As part of his collaboration with Rockstar Games for their new GTA online update dubbed “The Contract,” Dr. Dre has released six new songs that are exclusive to GTA players only.
Along with two solo tracks from Dre, titled “Falling Up” and “Black Privilege.” The songs also include collaborations with Eminem (“Gospel”), Nipsey Hussle and Ty Dolla $ign (“Diamond Mind”), Snoop Dogg, and Anderson .Paak (“ETA”), and Rick Ross and Anderson .Paak (“The Scenic Route”).
Rob Nelson, the co-studio head of Rockstar North, the maker of GTA games, discussed working with Dr. Dre, and how they were able to capture him in his natural environment.
“When he’s not releasing music that regularly, it’s a pretty special thing to be able to get music from him, never mind exclusive music,” he said. “Once we started talking, he started firing demos over — ‘Check this out, check this out, I did this with so-and-so.’ That was a pretty surreal experience.”
He later added, “We spoke to someone who’s worked with him before who was able to source one for us and we brought in at least the major components that he would use.”
“For performance capture, you have to recreate the environment that the character would be in in the world so they’re interacting with all the right touchpoints.”
GTA Online: The Contract is now available on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC. It follows the game’s main character, Franklin Clinton, on his “wild and hilarious ride through Los Santos” as he tries to recover Dre’s unreleased music and return it to its rightful owner.
Earlier this week, the West Coast legend announced he’d teamed up with British singer Marsha Ambrosius for a joint album called “Casblanco.”
You can listen to some of the songs below via YouTube.