Redman will be the featured recording artist on Activision's "True Crime: New York City" video game.

Redman will be the featured recording artist on Activision's "True Crime: New York City" video game. The soundtrack will mark the first release of "Rush the Security," a track from Redman's upcoming Def Jam album "Red Gone Wild," due Nov. 15.

Additionally, the hip-hop star will contribute two new and original songs besides being an unlockable character in the game itself. This means a digital version of Redman will join in the action as a reward once players achieve a certain level of success.

Tim Riley, Activision worldwide executive of music, said Redman fit perfectly into an eclectic soundtrack compiled to capture the musical spirit of New York. Other artists represented on the 80 songs licensed for the video game include the Ramones, Bob Dylan, the Velvet Underground, Jay-Z, My Chemical Romance and A Tribe Called Quest.

"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."

"True Crime: New York City" follows "True Crime: Los Angeles" in Activision's successful crime franchise, developed by Luxoflux for PlayStation 2, Xbox and Nintendo GameCube. Not yet rated, the game is scheduled for release in the fall.

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