NBA 2K22 MyCareer Mode Could Feature Hip-Hop Stars With Side Career Option

2K’s NBA 2K22 game is on the way with updated gameplay and features. That includes the popular NBA 2K22 MyCareer Mode. The upgraded mode will have expanded options beyond the basketball world for the upcoming game. Gamers playing out their customized MyPlayer’s career will reportedly get the chance to venture into a hip-hop career. In addition, a recent report has mentioned hip-hop stars might join 2K’s simulation game, one way or another.

NBA 2K22 MyCareer mode to feature rap career option

Reports have recently arrived in which they mention a rap career side option for NBA 2K22 MyCareer Mode. It makes for a brand new addition that’s never been seen before in the basketball video game.

In MyCareer, gamers basically create a customized MyPlayer which they guide through an in-game story. Each year’s story is different, with NBA 2K21’s story bringing official college basketball teams into the game. They included notable schools such as the UCONN Huskies, Arizona Wildcats, Michigan State Spartans, and Duke Blue Devils.

In the 2K21 story, the MyPlayer began their journey in high school, and then they could potentially choose a college to play for. They’d eventually work their way to the NBA. Gamers could upgrade their MyPlayer through Virtual Currency, improving their stats. They could also frequent the Neighborhood, aka 2K Beach for current-gen consoles. At 2K Beach, gamers could get into various pickup games or purchase gear and accessories.

However, 2K21 on the next-gen added The City, which was supposed to feature much more activity and immersive experiences compared to current-gen consoles.

It seems that the 2K22 next-gen MyCareer experience will allow gamers to explore their dreams of pursuing more than just excelling on the hardwood. However, various NBA stars have shown their ability to do more beyond the basketball court.

That includes NBA 2K21 cover star Damian Lillard, who has a rap career on the side. LeBron James and Kevin Durant are two models for how NBA stars are exploring entrepreneurial endeavors and cashing in on their investments.

Mode to integrate with The City on next-gen consoles

Based on 2K’s Courtside Report about NBA 2K22 features, the MyCareer mode will have. traditional story gamers play through on the current-gen consoles. However, the next-gen consoles will have a “groundbreaking narrative experience.”

The 2K features report says:

“Embark on your personal journey to the pros – a sprawling MyCAREER life – by exploring the City, seeing new and familiar faces, and hooping your way to exciting new heights.”

It also mentions there will be various “hidden talents” gamers can pursue with their MyPlayer.

In NBA 2K22, dreams and ambitions in MyCAREER stretch beyond the hardwood floors; players can now pursue side ventures to build a profile in lucrative and trendy spaces. Brush up against the fashion world, where the art of promotion will drive your success as a mogul. Or get involved in the hip-hop business, where your music talent opens up an intriguing lane in the industry.

-NBA 2K22 Courtside Report

Which hip-hop stars will be in the game?

So far, there have been no announcements from 2K Games about any hip-hop stars officially in the game. A new GiveMeSport article raises the speculation about hip-hop stars joining NBA 2K22 MyCareer mode. They give examples of Drake, J. Cole, 2 Chainz, and Wale, but speculate if they will be included, or added by content creators.

One hip-hop star may already be making his best attempt to get into the game.

NBA 2K’s previous rival, NBA Live 19, featured in-game rap stars, actors, and even influencers. They were added to the game as playable characters for streetball and indoor hoops games. Among them were hip-hop stars Jadakiss and the late Nipsey Hussle. 

As fans have seen, NBA Live is currently on the shelf, so it looks like there’s a possibility NBA 2K will start to incorporate more celebrities into its game. That may be especially true with the ability to create epic events for the next-gen consoles, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.

NBA 2K22 officially arrives on September 10, 2021, for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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