Aspiring Producers and MCs, 2K Wants Your Music in NBA 2K12

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Want to make a name for yourself as the next great up and coming music producer and/or MC? This is your chance!

2K Sports, in collaboration with Duck Down Music, is in search of talented artists to produce a feature track in the official soundtrack for NBA 2K12. The contest consists of two phases. In phase one, aspiring producers must submit a sample-free instrumental track. Then, in phase two, MC contestants will enter by singing/rapping over the winning producer’s instrumental. During both phases, 2K and Duck Down will choose 10 finalists, after which an online fan vote will be held to determine the winner for each category.

In addition to getting their music in the game, the two Grand Prize winners will each receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City and the opportunity to perform their winning song live at Duck Down’s CMJ Showcase this October. The top 10 finalists of each phase will also take home $700 worth of SoundCloud premium accounts.

Groove on down the page for all the specifics.

Phase 1: NBA 2K12 Producer Contest

Starting at 12:00 p.m. EDT on March 23, 2011, producers will have two weeks to create one sample-free instrumental. All submissions must be uploaded to a SoundCloud drop box located at www.duckdown.com/nba2K12, as well as NBA 2K and Duck Down Music’s Facebook pages by 12:00 p.m. EDT on April 5, 2011. Producers are also encouraged to record video of their beat-making process, which can be included with their final submission.

Duck Down Music A&R and representatives from 2K Sports will select the top-10 instrumentals on April 6, 2011. On April 7, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. EDT, the top-10 selected instrumentals will be streamed online via a custom SoundCloud music player on NBA 2K and Duck Down Music’s Facebook pages providing fans with the chance to vote for their favorite track by “liking” the one they feel is the best beat. Voting ends at 12:00 p.m. EDT on April 13, 2011.

The winner of the producer phase will be announced at 12:00 p.m. EDT on April 14, 2011.

Phase 2: NBA 2K12 MC Contest

Starting at 12:00 p.m. EDT on April 14, 2011, MCs will have two weeks to submit one clean (no cursing or references to drugs, sex, violence, gangs, money, etc.) track with their lyrics/chorus over the winning producer’s instrumental. MCs are urged to record music that does not include obvious references to basketball and to be creative with their delivery and overall theme. All submissions must be uploaded to the SoundCloud drop box at www.duckdown.com/nba2K12 12:00 p.m. EDT on April 27, 2011.

At 12:00 p.m. EDT on April 29, 2011, after the top-10 songs are determined by Duck Down Music and 2K Sports, they will again be streamed online via a custom SoundCloud music player at NBA 2K and Duck Down Music’s Facebook pages. Fans will then have the chance to cast their final vote for their favorite track by “liking” the one they feel is strongest candidate for NBA 2K12. Voting ends at 12:00 p.m. EDT on May 6, 2011.

The winner of the MC phase will be announced at 4:00 p.m. EDT on May 6, 2011.

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