In a few months, Dr. Dre will be performing the 2022 Super Bowl Halftime Show alongside his former collaborators Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Mary J. Blige. Today, Dre has released many new songs around the world, and some of them feature some of these great collaborators. Rockstar Games just released a new GTA V extension called GTA Online: the contract. It contains a new set of songs for DJ Pooh’s West Coast Classics radio station, including a bunch of old Dre favorites and new songs.
Dr. Dre is notoriously slow to release new music, and we’ll probably never hear Detox, its long-planned follow-up for 2001. But this Grand Theft Auto expansion has six new songs, and most of these new songs have great guests. “Gospel,” for example, associates Dre with his former protégé Eminem, and his long-time associate, DOC, adds a few lines at the end. Anderson .Paak, who really broke after appearing on Dre’s Compton album in 2015, is on “The Scenic Route” alongside his partner Silk Sonic Bruno Mars, as well as Rick Ross. On “ETA”, Dre and .Paak team up with Snoop Dogg and Busta Rhymes. Ty Dolla $ ign and the late Nipsey Hussle appear on “Diamond Mine”. On the songs “Black Privilege” and “Fallin Up”, Dre flies solo.
All of these tracks are perfectly solid, but they’re Dre replacement level, and none of them come close to “Nuthin ‘But A’ G ‘Thang” or “The Next Episode”. Dre is a famous perfectionist, and he presumably decided that these RGT the songs just weren’t good enough to release properly. Still, it’s crazy that there are a lot of new Dr. Dre tracks, with big guest stars, out in the world on a video game expansion pack soundtrack. People have extracted all of these songs on YouTube before, and you can hear them below.