Pharrell Williams To Curate NBA 2K15 Soundtrack
Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.15.2014
He's excited about it...
Billboard reports that Pharrell Williams has been announced as the curator for the soundtrack to NBA 2K15, which will be released on October 7 in North America. During a press conference in Manhattan yesterday (hours before he opened for Bruno Mars in Madison Square Garden), he said he was honored to take over the song selection duties from Jay Z and LeBron James. He said: "I couldn't believe my name got tossed in the hat!"
While the song list hasn't been revealed, Williams did say that Strafe and System of a Down would both appear. 2K confirmed that it would have the largest soundtrack so far for the franchise.
Williams continued: "I had some people from my staff -- they were all girls and women -- and we just talked about it. I was like, 'I have to do this, [but] I don't know if I'm gonna be able to pull this off, because Jay did it and LeBron.' I'm like, man, how do I follow up those guys? They know so much more about the sport than I do. There are girls that play the game and there's a lot of girls that are around it … so I thought it'd be such an interesting twist to have the girls weigh in on the song list, because they listen to it just as much," he explained. "I tried to pick an alternative approach, because how do you follow up LeBron and Jay? I gotta take a different route. When we finished looking at the list, it felt right."
Williams has been a fan of the series for some time. He said that on the cover of N.E.R.D.'s 2001 album In Search Of..., the group's Shay Haley is shown playing a video game, which was actually an early NBA 2K game. During the press conference, he added that his son Rocket has been teaching him about modern video games. He said: "I've always wanted to do something in the 'Sims' world. We'll see."
While Kevin Durant is on the cover of the game, Williams gave his thoughts on LeBron James leaving the Miami Heat to go to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He said: "LeBron is the king. Coming home is a big thing for anyone that's gone out and done it. He went out and proved something. He deserves to do what he wants to do, and go where he wants to be."
Finally, he continued to express his excitement over the news. He concluded: "I'm tripping out that we get to put this music out. This never happens -- the system is never like that, where you look up and go 'Wow, we just pulled that off.' I'm pumped and excited."