New York rap veteran Nas has a major connection to the Wild Wild West. The hip-hop pioneer’s presence is featured on the new Red Dead Redemption II video game soundtrack.
All of the vocal moments in Red Dead Redemption 2 are produced entirely by Grammy Award-winner Daniel Lanois, known for producing albums for Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Willie Nelson as well as collaborating with pioneering musician Brian Eno to produce several albums for U2 including the multi-platinum The Joshua Tree. In addition to Lanois’ production, the soundtrack features additional vocal performances from a range of award-winning artists including D’Angelo, Willie Nelson, Nas, Rhiannon Giddens, Josh Homme, plus an additional track written, produced and performed by David Ferguson. All songs for both the score and soundtrack were created exclusively for Red Dead Redemption 2. (Rockstar Games)
The R&B singer’s contribution is called “Unshaken” (full title: “May I? Standing Unshaken – Oh Traveller Have a Seat”). The song wasn’t officially listed in the credits for the Red Dead Redemption 2 soundtrack, which boasts the likes of Arca and Colin Stetson, but was discovered by close listeners between “Paradise Mercifully Departed” and “Dear Uncle Tacitus” missions in Chapter 5 of the story, as MissInfo points out. (Consequence of Sound)
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In its first 72 hours, the must-play game made history with over $725 million in sales.
Rockstar Games is proud to announce that the critically acclaimed Red Dead Redemption 2 has achieved the single-biggest opening weekend in the history of entertainment*. With over $725 million in worldwide retail sell-through during its first three days, Red Dead Redemption 2 is the second-highest grossing entertainment launch of all time next to Rockstar Games’ previously released title, Grand Theft Auto V, which achieved over $1 billion in retail sell-through in three days.
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