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CJ: "So, you got a plan?"
Sweet: "Yeah I got a plan. We're gonna roll into Ballas hood and take it back for the Grove."
―Sweet and Carl Johnson prepare to take back Idlewood from the Ballas

Grove 4 Life is a mission in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, given to protagonist Carl Johnson by his brother and Grove Street Families leader Sweet from his home in the Grove Street cul-de-sac in the Ganton district of Los Santos, San Andreas.


Sweet is giving a group of Grove Street gang members a morale boosting talk when Carl enters. Sweet is glad to see him and wants to let the other gangs know that the Grove Street Families are back. Carl is unsure, wanting to focus on his other commitments first. Sweet asks the group to step outside and berates Carl for leaving the job half done and forgetting his priorities. Carl tries to argue with him, saying that the world doesn't begin and end in Grove Street but Sweet will not agree. Carl gives up and the Johnson Brothers set out to put Grove Street back on the map.

The brothers head over to the Idlewood area, another Ballas' turf and start a gang war. Once the turf has been taken over, they head to another turf. Carl and Sweet start another gang war, and claim the territory again. Carl and Sweet then drive back to Grove Street where Sweet goes to get some sleep. With the expansion of their turf the Families are asserting themselves as a force to be reckoned with in Los Santos.

Mission Objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Go and take back Idlewood
  • Take over another Idlewood hood
  • Drive Sweet back to Grove Street


The rewards for this mission are $10,000 and an increase in respect. If Cut Throat Business has been completed, the mission Riot will be unlocked.


Sweet is seen talking to some Grove Street Families members in the kitchen of his house.
Sweet: You gotta love your hood like you love your homies. It's always been that way, and ain't nothing ever gonna change, I done seen it all.
Carl Johnson enters the kitchen.
Sweet: Whattup, CJ?
CJ: Whassup? Yeah... I'm glad to see things back the way they used to be.
Sweet: Nah, it ain't like it was, but it's gonna be. We still gotta get everybody in the hood back together. I was just telling these cats what's important. We gotta let everybody know: Grove is back on the map.
CJ: Hold up - don't you think we ought to take it easy?
Sweet: What?
CJ: You know, I got other things in mind - commitments I made.
Sweet: Can y'all step outside for a minute? I need to talk to him.
The Families members leave.
Sweet: If you don't get this shit together, what you think this place is gonna look like? You always did real good leaving jobs half finished.
CJ: That's cold, Sweet.
Sweet: Man, we can't take care of this from no bitch-ass rapper's mansion.
CJ: Look, the world is bigger than this hood.
Sweet: This is where our lives began and where it's probably gonna end. And don't forget where you came from, mister uppity-ass ni**a.
CJ: Now that ain't fair.
Sweet: Oh? Somebody just crossed out all the writing on the wall, disrespected your hood, and you act like you don't give a fuck. That ain't fair!
CJ: ...Okay. Have it your way. C'mon.
Sweet and CJ head outside.
CJ: So, you got a plan?
Sweet: Yeah, I've got a plan. We're gonna roll into Ballas hood and take it back for the Grove.
CJ: OK, let's get those motherfuckers!
CJ and Sweet drive to Idlewood.
Sweet: Let's hit these fools!
CJ and Sweet engage in a gang war with the Ballas and take over one part of Idlewood.
Sweet: Grove 4 L-I-F-E, ni**a! Let's go hooride on these Ballas!
CJ and Sweet cause another gang war in another part of Idlewood and take it back from the Ballas.
Sweet: We did it, CJ, let's bail back to Grove Street!
CJ and Sweet drive back to Grove Street.
Sweet: You helped Grove Street Families hammer those Ballas.
CJ: Johnson boys rolled right over them!
Sweet: OK, dog, I'm going to get some sleep, I'm beat. Here, I took this from one of those Ballas fools, probably drug money. Here's your half.
Sweet gives CJ some money, then heads to his home.

Video Walkthroughs



  • Similarly to Los Desperados, if the player has already taken all of the gang territory in Los Santos, four territories will come under control of the Ballas again and the player will need to retake the remaining two territories. However, as with the previous mission, the difficulty level of these gang wars is increased, with the Ballas armed with more powerful weapons.
  • In the first cutscene, the same crack whore who appeared on the previous mission can be seen.
  • In the PS2 version, upon approaching Idlewood the radio will be heavily distorted (changing radio stations will worsen it) and it will even be heard on foot.

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