Pharrell Williams has been named curator of the NBA 2K15 video game soundtrack. Williams talked about his new music job during a press conference in New York City Monday (July 14), expressing shock that he was even chosen to take on the task.
"I couldn't believe that my name got tossed in the hat for it," he said. "I'm honored because I know that when, you know, there's so many other people that were probably super, way more like deserving of the opportunity. So when I got a chance to do it I was like, 'OK cool,' I just wanna try and do something different, though."
Williams isn't huge into basketball and his run as curator comes behind LeBron James and Jay Z last year. He admits to feeling the pressure of filling such big shoes. "They know so much more about this sport than I do... I mean, I'm not screaming, 'touchdown!' But after free throw, lay up, couple dunks, I don't know what a crossover is."
He clarified, "I mean, I know what a crossover is. I might not know how to do it."
So how does he plan to "kill it?" "There are girls that play the game and there's a lot of girls that are around it because their boyfriends play it or their friends play it," he said. "So I thought it'd be such an interesting twist to have the girls weigh in on the song list, because they're the ones that listen to it, they listen to it just as much."
The G I R L singer also touched on James's departure from the Miami Heat to return to his hometown's Cleveland Cavaliers. The "Happy" singer said he was "hurt" by the move. "But I get it… coming home is a big thing for anyone. He went out and proved something."
The entire NBA 2K15 soundtrack will be released later this summer.
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