Elon Musk Gatecrashed Grimes's 'Cyberpunk 2077' Recording Session with a Gun and Insisted on Making a Cameo

"The 'studio guys were like sweating'"

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Sep 20, 2023

Even those of us far removed from the video game space are vaguely aware that Cyberpunk 2077 was a much-hyped disaster — a Fyre Fest, if you will. Sony removed the glitch-ridden game from the PlayStation store in December 2020, although they conceded and brought it back. A quick Google search will let you know that many people still think Cyberpunk 2077 is, in the year 2023, bad. Others argue that a little bugginess doesn't for a terrible gameplay experience.

Whatever side you're on (or if you identify as a sexy Switzerland in the situation), there's no arguing about the fact that Grimes was majorly involved in the messy game. The artist born Claire Boucher both contributed to the Cyberpunk 2077 soundtrack and voiced a cyber pop star character named Lizzy Wizzy, perhaps foreshadowing her recent launch of an AI vocal service.

Recording for the game was going down in the prime era of Grimes dating mega-bazillionaire Elon Musk, with whom she was recently revealed to have a secret third child named Techno Mechanicus. A new biography on Musk likewise revealed that he was a little jealous of his then-girlfriend being substantially featured in the hottest new video game, so he gatecrashed a studio session and demanded to be made part of it at gunpoint.

Walter Isaacson published the eponymous Elon Musk — a book that is incredibly difficult to imagine reading, let alone writing — earlier this month. As per the brave folks at NME, it sees Isaacson relay an incident where Grimes was recording dialogue for her video game character and Musk showed up at the studio with a gun.

"He showed up at the studio wielding a two-hundred-year-old-gun and insisted that they give him a cameo," the biographer wrote. "'I told them that I was armed but not dangerous,' recalled Musk, though Grimes said that the 'studio guys were like sweating.'"

Ultimately, it seems that creator CD Projekt Red "relented" and created a non-playable character (NPC) in the entrepreneurial nightmare's likeness. The NPC apparently enters the bathrooms at Arasaka Corporation at the start of the Corpo lifepath in Cyberpunk 2077, where the protagonist has the option to either ignore him or ask why he's staring. Either way, he reportedly offers no response and exits the bathroom.

Sounds like the kind of guy we need running Twitter.

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