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Why Dr. Dre Changed His Mind About Appearing In GTA 5

No diggity, some doubt.

Dr. Dre was at the centre of Grand Theft Auto Online's The Contract expansion, but the hip-hop icon initially had no intention of getting involved.

Speaking to BET Music, rapper, producer, and GTA Online co-writer DJ Pooh said that Dre, not fully understanding what GTA was, didn't want to make music or appear in something intended for kids.

"Initially it was just 'no', but that's the normal answer you get from Dre," he said. "Dre's not a gamer. He just didn't play any of the games. It's not like he dislikes them or something, he just didn't play them. He was like, 'I don't make things for kids'."

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As a big fan of gaming himself, Pooh took his PlayStation to Dre's mansion and showed him the game in action.

"He was blown away. He didn't know you could do all this stuff," Pooh said. "He was like, 'this s**t is awesome', and he's seeing me driving around in a lowrider. We out here putting different rims on the car, getting in a shootout, hanging out with my friends."

Seeing that the game wasn't just a children's toy, and being told about GTA's history with music and its incredible sales figures, Dre was convinced.

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The Contract update was released in December and sees Franklin task the player with hunting down new music by Dre that was released specifically for GTA.

The project was heavily rumoured for a while ahead of release with many thinking Dre was making music for GTA 6. That's not to say he won't, but the only thing Rockstar Games has said for sure about the new game is that it's in development.

In our 10/10 review, IGN said: "Preposterously enjoyable, breathtaking in scope and bitingly funny, GTA V is a landmark game."

Our guide is also full to the brim with everything players need to know about GTA V (including cheats and secrets), GTA Online, and the Contract expansion.


Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale. He'll talk about The Witcher all day.

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