News: After Game, "GTA V" Adds Another West Coast Talent

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013 9:29PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

As video game fans anxiously await a release date for Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto V, new reports claim famed West Coast producer Alchemist will contribute to the upcoming title.

According to reports, Alchemist may have prematurely broke the news to fans this week.

A returning rapper may be composing an original music score for the upcoming multiplatform title, "GTA 5." According to a report by Pinoy Tutorial today, Alan Daniel Maman, who goes by the stage name of Alchemist, posted a message on Twitter (that has since been deleted) revealing that he will be working with Rockstar Games to make a new song specifically for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 video game. The rapper's music tracks previously appeared in "Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars." (Examiner)

Back in November, fellow West Coast hip-hop artist Game confirmed his return to the popular franchise.

For those of you that remember "B-Dup" from "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," you may have realized that this character was voiced by rapper, "The Game." On Nov. 5, "The Game" was interviewed by Studio 96, in which he revealed some interesting information regarding "GTA 5 ," which is shown in the slide-show above. When asked if he would be appearing in the upcoming "GTA 5," he confirmed that he has done work on the game with Rockstar. This confirms that we will definitely see at least one character return from "San Andreas" in "GTA 5." (Examiner)

In 2004's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Game plays the character "Mark 'B-Dup' Wayne."

OG B-Dup recently (and suspiciously) moved out of his Ganton home and into Glen Park - Balla territory. Rumours suggest that he has drifted apart from gang banging and into "other activies." Allegations of false imprisonment and kidnapping of friends persist. Often seen alongside Barry "Big Bear" Thorne, whom he has drugged up. B-Dup is voiced by Jayceon Taylor, who is nicknamed "The Game". The Game was born into a life of gang-banging and hustling - his father being a Nutty Block Crip and his mother a Hoover Crippelette. He recalls seeing his parents preparing to do drive-by's. (GTA San Andreas)

Coincidentally, a fellow West Coast musician lost a case against Rockstar Games in relation to San Andreas late last year.

An appellate judge ruled the performer didn't have enough of a case. Game designers draw from a lot of sources. One of the sources Michael "Shagg" Washington, part of the group Cypress Hill, claimed Rockstar used in GTA: San Andreas was his own likeness. Washington claims he had a meeting in 2003 with game designers to talk about his life as a gangster, and even gave them a photograph. This week an appeals judge upheld the ruling saying Washington's lawyers failed to prove the character of CJ was substantially based on any information Washington provided. "Washington has presented no evidence demonstrating that the plot or characters of GTA: San Andreas have any relevance to his life or his purported fame," the judge wrote. (Escapist Magazine)

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