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GTA Online: Unlocking Record A Studios and Short Trip missions

Grand Theft Auto ‘s incredibly popular online component, GTA Online , continues being one of the most successful live-service games in the world and flexes that fact by debuting brand new music from Dr. Dre in the latest game update, The Contract. We have a full guide to unlock The Contract missions and meet Dr. Dre in-game, but that’s not the end of the story.

Once you’ve completed the main mission in The Contract, you’ll gain access to a brand new location, in addition to some brand new missions designed with co-op in mind. If you’re looking to wring the most out of The Contract update, then you need to visit this new location and play these new missions. Below you’ll find everything you need to get started with both. You should also invest in the Buffalo STX, one of the new best cars in GTA Online.

How to access Record A Studios, GTA Online

You can find Record A Studios in Rockford Hills as soon as you start the game, but you won’t be able to access the building yet, so let’s not worry about that.

First, you need to unlock and complete The Contract missions, and we have a complete guide for that. Once you’ve finally met with Dr. Dre and completed his VIP Contract mission, you will be invited to Dr. Dre’s recording studios along with Franklin Clinton and Lamar Davis. This is when you can finally access the inside of Record A Studios in GTA Online .

How to access the Short Trip missions, GTA Online

Before you visit Record A Studios, make sure to pair up with a friend. While the missions in The Contract were very accessible for solo players, the Short Trip series of missions are all designed with two players in mind, so grab a friend before venturing down this path.

When you first enter Record A Studios, this will trigger the first of the three Short Trip missions. Here’s the name of each:

  • Short Trip – Seed Capital.
  • Short Trip – Fire It Up.
  • Short Trip – OG Kush.

As you might be able to guess from the titles, these three quests center around Franklin and Lamar’s cannabis stash. When entering these missions the player will assume the role of Franklin or Lamar, making these quests a unique experience in GTA Online .

In order to start the subsequent Short Trip missions, just visit Lamar Davis’ icon on the map screen.

How to play GTA Online Short Trips for co-op adventures with Franklin and Lamar

GTA Online Short Trips are story-based cooperative missions for two players, who briefly ditch their avatars in a haze of smoke to fill the shoes of protagonists Franklin Clinton and Lamar Davies. They were added as part of the GTA Online The Contract update, and provide the opportunity to play new story content as Franklin himself for the first time since 2013! However, the route to access these Franklin and Lamar missions in GTA Online isn’t straightforward, and until recently you could only play them once you’d completed a series of prerequisites, so if you’re ready for a new adventure here’s everything you need to know about the GTA Online Short Trips.

How to play GTA Online Short Trips

Originally, if you wanted to play the GTA Online Short Trips then you had to finish the full Dr Dre storyline of The Contract first, at which point you’d receive an invitation to visit the GTA Online Record A Studios and open up the option to initiate these missions. That’s all changed now, as all players can trigger them by going through the Jobs Menu, though the exact route isn’t obvious at first. Go to Online > Play Job > Rockstar Created > Missions then scroll all the way down until you find the GTA Online Short Trips options. Pick the mission you want to play, then you’ll be whisked away to matchmaking to get partnered up with another player – these are co-op activities so you can’t fly solo.

What are the GTA Online Short Trips Franklin and Lamar missions

There are three different GTA Online Short Trips missions in total, obviously all revolving around the weed business with Franklin and Lamar’s attempts to consolidate their position in the game. The story themes for each of them should play out in the following order:

GTA Online Short Trips – Seed Capital

Franklin and Lamar head to LD Organics to stock up on merchandise, but discover the warehouse is being raided by Vagos gang members. After fighting them all off, the pair spot Lamar’s truck being driven away slowly so jump in the back, then the driver tips off the Vagos to cue up some vehicle combat. Following a final alleyway shootout, they recover the truck and return it to the warehouse.

GTA Online Short Trips – Fire It Up

Seeking revenge, Franklin and Lamar head out to the Vagos’ weed storage in Blaine County, racing Franklin’s motorcycle against Lamar’s upgraded car on the way. After fighting off gang members at the first warehouse, they use fertilizer to burn the weed supplies before moving on to a second warehouse to repeat the process, commandeering a Technical (pickup truck with a mounted machine gun) to deal with many enemy vehicles. With both warehouse supplies destroyed, they steal a Vagos van and drive it back to Franklin’s house while fighting off more gang members.

GTA Online Short Trips – OG Kush

Lamar sets up a promotional deal meeting for LD Organics with Jimmy Boston of the Epsilon Program, using a van that’s literally ‘made of weed’, and asks Franklin to provide support. When they arrive at the ‘secret’ meeting place (which Lamar has inadvertently revealed via a Snapmatic post), Franklin climbs a crane to provide sniper cover and soon spots a large number of Vagos arriving. After dealing with the gang members the pair attempt to drive the van back to LD Organics, but discover it is on fire and they’re getting high from the fumes. Realizing they won’t make it back to the warehouse, they instead head to Tequi-la-la to try and gain publicity for the brand, and despite crashing outside the ruse works to raise the profile of their business.

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Series A – Weed

Weed is the fourth heist setup for the Series A in Grand Theft Auto Online.



The crew is split into 2 teams: the ground team that will infiltrate the sawmill, and both an East and West Lookout that that will provide cover to the ground team. Ron instructs the crew to head to the sawmill and informs them that the sawmill holds a weed operation controlled by the Ballas and that they are in possession of a Technical that Trevor wants them to get. Once at the sawmill, the two lookouts will get into their positions, covering the ground team with a Sniper Rifle or any long-range weapon, one east and the other west of the sawmill. Once both of them are in position, the ground team will attack from the main entrance.

The ground team must fight off the Ballas and reach the two Bensons parked in the middle of the sawmill. Once each member of the ground team has obtained a Benson, the lookout team will be instructed to pick up the Technical parked near the entrance to the sawmill. Now the ground team must take the Bensons to the warehouse under the Los Santos Freeway in East Vinewood, while the lookout team will escort and protect them from any groups of Ballas using the Technical. Once the Bensons have been delivered to Ron Jakowski, the mission is complete.