Def Jam Rapstar gets priced, dated, new tracks announced

Konami and Autumn Games have announced that 4mm Games’ Def Jam Rapstar will ship to stores in Europe on October 5, and in North America a month later on November 6. The game will be released as bundle that will include the game software and one wired microphone; the title will retail for $69.99 for PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 and $59.99 for Wii.

Also announced were seven more songs that will be included in Def Jam Rapstar, which is being labeled as the “first true interactive Hip Hop music game experience.” The just-announced tracks are: Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend”; Drake’s “Best I Ever Had”; Ice Cube’s “It Was A Good Day”; Outkast’s “So Fresh, So Clean”; Pete Rock and CL Smooth’s “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)”; Redman’s and Method Man’s “Da Rockwilder”; and Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It.”

Def Jam Rapstar will also ship with a number of original instrumental tracks, letting players rhyme over them in the game’s “Freestyle” mode. The first two producers on board to supply tracks for the game are DJ Premiere (with “JJ’s Beat”) and Just Blaze (with “One the One.”)

We’ll be getting an updated look at the game at E3 in just a few weeks; I’m personally hoping we get a closer look at the game’s social networking aspect, which allows you to share and view performances by other players in the Def Jam Rapstar community.

Nick Chester