Ice Cube and DJ Shadow make weak track for Mafia III

by: Randy -
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There are cool things happening in Mafia III. For a game titled "Mafia," heading into 1968 New Orleans with a black Vietnam veteran is a bold vision for a protagonist taking on the Italian mob.

Also cool is Ice Cube and DJ Shadow teaming up for an original track (see video below) made specifically for this Mafia III "Revenge" trailer. The track is called "Nobody Wants to Die." Sample lyric: "I keep my mind on my money, I keep my hand on my gunny // Don't get to playin' with sonny, unless you Playboy Bunny."

Which, okay, for starters, sorry, but this is a throwaway verse, even coming from a guy that puts more effort into writing comedy than gangster rap. But Ice Cube's pillow-soft delivery doesn't help either. And after you get past the gospel choir hook by DJ Shadow (which says, "Everybody wants to go to Heaven // But nobody (nobody, nobody, nobody, nobody) // Ah nobody wants to die") — after you get past that churchy hook, then the instrumental is completely forgettable, too.

After enjoying the anachronistically cool idea of Cube and Shadow soundtracking a late-'60s song together, then the laziness of "Nobody Wants to Die" sets in quickly. Poor effort, fellas. Good to see your names involved. But poor effort.

Mafia III (sans "Nobody Wants to Die") launches October 7 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

2K Announces “Nobody Wants to Die” by Ice Cube and DJ Shadow Created for Mafia III

Original song featured in Mafia III Revenge Launch Trailer ahead of tomorrow’s release

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New York, NY – October 6, 2016 – 2K and Hangar 13 today announced that Ice Cube and DJ Shadow have created an original song specifically for the Mafia III Revenge Launch Trailer, which was released today. Mafia III, the thrilling organized crime drama set in the immersive open world of 1968 New Bordeaux, launches tomorrow for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC.

Ice Cube and DJ Shadow’s “Nobody Wants to Die” is an original track that evokes the spirit and themes of Mafia III and protagonist Lincoln Clay’s path of revenge against the Italian mafia in 1968 New Bordeaux. Full lyrics for “Nobody Wants to Die,” as well as custom commentary by Ice Cube, is available from Genius at

Standard, limited Deluxe and limited Collector’s Editions of Mafia III are available for pre-order. The Mafia III Deluxe Edition ($79.99 MSRP) will be available digitally, and physically in a limited capacity from select retailers, and includes both the game and access to additional, post-release downloadable content, including the Season Pass at additional savings. The limited Mafia III Collector’s Edition ($149.99 MSRP) is packed with physical and digital items, providing a window into the sights and sounds of 1968 New Bordeaux, including the official soundtrack and original game score, both on 180 gram vinyl, a collectable art book, art prints, and more. Those who pre-order any edition of Mafia III from participating retailers will receive the Family Kick-Back, which includes three exclusive lieutenant-themed vehicle and weapon gifts available to players at launch.

Mafia III will be available tomorrow for PS4™ system, Xbox One and Windows PC. Mafia III is rated M for Mature by the ESRB. For more information on Mafia III, subscribe on YouTube, follow us on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook and visit