Ice-T Says He Wasn’t Paid For Def Jam: Fight For NY

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Revisiting the Def Jam Series: A Popular Fighting Game from the Mid-2000s

In the early-to-mid 2000s, Def Jam was among the most beloved fighting game franchises. Powered by the AKI Engine of old wrestling games, these titles featured recognizable rappers like Ice-T, DMX, Ludacris, Ghostface Killah, and Busta Rhymes as in-game fighters with distinctive move sets and abilities.

The Fans’ Desire for a Comeback

Since the last installment, Def Jam: Icon, hit shelves in 2007, fans have eagerly awaited a revival or remake of this beloved series. However, after 17 years, it appears that such an update remains elusive.

Ice-T on the Lack of a Def Jam Comeback

“So many people ask me why this game hasn’t been brought back for the newer consoles,” Ice-T shared in a recent post on social media. “Maybe because they’d have to pay for voice and music rights again. Maybe?”

A Possible Issue with Payment Rights

“Here’s the BIG problem,” Ice-T continued in a later post. “I don’t think they paid ANY of us ANYTHING to be in that original game.

“I know I didn’t get any type of substantial money. It was a situation where you didn’t want to be left OUT of the game. Well….. Yesterday’s price is not Today’s price..!”

Your Thoughts on the Def Jam Series?

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