What do you get when you mix E3 with D12?
ED15? Well, that and “Crime Life: Gang Wars.”
The upcoming video game, which was previewed this week at E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo) in Los Angeles, will feature new music from D12 as well as each of the members’ voices and likeness.
Inspired by gang movies like “New Jack City” and “Boyz N the Hood,” “Crime Life: Gang Wars” is a free-roaming, beat-’em-up game featuring a small-time gang member who must fight for control of the city.
U.K. rapper Doom Man and actor Jason Flemyng of “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” and “Snatch” fame, have also lent their talents to the game, which will be available for Xbox and PC in the fall.
“Crime Life: Gang Wars” is the latest in a long list of projects coming from D12, including several solo albums.
Bizarre will release Hannicap Circus on June 28 (see “D12’s Bizarre Delves Into Puberty, Porn And Rock Stardom” ) and just shot a video for the Eminem-produced first single, “Rock Star.”
Proof just dropped the mixtape Grown Man Sh– and plans to finally release his long-delayed solo record, Searchin 4 Jerry Garcia (see “D12’s Proof Readying Solo LP With ’Kurt Cobain’ On It” ).
Swift is also working on a solo record, and Kon Artis and Kuniva have a group project called Da Brigade. The two also just launched their own label, Runyon Ave., and have solo albums in the works.
“I’m still trying to feel it out, make sure I get it right,” Kon Artis said at Monday’s 22nd annual ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Pop Awards, where he collected a plaque for co-writing 50 Cent’s “P.I.M.P.” “Em and I, we’re gonna do something different, it ain’t gonna be normal Eminem.”
Kon Artist, who said he’s in the process of signing Pharoahe Monch to Shady Records, also produced three tracks on Bizarre’s album and two on Proof’s, and he’s looking for more studio work with “anyone that’s inspired all the time, and that’s usually newer artists,” he said.
As a group, D12 will start recording their third album in the fall, after joining Eminem, 50 Cent and G-Unit, Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz, Obie Trice and Stat Quo on the Anger Management Tour this summer (see “Eminem, 50, Lil Jon, G-Unit, D12 Team Up For Anger Management 3 Tour This Summer” ).