.
    Newlegacy
    The reason I don't really take the opinions about rap seriously when people say that there aren't x type of artists, is because they ain't trying to find it. I am much younger than every single person who has posted in this thread likely, but I love music. I love it so much, and it is so easy for me to go on Spotify, and listen to music and find new things from this year or any year. The artists for Madden, ain't gonna be people who make the chill hip-hop, the super lyrical hip-hop, the deep things. I don't wanna listen to serious music when I'm playing a game. If it's hip-hop, I wanna listen to the music that is for the club, for parties, Imma want to listen to bangers. Every single rapper today, gives bangers. Even the "lyrical, deep" people of today.
    Nostalgia holds people back from realizing that the music of today can in fact be better than what they listened to. There will come a time where I will have to say an artist is better than Kanye, better than Kendrick, does what Migos or Future does better, artists better than ScHoolboy, and hopefully I am receptive to it. Because music is ever evolving and I think it is disingenuous to act as if there weren't artists making ignorant *** music back in the 90s. 2 Live Crew was one of the most famous groups back then, doing an even rauncheier form of what artists do today.
    And this isn't towards you, but seeing people say "Oh all the popular music is just xyz" That's always been the deal, popular music is not indicative of how the entire genre is. I do not diss pop music because of what's on the radio when I know what else is out there and again, not everything has to be some deeply told story about us and how we have to do better, or how our culture is being taken away, or something. I don't always wanna listen to that. I sometimes want to just play Rae Sremmurd and just wild out. I sometimes need to listen to Blac Youngsta or Blocboy to just have fun.
    It is okay to want music that is "deeper", but acting as if all of hip-hop is just artists flexing they wealth or whatever...shows how ignorant a person is and how damn lazy they are. To just want to complain instead of seeking new music when it is the easiest for a person to do so.

    Lazy and ignorant because some of us don't like rap? Lol, ok. I don't hear you talking about any other music yet you love it all so much.
    I just don't like Rap. I don't like the beats it gives, don't like that they need to curse so much that it has to be bleeped out. Though it don't matter because Rap doe absolutely nothing for me anyways. I just like certain things about music and Rap has none of it.
    Just my opinion whether you think it is a lazy opinion or not. Why should I care what you think? I don't care that you like Rap, so you shouldn't care that I don't.
    Rayzaa
    Lazy and ignorant because some of us don't like rap? Lol, ok. I don't hear you talking about any other music yet you love it all so much.
    I just don't like Rap. I don't like the beats it gives, don't like that they need to curse so much that it has to be bleeped out. Though it don't matter because Rap doe absolutely nothing for me anyways. I just like certain things about music and Rap has none of it.
    Just my opinion whether you think it is a lazy opinion or not. Why should I care what you think? I don't care that you like Rap, so you shouldn't care that I don't.

    I wasn't talking bout you and was obviously talking about the people that do listen to rap who were commenting so...shoo
    ggsimmonds
    I think what has hurt rap over the past 10 years or so is the digital media like itunes.
    It use to be about making classic albums, now though its about making hot singles because that is where the money is.

    Bruh what
    We gonna act like people weren't just quickly putting out mixtapes all the time to keep their names in people's headspace? Digital Media has helped more than anything, people ain't gotta put out 20 mixtapes before they album drop anymore. They can drop some singles, go dark, go on Twitter week of or day of and drop it no problem.
    ggsimmonds
    I think what has hurt rap over the past 10 years or so is the digital media like itunes.
    It use to be about making classic albums, now though its about making hot singles because that is where the money is.

    Soundcloud rappers will be the butt of my jokes for years to come.
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    @NewLegacy.
    U mention being able to find quality rappers if u look. You’re prob right. But, the thing is, back in the day, u didn’t have to. Because, originally, only quality rappers made it. Now, understand, for sure, as rap exploded in the 80s well into the 90s, sure, u had some weak *** rappers that sounded like garbage. I give u Master P as exhibit A. Lol. That dude was HORRIBLE. And yet, he made money, sold records, etc.
    I think my point being, though, u didn’t have to ‘search’ for quality hip hop. It was there.
    And, just another small point. Specific to rap, and actually, I could argue alternative music as well. Hip hop and alternative were forms of music that I saw born in my lifetime. And, actually, I could say a lot of the same things about alternative music today. The early hip hop or alternative music was giving birth to a new genre of music. It’s that early sound that defines it. Look at alternative music today, it’s gotten quite soft around the edges and just lost that grunge feel to it. Now, an alternative expert might just as well say, ‘u can find good alternative if u look for it.’ Lol. But, in the 90s, good alternative was everywhere. Started with nirvana, then u had Pearl Jam, stp, etc. The quality musicians were being played more than any old alternative. But, now, that genre is sort of being wiped out.
    I guess my point being, the earlier u track a music genre to its origins, for me, it’s going to sound better, because, well, those are its origins and that’s what it was supposed to sound like because that’s what it sounded like. Lol.
    But, all music changes over time. Sometimes, it gets better, sometimes it gets worse, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
    For what it’s worth, I tried listening to Lamar awhile ago cause I heard some good things about him being more old skool. I admittedly only listened to one track, can’t remember what it was, but he sounded too much like a ‘talking’ mc. Like, someone who ‘talks’ instead of ‘flows’ with the rhythm. But, I’d like to hear more from him, so I think I’ll check out more of his stuff. I’d like to find more new music (rap or hip hop) that is worth listening to. But, for me, hip hop in the 80s and 90s just called to my soul, man. Lol. Swear to god, dougie gresh, slick rick, run dmc, big daddy Kane, young ll cool j (I like old cool j as well, but as much as young ll), and one of the true masters of the art form, Rakim. Listening to juice from Rakim just gives me chills, man. His backgrounds were just totally sick, too. And, people can complain or claim backgrounds are all sampled and whatnot, but the DJ has to know how to throw that ish together to get the funky sounds right.
    And, again, I will always argue if u had a machine that could measure the aesthetic quality of music, or the ‘art of hip hop,’ I truly think old skool clips would beat mumble rap, any day.
    And, I know music moves in cycles. I’m praying for the day hip hop truly returns to its roots and we get more Rakims. Lol.
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    ChiefKeef300
    Madden is catching a lot of heat rn if yall peep... due to them taking kaep name out of song on the soundtrack.
    Dont think I saw kaep as a FA either
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    ChiefKeef300
    Madden is catching a lot of heat rn if yall peep... due to them taking kaep name out of song on the soundtrack.

    brent3419
    Dont think I saw kaep as a FA either
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    Good and even better
    49UNCFan
    Master p was not horrible
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    Uuuuuuunnn. Uuuuuuunnn. Na na na na.
    Oh, god. He was awful. Absolute disgrace to hip hop. He might’ve been the beginning of the end, actually, for me. I couldn’t understand why/how he got so much airtime. He was just incredibly commercial without any depth. He was an early ‘bling’ mc. Too much gold, and not enough lyrics. That led into the whole ‘money, power, respect’ rap genre that dominated the 90s.
    That being said, I also think lil Wayne is garbage. Dude sounds like a whiny 11 year old.
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    ODogg
    Good and even better

    As in the exposure EA is getting?
    brent3419
    Dont think I saw kaep as a FA either
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    Really??? i could have sworn i saw a youtube video where you can sign him on madden 19 idk tho
    JayCutlersCig
    I think he’s out of the league, period. But I don’t want to start any political convo.
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    I think the only justification is if he's no longer paying his NFLPA dues (or however it works. Then it would be a legal matter (can't use someone's likeness without licensing). It'd b a shame if he's not available as a free agent simply because he has cool tats. You can always edit him but keep the tats, ya know?
    Wow, Madden getting SLAMMED on social media right by many influential musicians/athletes. These are many of the same people who helped make Madden the force it is today.
    This is a bad look. Huge PR blunder.
    Jim Jones
    Wow, Madden getting SLAMMED on social media right by many influential musicians/athletes. These are many of the same people who helped make Madden the force it is today.
    This is a bad look. Huge PR blunder.
    Huuuuuuuge blunder!!
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    JUST IN: EA Sports says it didn’t mean to omit Colin Kaepernick’s name in YG’s song it licensed for use in Madden ‘19. Will add his name back in update.
    The update will go out August 6th.
    roadman
    JUST IN: EA Sports says it didn’t mean to omit Colin Kaepernick’s name in YG’s song it licensed for use in Madden ‘19. Will add his name back in update.
    The update will go out August 6th.

    How does one “accidentally” remove someone’s name from a song?
    Ky3217
    How does one “accidentally” remove someone’s name from a song?

    At least they responded swiftly and it's back in.
    It was a mistake and they took care of it.
    If it's deeper than that, that's for reddit or Twitter discussion.
    JayCutlersCig
    I think he’s out of the league, period. But I don’t want to start any political convo.
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    There being other FAs that haven't played football for a full year or two makes this.....not great
    Full statement by EA:
    “We made an unfortunate mistake with our Madden NFL soundtrack. Members of our team misunderstood the fact that while we don’t have rights to include Colin Kaepernick in the game, this doesn’t affect soundtracks. We messed up, and the edit should never have happened. We will make it right, with an update to Madden NFL 19 on August 6 that will include the reference again. We meant no disrespect, and we apologize to Colin, to YG and Big Sean, to the NFL, to all of their fans and our players for this mistake.”
    So, no, they no longer have the rights to his name in the game.
    roadman
    Yeah, sounds like it.....
    Ok.
    They put their big boy pants on and apologized.
    Is there anything they need to do with this?

    Add the National Anthem to the Madden 19 soundtrack? Oh yea and remove the users ability to skip or remove it from the playlist. Or allow users to remove it from the playlist but instead of default pregame cutscenes it shows your players sitting in the locker room.
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    Jim Jones
    Wow, Madden getting SLAMMED on social media right by many influential musicians/athletes. These are many of the same people who helped make Madden the force it is today.
    This is a bad look. Huge PR blunder.

    LOL, no it isn't, no one, not a single person in the world, buys a game like Madden based upon the soundtrack or what the musicians and Hollyweird think about said soundtrack
    ODogg
    LOL, no it isn't, no one, not a single person in the world, buys a game like Madden based upon the soundtrack or what the musicians and Hollyweird think about said soundtrack

    Lol I assume and understand you don’t agree with Kaepernick, but Madden has been using rappers and other famous people to help sell their game forever. To say otherwise is disingenuous bordering on delusional. These people with millions of followers are calling out EA.
    Their newest TV spot has like 3 rappers in it. Lol
    Hiro1
    Lol I assume and understand you don’t agree with Kaepernick, but Madden has been using rappers and other famous people to help sell their game forever. To say otherwise is disingenuous bordering on delusional. These people with millions of followers are calling out EA.
    Their newest TV spot has like 3 rappers in it. Lol

    Where did he say he was against Kaepernick? His point is valid. Nobody goes, man I gotta buy this game because of the soundtrack! They get Spotify for that. Your are out of line with your assumption.
    I really wish they never would have stopped having the ability to change the menu music to the NFL Films music. It just suits the menu portions of the game perfectly and it's the only music I'd ever need/want.
    After spending some time in the trial, the soundtrack is even worse than I imagined. I listened to 3 songs and wanted to pour acid in my eardrums. Figured that would be less painful. At least they have do some of the orchestra music in the menus.
    Can't wait for those soundtrack updates, hopefully it's more terrible rap because there's certainly not enough of that!
    goillini03
    Where did he say he was against Kaepernick? His point is valid. Nobody goes, man I gotta buy this game because of the soundtrack! They get Spotify for that. Your are out of line with your assumption.

    ODogg
    Less i see from that person the better, glad he's not in the game!

    This post and another like it. Lol they’re about 20 post back. No his post isn’t valid. The post Odogg responded to mentioned how madden has used rappers/athletes to sell their product and now that group is being critical of EA for censorship. Which is undeniably true.
    What I don’t get is why EA would do this in the 1st place. They could’ve easily picked a different song and avoided all of this. The fact they did it twice in consecutive years is mind boggling.
    The 1st time was before the lawsuit(Mid-oct). The game was released in Aug. so their apology doesn’t even hold up.
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    Hiro1
    This post and another like it. Lol they’re about 20 post back. No his post isn’t valid. The post Odogg responded to mentioned how madden has used rappers/athletes to sell their product and now that group is being critical of EA for censorship. Which is undeniably true.
    What I don’t get is why EA would do this in the 1st place. They could’ve easily picked a different song and avoided all of this. The fact they did it twice in consecutive years is mind boggling.
    The 1st time was before the lawsuit(Mid-oct). The game was released in Aug. so their apology doesn’t even hold up.
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    Missed the first post. But still, nobody buys a game for the soundtrack.
    You are right in that it was odd to pick up the song in the first place, but why would they even picks songs that are 1/5 bleeped out. Just another series of baffling decisions by this team.
    Well, I have to agree with quite a few on here, I’ll be muting all the songs except NFL films songs. I really wish this Madden crew would get some songs that fit this sport and not have every single song a rap song, this is getting really irritating.
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    ODogg
    LOL, no it isn't, no one, not a single person in the world, buys a game like Madden based upon the soundtrack or what the musicians and Hollyweird think about said soundtrack

    Where did I say they do? You're creating a straw man to argue against here.
    What I did say - is it's a huge PR blunder, which it is. As @Hiro1 pointed out, EA has used these people to market the game for a long time now. And you're naive to deny musicians/actors/athletes haven't helped feed into the cultural phenomenon that Madden has become. They've been a large part of helping create the aura to the general public that Madden is something EVERYONE is playing. When those same people turn against it, it's a bad look.
    Jim Jones
    Where did I say they do? You're creating a straw man to argue against here.
    What I did say - is it's a huge PR blunder, which it is. As @Hiro1 pointed out, EA has used these people to market the game for a long time now. And you're naive to deny musicians/actors/athletes haven't helped feed into the cultural phenomenon that Madden has become. They've been a large part of helping create the aura to the general public that Madden is something EVERYONE is playing. When those same people turn against it, it's a bad look.

    The term that was used, PR blunder, by it's very nature implies potentially sales affecting and that's why I addressed it. So the idea that this "controversy" that no one, save some weirdo musicians and extremists in general, really cares about is some huge, big deal is rubbish. Manufactured controversy is, in general, rubbish..
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    Yeah, I'm not a fan of the action before the apology, but I feel the finger pointing was pointed in the wrong direction.
    Three letters, NFL. One name, Roger Godell.
    It's another not a good look from the no fun league, ie new helmet law.
    ODogg
    The term that was used, PR blunder, by it's very nature implies potentially sales affecting and that's why I addressed it. So the idea that this "controversy" that no one, save some weirdo musicians and extremists in general, really cares about is some huge, big deal is rubbish. Manufactured controversy is, in general, rubbish..
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    I think it’s time you just admit you’re out of touch on this issue. EA’s back pedaling within hours is a dead giveaway they believe it would affect sales. These aren’t small time irrelevant alternative artist we’re talking here.
    Big Sean whose lyrics were edited tweeted his disappointment. He has 14.5mil followers on twitter.
    YG’s highly anticipated album dropped at midnight (Big Bank is included). Demanded an apology from EA, says he’s on Kaep’s side. - 3mil followers on twitter
    Chris Paul who is featured in a madden 18 commercial also was critical of Ea’s erasure. - 7 mil followers.
    Kaepernick has 1.5mil followers.
    That’s 25mil+ followers even before counting the numerous news orgs that were dying for more Kaep news. If you’re not a social media person none of those numbers will bother you. But if you are you’d know it’s a social media sh*t storm for EA.
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    Hiro1
    I think it’s time you just admit you’re out of touch on this issue. EA’s back pedaling within hours is a dead giveaway they believe it would affect sales. These aren’t small time irrelevant alternative artist we’re talking here.
    Big Sean whose lyrics were edited tweeted his disappointment. He has 14.5mil followers on twitter.
    YG’s highly anticipated album dropped at midnight (Big Bank is included). Demanded an apology from EA, says he’s on Kaep’s side. - 3mil followers on twitter
    Chris Paul who is featured in a madden 18 commercial also was critical of Ea’s erasure. - 7 mil followers.
    Kaepernick has 1.5mil followers.
    That’s 25mil+ followers even before counting the numerous news orgs that were dying for more Kaep news. If you’re not a social media person none of those numbers will bother you. But if you are you’d know it’s a social media sh*t storm for EA.
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    Yea he's pretty out of touch with this issue, it has become a big deal. EA also removed Kaep references last year. Makes no sense to be honest.
    NFLBULLY84
    Yea he's pretty out of touch with this issue, it has become a big deal. EA also removed Kaep references last year. Makes no sense to be honest.

    Makes no sense to us, but if you look at Roadmans post above you will see the connection.
    Hiro1
    I think it’s time you just admit you’re out of touch on this issue. EA’s back pedaling within hours is a dead giveaway they believe it would affect sales. These aren’t small time irrelevant alternative artist we’re talking here.

    Not out of touch at all, I'm well in touch with it. I just think it's absolutely ridiculously manufactured and means zero. Did EA backpedal? Of course they did, it's an easy way to just simply get out of the bad publicity. That doesn't make it right. And it also doesn't mean it'll affect sales at all either.
    Of course companies want to avoid controversy but that doesn't mean that those who provoke it are in the right. Nor does it mean the rest of us who think it's dumb have to either accept that it is or we are "out of touch".
    Now let's be real here, these folks having millions of followers on social media only means there are a lot more ignorant people out there following them is all. And people who have an alternative view on these issues also have millions of followers as well. And that goes for the other person who started all this nonsense as well, he's popular for various reasons, none of them having anything to do with why people play Madden.
    And news flash, most people of that ilk aren't buying Madden and the ones that traditionally do will still buy it. I know because I'm friends with a guy who avidly supports Kap (and these artists) and he just messaged me asking where he could score Madden early because he saw me posting about it on Facebook.
    Again, manufactured controversy is dumb. It's a big fat zero to the bottom line for Madden.
    The only people who care about it are the ones who support the root of it and want to make it seem like it's some huge, big, important deal because it's in line with their cause or whatever. It's not, sorry to break it to you.
    ODogg

    Now let's be real here, these folks having millions of followers on social media only means there are a lot more ignorant people out there following them is all.

    Dude...
    WTF?
    ODogg
    Of course companies want to avoid controversy but that doesn't mean that those who provoke it are in the right. Nor does it mean the rest of us who think it's dumb have to either accept that it is or we are "out of touch".

    I don’t think you’re out of touch because you think Kaep and the people who side with him are wrong/ignorant. In the big scheme of things that is irrelevant. I think you’re out of touch by downplaying the impact of social media. The NFL and Madden have two different core demographics. NFL = older, Madden = younger, the latter pays attention to social media trends.
    If anyone has manufactured controversy it’s EA and Madden. It seemed so simple to avoid and yet they managed to fluff it up.
    Your anecdotal evidence of your one friend is also insignificant. The Madden core base is going to buy the game regardless. Using celebs in commercials isn’t for US, it’s targeting the fringe casuals.
    Famous people you use to sell your game being critical of your practices is BAD FOR BUSINESS.
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    ODogg
    LOL, no it isn't, no one, not a single person in the world, buys a game like Madden based upon the soundtrack or what the musicians and Hollyweird think about said soundtrack
    For whatever it's worth, a blunder can simply be in reference to a silly mistake. It doesn't have to insinuate a large shift in sales numbers. If I had to guess, in hindsight, EA Sports would rather this wasn't the type of story regarding their Madden series that was hitting message boards and social media while being picked up by entertainment writers at USA Today.
    It's not the end of the world, but as a non-Madden player, I found the story interesting enough to feel compelled to read the USA Today blurb and then make a point of coming to this message board to see how a typically well-tempered crowd was handling this thing.
    I know it'll blow over and it won't result in Madden folding up shop or anything, but I'm not sure I find the story itself to be artificially manufactured just because it doesn't have monstrous financial ramifications, with all due respect. It's an odd story that caught my attention—EA Sports edited out a controversial former player's name as if it were profanity; this notion made me want to find out whether it was a legal decision (like when 2K had to blur out some classic player names in Kurtis Blow's "Basketball") or whether it was a social-based decision, or both.
    If people are interested, there's a good chance it's going to be written about and discussed. That's generally how it's always been.
    goillini03
    Where did he say he was against Kaepernick? His point is valid. Nobody goes, man I gotta buy this game because of the soundtrack! They get Spotify for that. Your are out of line with your assumption.
    I'm not sure the suggestion was that people buy sports video games only for the soundtrack, but I'll step up and admit that a sports game's soundtrack has encouraged me to follow through on a purchase I was already considering.
    As an example, when I found out NBA 2K was including The Alan Parsons Project's "Sirius" in 2K11 (known better as the Chicago Bulls intro song), it added another level of excitement to my willingness to buy the game. And two years later, when 2K went all in by securing Jay-Z as a sort of executive producer for their entire brand, I reckon there were at least a few folks who were maybe pushed off the fence who otherwise weren't sure whether 2K13 was going to be the year for them or not. 2K even went as far that year to design all their menus with a supposedly Jay-Z-influenced golden touch (which I personally hated):

    Again, I'm not sure anyone would cite the musical artists as the only reason they'd pay $70 for a video game, but in many cases it can help nudge the needle in the right direction, which is likely why these games shell out the cash to secure these high profile musical licenses in the first place.
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