Santa Monica, CAâ€”September 27, 2005â€” The â€œFunk Doc,â€ Redman, headlines an eclectic NYC inspired soundtrack for Activision, Inc.â€™s (Nasdaq: ATVI) upcoming True CrimeÃ’: New York City video game with two all-new original songs and the debut of â€œRush The Securityâ€ from his upcoming album Red Gone Wild, scheduled for release on November 8. Redman will also appear as an unlockable character in the gritty drama, which is slated for release this fall.
In addition to Redmanâ€™s tracks, the soundtrack perfectly defines the diverse sounds of the city and the high caliber action of the game with more than 80 licensed songs from NYC raised, or transplanted, punk, hardcore, hip hop and rock royalty who helped define the cityâ€™s music scene including Jay-Z, Fat Joe, A Tribe Called Quest, The Ramones, The Velvet Underground, My Chemical Romance, The Bravery and Bob Dylan, among others, making this soundtrack the ultimate New York experience.
According to Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, President and CEO of Def Jam Recordings, â€œThis soundtrack is New York City.â€
â€œAs an East Coast artist who paid his dues performing in the clubs of New York City, Redmanâ€™s inspired rhymes bring the gritty realism of the city to life in our game,â€ said Tim Riley, worldwide executive of music at Activision. â€œHis bold lyrics and hard-edged funk beats capture the vibes of the city from Washington Heights to Harlem and all the way down to Battery Park.â€
True Crime: New York City is being developed by Luxoflux for the PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system, the XboxÂ® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCubeâ„¢. The game has been rated â€œMâ€ (â€œMatureâ€ â€“ Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs) by the ESRB and will release this fall.
The game will be showcased on Thursday, September 29 at the 8th annual The Power Summit, (http://www.thepowersummit.info/), an influential music convention which brings together tastemakers ranging from DJs to recording industry titans and major brands.
This Newark, New Jersey native has been rapping for almost 10 straight years, delivering hits each time out. His five solo albums (Whut? Thee Album, Dare Iz A Darkside, Muddy Waters, Docâ€™s Da Name 2000, Malpractice) and two collaborations (Blackout w/ Method Man and El Nino w/Def Squad) have placed the rapper in a hip-hop hall of fame. While some rappers just make songs, Redmanâ€™s history proves that he is an all-around multi-talented hip-hop artist. He has also co-starred in the major motion picture, â€œHow Highâ€ alongside Method Man.
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