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"Contemporary Hip Hop blazing into your stereo."
― Description at LCN.com.

Radio Los Santos is a radio station in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto V. In both games, the station plays contemporary hip-hop. However, while GTA: San Andreas focuses exclusively on West Coast artists, GTA V features rappers from all regions of the United States. The player can buy stocks from the radio station on the Lcn-exchange.com website in GTA V.

Description

The station, evidently, broadcasts from Los Santos. This station was released in a joint album with Playback FM as part of the 8-Disc soundtrack. The station also includes references to "carjacking on the rise", Los Santos gang violence, and the Los Santos crack epidemic - being that these activities play a key element of the gameplay and the story. This is the favourite radio station of the Grove Street Families and Ryder. The radio station's DJ in 1992 is Julio G. Rapper B-Real from Cypress Hill makes an appearance on the station and so does Madd Dogg who is voiced by Ice-T. Other appearances on the radio station include; OG Loc and Big Smoke once the first chapter (Los Santos missions) has been completed.

In Grand Theft Auto V it appears once again, this time hosted by Big Boy - host of Big Boy's neighborhood in Los Angeles and voice of Big Bear in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Playlist

Radio Los Santos

Logo, circa 1992

GTA San Andreas

Songs marked with * don't appear in the re-released versions of the game.

Grand Theft Auto V

Exclusive for PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions

( * This song was originally cut from previous-gen releases)

Deleted Songs

GTA V's trackID.gxt2 database reveals more songs were planned to appear on the station but were not included in the final version.

Video

GTA San Andreas soundtrack:

GTA San Andreas - Radio Los Santos Full Soundtrack PlayStation42:10

GTA San Andreas - Radio Los Santos Full Soundtrack PlayStation

Grand Theft Auto V original soundtrack:

Radio los santons01:29:15

Radio los santons

Grand Theft Auto V enhanced soundtrack:

Radio Los Santos - GTA V Radio (Next-Gen)01:02:37

Radio Los Santos - GTA V Radio (Next-Gen)

Trivia

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • Radio Los Santos may be based on real-life Los Angeles-based radio stations KPWR 105.9 (Power 106) and 93.5 KDAY. The Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas rendition of Radio Los Santos may likely be based on KDAY as Julio G was a former DJ on the station. GTA V's rendition is likely based on Power 106 as Big Boy was a DJ for the station until 2015, when he moved to KRRL 92.3 (The Real).
  • When 2Pac's song "I Don't Give a Fuck" plays, Julio G sometimes mentions that he is scared about playing the song due to its heavy use of profanity as well as political lyrical content and he'll likely get fined for playing it. Despite this, most of the songs played on the radio station in 1992 contain explicit content.
  • Radio Los Santos is the default radio station in the Greenwood. However, Sweet's personal Greenwood plays Bounce FM when entered.
  • In one of the listener's phone calls to the station, a drum instrumental of N.W.A's "Dopeman" can be heard, a song not featured in the game. Dopeman samples the song "Funky Worm" by the Ohio Players, a song featured on Bounce FM.
  • "It Was A Good Day" by Ice Cube is sampled from "Footsteps in the Dark" by The Isley Brothers which can be heard on The Vibe 98.8 in GTA IV.
  • "It Was a Good Day" and "Check Yo Self" by Ice Cube, while featured for his 1992 album "The Predator", weren't actually released as singles until 1993, after the setting of the game.
    • Similarly, "Fuck wit' Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')" by Dr. Dre, while featured on Dr. Dre's 1992 debut album "The Chronic", wasn't actually released as a single until 1993.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Jay Rock's song "Hood Gone Love It" is used in Franklin Clinton's trailer. It is also played in the Stretch that Jimmy and Michael drive to the Oriental Theater in during the mission "Meltdown."
  • This is Franklin Clinton's favorite radio station, as it is the default station for both of his vehicles, along with The Lab which can rarely automatically come on in the enhanced version of the game. It plays inside both of his safehouses.
  • This is the favourite radio station of the Families and the Ballas gangs.
  • This is one of Lamar Davis's favourite radio stations, the other one being West Coast Classics which plays older hip-hop tracks from the 1980s and 1990s, as this station did in GTA San Andreas as mentioned above.
  • In the enhanced (Xbox One/PS4/PC) version of the game, whenever the player starts the mission Franklin and Lamar and chooses to repossess either the 9F or the Rapid GT, the radio is tuned in automatically to Radio Los Santos and the song Bad News by Danny Brown & Action Bronson will always play.
    • This is different to the original version of the game for PS3 & Xbox 360, which will instead play "Appetite For Destruction" by N.W.A. (featured on West Coast Classics) during the mission.
    • The same song is also featured in the Welcome to Los Santos album by The Alchemist and Oh No, in which all of the songs except for this one can be heard in The Lab. This song was also cut from previous-gen releases as seen in the trackID.gxt2 files.
  • Radio Los Santos is one of the three radio stations to cross universes from the 3D to HD universe, the others being Head Radio and West Coast Talk Radio.
  • In GTA V, the host mentions that there was recently a new design for the $100 bill, a reference to the new design of the United States $100 bill.
  • Kendrick Lamar's song "Swimming Pools (Drank)" has appeared on the soundtrack of Saints Row IV, a game considered by some to be a GTA Clone.
  • Despite 2 Chainz being credited in "Upper Echelon", the GTA edit ends the song after T.I.'s verse, before 2 Chainz' verse even begins.
  • While listening to the song "A.D.H.D" by Kendrick Lamar on the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One versions of GTA V, the word "Playstation" which is featured in the song has been purposely distorted.
  • Occasionally there is a glitch where the song "Hold Up" by Marion Band$ feat. Nipsey Hussle may be heard on Los Santos Rock Radio. (tested on the PS3 and PS4).
  • "How It Was" is actually by DJ Esco featuring Future, however in-game only Future is credited.

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