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The Ballad of Rocco

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Michael: "You OK?"
Solomon: "Just about. Please...get those millenial asswipes."
Michael De Santa and Solomon Richards, after Michael rescues Solomon from Rocco Pelosi.

The Ballad of Rocco is a mission in the Grand Theft Auto V, given to protagonist Michael De Santa by Solomon Richards.


Michael arrives at Backlot City where he discovers Rocco Pelosi and his associate Gianni attacking Solomon. As Michael approaches, Pelosi yells at Solomon about honoring a contract, then he and his associate escape. Solomon asks Michael to track down and kill his two assailants. Michael agrees. He pursues Pelosi and Gianni and murders them both.

Once Michael has completed this part of the mission, he receives a call from Solomon, who thanks Michael for his help and asks Michael to come visit if he's free; the player has the choice of whether to accept Solomon's invitation. If the player does accept, Michael returns to Backlot City and finds Solomon in his office. Solomon shows Michael the end credits of Solomon's current project; Michael is now listed as a producer. Michael sits for a while appreciating what he's accomplished. As he leaves Solomon's office, he calls Amanda De Santa and leaves a message telling her he's finally found his calling in life.


Mission objectives

In order to complete the mission, the player must:

  • Get a vehicle
  • Eliminate Rocco
  • Leave the area
  • Choose whether you want to meet back up with Solomon

Gold Medal Objectives

Time - Complete within 03:00


  • Rocco Pelosi - Killed by Michael on orders of Solomon
  • Gianni - Killed by Michael on orders of Solomon

Video Walkthrough


  • The mission's name is a reference to GTA IV's second episodic title, The Ballad of Gay Tony, in which Rocco Pelosi featured as a secondary antagonist.

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