EA Sports' new Madden game, Madden NFL 20, comes out August 2, and the soundtrack is out today with 22 songs that are "exclusive to the game in one way or another, with every song written specifically with Madden in mind." It includes the new IDK song "24" that came out yesterday (and dropped its video today), plus new songs from DJ Shadow + De La Soul, Denzel Curry, Rico Nasty, Snoop Dogg, Hit-Boy + Saweetie, Jay Critch, Stro + Dave East, and more.
DJ Shadow's new song "Rocket Fuel" with De La Soul is the turntablist great's first new song in two years. Though he's known for mood pieces, "Rocket Fuel" is about as upbeat as it gets, which should work well in a Madden game. "'Rocket Fuel' and the collab encapsulates so much of what I love about hip-hop...energy, beats, and fun," says Shadow. The song is also set to appear on DJ Shadow's upcoming album, which is due this year.
Rico Nasty's song "Time Flies" is her first new single since this year's Anger Management. While that album saw her mostly exploring her aggressive, punky rap side, "Time Flies" sees her making bright, auto-tuned pop. She's great at this kind of thing too.
Snoop Dogg's song puts "Madden 20" right there in the title, starts with a clip of a football announcer, and is clearly more directly written for this game than some of the others, but it otherwise sounds like the kind of trunk-rattling G-Funk you'd expect from Snoop.
Listen to the whole soundtrack below...