A Whopping 108-Artist-Strong List Revealed for DJ Hero 2

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A Whopping 108-Artist-Strong List Revealed for DJ Hero 2

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This fall, all of you would-be-heroic DJs will get to spin the tables with artists like Metallica, Eminem, Deadmau5 and Lady Gaga - all in one game.

Last fall, DJ Hero was released to a deafening "meh" from consumers who weren't initially sold on A.) the idea of the game and B.) having to buy yet another plastic peripheral. However, once word of mouth got around that the game was actually pretty decent, DJ Hero proved that it had indeed been a slow burner, and sold a million copies. This would explain the bigger and hopefully better sequel on the way, slated for this holiday season.

Activision has just revealed the full list of all 108 artists whose songs will be smushed together in the upcoming sequel, and - as you might expect from such a high number - it's, shall we say, a rather eclectic mix. Would you have ever expected a music game to star both Prodigy and the Jackson 5? Yeah, me neither.

* 2Pac
* 50 Cent
* Adamski
* Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force
* Armand Van Helden
* A-Trak
* B.o.B.
* Basement Jaxx
* BlakRoc
* Bobby Womack
* Bruno Mars
* Busta Rhymes
* Calvin Harris
* Chamillionaire
* Chic
* Chris Willis
* Clinton Sparks
* Colby O'Donis
* Daft Punk
* Damian Marley
* David Guetta
* Deadmau5
* Deee-Lite
* Dillinja
* Diplo
* Dizzee Rascal
* DJ Shadow
* Donna Summer
* Dr. Dre
* Drake
* Edwin Starr
* Eminem
* Estelle
* Flo Rida
* Gorillaz
* Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
* Harold Faltermeyer
* House Of Pain
* Iyaz
* Jackson 5
* Janet Jackson
* Justice
* Kanye West
* Kaskade
* Kelis
* Keri Hilson
* Kid Cudi
* Kool & The Gang
* Lady Gaga
* Lil Jon
* Lil Wayne
* LL Cool J
* M.I.A.
* M|A|R|R|S
* Major Lazer
* Malcolm McLaren
* Mase
* Melle Mel & Duke Bootee
* Metallica
* Missy Elliott
* Mos Def
* MSTRKRFT
* N.O.R.E.
* Nas
* Nate Dogg
* Naughty By Nature
* Nelly
* New Boyz
* New Order
* Newcleus
* Nightcrawlers
* Orbital
* Pharoahe Monch
* Pirate Soundsystem
* Pitbull
* Puff Daddy
* Pussycat Dolls
* Rihanna
* Robin S.
* RZA
* Salt N Pepa
* Sam Cooke
* Sam Sparro
* Sean Paul
* Skibadee
* Sneaky Sound System
* Snoop Dogg
* Snow
* Soulja Boy Tell Em
* Sparfunk & D-Code
* Static Major
* Stevie Wonder
* Talib Kweli
* The Chemical Brothers
* The Crystal Method
* The Egg
* The Notorious B.I.G.
* The Prodigy
* Tiësto
* Tiga
* Timbaland
* Tweet
* Walter Murphy
* Warren G
* Wayne Smith
* Will.I.Am
* Yeah Yeah Yeahs
* Young Jeezy

Now we're just waiting on a track list to know exactly which songs from these artists will have made the cut. Well, we can probably assume that the Snow song is "Informer" since it's not like he ever did anything else, yeah?

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a "Bad Romance vs. Enter Sandman" mash-up, myself.

(via Joystiq)

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Ooh, I'm gonna have to ignore that game, just like the prequel.

Wow, this might actualy beat the first one in excellent soundtracks, disappointed no Kraftwerk though.

Outamyhead:
Ooh, I'm gonna have to ignore that game, just like the prequel.

If you don't like the music, fine, but DJ Hero was actually a really, really good game and very unlike the current music games on the market. It's disheartening to hear people blasting people for not being innovative and then not supporting an effort to try something new.

I saw 2Pac as the first artist, and decided that I'm definitely going to get it at some point.
The first one was innovative, fun, and in my opinion, better than any Rock Band or Guitar Hero game, and this one looks better than the first.

Honestly, I loved DJ Hero. I mean, it was something new and different in the sea of Guitar Hero and Rock Band and their clones. It was fun, the music was great, and it was challenging.

John Funk:
If you don't like the music, fine, but DJ Hero was actually a really, really good game and very unlike the current music games on the market. It's disheartening to hear people blasting people for not being innovative and then not supporting an effort to try something new.

I've been telling that to people for a long time... When I heard DJ Hero announced, I laughed at the idea. Then I actually played it and ended up buying it. I loved it. Everyone talks about how many crappy Guitar Hero games are out and how every game looks exactly the same... this is the game you've been looking for, people! It was creative and fun and even though I wasn't that big on the style of music at the time, it really grew on me and I ended up not only finding new artists that I liked, but it opened my eyes to a whole new kind of music.

Also, every single person who I've heard talk bad about DJ Hero has never played it. I've yet to hear someone who gave it a chance hate on it.

ProfessorLayton:

John Funk:
If you don't like the music, fine, but DJ Hero was actually a really, really good game and very unlike the current music games on the market. It's disheartening to hear people blasting people for not being innovative and then not supporting an effort to try something new.

I've been telling that to people for a long time... When I heard DJ Hero announced, I laughed at the idea. Then I actually played it and ended up buying it. I loved it. Everyone talks about how many crappy Guitar Hero games are out and how every game looks exactly the same... this is the game you've been looking for, people! It was creative and fun and even though I wasn't that big on the style of music at the time, it really grew on me and I ended up not only finding new artists that I liked, but it opened my eyes to a whole new kind of music.

Also, every single person who I've heard talk bad about DJ Hero has never played it. I've yet to hear someone who gave it a chance hate on it.

I dunno, I guess it's the music that doesn't seem to fit for me. I'm not much of a rap/hip hop/DJ/whateverthehell kind of music DJ Hero has kind of person. It does look interesting, but honestly I just don't feel the need to shell out some extra cash for yet another peripheral.

That and Activision (specifically Kotick) have been pissing me off lately, so I do my best to not support them.

Hmmm.. I can't wait to try this one..

And not one of them will sound even remotely decent. I'm sorry, but a rhythm game doesn't appeal to me if the songs give me a headache.

John Funk:

Outamyhead:
Ooh, I'm gonna have to ignore that game, just like the prequel.

If you don't like the music, fine, but DJ Hero was actually a really, really good game and very unlike the current music games on the market. It's disheartening to hear people blasting people for not being innovative and then not supporting an effort to try something new.

I agree with you. I loved DJ Hero, great music, wonderful mechanics.
Far better than the played out Guitar Hero games.

No Immortal Technique?

But they have Drake and Lady Gaga? Groan.

No sell.

Sorry, but if I'm going to buy a game based heavily around rap, and one of my top 3 rappers isn't in it, I'm not gonna bother with it. Tupac and Eminem being in it is tempting, and Prodigy and B.O.B. are a nice plus, but I need my IT. The first game was fun to borrow, which is probably what I'll do with this one. Nice try DJ Hero.

Just_A_Glitch:
No Immortal Technique?

But they have Drake and Lady Gaga? Groan.

No sell.

Sorry, but if I'm going to buy a game based heavily around rap, and one of my top 3 rappers isn't in it, I'm not gonna bother with it. Tupac and Eminem being in it is tempting, and Prodigy and B.O.B. are a nice plus, but I need my IT. The first game was fun to borrow, which is probably what I'll do with this one. Nice try DJ Hero.

The fact that you're a fan of Immortal Technique should mean that you don't want him to sell out, which is half of his message.

I'm confused, do people actually know what they want these days or do they enjoy contradicting everything; even themselves?

No, Just Give The DJ A Break by Dynamix II?!?! There is just not enough techno for a gae called DJ Hero

Just for Dafth Punk...

maybe...

I only recognize maybe a third of those names.

I think we can work out quite a few tracks...Harold Faltymeyer is gonna be Axel-F, isn't it?

I'll admit that I'm sad for the lack of Atmosphere. They've released songs in other games, like Trying to Find a Balance in Tony Hawk Underground 2. While that fact won't dissuade me from buying the game, I still think they would be great in it. Imagine playing this:

Or even their older stuff:

Afrika Bambaataa, Notorious B.I.G, 2Pac, Dr. Dre, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Daft Punk and Eminem may be enough reason to hear this game (yes, I meant to say "hear").

Don't Poke My Bobcat:

Just_A_Glitch:
No Immortal Technique?

But they have Drake and Lady Gaga? Groan.

No sell.

Sorry, but if I'm going to buy a game based heavily around rap, and one of my top 3 rappers isn't in it, I'm not gonna bother with it. Tupac and Eminem being in it is tempting, and Prodigy and B.O.B. are a nice plus, but I need my IT. The first game was fun to borrow, which is probably what I'll do with this one. Nice try DJ Hero.

The fact that you're a fan of Immortal Technique should mean that you don't want him to sell out, which is half of his message.

I'm confused, do people actually know what they want these days or do they enjoy contradicting everything; even themselves?

So I'm not allowed to enjoy his music in different mediums? I would hardly consider it selling out if he had a song on DJ Hero. Maybe a whole game based around him, but that's another argument.

As for not knowing what I want, that's a load of bull. I know what I enjoy, and I know for a fact that I'd enjoy being able to play The Cause of Death or The Point of No Return in DJ Hero (though I seriously doubt they'd get The Cause of Death, due to its subject matter). I don't see how I'm contradicting myself.

You know, artists can reach out to people in many ways. A video game is one of them.

I picked up the first one on a whim, I thought "meh, it'll maybe be fun." A few days later I'm playing on expert having crazy amounts of fun. I can't wait for the second.

Ra ra ra ah ah, rama ra ma ma, Gaga oh la la, OFF TO NEVER NEVER LAND!

if I had the money I would bye it in an instant

Is it wrong that I don't even know half of the artists on that list?

Just_A_Glitch:
[So I'm not allowed to enjoy his music in different mediums? I would hardly consider it selling out if he had a song on DJ Hero. Maybe a whole game based around him, but that's another argument.

As for not knowing what I want, that's a load of bull. I know what I enjoy, and I know for a fact that I'd enjoy being able to play The Cause of Death or The Point of No Return in DJ Hero (though I seriously doubt they'd get The Cause of Death, due to its subject matter). I don't see how I'm contradicting myself.

You know, artists can reach out to people in many ways. A video game is one of them.

If an individual uses their belief of the corporation as part of their image, then no, they have no place within other mediums.

Eminem, for example, became a shill despite his claims early in his career that he would never do adverts etc - yet he sold for the right price.

So, you are contradicting yourself, because you wish for an artist that expresses distaste for "higher ups" and yet you want him to adjust his music and therefore message (to satisfy censor regimes etc) so you can twiddle some dials to it.

I agree, artists can reach out in different ways, but they shouldn't do it in ways that goes against their supposed beliefs. I'd assume a fan would understand.

Don't Poke My Bobcat:

Just_A_Glitch:
[So I'm not allowed to enjoy his music in different mediums? I would hardly consider it selling out if he had a song on DJ Hero. Maybe a whole game based around him, but that's another argument.

As for not knowing what I want, that's a load of bull. I know what I enjoy, and I know for a fact that I'd enjoy being able to play The Cause of Death or The Point of No Return in DJ Hero (though I seriously doubt they'd get The Cause of Death, due to its subject matter). I don't see how I'm contradicting myself.

You know, artists can reach out to people in many ways. A video game is one of them.

If an individual uses their belief of the corporation as part of their image, then no, they have no place within other mediums.

Eminem, for example, became a shill despite his claims early in his career that he would never do adverts etc - yet he sold for the right price.

So, you are contradicting yourself, because you wish for an artist that expresses distaste for "higher ups" and yet you want him to adjust his music and therefore message (to satisfy censor regimes etc) so you can twiddle some dials to it.

I agree, artists can reach out in different ways, but they shouldn't do it in ways that goes against their supposed beliefs. I'd assume a fan would understand.

Well if that's the case, he shouldn't even be on a record label, or selling his CDs. He should be giving them away on street corners by that logic.

I'm just going to ask for an end to this argument here, as I'm currently at work with things to get done, and to be honest, I don't know enough about Immortal Technique outside of his Revolutionary Vol. 2 album (as its the only one I really enjoy. I just really enjoy it. So can we agree to disagree?

It would be fun to play Immortal Technique in DJ Hero, but not at the cost of him selling his dignity. Sound good?

I refuse to spend money on stupid plastic instruments. That crap is all way too expensive. I can't do it. Not even for Deadmau5 =\

I'd rather just go play AudioSurf.

Jumplion:

ProfessorLayton:

John Funk:
If you don't like the music, fine, but DJ Hero was actually a really, really good game and very unlike the current music games on the market. It's disheartening to hear people blasting people for not being innovative and then not supporting an effort to try something new.

I've been telling that to people for a long time... When I heard DJ Hero announced, I laughed at the idea. Then I actually played it and ended up buying it. I loved it. Everyone talks about how many crappy Guitar Hero games are out and how every game looks exactly the same... this is the game you've been looking for, people! It was creative and fun and even though I wasn't that big on the style of music at the time, it really grew on me and I ended up not only finding new artists that I liked, but it opened my eyes to a whole new kind of music.

Also, every single person who I've heard talk bad about DJ Hero has never played it. I've yet to hear someone who gave it a chance hate on it.

I dunno, I guess it's the music that doesn't seem to fit for me. I'm not much of a rap/hip hop/DJ/whateverthehell kind of music DJ Hero has kind of person. It does look interesting, but honestly I just don't feel the need to shell out some extra cash for yet another peripheral.

That and Activision (specifically Kotick) have been pissing me off lately, so I do my best to not support them.

Just because you don't like the music doesn't mean you won't like the game. I know I didn't really like most of the music in the first game, but the game itself was still really, really fun. Besides, they've got really good DJs doing the mash-ups, so that something like Day 'n Nite by Kid Cudi vs. Boom Boom Pow by the Black Eyed Peas is actually pretty good. And as for Kotick, well, I can't argue with you there. But pledging not to buy Activision games is only hurting yourself, and to an extent, the devs who made the game. The game's worth the money, even if it's a bit expensive, and in my opinion it's worth supporting Bobby Kotick.

This reminds me: a concert featuring Daft Punk and Justice mashing up their songs would be the best thing ever.

Also, when I first heard of DJ Hero, I thought it was a parody.

I don't know how they're going to do Daft Punk considering they used up most of their best songs in the last game. Looking forward to deadmau5 being in there, but I knew they were putting him in there for a while.

Daft Punk~ Im sold!

Pretty solid list there though!!! Epic

UnkeptBiscuit:
Just because you don't like the music doesn't mean you won't like the game. I know I didn't really like most of the music in the first game, but the game itself was still really, really fun. Besides, they've got really good DJs doing the mash-ups, so that something like Day 'n Nite by Kid Cudi vs. Boom Boom Pow by the Black Eyed Peas is actually pretty good. And as for Kotick, well, I can't argue with you there. But pledging not to buy Activision games is only hurting yourself, and to an extent, the devs who made the game. The game's worth the money, even if it's a bit expensive, and in my opinion it's worth supporting Bobby Kotick.

Well I don't think it is. I don't want to support Kotick or his policies on his company, regardless of what grand experience I'll miss, and if some developers "suffer" because of it then so be it. People always say that the consumer has to respond with their wallet, so I'm just doing that. That's why I refused to buy MW2 (and glad I didn't), Infinity Ward themselves may be good people, but Activision is not (specifically, of course, Kotick) If Activision wants me to buy DJ Hero 2, they better clean up their act (by first firing Kotick if that is possible at all, with him being their CEO and whatnot).

Just to note, I'm not saying that DJ Hero is a bad game, I've never played it (maybe someday though) so I can't judge. And while I understand what you're saying with "Just because you don't like the music doesn't mean you won't like the game." doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose of a music game? To more or less quote Yahtzee here "It came to a point where I realized that I wasn't even listening to the music anymore, just tapping the colors to jog the little part of my brain for joy." Review.

Yeah, I'm sold. That's a fantastic list. DJ Hero 1 was amazing, so here's hoping that they pull out some new features for the sequel.

Obviously, I'm not exactly holding my breath for Activision to do any sort of innovating...

If I had the money, I would buy it in an instant. I tried it at my local shop and it's really fun.

DO WANT!

Errrrrrr... Metallica?

...the fuck?

No linkin Park,so i dont give a shit about the game.

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