The next-gen version will feature over 200 tracks.

2K, in partnership with UnitedMasters, just revealed the soundtrack for NBA 2K21. The companies claim that this soundtrack sets the "gold standard" for music.

The soundtrack features, among other artists, two unreleased tracks from its cover athlete Damian "Dame D.O.L.L.A." Lillard. These are in addition to tracks from artists such as Stormzy, Roddy Ricch, and The Strokes. This is said to be the "largest and most definitive collections of music ever assembled for a sports video game."

When NBA 2K21 launches on September 4, it will include 52 songs. However, fans can actually listen to the soundtrack starting today through Spotify. 2K says that the next-gen version of NBA 2K21 will actually add in additional songs. How many additional songs? Well, the total number of songs will jump to 202 tracks at launch.

Two hundred and two songs for a basketball game's soundtrack. Just think about that for a moment. After launch, the soundtrack will be expanded even further with songs that include hip-hop, R&B, electronic, pop, and rock genres.

You can get a look at the more modest current-gen lineup of artists below.

NBA 2K21 soundtrack

“Music has always been an integral part of NBA 2K, and each year we strive to expand our approach to the players’ in-game experience,” said Alfie Brody, Vice President of Global Marketing for NBA 2K. “This year we’re able to bring the soundtrack to completely new heights with a highly-curated track list powered by next-gen technology and a cover athlete in Damian Lillard who’s adding unreleased tracks; together embodying the NBA 2K21 theme - Everything is Game.”
They needed "next-gen technology" for a 200+ track soundtrack...?