GAME: STREET HOOPS [Activision, PS2, Xbox]
TRACKS BY: DMX, Cypress Hill, Method Man and Redman, Xzibit, Smut Peddlers, Ludacris, Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek
THEME: Don some Sean John and hit one of nine famous neighborhood courts, from the Cage in Manhattan to the Moss in Oakland, with tunes to match each hyper-urban b-ball setting.
PLAYABILITY: You could slam-dunk for hours to the Smut Peddlers’ ”That Smut,” Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek’s mellow-techno beats on ”Down for the Count,” and Cypress Hill’s ”Lowrider.” But Ludacris’ ”Rollout (My Business)” grates by the halftime buzzer, and every time Master P’s ”Make Em Say Ugh” came on, it made me say not ugh-ain.
GAME: TOEJAM & EARL III: MISSION TO EARTH [Sega, Xbox]
TRACKS BY: Greg ”G-Nutt” Brown, Kirk McHenry, Sherrie Jackson, Genevieve Goings
THEME: The 12 Sacred Albums of Funk have been stolen, and a trio of aliens must retrieve them by using some Mega Funk-Fu.
PLAYABILITY: Since the music is integral to ToeJam and Earl’s mission, it’s surprising that Sega opted to use unknown Bay Area songsters instead of licensing the P-Funk catalog. But the 69 cuts on this soundtrack — which range from synth-heavy Morris Day-inspired grooves to Motor Booty affairs — supply more than enough bounce to get you through this weird little adventure.