Perhaps one of the peripheral signs that aptly captures the rise of the NBA 2K series through the years -- it wasn't always the universally-acknowledged best sports game around; once upon a time it played second fiddle to NBA Live and even its own cousin, NFL 2K -- is the game's soundtrack.
I remember the 2K series starting on the Dreamcast with completely unknown musicians on its soundtrack, before slowly getting actual rappers that were of the B-list variety (Ace Hood in NBA 2K10
, Lupe Fiasco way back in 2K7).
Then came Jay-Z as "executive producer" in 2K13, whose presence helped the franchise lure A-listers like Coldplay, Kanye West, Nas, and U2. The 2K series hasn't looked back since, with LeBron James using his influence to put together another star-studded music roster for 2K14.
For 2K15, the game has enlisted Pharrell's help, and seeing as how the producer/singer/rapper/
songwriter has worked with
, almost literally
, every big name in the U.S. music industry, the 2K15 soundtrack is likely going to be the most star-studded yet.
And the biggest -- physically speaking -- star of all wants on that soundtrack: Shaquille O'Neal.
Yes, Shaq wants to rap on the soundtrack. Now whether or not that'd be a good thing really depends on your music taste.