Hip-Hop giants, Death Row Records launched HOOPS, a web-based basketball game celebrating the release of the Above the Rim Digital Deluxe Soundtrack out tomorrow.
HOOPS is available today just in time for the NBA playoffs with a 90’s retro look, earning NFTs as prizes and a built-in MP3 player featuring classic songs. The first 30 players who score 300 points will win a special limited edition NFT. Also, during the last 10 seconds of the game, fans will be able to earn 3 points for every shot from the “Above the Rim” half court logo. Users can challenge their friends for the highest score, start your game now!
The 21-track Above the Rim Digital Deluxe includes three bonus songs such as “Pain” (with Stretch) and “Loyal to the Game” by 2Pac plus, “Mi Monie Rite!” by Lord G. The deluxe edition is due tomorrow on all DSPs and on cassette tape, which is now available for the first time again since its 1994 release. The label will also share a lyric video playlist in English, Spanish, and German on their YouTube channel. Looking back, the soundtrack was released 27 years ago with 18 tracks because the cassette tape only allowed 75 minutes worth of music at the time. Fast-forward to today’s digital era, the soundtrack is now complete with its intended tracklist. A limited run of the vinyl will be available on Record Store Day, June 12. Fans can also enjoy the Death Row Bandana Instagram filter that’s live today.
In addition, there will be SLAM co-branded limited edition merchandise dropping Friday at 12pm EDT, here., For 27 years and counting, SLAM has been the most authentic brand in basketball storytelling. What started as a magazine in 1994 has now grown into a global lifestyle brand and multimedia property with 20-plus social channels, a burgeoning merchandise division and multiple franchise events annually.
Brandon Squar, SVP of Sales and Marketing at Entertainment One says, “the ‘Above the Rim’ soundtrack has been a part of basketball culture and lifestyle since its original release in 1994. Death Row Records is proud to continue our 30th anniversary festivities by celebrating this classic music with new and loyal fans in innovative and exciting ways.”
The game’s technology was created by UK based boutique digital creative agency, Antoine Lock. In discussing the game, the agency shared, “dream come true to be honest! Death Row’s music was the backdrop of our early work and partying lives. So to work on a game to celebrate artists that we’ve been playing on repeat since the 90s is massive, and surreal.”
1. Anything – SWV
2. Old Time’s Sake – Sweet Sable
3. Part Time Lover – H-town
4. Big Pimpin’ – Tha Dogg Pound
5. Didn’t Mean To Turn You On – 2nd II None
6. Doggie Style – D.J. Rogers
7. Regulate – Nate Dogg, Warren G
8. Pour Out A Little Liquor – 2Pac, Thug Life
9. Gonna Give It To Ya – Aaron Hall, Jewell
10. Afro Puffs – The Lady Of Rage
11. Jus So Ya No – Boss Hog, C.P.O.
12. Hoochies Need Love Too – Paradise
13. I’m Still In Love With You – Al B. Sure!
14. Crack ‘em – O.F.T.B
15. U Bring Da Dog Out – Rhythm & Knowledge
16. Blowed Away – B Rezell
17. It’s Not Deep Enough – Jewell
18. Dogg Pound 4 Life – The Dogg Pound
19. Pain by 2Pac (with Stretch) (BONUS)
20. Mi Monie Rite! by Lord G (BONUS)
21. Loyal to the Game by 2Pac, Treach
(from Naughty by Nature) & Riddler (BONUS)
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