Snoop Dogg may have said a bit too much in a recent Rolling Stone interview when he seemingly revealed that Dr. Dre is working on new music that will debut in a Grand Theft Auto game that some fans sincerely hope will be GTA 6.
“I do know he’s making great fucking music,” said Snoop. “And some of his music is connected to the GTA game that’s coming out. So I think that that will be the way that his music will be released, through the GTA video game.”
Neither Rockstar nor Dr. Dre has commented on this statement as of the time of this writing, so all we can really do is speculate about what Snoop Dogg is talking about (which is always a fun game to play). Thankfully, there’s no shortage of speculation out there.
Assuming that Snoop Dogg wasn’t simply confused about the details (which, if you know anything about Snoop Dogg’s live stream history, is a distinct possibility), it’s likely that the “GTA game that’s coming out” that he’s referring to is either the next-gen version of GTA 5 or some kind of major GTA Online update. Dr. Dre has collaborated with Rockstar before on GTA Online updates (he even made a cameo in the game), so it just makes sense that he has simply decided to contribute to the absurdly popular online game again.
Others are pointing out that Snoop could be referring to the upcoming GTA remasters, but that seems unlikely. While one popular theory at the moment suggests that Dre could be giving Rockstar new music to use in the remasters to replace some of the original licensed tracks that have been lost over the years, it just seems unlikely that someone as big as Dre would debut new music in a video game remaster, no matter how big those remasters may be. That’s much more of a “live service game” move.
Finally, there’s the GTA 6 rumor. At the risk of disappointing those who are somewhat patiently waiting for GTA 6, I doubt that Snoop Dogg is talking about GTA 6. Even the most optimistic projections suggest that GTA 6 is still a few years away, so it just doesn’t make sense that an artist that big would be working on new music for a video game that likely won’t be released for a few more years (at the earliest).
Having said that, I imagine that quite a few artists will want to contribute to GTA 6‘s soundtrack at some point. Rockstar has consistently shown that they’re very interested in getting musicians to contribute new tracks to GTA Online and being able to negotiate such deals may be preferable to trying to license a full collection of existing songs (at least in some cases).
Of course, those theories are kind of based on the assumption that GTA 6 will take place in the present day, which really does seem to be an increasingly likely possibility if for no other reason than the fact that a “retro” setting affords Rockstar a little less freedom with the soundtrack and any other collaborations they may wish to pursue.
In any case, it’s unlikely that Dr. Dre is currently working on music for GTA 6, but it’s highly likely he will contribute something to that game’s soundtrack whenever it is eventually released.