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NBA 2K15: Music Curator and Kevin Durant Cover Art Revealed

Pharrell Williams performs on the main stage at Wireless festival in Finsbury Park, north London, Friday, July 4, 2014. The first festival took place in June 2005 and was staged in Hyde Park. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 15, 2014

Grammy Award-winning artist and producer Pharrell Williams has been named the music curator for the soon-to-be-released NBA 2K15 video game.

I guess this pretty much means "Happy" is going to be on the soundtrack. The well-rounded Williams will follow in some pretty large footsteps in this role. Jay-Z (NBA 2K13) and LeBron James (NBA 2K14) have carried similar responsibilities in the past.

Every year, the reveal of the person tabbed as the one in charge of music becomes a bigger deal. Per a 2K press release, Williams said this about the opportunity: “It was a cool experience. I tried to curate songs that were diverse but yet still proved to be motivational to gamers. It was important to me that the music complemented the on-court action of NBA basketball in NBA 2K15. I hope everyone enjoys it.” 

I don't know about everyone else, but I'm hoping that the Neptunes-produced "Super Thug" by Noreaga makes the cut.

Alfie Brody, the vice president of marketing for 2K, talked about Pharrell's diverse musical influences and how that made him a solid fit for the project.

Pharrell’s passion and reputation as a visionary producer and expertise from working with the NBA will be evident in the largest and most eclectic NBA 2K soundtrack ever. We really listened to our fans’ feedback on how we could improve their experience from a music standpoint, and we’re confident Pharrell’s collaboration in NBA 2K15 will impress players as much as it’s impressed us.

The choice for music curator wasn't the only big reveal made public Tuesday. The following image is the official cover art for NBA 2K15.

NBA 2K15

As previously reported, Oklahoma City Thunder superstar and 2013-14 NBA MVP Kevin Durant is the chosen one for this year's game. He succeeds James who graced the cover last year.

As we roll toward the Oct. 7 release date for NBA 2K15, the news and feature information will get bigger and more detailed. Durant already tweeted this image of himself working on a "secret" project for the game.

NBA 2K14 stunned fans with its visual excellence and solid gameplay, though there were a few next-generation kinks. As those were worked out, it was hard to make a top 10 titles list for 2013 and not include the game.

In year two on the next-gen consoles, expectations will be even higher.

We can hardly wait to see everything the newest version of the hit franchise will include. As the anticipation mounts, fans of the series must feel...happy.

OK, I'm done.

 

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