- "Analog, digital, stereo, mono, I don't care, MSX is a hard act to follow."
- — GTA III
MSX FM, is a drum and bass radio station in Grand Theft Auto III, hosted by MC Codebreaker. The station was named MSX 98 in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. In both games, the station plays Drum and Bass.
MSX comes across as an underground radio, broadcasting from the North West Towers, with a playlist that consists solely of Jungle/Drum and Bass music and characteristically featuring MC Codebreaker, who "emcees" his own vocals into the continuous mix of music tracks, although his thick London accent makes his dialogue hard to understand for those not aquainted with this style of music or emceeing. The station's musical beat is fast paced and energetic, also (steady 175 beats per minute). Much like Rise FM in GTA III, the station is a continuous DJ mix of musical tracks, and as a result does not play advertising. These quirks make MSX similar to a few other underground/pirate radios in the GTA series, such as KGBH or Wildstyle.
The station's design references various real-life drum and bass-related subjects; the station's suffix is 101.1 - a reference to DJ Timecode's mix CD "01.1" (released on his record label Moving Shadow) which itself provides the songs included in the tracklist, while MSX itself stands for "Moving Shadow".
In GTA Liberty City Stories, MSX FM is known as "MSX 98" referencing 1998, the year in which the game takes place. Still hosted by MC Codebreaker, the host often references artists under the Moving Shadow record label.
Grand Theft Auto III
All of these songs were released in the DJ Timecode's 2001 mix album titled "01.1". All the songs were mixed by DJ Timecode.
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
All tracks in MSX 98 are taken from the Moving Shadow label, which various British drum and bass pioneers are signed on.
- Omni Trio - "Renegade Snares" (1993)
- Renegade - "Terrorist" (1994)
- Foul Play - "Finest Illusion (Legal Mix)" (1993)
- Omni Trio - "Living For The Future (FBD Project VIP Mix)" (1994)
- DJ Pulse - "Stay Calm (Foul Play Remix)" (1994)
- Hyper-On Experience - "Disturbance (Tango Remix)" (1994)
- Higher Sense - "Cold Fresh Air" (1994)
- Omni Trio - "Living For The Future" (1994)
- Omni Trio - "Thru The Vibe (2 on 1 Remix)" (1994)
- Deep Blue - "The Helicopter Tune" (1993)
- Dead Dred - "Dred Bass" (1994)
Prominent Appearances in Storyline
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
- Individual tracks
- "Renegade Snares" by Omni Trio will play during The Sicilian Gambit.
GTA: Liberty City Stories
- The station was named "Moving Shadow Radio" in the Beta version of GTA III.
- The station's name is a reference to the catalogue numbers of Moving Shadow records from the early 2000s, as each began with those three letters.
- The logo style of the station was taken from the cover of MSX00.1 10th Anniversary Special Edition. Some tracks from the mix can be heard in Liberty City Stories.
- This is the favourite radio station of the Yakuza, Sicilian Mafia and the Hitmen.
- The songs "Renegade Snares", "The Helicopter Tune" and "Spectre" are also featured in Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition, another Rockstar game.
- In GTA 3, a phone number can be heard being announced periodically by MC Codebreaker, notably during the song "First Contact". It is an actual phone number registered in the United Kingdom that formerly belonged to MC Codebreaker, although it now belongs to someone else.
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