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Sony Interviews Jamie King on Def Jam Rapstar for PlayStation 3

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218w ago - SCEE Blog Manager James Gallagher has interviewed Jamie King on the upcoming video game Def Jam Rapstar for PlayStation 3.

To quote: As one of the founders of [Register or Login to view links], Jamie King has been in the videogame industry about as long has PlayStation has. He's one of the people responsible for bringing us such series as Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne and Midnight Club.

Now a resident of New York City, he is President and Chief Creative Officer of [Register or Login to view links] and will soon be launching Def Jam Rapstar in collaboration with Def Jam Records. I recently caught up with him in London to talk about the new venture.

How did the relationship with Def Jam Records come about?

Our EVP, Paul Coyne, came over from Warner Music and he already had a working relationship with Def Jam. They had an existing game deal but when that expired I got to go over and meet Kevin Liles - apparently I was one of the first people to ever dance in the Def Jam offices, weirdly enough.

I told them that I knew how to handle Def Jam in the game space and I took them through some of the potential that I saw, and we arrived at the idea to create a karaoke game based on Def Jam music.

We were very...
 
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