To the surprise of hip-hop fans, legendary West Coast rapper-producer Dr. Dre has dove head first back into the game — making a splash with his 6-track EP for Grand Theft Auto Online.
Appearing in GTA V’s latest update “The Contract,” Dre enlists some heavy-hitters on his new in-game DLC project in Nipsey Hussle, Rick Ross, Eminem, Anderson .Paak and others. Similarly, .Paak teased some of this new music earlier in the week, dropping the GTA cutscene of their track “ETA” also featuring Snoop Dogg and Busta Rhymes. The project was exclusively on GTA’s servers until this past week (Dec. 30), as Dre released the short project on all digital streaming platforms.
In the announcement post, Dre snaps a selfie with the orchestra behind him and says he considers this newest project some of his best work. The news of a fresh Dr. Dre album also brings up a ravenous search to find who will appear with him. Long-time collaborator Eminem is rumored to have been in the studio with him and just recently, a snippet of their song has appeared online. It’s unknown if the song is for Casablanco or some other project but nonetheless, news of them reuniting is always cause for excitement.
Besides this newly-announced project, Dre has been hard at work these past few months. Along with his work on GTA Online: The Contract, he’s also slated to hit the stage at this year’s Super Bowl with Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Snoop Dogg and others — making for an unmissable concert experience.
While the record sessions for Casablonco may be finished, no release date was given and knowing Dre’s history with album drops, it may not be out for some time. However, with the new GTA: The Contract release, fans can spin some new Dre waiting for his next full-length LP.
Listen to Dr. Dre’s ‘The Contract’ below!