Dr. Dre and Anderson .Paak are both set to appear as characters in the forthcoming Grand Theft Auto Online expansion pack.
Titled GTA Online: The Contract, the expansion pack marks the return of GTA V character Franklin Clinton, where he now runs a “celebrity solutions agency”, providing “solutions to high-society problems.”
In the storyline, Dre’s character has lost his phone along with all the unreleased music stored on it, and, finding itself in the wrong hands, he seeks Clinton’s help to retrieve it.
Described in a statement on Rockstar’s official website as “the big break your agency needs”, the expansion pack will take you through Los Santos “from the mean streets of Franklin’s old neighbourhood to the hottest parties in the city, from debaucherous mansions to the offices of the FIB and everywhere in between”.
Both Dre and Paak have also contributed to the soundtrack of the expansion pack, and you can hear a teaser of their music in the trailer below
“Lost in the shuffle on his way to Cayo Perico last year, it turns out Dr. Dre’s phone isn’t just missing — it’s in the wrong hands. Not only that, but the phone also contains the hottest property in the city: new, unreleased music from Dr. Dre himself. This could be the big break your agency needs,” reads the announcement on the Rockstar newswire.
“Get ready for a wild and hilarious ride through Los Santos, from the mean streets of Franklin’s old neighbourhood to the hottest parties in the city, from debaucherous mansions to the offices of the FIB and everywhere in between as you join Franklin, expert hacker Imani, Chop the Dog, and crew to secure Dr. Dre’s precious tracks and return them to their rightful owner.”
‘The Contract’ launches December 15 but Rockstar are set to announce more details before that – “including details of an eclectic new radio station from some very special guest hosts, huge first-of-their-kind updates to existing radio stations including a ton of new and unreleased exclusive tracks from Dr. Dre and a heavy-hitting line-up of artists, plus additional opportunities for agency work including choice hits for players willing to get their hands dirty, plus new weapons, vehicles, and much more.”
Back in October, Snoop Dogg had teased that Dre was working on music for the next GTA game. If the aforementioned new music appears in GTA Online: The Contract will mark Dre’s first music in six years, since the release of his 2015 album ‘Compton’.
It’s been a big few weeks for the GTA franchise, having just released Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition. Players of the game believe there’s a teaser buried within it about the next title in the franchise.
Dre has not released any new music since 2015 album ‘Compton’ but earlier this year, Snoop Dogg revealed Dre was in the studio, working on new music for Grand Theft Auto.
“He’s making great fucking music. And some of his music is connected to the GTA game that’s coming out. So I think that will be the way that his music will be released, through the GTA video game,” said Snoop.
In other news, Anderson .Paak just scooped up several Grammy nominations for his Silk Sonic project with Bruno Mars, with the duo’s hit ‘Leave The Door Open’ being up for both Record and Song of the Year, as well as Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song.