Redman is ready for a life of “True Crime.” The rapper has signed on to be the featured artist in Activision’s upcoming “True Crime: New York City,” the sequel to last year’s “True Crime: Streets of L.A.”
Due in November, the game will feature the debut of “Rush the Security” — a song from Red’s upcoming album, Red Gone Wild (due November 8) — along with two other original songs, according to an Activision spokesperson. The rapper will also be immortalized in pixels as an unlockable character who rewards players when they reach certain levels.
Activision music exec Tim Riley said in a statement that Redman fit in with the eclectic group of artists on the soundtrack, which is aimed at capturing the spirit of New York. Among the 80 songs in the game are tracks by the Ramones, Jay-Z, Fat Joe, My Chemical Romance, A Tribe Called Quest, the Bravery, Bob Dylan and the Velvet Underground.
“As an East Coast artist who paid his dues performing in the clubs of New York City, Redman’s inspired rhymes bring the gritty realism of the city to life in our game,” Riley said. “His bold lyrics and hard-edged funk beats capture the vibes of the city from Washington Heights to Harlem and all the way down to Battery Park.”
Last year’s “True Crime: Streets of L.A.” featured songs from Snoop Dogg, Westside Connection, Alice in Chains, Static-X, the Donnas, the Distillers, Killswitch Engage, Warren G and Jayo Felony (see “Snoop Dogg Pops Up On ESPN, Video Game, Knoc-Turn’Al Single” ).