Faheem Rashad Najm, better known as singer-songwriter T-Pain, is living a dream: He’s developing Grand Theft Auto VI with Rockstar Games. However, T-Pain’s new job seems to have had unintended consequences.
In a live clip circulating on social media, T-Pain confirmed that he is contributing to Rockstar’s highly anticipated sequel, which is finally revealed in 2023. However, in inviting T-Pain on board, Rockstar appears to have asked him to stop playing the character and play on NoPixel, a popular GTA 5 role-playing server that runs on third-party servers. At least one fan noticed that T-Pain was no longer a server and asked what happened.
“I used to work at NoPixel, and then I started working on GTA VI, and they told me I couldn’t do RP anymore because it was kind of against the grain… Their whole presentation was like, ‘If someone takes your album and re-records it, More people are listening,’ and I’m like, ‘Okay, I kind of get it, but I’m having a lot of fun. Okay, that’s good,'” T-Pain said.
Interestingly, Rockstar continues to employ the modding teams behind role-playing servers including FiveM and RedM, which is a travesty for T-Pain.
“Then I started working on the game with them, and then they were working with the guys who were making RP, and I was like, ‘Wait a minute, what? What the hell? … And then everyone told me I can’t do this, And then you work with people who support RP? “T-Pain said with a smile.
T-Pain didn’t elaborate on exactly how he contributed to GTA VI. IGN has reached out to Rockstar Games for comment.
T-Pain has been cosplaying on NoPixel since at least 2021, when fans noticed he had been whitelisted. According to the server’s wiki, the idea behind NoPixel is to “speak, act, and advance like the character you play.” The idea is to “create an immersive experience where both players and viewers can experience the story and situations in what is essentially another world.” GTA RP is described as “essentially one big, long-term improvisational show ”, making it a popular way of playing among some fans.
Elsewhere, not much is known about GTA VI at the moment, but it seems likely that RP will play an important (ahem) role in the upcoming sequel. For now, though, Rockstar Games has chosen to focus on the single-player story, which was showcased in its first trailer.
We’ll certainly know more before GTA VI’s 2025 release. But in the meantime, a large number of fans are still playing the game on GTA V’s role-playing servers, but it’s not T-Pain. To learn more, watch GTFM, where we share theories about GTA VI and talk with former Rockstar developers about what to expect, as well as our ranking of every GTA title to date.
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