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"— Damn, I just sold my «Soul» to devil!
— Sure you did. But you won't miss it with all this money... Hahahaha...
— Oh Yeah!
Contemporary Soul Radio. New jack swing.
"
— CSR 103.9
" Chart-topping and club friendly hits, brought to you by Philip 'PM' Michaels, entertainer. New Jack Swing and modern soul from today's hottest acts. Where soul meets preppy. Philip is also available for weddings, funerals and Bar Mitzvahs."
— GTA San Andreas Website

Contemporary Soul Radio (CSR) is a radio station in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, hosted by Phillip "PM" Michaels (voiced by Michael Bivins), that plays new jack swing, contemporary soul, pop and boy band music.

Description

Another of the music genres that was raging in the early '90s, new jack swing takes the central role of CSR. Of the 3 radios in the game that play soul (Bounce FM, CSR 103.9 and Master Sounds 98.3), CSR presents a more modern image. It is the most commercial radio in GTA San Andreas and the only one that airs pop music and boy bands, and as such, it blends in well with the general atmosphere of Vinewood, its glamour and its celebrities.

CSR doesn't feel any shame of being a commercial radio, as shown in their idents, like the one quoted above or another where they say "soul has to have integrity, but not at the expense of record sales". CSR also educates players that may not be familiar with what new jack swing is about, in idents like "what happens when you mix gospel, synthesizers, and a barbershop quartet with guns and drugs?" and "what do you call it when 4 guys are in a group and only 1 becomes famous?"

Its host, Phillip "PM" Michaels, is voiced by Michael Bivins (who was a member of new jack swing acts New Edition and Bell Biv Devoe). As he explains in his dialogues, Phillip "PM" Michaels came to San Andreas from one of the main centers of new jack swing, Philadelphia. He hopes he becomes the next big star in Vinewood. So far he hasn't had much success, even though he had some auditions, and even at one time, when he was dancing in the street to celebrate that it was a sunny day, some kids threw rocks at him. He blames his former agent for his turn of luck. But he hopes he can appear in Cluckin' Bell and Celebrate With Cake commercials. He disapproves of drugs, gambling and relations with underage teens, and he doesn't seem to like rap because he thinks rappers don't sing but talk ("one is music, the other belongs to therapy, you're my therapy" as he says). He seems to treat women in a womanizing way.

CSR is the favorite radio of one of the callers in Playback FM, much to the chagrin of Playback's host.

Playlist

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Grand Theft Auto San Andreas - CSR 103

Grand Theft Auto San Andreas - CSR 103.9

Trivia

  • All six members of R&B group New Edition are present on this station, although not together as New Edition, but rather their side or solo acts upon the group's hiatus (Bell Biv Devoe, Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill, and Ralph Tresvant, respectively).
  • CSR plays inside ProLaps clothing stores.
  • It also plays inside Macisla's barbershop in eastern Los Santos.
  • It also plays inside the Below the Belt Gym.
  • En Vogue's "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" and Samuelle's "So You Like What You See" are featured inside Strip Clubs.
  • In the missions "Drive-By", "Los Sepulcros", and "Reuniting the Families", the default radio upon entering Sweet's car is CSR 103.9 instead of Bounce FM, implying that this is one of Sweet's favorite radio stations.
  • The DJ of Playback FM asked a caller what his favorite radio was, but the caller responded that it was CSR 103.9, thus upsetting the DJ and making him throw a tantrum.
  • In the original PS2 version, the game's "Audio" screen and instruction manual refer to this station as CSR 103.2. CSR 103.2 also appears when switching radio stations inside a vehicle. This was later patched, as the error does not appear on the PC, Xbox, Mobile and later PS2 versions.
  • In the mobile version and all releases since 2013, this station, K-Rose and SF-UR are the only radio stations to feature all of the songs from the original game.

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