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Dr. Dre Drops Six New Songs Featuring Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Anderson .Paak, Busta Rhymes: Stream

Appearing in the new GTA Online expansion, The Contract

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Dr. Dre and Eminem, photo courtesy of the artists via YouTube
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    Just what the doctor ordered: Dr. Dre has dropped six new songs featuring collaborators new and old, including Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Anderson .Paak, Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross, and more. The tunes are destined for the new GTA Online expansion, The Contract, which is out today, December 15th. Dre and .Paak starred in the trailer for the episode, and the new release, “ETA,” served as its soundtrack.

    Update – February 4th: Dre has officially brought five of these tracks to Spotify. Hear them below.

    Even when played quietly, Dre’s music is always rolling loud, although these latest offerings are more mid than top shelf. But you can still catch an old-school buzz when that minor-key sample on “Gospel” kicks in, especially as the good doctor trades bars with Eminem and The D.O.C.

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    It’s not clear when any of these cuts were recorded, but “Gospel” is fairly new, judging by Em’s line, “You fucking with the original, flow sick/ And anybody can get it, COVID.” Apart from that, the track could easily slide into the long back half of 2001, or its much-hyped but eventually cancelled follow-up, Detox.

    Not all of the new songs are turn-of-the-millennium throwbacks. “ETA” is a sonic cousin to Dre’s 2015 album Comptonespecially because it boasts that project’s breakout star, Anderson .Paak. A richly-textured soul sample sets the scene for a nostalgic look at hometowns and the passage of time. Dre raps about meeting one of his oldest friends at the famed Compton Swap Meet, saying, “I remember me and Dogg, Swap Meet, Dickies on.” .Paak responds, “When was that? In ’93?” Dre sighs, “You probably wasn’t evеn born.”

    Snoop himself takes the hook, rapping, “Weave through the weed smoke, trees where my seeds grow,” and shaking his head while, “Looking at my child do the same thing that I did.” .Paak then sets up Busta Rhymes with, “Where was you in the ’80s?” The New York legend replies, “Reaganomics, we sold crack to mothers and their babies/ Fiends was running round with stolen shit to sell me, crazy.”

    .Paak returns again on “The Scenic Route,” but this is Dre’s nod to Maybach Music, with the imperious Rick Ross huffing his way through the verses. Meanwhile, “Diamond Mine” opens with a verse from the late, great LA rapper Nipsey Hussle, and the song expands with a Ty Dolla $ign hook. Here, Dre marks his place in history, naming himself, “A composer with composure, bitch, I’m Compton’s Beethoven.”

    Even the two somewhat weaker tracks have their moments. “Black Privilege” is a victory lap, as Dre raps, “Got L.A on my back, boy, it takes a village/ We deserve to be on top, boy, Black privilege.” As for “Fallin Up,” it features a toe-tapping hook and a banging beat, though Dre overdoses on his own medicine with a couple long, meandering verses. Still, they should make for fine driving music in Grand Theft Auto.

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    Dr. Dre is a main character in GTA Online: The Contract. The player is tasked with performing an important mission on the producer’s behalf: returning a lost cell phone that contains valuable unreleased music. Perhaps doing so will unlock these very same six songs, which you can stream below.

    It’s doubtful that you’ll hear any of these tracks when Dr. Dre headlines the 2022 Super Bowl Halftime Show, but you’ll be able to catch a couple of these same collaborators when Eminem and Snoop take the stage. If you’d like, you can revisit our dream setlist for the Halftime Show.

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