Ice T wants a Def Jam reboot for next-gen

By Cian Maher
2 August 2020 18:08 GMT

American rapper Ice T reckons it’s about time somebody remade Def Jam: Fight for NY for next-gen consoles.

Ice T – the man who brought out the second album to ever feature an explicit content sticker before making the iconic switch from rap to metal – wants a Def Jam reboot for PS5 and Xbox Series X. Check out the tweet below.

“Gamer Stuff: I think they really need to reboot this game for the new consoles,” he wrote.

For those of you who, like me, were very young when Def Jam: Fight for NY came out, it’s an action game that was originally published for PS2, Xbox, and GameCube back in 2004. Its cast features a variety of famous rappers, including Snoop Dogg, Mobb Deep, and Ice T himself – who you can actually enlist as a tag team partner.

Iconic Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins runs a gym in it. It’s all a bit absurd. Then again, so are a lot of things – like the fact that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has its own Nordic spin on rap battles.

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Anyway, Def Jam Recordings actually teased a new Def Jam game a few years back, although nothing’s been said since. Who knows, maybe Ice T will get his wish sooner than expected. I can imagine that he had a pretty fun time fighting alongside his virtual self in a tag-team match at a night club owned by Snoop Dogg, so his longing for a proper Def Jam reboot is understandable.

There’s loads of other noteworthy video game/rap crossovers to point out as well. For example, as well as playing Crow in Def Jam, Snoop Dogg is now a hockey player in NHL 20. Meanwhile, whenever Travis Scott is taking a day off from performing virtual concerts in Fortnite, he’s laying down new tracks that sound like they sample Kingdom Hearts.

Also, remember the time Tim Sweeney had a rap battle on Twitter?

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